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Simply Christian: Gospel Ministry in Spain

The professors that staff our training centers around the world work hard to develop leaders within their local contexts to carry into the next generation the baton of pastoral training and leadership. They are committed, and indeed are giving their very lives, to train men. But that is not all they do. They are first and foremost Christians, who serve in their local congregations, and who share the gospel with unbelievers in their communities.

David Robles, director of Berea Seminary in Spain, has recently had several exciting opportunities for gospel ministry in the city of León. In a region where less than 3% of the population identifies as evangelical, there is much curiosity about the new church building currently under construction. As a pastor at the Evangelical Church of León, he’s been able to funnel many of the questions from the community into gospel presentations. The local television station even interviewed him, and he used the occasion to highlight the Lord’s provision, especially through the donations of believers and churches around the world, who want to see the Great Commission fulfilled.

David has taken other opportunities to reach his community for Christ, as well. A school teacher of one of his daughters recently gave his family the opportunity to devote a whole hour in class to explain their evangelical faith and field questions from the kids. They were able to clearly articulate the gospel and answer any questions that arose, and afterwards gave each child a copy of the gospel of John. During their church’s Christmas service, David preached a message entitled, “The True Meaning of Christmas: Christ,” where many visitors were able to hear the truth.

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All of this, of course, is the natural outpouring of God’s work in the lives of His children. TMAI professors train church leaders because they know that the future of the church depends on the faithful proclamation of God’s word and the careful shepherding of God’s flock. What makes them most effective in training future church leaders, however, is the fact that they themselves are deeply committed Christians, who care about their lost neighbors and serve in their local churches.