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Behind the facade of Spain’s imposing cathedrals and vibrant culture lurks a dark spiritual void—less than 1 percent of its population is evangelical. In response to the need, our first C&MA workers entered Spain in 1978, beginning in Barcelona. For many years, the work was difficult and response minimal. As late as 1999, our ministry in Spain consisted of just three small churches.

In 2000, the tide turned remarkably, and quite suddenly, with the arrival of thousands of Latin American immigrants. God began opening new doors to share the gospel and plant churches among these new residents. Despite crippling financial hardships and unemployment in the country today, our Spanish and immigrant congregations in Spain have experienced growth.

Many of our churches are led by Latin American pastors, and most congregations are multicultural. A new generation of leaders is being trained through INFORMA, our new seminary which was started in 2012. Fifteen students in 2016 formed our first graduating class. A vision for church planting has led to numerous daughter church projects, three of which were initiated in late 2016. A maturing national federation of Alliance churches has a vision for prayer, church planting and raising up a new generation of leaders. Many of our international workers are involved in helping train these leaders.

Some 40 International Workers actually serve under the Spain field, including a number of people not listed down below, either for security reasons or because they serve with CAMA, Envision, or marketplace ministries, or are from Canada, Colombia or Holland.

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National Church

Federation of Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of Spain: 11 organized churches, 3 unorganized groups, 11 ordained ministers, 1,098 baptized members, 1,647 inclusive members.

Team Initiatives

  • Develop and mentor leaders through both formal and non-formal ministries. Pray especially for the new Bible Institute (INFORMA) and for Tim Westergren and Steve Irvin as they teach classes and train pastors and workers. Classes are offered in both Madrid and Barcelona, as well as online.
  • Work with the Spain National Church in supporting our Bible Institute, and in coordinating church planting ministries, particularly in the Canary Islands. Pray for Raymond Ebbett and Tim Westergren as they link up with national leaders to coordinate joint projects for starting new churches.
  • Work with the Alliance World Fellowship leaders in Latin America and Europe to promote Latino missionary efforts in Spain and Western Europe. Pray for Raymond Ebbett as he helps coordinate these exciting opportunities to do missions together.
  • Rescue women caught in the scourge of human slavery via sex-trafficking. Pray for “B” as she leads the C-House Project dedicated to bringing the light and transforming power of the Gospel to this dark area of Spanish society.
  • Establish a new Envision Site in the city of Málaga, southern Spain. Pray for Larry and Krista Lain as they head up this strategic ministry initiative.
  • Several initiatives to key unreached people groups who have migrated to Spain.
  • Collaborate with the National Church in the Bethany House Project and related Bethany School of Missions and Discipleship in Alicante. This project was begun in 2015 and aims to raise up a new generation of young leaders both for Spain and Western Europe.

The Alliance at Work in Spain

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Demographics

Population
Population—40,341,462
Infant mortality rate—4.4/1,000
Life expectancy—79.5
Capital City
Madrid (5,130,000) pop.
Geography
A little more than twice the size of Oregon, Spain (194,896 sq. mi.) has broad central plateau slopes to the south and east, crossed by a series of mountain ranges and river valleys.
Languages
Castilian Spanish (official)
Catalan
Galician
Basque
Ethnicity/Race
Composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types
Economy
Per capita income—$23,300
Inflation—3.2%
Unemployment—10.4%
Literacy rate—98% (2003 est.)
Government/Political Climate
Parliamentary monarchy. Spain remained neutral in both world wars but suffered a devastating civil war; it joined the EU in 1986. Continuing challenges include terrorism and unemployment.
Religion
Roman Catholic—94%
other—6%

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Alliance ministry in Spain is primarily funded through the Great Commission Fund. Help fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission and make a gift to the GCF today.

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