IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Spain

Europe faces increasing challenges, with so-called ‘tolerance’ from a secular agenda on the one hand, combined with authorities’ uncertainty about how to handle the growing influence of Islam on the other. There are increasing restrictions on religious activities on campuses and national movements need your prayers for wisdom, creativity and boldness. In countries where Christianity has been oppressed for many years, where the national churches are young, and believers are few, we pray that student movements will raise up godly alumni to impact these challenging societies with the gospel.

Spain is a democracy with distinct regional identities. Although Spain has a high standard of living the global economic crisis has had a major impact.

Roman Catholicism has traditionally been the main religion; 74% still identify themselves as Catholic although most do not attend church regularly. There are around 500,000 Evangelical Christians; there has been steady growth in recent times, mainly as a result of immigration.

More than 100 GBU students, young graduates and staff attended the European Evangelism Conference ‘Undivided’ in 2012. In 1984, the movement attended the first of these conferences, bringing 14 students – thirty years later the delegation was almost ten times larger! Leaders are grateful for how the GBU has grown in quality and quantity.

The movement is also grateful for the growth of their graduate ministry, and is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their publishing house this year. They praise God for the impact of the Mark Drama through performances in student groups and churches.

View from the inside

Francisco Mira Moyes is the General Secretary of GBU. He says that he committed to student ministry following ‘a very clear call of the Lord just before completing my university studies.’ Francisco adds, ‘The grace and the strength of the Lord over the years have maintained my vision and passion.’

Francisco has read many bible verses that have inspired and encouraged him over the years, one of which is Acts 20:24: ‘However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.’

Please pray with us

• for evangelism to continue to be a priority;

• for the integration of new students from churches in order to grow and strengthen student groups;

• for God to keep raising up student leaders, volunteers and staff.