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Spain

Prayer Needs:

•Pray for The Light of the World to fill the dark void left by secularism.

•Pray for spiritual renewal in the Church with genuine Christlikeness among believers.

•Pray for Jesus to be made known among the millions of immigrants, many of whom are Muslim.

•Pray for our LCMS missionaries in Spain.

Country Situation:

Occupying most of the Iberian Peninsula in southwest Europe, Spain at its southern most tip is less than 16km (10 miles) from Africa.  The Canary Islands off the northeast coast of Africa, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and two cities on the North African coast are also part of Spain.

From the 16th to 18th centuries, Spain ruled the seas and much of the world economically. Civil wars, dictatorships and general instability followed through the 20th century dictatorship of General Franco. Franco’s death in 1975 opened the door for the current constitutional monarchy and a release from earlier closed economic policies. Spain’s entry into the European Union in 1986 helped to transform its slow economy to a vibrant one in the subsequent years.

Roman Catholicism has long been a part of the culture of Spain, but it became the state religion under General Franco. With the new constitution in 1978, religious discrimination ended, opening the door for evangelical immigrants to bring their vibrant faith to Spain. The Catholic presence is still strong in Spain, but the church’s authority and influence is diminishing as secular materialism is rising.  The resulting spiritual confusion has many engaging in foreign cults, the occult, gambling, and increased drug use.  Spain currently has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, which in the future could result in health, social, and demographic problems.

Sources: (OperationWorld.org and PrayerCast.com)

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Almost five centuries after the Spanish Inquisition drove Lutherans out of Spain, a Lutheran presence has been restored. In the late 1990s, a family in Toledo and a woman in Asturias contacted the French Lutheran Church, which led to a partnership between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina (IELA), and the LCMS to plant a Lutheran church in Spain. Argentine missionary pastors led the initial effort. Since 2015, LCMS missionaries have been working with the pastors and lay leaders of the Spanish Lutheran Church to increase the proclamation of the Gospel and grow the church and are building a foundation of Word and Sacrament ministry, in order to promote the long term growth and health of the Spanish Lutheran Church.

Source: lcms.org

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Rev. Adam and Christine Lehman

Serving the Lord in Spain

Rev. Adam and Christine Lehman serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Spain, based in Seville. Adam serves throughout Spain as a church planter, working alongside other church leaders to grow the church in this country. Through the relationships formed, Adam and Christine seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the people of Spain.

Adam was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Ind. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Before becoming a missionary, Adam served as the pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Mobile, Ala. (2011-2015).

Christine was also born in Fort Wayne, Ind. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Before serving in Spain, Christine worked in the emergency rooms of the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana (Fort Wayne) and the USA Medical Center (Mobile, Ala.). Adam and Christine have four beautiful children who join them on the mission field.

Prayers

Please pray for the Lehmans as they serve in Spain. Pray for the church in Spain, including its pastors and seminarians. Ask God to bless the work being done in this country through the preaching of His Word and the administration of the Sacraments. Please also pray the hearts of people here in the United States are moved through the power of the Holy Spirit to pray for the Lehmans and to financially support them so they can “go with” this family on this journey of faith. Let us give thanks to God that Adam, Christine and their family are serving His people in this part of the world.

Learn about the LCMS missionaries and the work of the LCMS in Spain.

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