The Garcías’ Story
The Lord led Edu and Krista to the same seminary where they met in Barcelona in 2010. Krista was serving as the Residency Coordinator while Edu was finishing his degree in theology. After six weeks of dating, they got engaged and were married five months later in Texas. They then served for four years with an Acts 29 church just outside Barcelona. Their daughter Olivia, was born in Barcelona in June 2013 and they are expecting a second daughter in February 2016.
In January 2016 God moved the Garcías from Barcelona to Rivas-Vaciamadrid to serve at a new church plant with just about 20 members. The Garcías feel compelled to serve here for three main reasons: First, in the midst of a high level of unemployment coupled with few opportunities for young people, disillusionment with religion and a general feeling of hopelessness, there is a great need to share the message of the gospel in this area. Second, Edu and Krista are passionate about helping believers and non-believers understand the salvation of the cross and connect it with their ongoing transformation of being made more like Christ. In this small church plant, opportunities for evangelism and discipleship abound. Third, they have teammates that serve with Camino Global in the Madrid area. The Garcías look forward to sharing their lives together, supporting each other in various ministries, refreshing one another with God's Word and working together to recruit and support new missionaries.
The Garcías are also launching a Missionary Training Program called Sojourn in the fall of 2016. Sojourn is a shared journey of discipleship, cross-cultural service and learning.
Please send them an e-mail to learn more about service opportunities and ministry partnerships.
The country of Spain is a little smaller than the state of Texas. Spain is a challenging place to share the gospel. It is a nominally Catholic country rapidly becoming secular. This means that Spanish people by and large have rejected the state church and yet are still suspicious of any expression of Christianity that is not Roman Catholic. Spaniards in general need to be exposed to living examples of men and women who have an authentic and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ.
Of 8,112 municipalities, only around 650 have an evangelical church. Many smaller towns, villages and districts have no witness whatsoever. While religious liberty exists on paper, difficulties and discrimination are still widespread for evangelicals, especially for obtaining licences to broadcast and to open new churches. Evangelical congregations are small and dependent on foreign resources, often having poor facilities in less than ideal locations.
The economic crisis in Spain is among the worst in Europe. Nearly 30% of the Spanish population is unemployed and austerity measures have cut back on the quality of health care and education.