We are the Green family*, from Poole in the UK. We love Spain. We've moved to Madrid because we feel called to live a life here that is adventurous and speaks of our faith in Jesus (more on this below).
About 5 years ago we started to plan this move and we are so excited to finally be here! We've given up some really cool (and comfortable) opportunities back in the UK. Ben turned down his dream job making music and Lydia walked away from a significant salary increase in her role as a social worker. Life certainly won't be comfortable for us here, not at first anyway. A new country, a new language, a new culture. That said, we are thrilled to be giving it a go in the greenest capital city in Europe along with nearly 3.5 million other people. The economy ain't too hot, unlike the summers, but we have faith to survive and thrive here.
Our reasons for coming here are simple. We believe God has a plan for everyone, that He loves everyone. We are so amazed at what He's done for us that we want to live in a way that others can see how great He is. On our own we are nothing special, in fact we needed saving in the first place, but when we realise what God wants for us - freedom, life to the absolute fullest, we are changed. This change makes the impossible possible. It turns mourning into dancing. Ashes into beauty. We can't help but feel the need to use this one life we have to do good things - do the best we can in every situation to live generously, prefer others, help the poor and build community from the ground up that sustains every member.
Our church friends and family have been so helpful to us in making this move happen and are still asking how they can help. The answer to that is easy and the one thing we would love for you to do in response to this campaign is pray for us. If you don't believe in God and you're still thinking about us and cheering us on then pray anyway! It works! We would be so honoured to have people supporting us by asking God to look after us, empower us and bless us daily. If, after reading that, you're still looking for practical ways to help us, then please read on. Otherwise, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PRAYING FOR US.
Ben has a job here teaching English, but this alone won't be enough for us to balance our budget. We both will be picking up a little extra work teaching English privately and are looking into business ideas along those lines. We're not here to earn big bucks, we're here to love this city, this country and to give our all to building community in our home, in our church and in our relationships. We want to give everything to this. Consequently, we're likely to be short on funds for the first few months at least. If you'd like to help us in this way, as many have asked us, then please use this site to give. We will be keeping people up to date with an email newsletter and blog (www.greensmadrid.wordpress.com). Thank you for your generosity, keep praying!
Loads of love, Team Green
*Team Green consists of: Ben (31), Lydia (20s) and our two boys, Yohan (3) and Alexís (1).