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Gibraltar to Malaga 2013

The sign of the cross

I arrived home safely Friday night after being met at London City Airport by my son Matthew. Between us we succesfully negotiated the rush hour crowds on the London underground with the cross safely packed in it’s travel bag.
It has been another special trip with  135 kilometres walked and4 people finding faith plus God continually providing my every need.
The last two days were a particular blessing as I was able to stay in a beautiful spa hotel thanks to the generosity of my new friend Tapio
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A few days before meeting me he took this beautiful photo of a sunset.
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You will notice , if you look closely, a cross on it’s side. Not long after taking this picture. He heard that I was passing through with the cross. He felt the Holy Spirit say he should help me.
Isn’t it wonderful how God connects us all together?
My plan is to return to Spain in 2014 walking along it’s southern coast a bit at a time till I get to Barcelona.
Thank you to everyone who has supported, prayed for and encouraged me on this trip. We share in a heavenly reward together.

The poor receive good news (and the rich).

What a day of contrasts. It was clear from the outset that Spain has been hit hard by the recession. On many occassions I have met people begging in the streets and travelling light I have shared what I have with them. Spain has about 25% unemployment and what people need is jobs. I was reminded of that again and again in conversations and through witnessing people’s personal circumstances.
In Torremolinos I met another Julio who chatted and I prayed with him that somehow he would find work.
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Later I met two dutch tourists from Rotterdam Henk and Hetty. We chatted for some time. They both had been church attenders and had a Christian background but in all honesty had no relationship with Christ. Before  I left them they both prayed to receive Jesus as their Saviour.
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I had lots of oppurtunities to share in Torremolinos.
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After that I strode on toward Malaga.
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Malaga is a proper city with lots of people. I felt a sense of compassion as I entered the city, that there were many opressed I was shocked by the begging and those living rough.
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I met George outside a supermarket, we talked for a while. As I shared Jesus it was appearant that the Holy Spirit was working on him. I asked him if he wanted to follow Jesus to which he responded yes. We prayed together and rejoiced in.his new found hope.
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God has been opening hearts probably many more than I am aware of.  This cross walk is finished for now. But God is still at work whether I am or not. 3 more in the kingdom today.
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I plan to return to Spain in March hopefully to walk from Malaga to Almeria. God has been so good.

Waves of mercy

great day and sadly the penultimate one of this trip. I actually slept in someone’s house for the one and only time on this trip and what a blessing it was staying with Mick (Dundee) and his lovely wife Edith.
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We kept well away from discussing cricket.
They walked me into Fuengirola where there was a prayer meeting at the Ark Christian Fellowship. A great little church reaching out to all comers. I was able to.share some of my experiences good and bad. I received some great prayer just what I needed.
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Some of the prayer group at the Ark.
Afterward I set off on thr road again but this time not alone.several of the church walked with me in Fuengirola town. Sharing some good news as we went.
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As I walked on to Benalmadena one young guy Phillip walked with me all the way. Mike Vickers I want you to know I did follow the first rule of crosswalking and let him enjoy the full experience.
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Phillip and his parents are both out of work victims of the economic melt down. However they came to faith 4 months ago and the Ark have been a tremendous support to them.
I was able to share with many folk today and prayed with a guy called Antonio who had a broken arm.
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Tomorrow is the last day. Please pray that the gospel makes  a big impact in Torremolinos and Malaga.

Police..Camera..Action..

Today was an excellent day which began by me being joined for breakfast by Kurt the pastor of the wave in Peurto Banus Marbella. We had a great time of fellowship leaving me feeling really encouraged.
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We were then joined by Yvonne who has been such a blessing in the previous 24 hours. She had put the word out on my behalf and I have been overwhelmed by the response by the Christian community on the Costa Del Sol. On top of this she did all my laundry, which should not be underestimated.
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After a great start I hit the road knowing I had a brunch date down the road. On the way I met these guys.
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What transpired was a great opportunity to share Jesus with Marbella’s finest. All in all I had the opportunity to share the gospel with 7 police officers today. Not bad for a former crook.
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As we approached lunch time I met with David and Suzie Malt. We also bumped into another couple from the wave.
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Today was my busiest day in sharing, which was what I was expecting and I had many more opportunities to speak with Spaniards and expats alike.
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Most of the time I have been walking along dual carriageway. Apart from today where Marbella gave me the chance to walk along the seafront.
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The photo of me was taken by yet another police officer. Tonight I am staying in the home of a lovely christian couple Mike and Edith. Tomorrow I make Fuengirola and beyond.

