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Spiritual Climate

Spain's culture is an ever-changing one. It is moving further away from its traditional Catholic roots and leaning more towards secular living and multi-religions and has become one of the world's largest consumers in heroin, cocaine and marijuana. As false beliefs multiply and New Age deceit thickens, spiritual confusion among the people increases as well. As contemporary as Spain has become, there are still cities and people that are unreached with the Gospel.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Spain is a country that has very little interest in God. I've heard Spaniards say, 'I'm an atheist, really, I don't believe in God. But, I am a devout follower of the Virgin Mary.'
— Dan Anderson

Thank God for more than 30 years of liberty, and pray that Spain’s believers would take full advantage of it.
— Operation World

The churches are small and in many situations discouraged. We had a couple who was hungry for the Word of God join our church, and our pastor shared how incredibly rare it is to come across anyone with spiritual hunger.
— Career Worker

Day in and day out the opportunities to be a light for Christ are constant. It is likely that we are the only believers interacting with our neighbors and local shop owners.
— Career Worker

Spain’s modern transformation is not all positive. Secular materialism brought religious freedom and economic advancement, but it has also struck a crushing blow to traditional foundations of society and created a spiritual vacuum that is being filled with many dangerous elements.
— Operation World

More about Spain

A Couple Raw Facts

Church Illustration

There is no evangelical church in 345 cities and towns of over 5,000 people. Many smaller towns, villages and districts have no witness whatsoever. Of 8,112 municipalities, only around 650 have an evangelical church.

Evangelical Illustration

Of the 50 provinces, Soria and Avila have less than one evangelical for every 1,000 people, and 28 provinces have less than 1,000 members of evangelical churches.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Spain

One of the major challenges faced by WorldVenture’s team in Spain is effectively communicating the gospel to an increasingly postmodern people. Churches are small and believers are few. Other hurdles facing workers in Spain are spiritual apathy and the influence of traditional and cultural Catholicism. WorldVenture’s efforts have focused on evangelism, church planting and development, and leadership training.

Today &

Spain Team Goals

A goal of WorldVenture’s work in Spain is supporting spiritual growth in those whose hearts have been opened to the truth of God’s word. Encouragement and partnership is being given to local churches so they can pursue church health, multiplication and faithfulness. The Spain field has recently begun ministries to the Basque and others.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here




Not everyone fits the archetype, but those that do are faithful (once they let you in), blunt, politically incorrect, and a bit loud. But that's just the adults; the teenagers are way cooler. You have to have thick skin to live here and don't take things too personally.
— Ben & Meggan Knox





Spaniards take time to enjoy life and relationships. Once your friend, a Spaniard is forever your friend.
— Kathy Haley

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

spain source:bbc - Google News
Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain - BBC News

BBC News

Giant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain
BBC News
Christmas has come early for thousands of lucky winners in Spain's €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) lottery called "El Gordo" (The Fat One). The winners included ticket-holders in Madrid, the south-eastern regions of Murcia and Valencia, A Coruna in the north ...

Monday, December 22, 2014 4:38:37 AM

Spanish Princess Cristina to face fraud trial - BBC News

BBC News

Spanish Princess Cristina to face fraud trial
BBC News
The Spanish king's sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's business dealings. It is the first time for modern Spain to put a royal in the dock to face trial. Her husband Inaki Urdangarin is accused of ...

Monday, December 22, 2014 3:56:52 AM

Spain IS: Seven held in raids on women recruiters - BBC News

BBC News

Spain IS: Seven held in raids on women recruiters
BBC News
Seven people have been detained in Spain and Morocco in raids targeting a network recruiting women to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, officials say. Four people were held after raids in the two Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North ...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:11:31 AM

Spanish man crashes car into Popular Party HQ - BBC News

BBC News

Spanish man crashes car into Popular Party HQ
BBC News
Residents in the man's home village of Teruel in north-east Spain told ABC website he had suffered from psychiatric problems and had been unemployed for some time. Spain has 5.4 million unemployed - a jobless rate of 24% - and almost half have been out ...

