Meet Alan & Autumn
Leaving our jobs, family, friends and moving to Spain was an intense experience! It was extremely emotional and at the same time, extremely faith building for La Micia and I (yes, this is Patrick writing). Having studied abroad in the past and being an American in a non-American country presents many challenges. That’s why we are so encouraged to have our church family here in Spain. We are in the process of getting to meet our spiritual family here in Spain and our first official hang out was with an amazing couple I want to share a bit about: Autumn & Alan!
Alan is originally from South America and Autumn is originally from America. Autumn speaks both Spanish and English and Alan is in the process of learning English. He has a huge advantage being married to a native English Speaker that also teaches English for a living! Autumn and Alan have an amazing story of how God worked in their lives to bring them together. La Micia and I were so encouraged by how they immediately let us in to their lives and shared about how they met. What’s also incredible is that they have been married for about the same amount of time that La Micia and I have so I know we can learn so much from each other.
Alan and Autumn are the type of people that will go above and beyond to help you feel comfortable and assist in any way they can. For example, our hang out was the result of a conversation I had with Alan at Church explaining that we are in need of some cash flow. He immediately suggested we should all get together for dinner so they could help us navigate employment here in Spain! Alan saw we had a need and immediately offered to help. Alan and Autumn really are living out the passage in James 2:15-16 that talks about the importance of having your deeds and faith working together:
15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
At dinner we talked about anything and everything under the sun, the highlight was sharing about how we met our spouses. In Spain they refer to the wife as “mi mujer” and to the husband as “mi marido” (more on this in a later post). What’s so incredible about our time with Autumn and Alan was how God immediately worked through them to answer a prayer of ours. As we were leaving, Autumn received a text about a family in need of an English teacher and she coached La Micia through the process of how to conduct these lessons and the best practices of this business. Autumn was willing to sacrifice the opportunity to make more money so that we could get established. She passed the lead along to La Micia. The very next day, La Micia had her first gig here in Spain. Autumn and Alan really embody a scripture in John 13:35, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”