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

Carrer Mayor 88 1 2a 08860 CastelldefelsSpain



NIF: Q0800939A · Entidad Religiosa inscrita con nº 2.891-SE/A-3 en el Registro Legal de la Dirección General de Asuntos Religiosos del Ministerio de Justicia

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

Carrer Mayor 88 1 2a 08860 CastelldefelsSpain



NIF: Q0800939A · Entidad Religiosa inscrita con nº 2.891-SE/A-3 en el Registro Legal de la Dirección General de Asuntos Religiosos del Ministerio de Justicia

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

Carrer Mayor 88 1 2a 08860 CastelldefelsSpain



NIF: Q0800939A · Entidad Religiosa inscrita con nº 2.891-SE/A-3 en el Registro Legal de la Dirección General de Asuntos Religiosos del Ministerio de Justicia

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

Carrer Mayor 88 1 2a 08860 CastelldefelsSpain



NIF: Q0800939A · Entidad Religiosa inscrita con nº 2.891-SE/A-3 en el Registro Legal de la Dirección General de Asuntos Religiosos del Ministerio de Justicia

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 ( ).
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




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Prayer letter #2 May 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.

With my dissertation handed in and exams finished I finally have time to write my second prayer letter and give you all an update on how things are going in terms of heading out to Spain in September. I am being sent as part of the ECM team, European Christian Mission, and once there I will be working with GBU, the organisation that oversees the Christian Unions in Spain.

These last few months have been really busy with university work and exams and so I have not had much time to work on preparing for Spain, but now I only have graduation left I can properly concentrate on getting ready for working with GBU. God has been so faithful and has gone before me during the busyness of it all!

I have been told where I will be working for the next two years…Barcelona! Here there are four main universities each with various campuses around the city. There are also three other universities in the wider region of Cataluña. It is really exciting that God is placing me in Barcelona as I already know the city and this region quite well, having previously visited this area on different mission trips in the past. It is lovely to see how God has gone before me and prepared this His way and in His timing.

BarcelonaEach of these university campuses is a mission field where the Gospel can be shared. Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:29 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” and this is the vision of GBU – who better to reach students than students themselves. GBU is the missionary arm of the Church into universities across Spain. Currently there are 462,000 Evangelical Christians throughout Spain, which makes up approximately 1.02% of the whole population*. In terms of Christian students involved with GBU, there are roughly 580 students, which is only 0.04% of the entire Spanish student population*. This is such an important mission field where we can reach students with the Gospel!

During the Easter break I was able to go out to Barcelona for a short while and I visited the GBU head office there where I met Staff Worker, Jonathan, who is going to be my supervisor for the next two years. It was great being able to talk through what I am going to be doing come September; on a weekly basis I will be working alongside three, potentially four, GBU student groups in the city, attending their weekly meetings and also having one-on-one Bible studies with some of the leaders of the group. As well as this, I am going to be studying theology (in Spanish!! What a challenge!) so that I will be well grounded in my faith and Biblical understanding as I then go and share with others. Evangelism and training are two important areas for GBU as students are equipped to share their faith with those around them. Those are the areas in which I expect to be helping the various student groups that I am involved with, encouraging them to share life and their faith in a university setting.

It is amazing hoECM_Logow fast the whole process is going! It was only a year ago that I contacted ECM to see if they would accept me as part of the team to go out to Spain, and here I am raising support with the plan to go out in September. ECM has been a real encouragement in helping me reach this stage, giving me lots of practical help and guidance in the whole process. Someone mentioned to me that normally a missionary takes a year or more, focusing a lot of time and energy, to raise all the support and finance needed and yet I have less than four months to do it. But I am completely trusting in God, as I honestly don’t think I could have done it any other way. He has brought me thus far and He will continue to go before me as I prepare for Spain.

There are many practical challenges facing me now, especially in terms of raising support in order to hopefully head out to Barcelona in September. I have currently raised 28% of the total finance that I need and so still have a long way to go. As part of the fundraising I am doing a prayer initiative called 60.60.60 where 60 people pray with me for 60 days that I would raise 60% of finance that I need. This is running from the 1st of June until the 30th of July and if any of you would like to join in, please do contact me. If you would like to support me or would like to hear more information about what I am going to be doing in Spain and why I am going, please get in touch, I would love to chat more about it! Thank you for taking the time to read my prayer letter!

God bless,
Aislinn xx

Praise and prayer points:

  • Praise God that I have finished final year at university and that it all went smoothly
  • Praise God for how I am now able to focus my attention on support raising and working towards going to Spain in September
  • Please pray for wisdom as God leads and guides me as I raise finance and prepare for working in Spain
  • Please pray that I get all the support that I need for this ministry in Spain and that I would trust in God’s provision for me

at_signKeeping in touch

Postal Address: Aislinn Duffy, 42A Cloona Park, Dunmurry, Belfast, BT17 0HH
Phone: 07783412956

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

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