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
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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
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Prayer letter #9 January 2019

GBU Christmas celebration in Zaragoza

Settling in as Staff Worker in Barcelona and Zaragoza

Happy new year to you all!

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

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

Soy castelldefelenca

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

Mission week in November

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

Forum 2018 – 50th year anniversary of GBU

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

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

Coming up in the next few months…

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

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

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

Praise and prayer points:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 3:20-21

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

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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 #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


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