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.
Some unorthodox methods for planting churches in Spain seem to be working well. For example, a family-oriented counseling center in Granada seeking to meet emotional needs has resulted in many counselees realizing their spiritual needs. Another ministry north of Madrid hosts a summer English Camp that is now in great demand locally. The team has launched a variety of family-oriented ministries that have opened doors for friendship evangelism and cell groups.
Today, the Evangelical Christian and Missionary Alliance of Spain consists of 7 organized churches, 7 unorganized groups, and 1,530 inclusive members.
Field Office Information
C&MA Field Entry in 1978
- Field Director:
- Raymond Ebbett
- Mailing Address:
- Calle Pico de la Miel, 2
28770 Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, SPAIN
The Evangelical Christian and Missionary Alliance of Spain: 7 organized churches, 7 unorganized groups, 953 baptized members, and 1,530 inclusive members
- Plant a church in the bedroom community of Tres Cantos, just north of Madrid, through friendship evangelism, summer English Camps, cell groups, and a variety of family-oriented ministries. Pray for Tim and Marilyn Westergren, Tim and Melanie Wendel, and Ivan and Mayte Wall who are helping with this exciting new church plant.
- Develop new congregations among Latin Americans who are immigrating by the hundreds of thousands into Spain. Pray for Ray and Mary Ebbett and Gordon and Kathy Munro as they seek God’s blessing on these emerging new congregations.
- Plant additional congregations in Granada. Through the ministry of Joel and Nancy Martinez, an Alliance church was planted in Granada through family-oriented counseling and ministry. Pray for the ongoing growth of this church and for Silvester and Diane Koehoorn (Dutch Alliance missionaries) as they seek to plant churches.
13 International Workers in Spain
A Madrid, Spain, suburb outreach that began initially with summer English camps has grown to include sports coaching and after school tutoring. City officials have encouraged the expansion of the project, noting that the outreach is meeting felt needs of the community. And in Granada, Alliance workers baptized nine people in the last month and led five additional people to the Lord through this GCF initiative. Now that is a great investment!
Infant mortality rate--4.4/1,000
- Capital City
- Madrid (5,130,000) pop.
- 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.
- Castilian Spanish (official), Catalan, Galician, Basque
- Composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types
- Per capita income--$23,300
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.
- Roman Catholic--94%; other--6%
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