Hi friends! We hope you’re all doing well and staying busy in your service. Recently we took a trip to the island of Menorca in Spain to for a theocratic vacation to visit the English congregation there. In this blog post, we’d like to share some of our experiences while there so that you can learn a little bit about what the island is like. So let’s get started!
Kanicia and I had arranged to spend one week on the island. The trip was long overdue because we have been saying that we would visit for a long time now. The reason that we wanted to visit the island is that we learned about the need in pioneer school a couple years ago. There were three in our class in Madrid who were serving on the island in a very small English congregation. Actually, there is only one English congregation on the island and it has about seventeen publishers. There are four elders and three pioneers. So we were happy to have the privilege of visiting the island and being able to give a talk as well as work out in the ministry a few times with the local publishers. So what is the island like you may be wondering?
Menorca is part of the Balearic islands and it belongs to Spain. It’s only an hour and a half flight from Madrid. Some other islands that neighbor it are Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. There is another English congregation on the much bigger island of Mallorca and they have around 80 publishers and much support. This is likely due to the fact that Mallorca has the biggest city of any of the islands and it is easier to find work there and there’s more to do. We really enjoyed the feel of Menorca because since it’s smaller it’s more suited to families and those who enjoy more peaceful, quiet surroundings. The ministry in Menorca is predominantly British. The congregation reflects the makeup of the territory, however, there are some from America, Germany and of course Menorca serving in the English congregation.
Our first theocratic experience was going out in the ministry on Saturday. We did territory and spoke to a few local residents who had moved to the island. The reaction you get in the ministry can be mixed. In general people on the island are quite friendly since it’s such a beautiful and relaxed environment. Besides all of the British in the territory, there are many German addresses as well as a fast-growing French population. There is only one pioneer in the congregation who speaks German so she has more work than she can handle. If you speak German, your visit to the island to preach would be much appreciated! In addition to that, there is no one in the congregation that can speak French to preach to all of the new people coming from France. We were tempted to consider staying on the island but for now, our home is in Huelva. But we’ll definitely be back to help support the preaching work! That being said if you can speak French you would be a welcome addition to the congregation even if only for a short time.
We really enjoyed our time in the ministry because we were able to preach with some brothers who have seen much history of the truth in Menorca. They told us about how things were in the past and how things have changed. It was fascinating and we thank Jehovah for such a unique experience. We also were able to do cart witnessing to the cruise ships that come to the island during the high season. There is much interest with many of the cruise workers when they take their break while docked. It was a pretty neat experience.
So maybe you’re wondering how the island itself looks. Well, the island itself is amazingly beautiful! There are over 100 beaches to explore, many having crystal clear turquoise water and scenes that make you think of paradise. We enjoyed visiting a number of the beaches on the island and snorkeling, swimming, and just enjoying the creation. The island also has really nice food with a Menorcan twist. The island is quite small and can be driven from one side to the other in about an hour. The capital city is Mahon and this is where a majority of the brothers in the English hall live. It’s also the capital. We enjoyed visiting another city called Ciutadella which used to be the capital in the past. This city has a nice authentic feel to it and we quite enjoyed it. Since Menorca is an island it is more expensive than mainland Spain for most things. We hope this post has given you a taste of what it’s like to serve in Menorca. We’ll be visiting the United States soon so we look forward to sharing our trip with you.
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