Friday, December 19, 2014 2:50:38 AM

Uber taxi app suspended in Spain - BBC News

BBC News

Uber taxi app suspended in Spain
BBC News
An Uber spokesman said the company was "still operating" in Spain. The Madrid taxi association has to raise a €10,000 down-payment before the ruling can come into effect. The BBC understands that Uber first heard of the hearing through media reports.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 11:14:50 PM

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Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
MK / International School Faculty & Staff2 YearsLifetimeEuropeSpainThe Evangelical Christian Acadamy (ECA) near Madrid, Spain is in need of teachers for both missionary and Spanish families.We serve a vital area of need for mission families in the field. Parent quote, "If ECA was not here in Spain, we could not stay in the field!" Teaching and guided future Christian workers and investing in young people's lives for the God's glory. The classroom teacher will be expected to use valid teaching techniques to achieve curriculum goals and affect student learning, to integrate Biblical principles and a Christian philosophy of education throughout the curriculum, and to be a role model of a consistent daily walk with Jesus Christ. To see the current openings, go to: committed to a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Be involved in a local church. Hold a four-year degree, verified by transcript. Additional training is highly desirable. Love kids and have a "team player" mentality.1091
National Church Ministry3 YearsLifetimeEuropeSpainThe WorldVenture Spain field is looking for qualified people who have a burden for Spain and who would be willing to work in the context of the local Spanish church through discipleship, mentoring, teaching, evangelism and leadership development.Willingness to integrate into a local Spanish church. Be a committed language and culture learner. Build quality relationships with nationals. Be open to teach, disciple, mentor, or preach when called upon. Be committed to healthy team relationships with co-workers. Minister under the oversight of the church elders. Seminary degree preferred. Ministry experience (2-3 years). Relational personality and character. One year of post high school Spanish (ie. College Spanish, Rosetta Stone). 5) Burden for Spain and its people 6) A vision trip to visit the WorldVenture Spain team prior to applying.1782
Outreach Teams10 Days18 DaysEuropeSpainCome alongside and help North African nationals who are working to reach their own people groups both in Europe and in North Africa. The trips will be set up to give participants as broad an exposure as possible and as much involvement as possible in a number of different ways to do outreach to North Africans. Attend outreach activities and church services. Assist with men’s, women’s and children’s programs. Reach out to multi-cultural communities through friendship. Teach English (optional) A growing relationship with Jesus Christ. A servant’s heart. A heart open to ministry to Muslims. Minimum age is 18. Time length: 10-18 days 1831
Cross-Cultural Ministry Internship8 Weeks12 WeeksEuropeSpainWork alongside missionaries and North African nationals in their outreach and church planting ministry focused on North Africans in Madrid.Attend outreach activities and church services. Assist church planting team to plan and implement outreach activities. Assist with men’s, women’s and children’s programs. Reach out to multi-cultural communities through friendship. Study Spanish. Teach English (optional). A growing relationship with Jesus Christ. A willingness to live communally and serve sacrificially. A servant’s heart and a desire to learn how to effectively share the Gospel in a multi-cultural ministry context. A heart open to ministry to followers of Islam. Minimum age: 18 years old. Time length: 8-12 weeks 1832

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Missionary Team

Dan & Eva Anderson

Community based outreach to North African families in Madrid.

Brian & Cassie Larson

Community based outreach and development among North African families in Madrid

Tammy Scofield

Educational ministry to MKs and families throughout Europe

Ed & Sheryl Gudeman

Training church planters and leaders in Spain

Jay & Lisa Smalley

Serving in Spain with Evangelical Christian Academy

Shane & April Hudson

Building up the local church in Spain through evangelism and discipleship

Jon & Kathy Haley

Leadership development and mobilization to assist the church-planting movement in Spain

Chad & Julie Reeser

Serving in theological education and discipleship in Spain

Soraya Marin

Shepherding women and Community Outreach in Spain

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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