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Spain

“I would leave the church as if I had eaten something that I had craved and I would feel filled.” — Gloria, a new believer in Spain

The Spiritual Need in Spain

Known for its scenic mountain ranges and sprawling Mediterranean coast, Spain shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal and is also bordered by France. Spain’s early modern empire had a significant global impact on culture and language, making Spanish the second most natively-spoken language in the world. To this day, Spain’s political status and large economy make it a resettlement location for immigrants from over the world, particularly from Latin America, North Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.

While Roman Catholicism is the largest religion, representing about 70% of Spain’s total population of 51.5 million, most Spaniards do not participate in regular religious worship, particularly the younger generation. In keeping with general trend of Western European secularization, as many as 25% of Spaniards profess no religious affiliation. Many Spanish cities and towns have no evangelical witness, and while it is a difficult environment for missions, the need is obvious, and the opportunities are abundant.

ABWE In Spain

Since 1970, ABWE has been sharing the gospel and planting churches in Spain. Madrid, the capital and largest city, is an area of ministry focus where three churches have been established and there are growing groups of believers. We have also seen hundreds of people come to the Lord through ministry outreach in Toledo and Guadalajara.

While our missionaries are actively involved in community-oriented outreach, the most effective approach seems to be “living-room evangelism”—using loving, persistent relationships to share the love of Christ and present the gospel through direct study of Scripture. Additionally, ministry happens through English instruction, sports evangelism, and creative outlets like art and music to create new connections with the people of Spain.

Our desire is for Spaniards to meet Jesus in a personal way so that they might have abundant life. We’d love to get to know you and discuss how God is leading you to missionary work in Spain!

We’d love to get to know you and discuss how God is calling you.