EUNL- Summer 2015
My short-term mission trip to Pamplona, Spain over spring break was not my first mission trip. However, it was different from any type of mission trip I had ever been on in the past. Unlike other trips where the focus was building something or hosting a conference, this trip was all about building relationships to bring people to Christ. This focus set the standard for the trip. As a team from the University of Florida, along with locals like Dominic Marrone (pastor), Michael Hasebroock (staff-intern), and a couple of Spanish believers who had come to know Christ through La Roca Pamplona, we spent every morning in worship, prayer, and study of God’s word. This allowed for our days to be continually focused on our mission. It was a sweet time of fellowship.
English Clubs was our group’s main source of ministry. I had the privilege to teach the beginners class along with my sister in Christ, Christine Kunkel (female team leader). Through this class, I was able to meet some wonderful people. Lucy, Maricella, and Veronica were three girls who came almost every night of English club. We were able to share Bible stories and verses with them and two of them heard the Gospel presentations and received Bibles. They seemed open and eager to learn. Even now, I am still praying God will move in their hearts.
One thing that this trip and the La Roca ministry showed me was that the Gospel does not need some grand production. God can use everyday circumstances and personal relationships to bring people to Himself. As long as I am obedient to open my mouth and share the truth, God can and will use it for His glory. This trip was amazing and I want to return as soon as the Lord permits!