Prayer letter #14 February 2020

New student committee GBU Barcelona

Same mission, different setting – life in Spanish lockdown

Hey everyone,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well at this turbulent time. I just wanted to write to a quick update to let you know how things are here in Spain.

So I am currently writing this on day 44 of lockdown, and the lastest date that we have for this to end is the 9th of May. Unfortunately, unlike the UK we are not allowed daily exercise outside, which has been quite tough. However, they have just announced that from the 2nd of May we will be able to go out for exercise, which is a real answer to prayer! God has been teaching me to take a day at a time and trust Him that He will give me the strength, energy and grace for each new day (Lamentations 3:23).

Spain has seen thousands of deaths, but praise God that this is now changing as numbers are falling. Students have lost loved ones and are concerned about online examinations as the Spanish governement has susupened all in situ classes for the rest of the academic year. However, although things were very tough for the students at the beginning with much uncertainty, I am so proud of how they are coping with it all, creatively seeking to do community together and reaching out to others. Please pray for the students as many have been unable to finish their work experience, and this is especially unsettling for those who are in final year and need this to graduate. It looks very unlikely that we can go ahead with the student summer conference, as prayer for creativity and insight for the team organising this would be valued, as well as thinking over what the new term may look like come September.

Thank you for all your prayers, support, messages of encouragement and reaching out to see how I am doing in this whole situation. I really appreciate it all!

New committee in GBU BCN

The photo featured above is of the new student committee in GBU Barcelona, although due to the lockdown the official handover still hasn’t taken place! Keila (top left) and Andra (bottom left) along with Joana (bottom right), who is also helping out as a graduate. Having only two undergraduate students on committee is a challenge as they seek to motivate and encourage the various GBU groups across the city to share the gospel message. Please pray for them in this role and for wisdom for me as I work alongside them.

GBU weekly meetings

We have been continuing to meet up weekly in the different GBU groups. The photo above is of the group in Bellvitge (Barcelona). These three students are all studying Nursing and it is always a joy to study the Bible with them as they bring a unique perspective into the studies!

Zaragoza and Huesca (pictured beside) are also meeting online and have been studying Uncover John. The group in Huesca is very small, but they faithfully meet up each week and we pray that more students would join us here in the future.

Home and church life

Again everything is online and that includes church activities. On a Sunday morning we tune into Youtube to watch the service. Although not being together, it does feel like community as different households from church are taking part to record the announcements and worship (we lead it a few weeks ago!) as then the pastor gives the message. After the service we are then sent out a short Bible study based on that morning’s passage. Our flat and a few friends from another flat then do the study together via vide. This helps me as it feels like doing church a bit more “together” during lockdown.

Praise and prayer points:

Praise God for how He is teaching me in a very real way to depend on Him each day and to go in His strength.

Praise God for how He is looking after Mireia in her work in Intensive Care and for how I am able to support her in this.

Please pray for Spain, for wisdom for those making decisions, for the students who have lost loved ones and for the whole process of ending lockdown as we are able to head outside again. • Please pray for the next few months as restrictions are slowly lifted. Please pray for wisdom, guidance and grace for the staff workers across Spain as we make decisions for the end of term and looking into September, and as we walk alongside students as they process all that has happened.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him.'” Lamentations 3:22-24

For a printable (pdf) version of this prayer letter, click here.

Aislinn Duffy
Staff worker Catalonia and Aragon
+34 675891348
aislinnduffy@gbunidos.es


Carrer Mayor 88 1 2a 08860 CastelldefelsSpain
Spain

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Prayer letter #13 February 2020

GBU Staff Worker retreat – January 2020

New semester, new opportunities

Hey everyone,

I hope you are all keeping well! We are getting ready for second semester here in Barcelona, with students finishing exams and classes starting again. Let me update you over what has happened these last few months, but first I wanted to say a massive thank you for all your prayers, support and love. Thank you to all of you who have been so kind and generous in your financial support for me over these last three and a half years. I am currently on 70% of my financial support for 2020. If you would like to start supporting me or would like to talk about what this could look like, I would love to catch up and chat more about this!

Student weekend away 2019

In October we had a student weekend away where it was encouraging to see around 60 students who came from Barcelona, Zaragoza, Huesca, Lleida, Girona and Mallorca! After the camp I was chatting to a student who shared that she was really challenged there as she realised that she is now in final year and she doesn’t actually have a close friend at university with whom to share life and the gospel. For her the training at the weekend away helped her see this and she is now praying intentionally that God would use her to share with her classmates.