Ministering Angels.

While on this particular walk I have been reading the book of Hebrews. Tomorrow I get to chapter 11, that will stir me up. However right at the beginning the writer emphasizes how Jesus among other things is superior to the angels. But angels are to minister to the heirs of salvation. Good encouraging stuff.
Whilst on the road today I got a call from my cross walking mentor Mike Vickers. We talked and I shared my highs and lows and we had a good laugh. Then he said he would pray that ministering angels would take care of my needs. What a prayer.
About an hour later, I met yvonne, we had chatted at church yesterday and she had come to find me. Firstly she bought me brunch which really blessed me. Then she lightened my load by taking all my dirty laundry. She also blessed me by sharing a powerful testimony of how Jesus met with her in prison.
On the road I had several oppurtunities to share Jesus. These two guys were particularly chatty.
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My best oppurtunity was at the end of the day as I was packing up. A 15 year old lad George came over on his bike to chat. We spoke for some time and he took a lot on board.
Yvonne’s work was not finished for the day. After arriving at the hotel for the night. Several people made contact with me as a result of her impressive networking. I have now got accomadation sorted for the rest of the trip and will be meeting others for brunch tomorrow.
I love it when a plan comes together.
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The next three days will be in the most densely populated areas. When I am walking but not talking to people I pray. Now I will be looking to see the fruit of that. Stand with me and maybe read Hebrews 11 tomorrow.

Stoned

What a day. I haven’t had so much excitement in a long time. I do remember someone making the comment”reading your blog is like reading the book of Acts.” Which at the time was quite exciting. Today brought a unique experience that I hope is not repeated.
The day started well with an idylic walk in beautiful Andulucian countryside.
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After about 4km I came to a country restaraunt where I was invited in for a complimentary breakfast. I was able to share with the owner and several of his customers.
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After breakfast I pushed on and joined the main costal road. It is dual carriageway all the way so I didn’t see many people about. However I did have several conversations with motorists who pulled over. Had a great time sharing with.Annie from Brussels who had read about me in.the Belgian newspaper.
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As it approached lunch time a car stopped behind me as I was passing a bus stop. The driver beeped their horn and beckoned me to come over. To older ladies got out of the car to ask what I was doing? As I began to explain one of them began to shout at me.
” your not a catholic. You are doing this to be famous and take peoples money. Your having fun with Jesus. You must leave now. Leave our country!”
I tried to reason with her but she was having none of it. She picked up a stone and threw it at me. Now I know I could have taken her down but wisdom suggested I leave. So I made haste. Meanwhile the lady continued to shout telling the onlookers something in Spanish. As I left I was struck several times with stones. Thankfully my rucksack took the majority of yhe impact.
I retreated to a restaraunt about a mile down the road shaken but not really hurt. Just hoping I don’t get shipwrecked tomorrow.
I felt quite low and it was physically and mentally a hard slog. Estepona was worth the hike it is a beautiful city. I.will be spending the weekend here and worshipping with a local church tomorrow.
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Keep praying I appreciate all the support.

