Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Some Thoughts After Breakfast

We are just about to get up from a wonderful breakfast. Lesly went to wash her hands and I've got a few minutes to blog. I needed this trip. Sure, getting to see the copies of the Complutensian Greek New Testament yesterday is amazing. But you know what? None of that is anything in comparison to the last hour I've spent sitting in front of the Palacio Real talking with my wife. My best friend, my most faithful co-laborer in the work of the gospel, my girl... I'm just having a blast hanging out with her away from the hustle and the bustle of life in the States. There's nothing like getting a moment to step away from all that's become normal and routine so that you can really enjoy all that God has given you. You know what I mean? I think we all need a little step back sometimes. Life is a constant flux. You can hit 350 degrees on your oven, but, believe it or not, the temp in the oven doesn't hold a steady 350. It fluctuates. It has to be regulated. The Christian life, at least this side of heaven, is the same way. 


Looking Over At The Palacio Real

Having Breakfast With My Girl

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fun In Madrid

Lesly and I were able to view four copies of the Complutense Greek New Testament today. One of them is printed on vellum. It is just one of six that Cisneros had printed in such a way. From what they told me today at the library, only two are known to exist today–this one and one in the Vatican library. One of the copies had some really interesting notations in it. I definitely want to take a closer look at this one just to see what types of notations this person was making throughout.

After viewing the CGNT, Lesly and I went over to the university and had lunch with Marga. The food was delicious, and we all got to know each other more. Lesly and Marga, we came to find out, actually have really similar jobs at their respective institutions. They were comparing notes! :)

Alright, we are heading out to get some dinner. Here's a video update for y'all.

Viewing The Políglota

Viewing The Políglota

Viewing The Políglota

Heading Out

Lesly and I are heading out to the Biblioteca Histórica de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Actually, it's not on the campus of the Complutense. It's like one of the national libraries downtown, not very far from where our hotel is. I'll try and load a picture or two while we're out!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Madrid At Night

Lesly and I had a lovely evening walking around Madrid. The city is beautiful at night. In some ways this place is a lot like Puerto Rico–people eat really, really late. Right now we are back in the hotel just relaxing and gearing up for another adventure-filled day tomorrow. Here are some pics from tonight's walk.

An Awesome Panorama Shot

A Wonderful Day At The Complutense

We had a great time walking around the Complutense University in Madrid today. What a wonderful day. We got to meet so many people that we've been communicating with over the past year. Putting face to names and personally getting introduced to those people that are helping you day after day is really special. I didn't get to view the Polyglot at the library today because there's some trouble with my student ID (it's lost). But, the facultad is writing me a letter that will get me into the libraries this week. Great news.

At the top of the list of memories today is meeting Marga Sanchez. Lesly and Marga were like two girls saying hey for the first time though they felt like they had known each other for years. When we walked to the door, she said, “May I help you?” I said, “We would like to meet with Marga Sanchez. Is she available?” She knew exactly who we were instantly.

I had a blast with the guys in the IT department too!!!!!

Hey, Lesly is telling me it's time for dinner. I gotta run. Lesly told me tell you all, "Thanks for praying for us."

Hanging Out At The Complutense

Up And Moving

Lesly and I are heading to get some breakfast. Then we're off to the Complutense. Thanks for all of the emails/texts letting us know you're praying for us.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three More Pics From Today

Update From Madrid (October 19)

We had an awesome day!!!!!!! Here is a little video update. Today the highlight of the trip for me was going to the Temple of Debod. It was absolutely amazing. It was given to Spain in 1968, then taken down, transported to Spain from Egypt, and reassembled. Seriously, this is really cool. If you ever come to Spain, you simply have to go see it. And be sure you go inside. There's not a lot to see once you're in there, but what they do have is so worth the short line.

Tomorrow Lesly and I are heading to the Complutense. First, we are going to the library. I need to pick up my student ID, and we are going to meet with the curator to view their edition of the Complutensian Polyglot. Afterwards, we are heading over to the Department of Ancient World Studies to meet with the faculty and staff. It's going to be so nice to finally put faces to names. We are especially looking forward to meeting Mrs. Marga Sanchez. Marga has been so kind to us, and we couldn't have arrived at this point in my studies without her kindness and service.

And as if you had to ask. Of course, picture time.

Leaving Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Walking Through Plaza Mayor

Right now Lesly and I are walking through Plaza Mayor. It is a large quad area. Around the perimeter people are selling stamps and coins. Lots of people are just walking around, hanging out, and catching up on the world's events. The people here in Madrid are relaxed. It's definitely different than Central America though. I feel like I've stepped back into the 1970s in a way. The style here is not antiquated, it's just like walking into a cool part of the world where everyone shops at Hollister without all the branding on the shirts. We are going to head back to the hotel in a few minutes and check in. 

Visiting El Rastro

Lesly's been telling me about the famous flea market in Spain. Well, our hotel is right down the street and we've got a few hours before check-in time. So we are walking now. For some odd reason my international plan is not working. I'm going to try and fix that later so I can post without a wifi connection. 

Here's The Hotel

We Are In Madrid!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Up North And Thinking

Lesly and I are sitting in JFK right now. I just took my girl to get a coffee (courtesy of our friends in NC). Lesly got the pumpkin latte, and it is absolutely delicious. I was skeptical, but call me a skeptic no longer.

Our flight to Madrid leaves around 7:00 pm. Lesly just told me we are scheduled to arrive at 8:35 am. 

Thanks to each of you who has sent us an email or left a voicemail telling us that you're praying for our trip. That means a lot to us.

I called my mentor and friend earlier just to say hey and update him on the trip. Do you have someone in your life that spurs you on to maximize your life for the sake of the gospel? I've got a few. Lesly's definitely one of them. I don't know what my life would be like without these people involved. Mediocre isn't really the word. But definitely deficient in so many ways--less drive, less wind in the sails, less energy, less purpose, less motivation, less satisfaction, less love, and less impact, to name just a few. I'm forever grateful for the impact these brothers and sisters make in my life. I want God to use me in other person's lives like they've been used in mine. God's got a pretty amazing plan in place: Take everyday people and do extraordinary things through them. And thank God for that plan!

Program For The Conference In Alcalá De Henares

Dr. Piñero sent me the program for the conference in Alcalá de Henares. It looks great. I'm really looking forward to being in this historic city. All of the presentations look interesting. My eyes are definitely focused on four:
  1. "Fundamentos de crítica textual: exégesis judía y cristiana" by Ignacio Carbajosa Pérez, Universidad de San Dámaso (UESD)
  2. "El Nuevo Testamento en la Biblia Políglota Complutense" by Antonio Piñero Sáenz, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
  3. "La Políglota Complutense en su contexto" by Natalio Fernández Marcos, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
  4. "La columna griega de la Biblia Políglota Complutense" by Luis Gil Fernandez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
Each presenter will have 30 minutes. That's not a lot of time, but it just means we have to get straight to business. Take a look at the program. You can get it by going to the conference website page