A change of committee and a new role for me

March can only mean one thing, a new student committee for GBU Barcelona! This year not only brings changes for the students but also for us as the staff team. Isma is stepping down from working with the students here and I am taking over this role. I’m looking forward to this as it is something different, albeit not completely new, for me and I am excited to see what God is going to do here. Praise God for the faithful service of Rux, Marta and Joana over these last two years. Please pray for Keila who is continuing on and for the new students who will enter. Would God give them creativity, wisdom and passion as they seek to advance His kingdom here in Barcelona among university students.

Over new year I had the privilege of accompanying 230 students from Spain to REVIVE – IFES European student evangelism conference – where a total of 3,000 students from across Europe came! As David Montgomery (IFES) said on the closing night, “We are here because we have one vision. We are here because we are united in Christ.” The photo above is of the Spanish delegation on the last day when we split into our national movements for a time of debrief and prayer. For me, seeing so many students from Spain (from high schools, universities as well as graduates) all coming together was a very powerful image: the potential of so many students on fire for Jesus and the impact that the gospel could have through them is amazing. My prayer is that God would advance His Kingdom in Spain and that He would revive the hearts of the people here. Lindsay Brown closed the conference as he said, “When we are gripped by an understanding of the grace of God we find we must speak of Him whatever the cost.” Please join with me in praying that the Spanish students would be motivated by God’s grace to share the gospel where He is leading them.

Praise and prayer points:

Praise God for the staff worker retreat in January. It was a beautiful time of communion, focusing on Bible truth and practical training. It is a real privilege to form part of this team. Praise God for the new incorporations of Miriam, Marta and Laura as field staff workers for GBU. This is an answer to prayer, having three new female staff workers in GBU Spain!

Praise God for blessing the start of second semester and for all the students involved in GBU. It is a joy to be working with them and to see them grow in faith and confidence in the gospel message.

Please continue to pray for the groups in Zaragoza and Huesca. Please pray specifically that God would raise up a new generation of student leaders in Zaragoza.

Please pray for wisdom for taking over being with the student committee in Barcelona in March; that God would lead me and show me how best to help the students here.

Please pray for support raising, that God would provide people to partner with me in this mission in Spain; that I would depend on Him and His faithful provision.

Please pray for the upcoming events:

• Visit Zaragoza/Huesca: 27th – 29th Feb

• GBE Barcelona Urban Camp: 14th March

• AGM GBU Barcelona: 20th March

• AGM GBU Spain: 27th – 29th March (Madrid)

• ECM Biannual: 1st – 8th April (Croatia) • Visit Zaragoza/Huesca: 16th – 18th April

“Look among the nations and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.”
Habakkuk 1:5

For a printable (pdf) version of this prayer letter, click here.

Aislinn Duffy
Staff worker Catalonia and Aragon
+34 675891348
aislinnduffy@gbunidos.es


Carrer Mayor 88 1 2a 08860 CastelldefelsSpain
Spain

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Prayer letter #12 October 2019


Student leaders training conference with students from Barcelona, Zaragoza, Huesca, Tarragona and Lleida

Hey everyone,

I hope you had a lovely summer! We are now back to porridge, back into the routine of a new academic year. It was great being back in Belfast for the month of August where I was able to rest, catch up with friends and family, read, and recharge batteries.

I am glad to be back in Barcelona, ready for this new year. “Expectant” is the word that best describes how I am feeling right now: expectant of what God has planned for this year, for what He is going to do and how He is going to move.

The picture above is from the student leaders training conference that we had earlier in September. Andrew Reid came to talk to us on “Integral Mission” as we looked at Colossians. It was so encouraging to see students leaders not only from Barcelona but from across Catalonia and Aragon. What struck me over the weekend was the potential of these students as they seek to advance God’s Kingdom here in Spain and on the university campus. These students are the future Church in Spain, and it is an immense privilege to work alongside them and see them grow in love, faith and maturity in Christ. Please join with me in praying for them and for all that God has planned for this year!

On a more personal note, Mireia and I now have a new flatmate, Lidia. This is a sign of God’s provision for me as Mireia, Lidia and I have been friends for the last 10 years as they used to come to my home church to help with Holiday Bible Club, and we stayed in touch ever since. And now I am living with them! God’s faithfulness and provision blows me away, and how He has been setting me up for this by providing such friendships before I even felt the call to Spain.