I will make you fishers of men

What a tough but excellent day. Today was physically demanding as I pushed on into Spain it was uphill to midafternoon and although it is winter I was feeling the heat.
I managed to collect the Spanish tracts from a printer and then stopped for breakfast before hitting the road. I walked along the seafront from La Linea and chatted with several people by the beach. Lots of guys out with their seafishing rods, very similar to what I am doing on a spiritual level.
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Then it was about a 4 hour walk uphill and it was all about knocking of the miles till the next town.
Pretty much at the highest point where two main roads meet. I met Julio, he saw me walking and pulled over in his car. His English was poor and my Spanish was worse but somehow we managed to communicate. I am so thankful to God and Irene Schulz that I had Spanish literature as Julio went back to Algercis as part of God’s family.
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Julio with the cross.
It amazes me that I can walk down busy streets and sometimes hardly anyone will talk to you yet you can be in the middle of nowhere and the Spirit sovereignly draws people to Jesus. I love it!
Shortly after that I was thrown of the dual carriageway by the police, which led me into an encounter with a motorcyclist Lee. It turned out that his father in law is an evangelist, although Lee himself isnt currently walking with the saviour. However he emptied his wallet to bless me and rode off. 20 minutes later he came back with more money to bless me more.
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Honestly I don’t make this up. I really was in the middle of nowhere. My Father has it all in his hands. Tomorrow I push on for Estepona where I will stay for the weekend. Pray that I will meet a man or woman of peace who will host me.

Make way for the cross.

When I first became a Christian back in the 80’s Graham Kendrick and march for Jesus were very popular. I seem to recall he brought out an album called Make way for the cross. Well it seems to me that is what today was all about.
This morning was challenging I was woken by builders outside my bedroom window
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This genuinely is the view from my window, just in case anyone thought these trips were all glamour.
Secondly I had a bit of a headache from not eating and drinking enough yesterday. (I know that is hard to believe).
Thirdly I was slightly stressed about getting Spanish tracts printed, my first attempt ended in abject failure linguistically and technologically. I decided to press on with the mission in hand walking to the southern end of Gibraltar and back and see what oppurtunities the Holy Spirit opens up.

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Not all Gibraltar”s residents were friendly. I met this fellow at a skate park and he didn’t cooperate for the photo.

Thankfully tourist information put  me on to a printer and I collect 300 tracts tomorrow morning. I then continued to the rock’s most southerly point called Europa point passing through some impressive tunnels carved in the rock.
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At Europa point I felt a strong sense to pray for Africa which you can see from here and also for my continent of Europe. I felt it was a significant time and concluded that perhaps this has been my main focus for the day. It was intresting to observe a large mosque giving out the call to prayer which I certainly participated in.
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Despite my deep intercession, Father also had it in hand that I share his concern for people. I had a great time with Bill a security guard who had come here after a divorce because he wanted a new life. Also Stef a busker, Vladim a bulgarian guy. Pastor Carlos from mainland Spain and a group of scuba divers.
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As I headed back to the border the local issues raised their head. It has been reported in the media about delays at the border which appear to be politically motivated. Well now the authorities are targetting their own people returning home from working on Gibraltar.
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Someone shouted out let the cross through! I was allowed to pass through unheeded ahead of everbody else I was even helped by a national guard officer.
Finally I was stopped by police several times today. All good. At the airport runway I met Tanya who felt led to give financially to support the walk.
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I feel it has been a significant and prophetic day. Thanks for all the support from many nations.

Overcoming obstacles.

Well, I have arrived in Gibraltar and what an interesting part of the world this is. I woke early this morning and was given a lift to the airport by my good friend Peter Clark from the Kings church Epsom. Despite heavy traffic I was able to check in at Heathrow terminal3 with no problems. Even checking the cross in was hassle free.
However the build up to this trip has been far from hassle free. The lowlight being the non arrival of my Spanish tracts from the printers.
The flight was pleasant and I landed in Gibraltar feeling ready for the challenge. Eyebrows were raised as I went through customs but it gave me a great chance to share Jesus with the guys.
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The Rock of Gibraltar looks quite magnificent close up and the runway of the airport crosses the mainroad in and out of the territory.
I am staying in.the Spanish town the other side of the border. It feels just like a border town in the wild west.
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So the plan is to find a printer who can print some Spanish tracts for me. To walk from one end of Gibraltar to another with the cross. Then on Friday I will proceed along the coast to Malaga. Please stand with me in prayer as I look to join in with what the Holy Spirit is doing.
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