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Joel Gosper – Gospel Living

Pics of Betel in Madrid and more Gospel Living

rastro betel

rastro betel

The photo to the left is a photo of the front of a Betel Rastro. This is basically an op-shop for secondhand furniture. This is one of the ways Betel support their ministry and jobs that those staying in Betel are requried to help out with. Thru things like the Rastros, fixing and selling secondhand furniture, clothing etc. they can sow money back into the ministry, locally and worldwide and allows the services of Betel to be free to those who are benefitting from it.


The photo below of the Betel house I am living at about the town of Alcala in Madrid. And Terri the “guard dog””

betel house

betel house

These guys are some of the Betelitos (men staying at Betel), Im livng with in the Betel house. That green thing theyre holding, yeah, its Brocoli. Spanish Brocoli”

men staying at betel

men staying at betel

So a really cool thing about Betel is that they are given lots of donations from all kinds of companies and industries who recognise their work. And so they were given free tickets to a Real Madrid game. And that´s what you see below! Woohoooooo!”

real madrid game 1

real madrid game 1

 

real madrid game 2

real madrid game 2

Working hard in the Rastro”

working hard at madrid

working hard at madrid

A beautiful view from the Betel house over-looking the town of Alcala. And yes, those mountain in the background have snow on them, which means it gets really cold in Madrid.”

view from betel house

view from betel house

The banner at the back wall of the Betel Church.”

banner at back of church

banner at back of church

Im not really a photo-taking kinda guy so I dont have too many pics, but these are just some brief snapshots of my stay here in Madrid – just to add some flesh to my words. In the photo above, the man to the right of the photo with the moustache is Monolo… and yes thats a flute in his hands. He is one of the most passionate guys I have met! He is always praying, always praying for people, always singing and he heads up to evangelism team here in Madrid. I basically want to be like this guy! I am yet to listen to his testimony, but I will ask soon.
Today (Wednesday 5th Dec) we went to the gypsie camp within a rubbish dump here in Madrid. Monolo and another guy (Jose) go there nearly everyday to feed the people there and share the good news of Christ with them and offer a new life thru Betel´s services. This place is in the rubbish dump in this town and is literally “hell on earth”. If you have seen to documentary “Furious Love” you will see footage of this very place in the movie, and you also see Monolo. It might not be appropriate for me to describe this place on this blog, but it is seriously a very sad place.
We drive to the rubbish dump  and as the guys park their van and people begin to flock to the van, and for the next hour or so we are busy handing out food to the people who live in this rubbish dump. As I was standing there with the guys, while people are being given food and are fighting and yelling at eachother, I look around, and the sight before me is unlike anything I have seen. I look to my left, and in the near distance I see 2 men. One is standing still and the other is injecting him with a needle. A few minutes later I look to my right, and about 10 metres from where I am standing there is a man sitting down. He is busy looking very intently at something in his hands. He is holding a needle and is trying to draw up a liquid substance into it. As I am watching him while he is doing this (he doesnt know I am watching him) he then walks away to carry out his injection.
I won´t go into any more detail about this place, but the guys here, Monolo and Jose come here nearly everyday, sometimes twice a day to provide food and clothing for these people. Why, well because this is the only way these people are being fed and clothed. What comes from this ministry? Well let me share a testimony from today. After we had fed the people and they began to disappear, a very destressed lady come to the van and began talking to Monolo and Jose. Jose turns to me and says, “Lets go before she changes her mind”. What happened? This lady has decided to come with us back to Betel and stay with a women´s house in Betel… she wants to live a new life and get off drugs! This is such a joy for us, and we quickly pack up and hop back into the van and drive back to the Betel´s main headquarters. The lady is crying tears of joy knowing she has just made the best decision of her life.
Back at Betel´s headquarters she is greated by many others and the women who have met her at the rubbish dump before welcome her with warm hugs and kisses. She then sits down with us to eat a warm meal. Before lunch I ask Jose, “Have you known this lady for awhile?” Jose turns to me and says, “we have been praying for this lady for 13 years, and now she has dicided to come to Betel”. Wow! These guys have been at this ministry for 13 years, and this is what they have seen happen over the years. People every now and then, responding to the love they are showing them and coming out of a life filled with drugs, violence and homelessness, coming into a relatinship with their heavenly Father and Christ! And now this lady has decided to do the same. To come to Betel and live a new life!
The days here go very quickly and its basically non-stop throughout the day from waking to going to bed. Im having trouble comprehending that most, if not, all of the people I am meeting here have either come from extreme drug addiction or extreme poverty, and yet they appear so “normal” and are serving within the church and other ministries with such gladness and life!
I have had the privelege of meeting the founder of the minsitry, Elliot Tepper, who began this ministry 30 years ago. He´s a vey humble, yet passionate man. He and his wife literlly gave up their lives to become missionaries here in Spain. When they arrived they had very little, yet thru their sacrifice God has truly blessed and saved thousands of people here in Madrid and around the world. I was talking with him before one of the meetings here, and when I mentioned was strugglng with some Spanish language concepts, he pulls me aside to an empty room and sits down with me to teach me some Spanish. 10 minutes later he was then needed to lead a meeting with the interns their in the ministry. I am no-one and he owes me nothing. H is in charge or so much, and is needed by so many people, he barely has any time of his hands. And yet he took the time to teach some random aussie guy some spanish, without anyone else knowing about except me. This spoke to me more than a thousand sermons on humble service and leadership ever could!
I hope this blog blesses you in some way. I must go and Im not sure when I will post another blog, but I will try to keep my updates within a week or 2.
Serve the Lord humbly and love Him passionately! Till then Soli Deo Gloria! Your brother, Joel.