Revive Europe

This New Year I am going to be celebrating it a bit differently: REVIVE is a student evangelism equipping conference organised by IFES Europe, from the 27th of December to the 1st of January in Germany. The theme is Revival, a hunger for a move of God. Each IFES country has a team delegate who is part of the organising and recruiting and since May I have been part of this, representing GBU Spain. We currently have roughly 150 students signed up for REVIVE from Spain, which is amazing! It is tradition here that young people to spend new year with their families, so this is a really surprising and encouraging number of students for GBU.

As part of the run-up to the conference, each week a different European country is featured for prayer. You can find the video for Spain by searching “Revive Spain” in Youtube!

Catalonia and Aragon

I think I have previously mentioned Manuela, a student in Huesca who hopes to start up a GBU group on her campus there. Manuela has been attending the group in Zaragoza but this year we are starting up a group in Huesca (270km from Barcelona). It was so encouraging to see her at the weekend away and to see how God is going before her, bringing different contacts and paving the way. We could have up to six students in this GBU group, which is incredible! On a campus of 3,000 students, to have a group of Christian students meeting up regularly to pray, read the Bible and invite their friends to discover Jesus for themselves, just imagine the impact that this could have! Please pray for Manuela and the other students in Huesca, as well as the relationship with the local churches there, that they would be inspired to see a Christian witness on campus and would support the group there. Please pray for wisdom for me as I accompany Manuela and the other students and travel up there too.

Praise and prayer points:

Praise God for my rest over summer, for Lidia and Mireiain the flat and for being settled back into life here in Barcelona.

Praise God for the weekend away with the student leaders and all the training, fellowship, community and conversations that took place.

Please pray that God would go before us as the GBU small groups start up, as new students come and that they would be inspired with the mission to be salt and light on campus.

Please pray for those organising REVIVE and for the thousands of students who will be attending. Please pray that God would first revive our individual hearts and that from this conference students would spread out across Europe with the gospel message.

Please pray that God would go before me and equip me for all the different challenges and areas of work that He for me this year.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

For a printable (pdf) version of this prayer letter, click here.

Aislinn Duffy
Staff worker Catalonia and Aragon
+34 675891348
aislinnduffy@gbunidos.es


Carrer Mayor 88 1 2a 08860 CastelldefelsSpain
Spain

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Prayer letter #11 July 2019

I had a beautiful time with friends from home, Anna and Joy, who came to visit me back in March

Hey everyone,
It has been a while since my last prayer letter and I just wanted to send an update before we end term with our GBU summer conference, Verano GBU.

This year we are holding the conference in the south of Spain from the 22nd to the 28th of July. We have roughly 135 students from all over Spain signed up to the conference, which is an amazing number of students!!

The theme of the conference this year is “Follow me – from sceptic to disciple” as we study the example of Peter in the gospels. This camp is key as the students go deeper in their relationship with Jesus and for them to be equipped to share the gospel with their classmates. Imparting vision about how God is calling us to make disciples, specifically for the students in their university context, and how to put that vision into practice is one of the main aims of the conference.

I would really appreciate prayer for the final preparations before the conference and also for during it. There are very few staff members this year at the camp (12 in total) and we each have many areas of responsibility to cover. Sometimes it can be hard to be intentional with the students when there are so many of them and so few of us. Please pray that God would use us in our limitations and that in His grace He would go before us.

Praise and prayer points:

Praise God for the number of students who have signed up to the summer conference, many of who it is their first time in Verano GBU.

Please pray for the staff team serving this year. Please pray for stamina, for energy, for us to be intentional with the students and for God to use us in our limitations.

Please pray for the staff and speakers as we give various workshops and training at the conference. I am giving a workshop on the 24th; please pray that God would speak through me and that it would be encouraging and useful for the students.

Praise God for all that He has done this academic year. Although the step up to staff worker has been a challenge at times, I have loved every moment of it and have seen God’s guidance and Him equipping me over the year.

Please pray for a genuine rest this August. I will be back in Belfast for the month and am looking forward to a chance to rest and renew my energy as I relax and catch up with friends and family.

