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

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Aislinn Duffy
Staff worker Catalonia and Aragon
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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
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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
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


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