New semester, new opportunities
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.”
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