GBU camp 22-29th July
Team of students who performed in Experimento Marcos – The Mark Drama

The Mark Drama

The photo above is the team of students who performed in Experimento Marcos – The Mark Drama. Praise God for how it went as the two performances in churches over the weekend were packed out. The performance at the university was not so well attended, despite having had a stand in the main university square and flyering all morning, but some students still came along and enjoyed the performance.

Please pray for all those who came along to the drama and who saw the Gospel of Mark acted out. Please pray that God would continue to work in their hearts and draw them to Him. One of the guys that Mireia and I were reading Uncover John with, came to one of the performances. Afterwards I asked him what impacted him the most and he said that the various parables but especially the parables of the seed that fell on different soil (Mark 4)! Please continue to pray for him and for the seed that has been planted there.

New committee for GBU Barcelona – (left to right) are Ruxandra, Keila, Marc, Marta and Joana.

New committee for GBU Barcelona

Back in April we handed over to the new committee for GBU Barcelona. In the photo above (left to right) are Ruxandra, Keila, Marc, Marta and Joana. However, Marc is now going on Erasmus come September and Joana has just graduated, so the committee is down to three. This is going to be a challenge and prayer for these students would be valued as they seek to lead GBU Barcelona in sharing the gospel message with those around them and in the context where God has placed each student. These students are such an encouragement to me; I am constantly being challenged and encouraged by them as they live out their faith in such a secular context. Sometimes ministry can be really tough, but there are also many moments of pure joy as we see God working in ways we didn’t expect.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

For a printable (pdf) version of this prayer letter, click here.

Aislinn Duffy
Staff worker Catalonia and Aragon
+34 675891348
aislinnduffy@gbunidos.es


Carrer Mayor 88 1 2a 08860 CastelldefelsSpain
Spain

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Prayer letter #10 March 2019

The GBU Spain staff team (GBU, GBE, GBG and office staff) at our retreat in January

Hey everyone,
I hope you are all keeping well! It is a joy for me to write to you and share what God has been doing these last few months here in GBU Barcelona. I hope that these stories inspire and give you a glimpse into life as a staff worker here in Catalonia and Aragon. God is good, He is working in my life and in the lives of the students here and transforming us into His likeness. It is a privilege to be part of this and to see His Kingdom advance here in Spain.

Life in Castelldefels
God has blessed me richly with my flatmates and my church community here in Castelldefels. When we first moved to the flat we said that we wanted God to use it, and we have seen Him do just that! The door is always open and we have found that this is a place where people feel that they can come just to be with someone, to share, to laugh, to cry and to pray. It is really beautiful to be living church in community and sharing life with church family not just on a Sunday but during the week too. Since November we have been doing a seeker Bible study in the flat with two friends on a fortnightly basis. We have just finished studying seven encounters with Jesus in the Gospel of John and they want to continue to meet up and study more about Jesus. It is so exciting how they want to learn more and see God pursuing them!

Staff worker retreat 2019
Thank you for all the prayers over this week as I really felt that God was going before me, giving me the energy and concentration during the intense conference that it was. It is always such a blessing being able to come together as a GBU family, to go deeper in God’s word and share with each other. In the retreat the National Coordination shared with us the reality of the number of field staff workers in Spain, and that from this month on there are only eight field staff workers for GBU University (as shown in the map below). The harvest is plenty but the workers are few and this is so true in this ministry. Please join with me in praying that God would raise up more staff workers and the necessary financial support for them.

Support update
Thank you to all of you who have generously supported me over these last two years and who continue to do so. Many of you have been asking me recently how I am doing in terms of finance. I am currently on 65% of my total for this year. To get me up to 100% this looks like 30 people giving £25 a month. If you would like to support me financially or know more about how to help please do get in contact with me or with the ECM Ireland office ( www.ecmireland.org ).
During May I am planning on being back in the UK for a few weeks to support raise and so if you would like to meet up and have a chat about how you can partner with me and join my support team please do contact me as it would be great to grab a coffee and have a chat about it.

Training student leaders and GBE
Throughout the year we have three Saturday training sessions with the student leaders, with a focus on growing in character, competence and conviction. In February we had our second meeting and I lead a session on “Chosen by grace”, in which we explored how we are to live and lead having grace as the base and the difference this makes in our life and leadership, knowing that we are first chosen by Him, in Him we have our identity, we are accepted by Him, and from this basis we serve. When talking to one of the student leaders after the training, she shared how she had never fully understood the relationship between saved by grace and doing works in the life of a Christian and it was something that had always been a bit of a worry for her, but that after studying at it in the leaders training, it finally all made sense!

