Hello my dear family and friends!! I am in full preparation mode for Spain and I am so excited that you’re part of this journey with me!
As you know, I am headed to Mallorca, Spain to help start an international Christian school, and through this school share the gospel.
It wasn’t always easy to type those words, you see when the Lord first presented the call to Spain, I had questions! A lot of questions!! I had a long list of them actually!! Here are a few that I really wrestled with upon receiving this opportunity almost 6 years ago:
- Why Spain?
- Why start a school?
- I have to leave behind my family, my job/ministry, and my home?
- Will I be able to carry out this huge task?
- Do they eat corn tortillas in Spain? (Priorities!)
In His lovingkindness and patience, the Lord answered all my questions. I will share the response to just one of those questions in this post.
Why Spain? The Lord showed me that He wasn’t sending me to a specific location per se but to people who need to hear the gospel. Spain’s population is approximately 47 million people, and only 1% are evangelical Christians 1 and 55% of the young population do not identify with any religion and no longer attend any church 2. Spain and the rest of Europe is known as “The Forgotten Mission Field” – Europe may not suffer from major poverty and/or diseases that lead many humanitarian Christian groups there…but they suffer from an indifference to the gospel. The need for the gospel in Spain is great! And the strategic geographical location of Spain is exciting!! It lies in the middle of the rest of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Imagine the potential of sending out missionaries from Spain to all these locations!!!
The Lord led me to read on the life of Moses. Before Moses went to Egypt to free his people, the Lord said this to Moses, “And now behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them…come, I will send you…” (Exodus 3:9-10). It was as if the words of the Bible jumped out and took a hold of my heart. The Lord whispered this to my heart, “I hear the cry of the people of Spain. I hear their cry for something True. I see their hearts. They need to hear the gospel, they need the Truth of Jesus Christ in their hearts.” The Lord had to deal with my heart as I recognized God’s love for people, for the people of Spain.
Just like this question, the Lord answered the rest of them one by one. He solidified my calling as these questions lead me to seek His Word and His presence. And guess what? The answers to the other questions blew my mind and I will share a few more with you in the next post!
Thank you for being on this journey with me! We’re in this together and it blesses me to know that I’m not doing this alone!
- To be dependent on the Lord during this time of preparation.
- Strength in the midst of spiritual warfare.
- Wisdom for the visa process.
- For the Lord to continue to provide in all areas.