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.

Prayer letter #5 May 2017

Hey everyone,

So we are now just over half way into the second semester and lots has happened since I last wrote an update! Things are going really well here, very busy and intense but I am completely loving it. God is working in mighty ways in the students in Barcelona.

In February we had our Missions Week where we held different evangelistic events in one of the universities in Barcelona and also in a bookshop in town. Students were invited to a range of talks and conferences all with the slogan “Convinced?”. As well as the talks we had a stand in the university’s main square where many students stopped to see what we were doing and take part in the daily question that related to the evening talks. We had some encouraging responses from the students with around fifteen signing up to study Uncover with us after Mission Week, although many of these students have since declined starting the seeker bible study due to various excuses.  Please pray for these students, that they would continue to seek God and wouldn’t lose interest.

March saw us handing over to a new student committee as well as having a student leaders camp for those in leadership in GBU Barcelona. This was a great time of training for the students as we learnt about the different characteristics of a leader through the example of Ezra in the Old Testament and then looking at how to apply this to our context. At this camp I led a workshop for the students on how to motivate others. I was really pleased with how it went and I could really see myself growing in the role as I prepared the material and also leading it for the students. This was a real blessing as it was one of those points where I could look back and see that a few months ago I wouldn’t have been prepared to do this but now I am. God is working in me and teaching me a lot!

As I am writing this update I am just back from attending Presence, an IFES Europe student conference in Germany. It was really encouraging to see 2,000 students passionate for God and for evangelism and wanting to learn more from His Word. We were 90 in total from GBU Spain and it was a real eye-opening experience for the students as they saw how mission is greater than just their university campus, Barcelona or Spain, but that they are part of something so much bigger and that it is all for His glory.

So one of the highlights of my work here is the International GBU Group in Barcelona. It is such a joy to meet each week and be able to learn from these students and share life together. We have just finished studying the book of Daniel and looking at how Daniel, as a young person living in a foreign country/culture, did all things with integrity. It has been very challenging for me personally studying this book and seeing how Daniel lived with such faith and integrity although he faced many different trials and challenges in such a secular context.

Looking ahead to the next few months, May and June are pretty quiet as the students start exams and finish university. I will be back at home for a week or so in June to fundraise and catch up with people before coming back out for the GBU summer camp that we have in Valencia from the 17th to the 27th of July. The camp’s theme this year is Goodness, Truth and the Power of the Gospel. Michael Ots is going to be speaking at the first half of the camp, which is aimed at student leaders with specific teaching on mission, and then Esteban Figueirdo will be talking at the second half which is the national GBU camp for all students. At the camp there will be a variety of workshops and seminars and I am going to be leading one of these on how to do an Inductive Bible Study. I would appreciate prayer as I get stuck into preparing the workshop later this month, that I would rely on God to guide me in this as I am again stepping out of my comfort zone here.

I hope you are encouraged as you read about what is happening in GBU Barcelona. Thank you for all your support, prayers and encouragement as you partner with me in this ministry!

Lots of love,

Aislinn xx

Praise and prayer points:

  • Praise God for all the activities over the last few months: missions week, the student leader training weekend and Presence in Germany. Praise Him for all we have learnt and pray that we would be able to put it into practice
  • Please pray for the students as they start exams; that they would continue to shine for God in the midst of the stress and that they would rest in Him.
  • Praise God for what He is doing here in Barcelona, in the lives of students both Christian and non-Christian.
  • Please pray as I prepare for the summer camp and the various preparation I have to do in the next few months. Please pray that I would do it all for Him and that I would continue to grow in faith, trust and knowledge of Him

Prayer letter #4 January 2017

Hey everyone,

Happy New Year! So I have been working in Barcelona now for  a good few months and thought that an update is now overdue.

September saw the start of me working with GBU Barcelona and getting to grips with what that actually involved. I have to admit that at the start it was very challenging, mainly due to not having a flat sorted until the end of October. This was such a test as I was taught patience and to completely rely on God’s plan and timing; and as God provided, He blessed us with a great flat, one with a big living room in which we can host people that is also close enough to the city centre without being too busy! I feel like I am now settled in, not just into life in Barcelona but also into my work. It is a joy to be part of the GBU team here and they have really helped me understand on a practical level what I am to be doing day to day and how I can best serve within GBU.

At the beginning of October we had a weekend away with all the students from across Cataluña and Barcelona. We were 60 in total with the theme of the weekend being “Disciples 24/7, living for God in all areas of life”. This was a great time of training for the students at the start of the semester just before they got back into university life again. One thing over the last few months that has struck me is the faith of the students. They do face opposition to their faith and as a result are so dedicated in learning more about the Bible, in apologetics (how to defend their faith) and are intentional in the relationships and friendships that they form. Seeing them engage in seminary learning or online apologetics courses apart from their normal university studies is such an encouragement!