Since October I have been helping to coordinate the Scripture Union group (GBE) here in Barcelona. Once a month we hold a meeting on a Saturday afternoon for those of secondary school age where we have a time of games, food, and either a short talk or workshop on a various topics all with the focus on how to share our faith with our classmates. Over the months we have seen numbers growing, from 10 students back in October to 32 last month! It is a real joy to see the students coming and learning about how to share their faith where God has placed them, and to see the numbers grow as more students receiving this encouragement and training.

Next few months…
At the end of March we have the GBU committee handover and then the last weekend of March is the National AGM in Madrid. This is a time where students come as delegates from all the local groups across Spain to participate in the decisions being made at a national level. It is always an encouraging time, seeing how God is moving in different parts of the country and how the students are boldly and creatively stepping out and sharing their faith. We have a good number of students from Barcelona and Zaragoza going this year which is encouraging!One first year student, M, attends GBU Zaragoza but studies in Huesca, where currently there is no GBU group. She is excited to attend the conference to see what God is doing across Spain and to share the vision of seeing GBU formed in her university campus.

In April we are hoping to put on the Mark Drama, a 90 minute representation of the Gospel of Mark. As some of you will remember, we planned on doing this drama last year but we didn’t have enough students to participate. This time we have the 15 students and have already starting learning the script. This is always a fantastic event to which invite friends where they hear and see the gospel acted out before them.

Praise and prayer points:

Praise God for how He is using this flat for His mission and for the seeker Bible study that we have fortnightly here.
Praise God for GBE and for how many high school students are coming along and taking part.
Praise God for the opportunity to teach the students on leading and living from grace and how God used the preparation to speak to me too.
Please pray for the upcoming Mark drama (25-29 April). For permission to perform in the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and for many students to come and respond to the gospel message.
Please pray over different pastoral challenges that we are facing as staff in GBU; prayer for wisdom and godly guidance would be very much appreciated.
Please pray over financial support and for my home visit in May; that God would provide the necessary support for the coming year and more people would join in partnering with me in this ministry.

“No longer will they teach their neighbour, or say to one another, “Know the Lord,” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 31:34

Aislinn Duffy
Staff worker Catalonia and Aragon+34 675891348
aislinnduffy@gbunidos.es


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Prayer letter #9 January 2019

GBU Christmas celebration in Zaragoza

Settling in as Staff Worker in Barcelona and Zaragoza

Happy new year to you all!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to what God has in store for 2019. It is a real privilege to be serving here in Barcelona with GBU and to see how God is working in the lives of the students. Let me update you a bit on what has been happening since my last prayer letter and what these next few months hold.

Thank you for all your continued support; it is such a blessing to know that as I am doing ministry here I am backed by so many who partner me with in prayer, encouragement and financial support. I truly value it all, thank you.

Soy castelldefelenca

“Castelldefelenca” is someone who lives in Castelldefels, the town which I have moved to. It has been a real joy being here since October, feeling part of church community and sharing life with my two flatmates – Mireia and Dayana – and others in the church. I feel a lot more settled now that I am away from the busyness of city centre and look forward to how God will use me here in this new community.

Mission week in November

Thank you for all your prayers, WhatsApp messages and support as we held our Mission Week back in November. It was so evident that God was going before us as He brought in all the necessary financial support just weeks before starting. The students stepped out in faith as they hired a 150m^2 tent in which all the talks were to be held. This was the first time we tried this in Barcelona and the campus responded really well. The tent created a neutral space where the students could come and engage with the talks. We are now in the phase of follow-up and reaching out to those who showed interest in learning more about Christianity. Prayers for the GBU student team who head this up would be valued, and that those who are genuinely interested would meet up to find out more and engage in a seeker Bible study, despite the difficulty of limiting timetables.

Forum 2018 – 50th year anniversary of GBU

In December it was a privilege to be part of the celebration to mark the 50th year anniversary of GBU. This conference, Forum, saw people from all ages, backgrounds and churches from across Spain come together for Bible training, seminaries and fellowship.

It was inspiring to see so many Christians worshipping together in the conference and to look back over the last 50 years – remembering what God has been doing through the lives of the people who serve Him – and inspiring to look to the next 50 years what God is going to do.

