Up close and personal

An outreach centre in central Spain is providing huge support and comfort to migrants from north Africa, Bangladesh, Iran and Syria, building relationships and sharing the good news with them.

As overt evangelism would endanger those who attend, the #HowWillTheyHear project focuses on language teaching, sports projects, trauma counselling and staging activities or events.

The neighbourhood is culturally diverse, with well-established Bangladeshi and Moroccan communities and five large local mosques and over the course of the years, the centre has built good relations with these groups. 

However, refugees from Iran and Syria are less visible and harder to connect with and the contacts that come in are through God’s leading. The refugees carry huge burdens of PTSD from fleeing hardship and persecution in their home countries to seek safety in Europe. Many are haunted by painful memories, with some feeling suicidal.

Yet despite the sensitive context, workers at the centre are running one-to-one discipleship with seekers and new believers and able to share their faith in the relationships they form with the immigrants.

“We get involved deeply in the lives of hurting people who desperately need to know that they are loved, as they have suddenly experienced the loss of their family and culture,” explains Ellen, one of the workers at the centre.

“We work with refugees on a personal, up-close level over time and members of our team walk through some rough personal waters,” she adds.“The centre needs more people willing to listen and be friends with these folks and share the gospel with them. All you need is resilience and a firm faith.” 

For more information about the project, email Rachel MacInnes on mobilisation@howwilltheyhear.net.

Please pray

  • Give thanks #HWTH ministries across Europe are bearing fruit and refugees are coming to know God’s love.

  • For more workers to join the centre reaching out to refugees and migrants.

  • For refugees and migrants to find enduring peace, protection and hope through faith in Jesus Christ.

    By Rachel MacInnes

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