An important part of what I do here is studying the Bible with those who have never done so before. In September one of the GBU students, Aida, started a seeker Bible study with three international Masters students. Each week we have been studying Uncover John – Uncover is a resource consisting of one of the Gospels along with six Bible studies all designed to allow the seeker to discover who Jesus is for themselves. Two of these students came along to December’s evangelistic event, a Christmas meal, where they heard about the true meaning of Christmas and how it is relevant for them. Roughly 70 students attended this event which was an amazing turn-out!

Part of my work with GBU is looking after three of the eleven groups that are spread out across the city: the international group, Bellvitge and Mundet. The international group is for students from the different universities in Barcelona and who are studying either a semester or a whole year here. The group in Bellvitge is one of the smallest groups as there are only four students whereas Mundet is one of the biggest with roughly fifteen students. Part of my role in these groups is to encourage the student leaders and meet up with them on a regular basis, as well as help oversee the preparation of the studies each week.

So looking ahead into the next semester, the 20th – 23rd of February we have our Mission week here in Barcelona. The slogan this year is “Convinced?” and we are holding it in one of the four universities in the city. We will be running lunchtime events as well as evening events on a variety of topics, such as “Convinced that science has buried God?” or “Convinced that suffering proves that God doesn’t exist?”, as well as conferences on the refugee crisis and how Christianity has influenced economies. April sees us attending the IFES European Student Evangelism Conference in Germany where 2,000 students from all over Europe will be coming together to celebrate Easter and also learn about evangelism. This event takes place every five years and this year the conference theme is “Presence”. We are hoping that many students from Spain will attend!

I hope this has given you an insight into life for me in Barcelona and what the last few months have looked like! Thank you for all your support, prayers and encouragement.

Lots of love,

Aislinn xx

Praise and prayer points:

  • Praise God for how I am settling into life in Barcelona and my work with GBU, and also for how I have a really good church here.
  • Please pray for all those who are reading the Bible for the first time through Uncover as they see for themselves who Jesus is and what this means for them.
  • Praise God for the students here and their faithful and bold witness for Him on their university campuses.
  • Please pray for Mission Week in February, for all the preparation and planning going into it now, and that many students would come along to the events and bring their questions about Christianity.

Prayer letter #3 July 2016

Hi everyone,Cropped graduation picture

I wanted to send out a quick update on how things are going so far in terms of going out to Spain come September for the start of the Spanish academic year.

So since finishing university in May I have been really focused on support-raising and contacting people to ask if they would partner with me as I go out to Spain to work with GBU. It has been amazing to see how God has been going before me in this! So many people have been praying over this period of support raising and it has been incredible to see how God has been moving and working.

God has really been teaching me over the last few months to trust in Him. It has been such a journey so far, learning not to get disappointed or disheartened as setbacks come, learning to turn back to Him and depend on Him to provide. I have been blown away by who God has brought to support and partner with me. It has been beautiful to see His hand completely in this. It hasn’t been easy, and there is still a way to go before reaching the total for my support fund, but God is faithful and He is going before me in this.

In terms of reaching my target for financial support, I am currently on 65% in total! It has been amazing to see how this support has come in from various individuals and churches who want to partner with me as I go out to share the gospel with students in Spain. My sending organisation, ECM Ireland, have said that they will let me go to out with 80% of finance, so hopefully by the end of the summer that will be reached! So this is where I am at in terms of support so far.

In other new18-28s, I am writing this prayer letter just before I head out to Spain to attend GBU’s student summer camp. The camp is being held in Codeseda, Galicia, in the north of Spain, and is from the 18th to the 28th of July. This is a chance for students to come together from all over Spain and receive Biblical training as well as practical training on how to evangelise on their campus. The theme is Regreso al Futuro – Back to the Future – and during the course of the camp we will be studying the books Ruth and Revelation. There are different seminars and workshops that the students have signed up for, all with the focus of growing deeper in faith and learning how to practically serve God in their university context. This is such an exciting time! I am looking forward to seeing God moving and working in the lives of the students during these 10 days.

At the camp I will also be attending some seminars and workshops and receive orientation training as to what I am going to be doing when I arrive in Barcelona. I will also have an opportunity to get to know the GBU staff and meet those whom I will be serving alongside in Barcelona. I’m really looking forward to the camp and being part of the team as I also get more of an idea of what I will be doing in Spain. I was reminded this week that I am part of the GBU team, and how together we are seeking to serve God in the university context as we work with students. God has completely gone before me and has been leading me to where I am now. My prayer is that I would honour Him with my gifts and talents and use them for His glory, and that I would be able to serve the students in the best way regreso al futuro smallpossible.