Coming up in the next few months…

January sees the annual  staff worker retreat in Segovia, a time when we as staff receive training and also share what God is doing across Spain.

February is the start of a new semester and so the weekly groups start up again. I’ll be accompanying Marta, the student leader in Mundet (pictured above), and also attending the group in Zaragoza every 6 weeks or so, as well as joining the committee meetings via Skype.

March is the committee handover in Barcelona – please pray for God to raise up students willing to serve Him on committee and also students to coordinate the eight GBU small groups that we have across the city.

Praise and prayer points:

•Praise God for the response we had with Mission Week, how it all went smoothly and for how many students heard the gospel message, perhaps for the first time.

•Please pray that God would continue to work in their lives and that He would draw students to Himself.

•Praise God for the various Christmas evangelistic events that took place across Barcelona and Zaragoza.

•Please pray over the upcoming staff worker retreat – 14th to the 17th of January in Segovia. •Praise God for how I have really settled into my role as staff worker and also in the flat with Mireia and Dayana.

•Please pray for the next few months as we go into second semester. That God would go before us as a staff team and that we would inspire, equip, accompany and encourage the GBU students to be salt and light where God has placed them.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20-21

Welcome

Welcome to my mission support website! This website is basically to keep you all up to date with what I am doing as I work with GBU Barccelona. Here I am going to be posting various updates as well as prayer letters during my time out in Spain.

Thank you for all your interest and support, I really appreciate it!

Aislinn xx

Prayer letter #8 October 2018

New academic year, new role, new challenges, new flat…all very exciting!

Hey everyone,

I have to apologise for how long it has taken me to write this latest update! It is now the first week of October and I have settled into the rhythm of work again here in Barcelona. I had a really relaxing month of August back at home in Belfast and returned well-rested and excited to see what God has planned for this new academic year.

September was full of changes as I started as Staff Worker with GBU and also moved flat. I am now living in Castelldefels, just outside Barcelona, the town where my church is. Many of you will remember the long search for a flat when I first moved here, well this time the search was a lot faster and smoother. Praise God for His provision!

He completely went before me and Mireia (my new flatmate) and people from church have been really generous helping us to move in and getting furniture and things sorted.

We are still looking for a third girl to move in with us and would appreciate prayer over this. But praise God for this move and for how I am already feeling a lot more settled now that I am out of the busyness of Barcelona city centre.

Team for Catalonia and Aragon

This year is different and exciting; not only am I starting now as Staff Worker, with more responsibilities than these last two years, but the team has also grown this year as Juan Pablo, a staff worker in the south of Spain, got married in September and has moved up to Barcelona. The team has gone from one field staff worker (Isma) to three. Praise God for this exciting new team in the region of Catalonia and Aragon.

Please pray for team dynamics and for good communication between us all. It is a real blessing and privilege for me to be working with Juan Pablo, Isma and Dorcas (the team leader here and my supervisor). I  am constantly learning from them and am challenged by their faith, their experience on the field and their love for the students. Please pray for the south of Spain as, now that Juan Pablo has moved, there is a big area and many student groups left with no staff worker. Please pray that God would raise up more staff workers across Spain for His mission reaching university students.

Zaragoza

This year I will be continuing with the GBU group in Mundet and also will be looking after the group in Zaragoza. This is a city  300km (190 miles) from Barcelona. I plan to visit the group there every two months and also be in regular contact with the leaders (Sara, Lidia and Sarai) via Skype during the week.

Training student leaders

In September we had a weekend away with the student leaders of Catalonia and Aragon, and it was a really encouraging start to the term as all of the leaders from Barcelona and one from Zaragoza were able to attend. We spent the weekend studying Jesus’ prayer in John 17 and looking at growing in conviction, character and competence. Please continue to pray for these students as they seek to lead and inspire others in their group to share the gospel with their classmates.

In October we have another weekend away, this time for all students in the two regions. This is a key weekend as we share the vision of GBU with the students, many of whom are new this year. Pablo Martínez is going to be speaking on how our identity is in Christ and how this impacts and motivates us to share the gospel.

Mission weekNovember 2018

GBU Barcelona is organising a week of evangelistic talks at the beginning of November. This is going to be big, with various international and Spanish speakers. We are hoping to put up a tent in the main university square where we can hold the talks and the evening activities. This is unlike anything we have ever done before in GBU BCN and prayer for all the organising and preparation would be really valued.

