This has been such a challenging 6 months, as we know it has been for people all over the world. We are so thankful we serve a God who is faithful and is not surprised by the things that come. During this time we pray we find our peace and rest in Him. Thank you all for your love and support. Here are some of the things that have happened in the past few months.
Emily and the two other ladies on our team have been reading the bible with the women in our house church, walking through discipleship, and looking at how to follow Jesus. We have seen them being bold by proclaiming the Gospel on the streets, telling people in their lives about the hope in Jesus, and inviting others into discipleship. Praise Jesus for these sweet friendships and opportunities we get to see God work. They were also able to take the ladies of our HC on a short retreat to spend time together and pursue Jesus. This was a huge blessing!
Tony has been working on discipleship with a brother in Christ from Southeast Asia. He has lived with us since moving to Barcelona. Recently we have been walking with him as he has endured persecution from friends, family, and roommates for his decision to follow Jesus. Despite facing homelessness and the possibility of losing his family he has continued to follow Jesus and share with everyone he can. He is currently trusting God to provide him a job so he can send money home to his family.
As we mentioned previously, weekly we go out into the community of el Raval to give out food, offer prayer, and tell people about Jesus. During quarantine, this was impossible for us to do here in Spain. The police were patrolling the streets and it was nearly impossible to have the same type of interactions. This really saddened our hearts because we wanted to continue the work of the Kingdom here in Spain. Through the time we were locked inside our home we asked the Lord to be able to use us even if it was from our computers. During those few months, the Lord allowed us to connect with people all over the world to read the Bible together and begin new Bible studies while also allowing for our HC to continue on Zoom. While we are so thankful to be able to interact with people now we were so thankful for that time we were locked inside to pursue God and His will. Since July we have been able to continue outreach and caring for our community. Here are some stories that really impacted us:
The Holy Spirit lead me here
One day, while out sharing we met a man who we cannot thank the Lord for enough! While walking away from some people we prayed for, we saw a man sitting on a bench reading his Bible (this is a super rare sight in this country/city). We walked up to him and asked him what he was reading. Turns out that he had come over from Honduras before the virus happened and had no work. He had been praying that week about how lonely he was and how much he desired community with people who follow Jesus. After praying, he felt the Holy Spirit tell him to come to the bench he was sitting at near the water…. and that is when we walked up. He was so excited that we had come over that he got up and came sharing with us. He has been a constant part of the church and loves to go out and share with us. Please pray for Javier, his wife and child are still in Honduras and it is very difficult/dangerous there right now.
We just found out we are pregnant
We recently met a very young couple from Bulgaria. They had sold everything to buy tickets to Spain in hopes of starting a new life. When we met them, they were living on the street and had just found out they were pregnant! After praying for them and sharing with them the hope they have in Jesus. God answered their prayers by giving them a place to stay and eventually a plane ticket back home to rejoin their family to help them with the new baby. We connected them with other believers in Bulgaria to continue to work with them.
God is going to do something on this street
One Thursday morning a group of us went out to prayer walk over the neighborhood. As we were praying one of the guys felt that God was going to do work on a specific street that was known for having several drug dealers. Later that afternoon 2 of the guys went out to share and met a man named Omar. Omar had been an alcoholic for several years but when he heard the message of the Gospel he turned his life to Christ and got baptized a few days later. We are praising God for the work He is doing and being able to see life change in the people in this city.
Jesus is healer
As we write this today we are currently working through healing with a woman who had an extremely traumatizing past. She gave her life to Jesus in January and has recognized Jesus as a healer. We have invited her to stay with us for a few weeks to help her during this incredibly difficult process. There has been much prayer, tears, and reading. In just this first week God has worked so much in her.
In February/March our 6 month student visa was set to expire, we had no idea what we were going to do or how we were going to stay here. In March, Spain went into a State of Alarm that put so many things on hold but with this they renewed the visas that were set to expire during this time so we were automatically renewed until December of this year! Praise the Lord! We are thankful for His faithfulness even in a time of deep sadness and uncertanty in our world.
Spiritual protection and peace during this season – a lot of our friends are going through hard times and persecution with their families.
Job + Financial Provision – some of our refugee friends have been looking for work because their families back home are dependent on them. Specifically our brother Naz, his family is days away from loosing their home and he has a lot of pressure to provide for them. Please pray we have the wisdom and resources to help him. It has been very difficult seeing the economic situation with a lot of the immigrants here. The economy here has really taken a hit and where they come from have had their economies completely ravaged by this virus. It has caused them to struggle to put food on their tables here, as well as putting food on the table of their families back in their home country.
Reconciliation – that we would continue to fight for unity in the body of Christ here.
Healing of the Heart – a lot of the people are dealing with past trauma and hurts and we are fighting for them in prayer asking that Jesus would heal their wounds and bring freedom to their lives.
House Church Multiplication – that God would raise up leaders who would catch vision and start a church in their own home with their oikos (people they know).
Raising up Leaders + Multiplication – that people here would desire to go and make disciples and multiply Churches their homes. With this we would see so many people of different nations reached for the Glory of our King.
Salvation for our Friends – please pray for our friends Genesis & Andra, that The Spirit would turn in their hearts and that they would desire to surrender their lives to Jesus and follow Him.
We wanted to share a brief report of how people are experiencing the love of God through your obedience. Here are some of the needs that are being met in the name of Jesus to believers and non-believers.
Food – Every Friday we purchase food for the homeless. We pass out sandwiches, snacks, and drinks as we walk around and pray. Afterwards we gather at our house and feed everyone who joins this ranges between 15-30 people. This is impactful because many people who come do not have work or make very little.
Housing – Due to the instability of employment and difficulty to gain legal documents to begin working many people struggle to find places to sleep and afford rent. God has provided rent for several people from many different countries.
Other needs – While in the community there are many needs not being met. God has blessed people with sleeping bags, blankets, asthma medicine, clothes, and work uniforms.
We have been so blessed seeing God work through the blessing we share. I truly hope each of you are encouraged that the fruit of this is for all to share.
We are currently praying through how we can provide more care for the people in Barcelona. If you would like to contribute to this financially you may do so from here.