After returning from the camp I w ill have a week or so left to raise support before the ECM council meet on the 5th of August. This is to decide whether or not I have enough finance raised to allow me to go in September. Thank you to all of you who have been partnering with me in prayer. This has been a real blessing and so encouraging to see how God has been providing the necessary support so far.

Once I start in Spain, I will be sending out prayer updates once a month and then longer prayer letters every three months. If you would like to receive these monthly updates then please let me know. Thank you again all for your support, whether this is in the form of prayer, encouragement or finance; I really appreciate it! I will be sure to update you all on how the summer camp goes.

Lots of love,

Aislinn xx

Praise and prayer points:

  • Praise God for how He has gone before me in terms of support raising and that I am nearing my final target for finance
  • Please continue to pray that God would provide all the necessary support that I need to be able to go out in September
  • Praise God for the summer camp and for the many students who will be attending the camp this month
  • Please pray that this camp would be a real blessing for both students and GBU staff: that we would each grow in our faith and that the students would leave better-equipped for mission in their universities


Click here for an A4 printable version of this prayer letter in pdf format.

Prayer letter #1 January 2016

I believe God is calling me to share the gospel with students in Spain and I would value your partnership to make this a reality.

Hello everyone,

As many of you may already know I am in my final year at university studying Spanish and International Business and I am now planning what to do once I have graduated.

Last year, as part of my degree, I studied in Spain and whilst there I was very involved with GBU, the Spanish organisation that oversees the Christian Unions (part of the IFES/UCCF family). During my time abroad God confirmed to me that He was calling me back to Spain. I have always loved the country, the language, the culture, and the people, but whilst living there God showed me the real need that exists in Spain, especially among university students. Despite the main religion being Catholicism, Spain is actually a very atheist country. Spain has many large universities, each with thousands of students, but all with very few Christians. There are roughly 600 students that are involved in GBU in 80 different university groups across the country, whereas in Britain there are 20,000 students involved in Christian Unions. It is into this university mission field that God is calling me to go.

ECM_LogoI am very grateful for the encouragement I have received from my home church, Finaghy Baptist Church, who have agreed to send me out to Spain and also the support of European Christian Mission (ECM) who are facilitating this exciting ministry. While in Spain I will be working with GBU, the Spanish organisation that oversees the Christian Union groups in the universities.

The vision of GBU is to give each student in Spain the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as their mission is to make disciples of Jesus in the student world. This is done through the work of Christian Unions in university campuses; Christian Unions are mission teams that are led by students, resourced by Christian Union workers (like me) and supported by the local church.

GBU_LogoVision: To give each student in Spain the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ in the student world

Through partnering with ECM and GBU I will be going to Spain for two years where I will be working in one or two universities alongside a student committee (if there is one), encouraging members, holding Bible studies, working with both local and international students, and providing support and guidance for Christian students as they seek to live for Christ in their university. University is such a unique time when students are exploring different world views and are given the opportunity, perhaps for the first time, to explore what they believe or don’t believe, challenge different perspectives and explore new theories; it is at university where decisions are made that will affect the rest of their lives.

I am asking you to partner with me as I go out to Spain to work among university students and give them the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel. I ask that you partner with me in prayer, encouragement and in financial support.

I am currently back in Edinburgh now for my last semester at university which will be very busy for me. The plan is to be going to Spain at the beginning of September, if all support and finance can be raised by then. For those who would like to start to support me financially now, my support fund is up and running through ECM. If you feel lead to commit to regular prayer, encouragement, or financial support, (or if you simply want to hear more) please let me know! Thank you for taking the time to read my first prayer letter!

“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

God bless,

Aislinn xx

 

Praise and prayer points:

  • Praise God that I have been accepted by ECM and on the missionary team at my church, Finaghy Baptist Church
  • Praise God for how He has lead me to this point
  • Please pray that I will be able to balance university work, dissertation writing and support raising as I go into my last few months of studying
  • Please pray I will be focused on God throughout this whole process, and that I would trust in His timing and His provision
  • Please pray that I get all the support that I need for this ministry in Spain

 

at_signKeeping in touch

Postal Address: Aislinn Duffy, 42A Cloona Park, Dunmurry, Belfast, BT17 0HH
Email: aislinnduffy@hotmail.co.uk
Phone: 07783412956

ECM Contact details:  ECM Ireland, Ballymacoss Avenue, Lisburn BT28 2GX
Phone number: +44 (0) 28 92 666 044 E-mail address: ecm.ni@ecmi.org

 


Click here for an A4 printable version of this prayer letter in pdf format.