Please pray that God would take all our efforts and plans and that He would be glorified through it all. Please pray that He would be preparing the hearts of the students who will listen to the evangelistic talks and that we would see lives changed during this week. Please pray for salvation across the university campus.

Praise and prayer points:

  • Praise God for how I am settling into my role as staff worker and for how I can really see Him going before me and teaching me.
  • Praise God for providing a new flat, for the ease of the move and for the blessing of church community.
  • Please pray for the different evangelistic activities we have planned this semester, for Mission Week and the follow-up of students wanting to know more.
  • Praise God for the staff team here in GBU Barcelona.
  • Please pray that we would increasingly grow in wisdom and Christ-centred leadership as we seek to equip and accompany the students.

Prayer letter #7 March 2018

Hey everyone,

It’s hard to believe we are already starting second semester here in Barcelona, time is going so fast! Let me catch you up with a few things that have happened since my last prayer letter and then also look ahead to what I am planning for the future.

In general, the political tensions in Barcelona have calmed down but things are not fully resolved. Many people are still very hurt and angry over the referendum situation and how it was handled. Please pray for wisdom for those in power and for Catalonia to have a regional government soon.

At the end of December we hosted an evangelistic Christmas meal where the students were encouraged to invite along their friends and classmates to a sit-down meal and then a talk about the true meaning of Christmas. As a Staff Team in GBU Barcelona we have been focusing on teaching the students about the importance of personal evangelism and they seemed to really grasp onto this as one student invited his classmates to the talk and seven of them came along! Another student invited four of her friends and they each came. In total there were roughly thirty non-Christian students who came to the Christmas meal and heard the gospel preached, perhaps some for the first time! Praise God for the boldness of these students and for the follow-up conversations as a result of coming along to this event.

Another significant event in December was that in Mundet, one of my university groups, we were able to put up a photography exposition in celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. Normally this university campus wouldn’t allow us to do any sort of evangelistic activity and so it was a real breakthrough that we received the necessary permission for this. Hundreds of students passed the exposition set up at the entrance to the library during the December exam period. The exposition, (developed by Juan Pablo, staff worker in the South of Spain)  consisted of an eye-catching display of 30 photos, each representing and explaining a different area of society transformed by the influence of the Reformation. It was really encouraging for this group to be able to do this activity! Please pray for the students who passed by the exposition and stopped to read and think about it, as well as the conversations the GBU students have had with their friends as a result.

In Tarragona this semester we held our very first Mission Week, with evangelistic talks in the evening and Grill a Christian (a question and answer panel) in the afternoon. During the mornings we had a stand where students could answer the question of the day and also respond to “If God exists, what would you ask him?” by writing a question on a post-it note and sticking it on the banner. The students on the campus really engaged with the stand, although very few actually came along to the evangelistic talks. However, as this was the first time ever doing a four-day long outreach on campus, it did serve to set a good ground-work for the future. Although small in number the GBU group was encouraged to continue to reach out to the campus and are already thinking of future occasions to engage again with the campus.

Lindsay Brown talking at Staff Worker retreat

Back in January I was invited along to the GBU Staff Workers retreat, though I am not yet a staff worker and so it was a privilege to be asked to go along. We had a great time of learning from Lynsey Brown, former General Secretary of IFES and it was great to see what God is doing in other parts of Spain and the impact of this student ministry.

Having worked now for a year and a half with the team here in Barcelona and also having gotten to know the rest of those who serve in other parts of the country I really feel part of the GBU team here in Spain and it is a privilege to be able to serve amongst them and learn from them. In terms of the future, in theory I should be finishing my time here in Barcelona as a Student Worker at the end of July but after much prayer and thought I have decided to stay on with GBU and ECM for another few years, this time as Staff Worker. I have already had an interview with the General Secretary of GBU and in April I have a final interview with the Executive Committee. God has led me to take this decision through timely conversations with different people and through prayer and thought and I am excited to take this step of faith and continue to serve Him in this ministry with university students in Spain.

GBU Staff team at retreat in January

If you would like more information about how to support the work that I am doing here, both now or as I start in September as Staff Worker, I would love to have you on board! If you would like to partner with me through financial support, whether by a one-off gift or through monthly donations, please contact me and I would love to send you more information. Thank you to those of you who are already supporting me financially, this is such a blessing to me and I really appreciate the sacrifice you are making as you invest in building God´s Kingdom here in Spain.

