It is estimated that just 1% of the population of Spain are evangelical Christians. Although 75% of Spaniards identify as Roman Catholic, this may reflect a sense of cultural identity rather than personal faith.
Julian and Nicky Milson are passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus with Spanish people and training up disciples who can advance the gospel for generations to come. They live and work in Valencia (Spain’s third largest city) where Julian is seconded to the IERE (Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church).
Julian leads Iglesia de Jesucristo in Valencia whilst Nicky’s primary ministry is supporting Julian and look after their children, Jemima and Theo. As Nicky becomes more fluent in Spanish she will serve the church family wherever her gifts can be used.
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Many things have changed since our last newsletter as we are experiencing much more freedom than back in April. For this we are grateful.
It is compulsory to wear masks everywhere outside of your own home, which is uncomfortable in the high temperatures, but a small price to pay in the midst of the pandemic. Although many local businesses have opened up again, the city, and indeed country, has been severely knocked by the effects of a lack of tourists. This had begun to slowly improve as more people were starting to travel from abroad. However, with new travel restrictions in place, the fear is that the country will fall deeper into financial difficulties as fewer tourists visit. The country’s main income is from tourism and so this is a huge blow for the economy. Nicky and the children were recently walking along a street in the neighbourhood when they came across a very long line of people queuing at a small doorway. As they walked past they observed a large mound of groceries simply piled up on the floor of the little room and the people outside were waiting in turn for a small bag of food supplies to take away with them. They were struck by how there was no order to this make-shift ‘foodbank’ but more significantly how the line of people was very long and the people looked so desperate. Many have lost their jobs so they have no income and there is little help available from the government authorities.
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