Through these opportunities God gave us a heart for Spain, as we saw the spiritual need and made friends with young Spanish Christians.
David has been involved in full-time youth ministry in Northern Ireland for the last 10 years while Samantha is a midwife who has loved being involved in various aspects of ministry on a volunteer basis. They’ve been married for 8 years and have a 2-year-old daughter called Maria. Recently accepted as candidates for ministry in Spain, they can’t wait to serve there together as a family.
David tells their story.
“Sharing testimonies in a Spanish plaza, in the summer evening sun, surrounded by hundreds of people, some listening many ignoring the message while sipping their coffee or beer; that’s how we were first introduced to ministry in Spain. Through these opportunities, God gave us a heart for Spain, as we saw the spiritual need and made friends with young Spanish Christians. We got to see their love for Jesus but also their struggles, their feelings of isolation as believers, and the lack of support and encouragement in their faith.
We’ve had many wonderful experiences and insights into the church and mission in Spain, and into friendship and ministry cross-culturally, as we served on these mission trips over the past 10 years. During all of that time, however, we knew God might be preparing us to go long term.
Three months after our daughter was born we were in Spain as a family, I (David) was working for Exodus, and training youth leaders in the area. In a short space of time, we felt God prompting us to pray and consider a move to Spain.