Lots of love,

Aislinn xx

 

Praise and prayer points:

  • Praise God for various evangelistic events that have taken place across Barcelona and the impact on the lives of many students who attended.
  • Pray for the GBU groups across Barcelona and ask God to bring lasting fruit in the lives of the students who heard the gospel in the last few months.
  • Praise God for the team of staff in GBU Spain and please pray that God would raise up more workers as this ministry grows.
  • Please pray for this decision of staff worker for the future. Please pray that God would provide all the finance that I need for this new role in GBU.

Prayer letter #6 October 2017

Hey everyone,

So I am back in Barcelona again, just having finished a month of my second year as student worker with GBU. As I got back in September it was a real “hit the ground running” kind of moment but now I feel like I am getting back into the swing of things here.

As I am sure many of you are aware, things have been very tense politically this last month in Spain and especially where I am in Catalunya. Basically Catalunya wants to be independent from Spain, a situation that has been long in the making, but recently has come to a head with the referendum that was held on the 1st of October. Politicians have really not been handling the situation well, with both sides lacking wisdom and integrity. Things seem to be calming down now, but there is still a lot of underlying tension. Please pray for the Church in Spain to stand out as we try to be salt and light in the midst of such a difficult time.

Thank you for praying over the GBU summer camp back in July! It was a really encouraging time with roughly 100 students attending. A highlight of the camp was the launching of Uncover John in Spanish – six seeker Bible studies going through the Gospel of John to discover who Jesus is for themselves. We  saw great fruit from Uncover Luke across Spain and are praying for God to do big things with Uncover John.

  As soon as I got back in September, we started the term off with a training weekend away for the student leaders across Catalunya and the different groups in Barcelona. Though we were quite pushed for time, Isma (field staff worker in Barcelona) and I were able to get everything organised and the students really enjoyed it. We studied the book of Nehemiah, looking at the characteristics of a leader and what it means to serve in GBU. The GBU National Coordinator, Antonio Ruiz, came to support us and this was a real blessing as we needed the help and were also able to learn a lot from him. I was expecting to go and lead the students and that be it, but God really used the weekend to speak to me and to teach me new things, which I wasn’t expecting but was very much blessed by.

I am now just back from our general student weekend away in October where we had roughly 30 students attending. The theme was salt and light, a very relevant theme considering the current political situation! As the students listened to the teaching on Matthew 5 calling for us to be set apart they responded in prayer as they lifted up politicians both in Madrid and in Barcelona, praying for their salvation and for peace for this country. To see the students understand the beauty of the gospel message and be able to pray together despite their political differences was extremely powerful.

This weekend was also a real milestone for me as I was able to look back to the previous year when I had just arrived, was still finding my feet and had to co-lead a workshop while still being quite overwhelmed with it all. It was such an encouragement for me to see just how far God has brought me and how He has been teaching me more about Himself, and even just practical things like being able to stand up confidently and give a workshop to the students all in Spanish!

This first semester is always a busy time in terms of events and conferences but it has been great to get back into the swing of things with the students, starting up again with the student committee and working with the new relays of the student coordinators. This year again I have three groups, Bellvitge and Mundet like last year and also the GBU group in Tarragona. Having this new group is really exciting, despite it being situated some 90kms away! October also sees me starting with some subjects at IBSTE, a Bible College here in Barcelona. This semester I have two subjects; I’m really looking forward to studying here and being in a classroom again, as learning online last year just didn’t work practically for me.

I hope you have enjoyed this update of what life has been life since I got back. Thank you for partnering with me in this ministry! I do appreciate all your support. If you would like any more information in how to further partner with me in prayer or in financial support please send me a message and I would love to chat!

Lots of love,

Aislinn xx

Praise and prayer points:

  • Praise God for the launching of Uncover John in Spanish! Pray that many students would come to know Him through this resource.
  • Pray for Spain and Catalonia and the political tensions here. Pray for peace and for Christians across the country to remember that our citizenship is in Heaven and that we are to give our opinion in love.
  • Praise God for the start of the new academic year and for the new students who are being involved in GBU.
  • Please pray for me as I seek to encourage and equip the students, as I start studying again and also that God would lead me as I take decisions looking to the future.