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

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.