What we do News and stories Expanding in a nation of need Spain – expanding the team in a nation of need: Jesús Espinola and María Jesús Hernández de Espinola, with Elisa and Laura. After years working in Peru they are now establishing the Latin Link Spain office, which involves the necessary paperwork and lots of networking with pastors and leaders. PRAY that God guides Jesús Espinola and María Jesús into the areas of ministry he wants them to work in. PRAY as the Latin Link Spain Team is consolidated and seeks to expand in both sending and receiving workers. Jill Spink runs Cascadas (Waterfalls), a retreat and study centre north of Madrid. The centre offers hospitality and refuge; study and reflection on the relationship of biblical faith to all areas of life; encourages and promotes cultural pursuits; and works for a greater understanding and practice of care for the environment. PRAY that the Cascadas team has discernment and grace in caring for all who come to the centre. PRAY for God’s wisdom and strategy on helping people to relate the Truth to all aspects of their lives. Douglas and María Augusta Cowan work with Comunidad Cristiana Camarma, a growing church in and around Alcalá de Henares just outside Madrid. PRAY for the church’s activities, especially the planned parenting course for those with teenagers, and establishing new home groups in Camarma and Alcalá. PRAY for this growing church, especially as many of those coming along have no experience of the Christian faith. Also, the church is a mix of Latin Americans and Spanish, which brings its own challenges. Latin Link Spain already has two members serving in Peru: Eli Stunt and Mayte Lanero. Both serve with the Turmanyé/Arco Iris (Rainbow) ministry. PRAY for more multidirectional mission links between Spain and Latin America. Latin Link is beginning to see Latin Americans wanting to serve in Spain. Pray for Spain: Corruption has been discovered at all levels of government. PRAY for justice and peace. PRAY for the economic situation. Unemployment is the main problem. PRAY that God raises up more Spanish to serve in other countries, sent by churches able to support them longer-term. PRAY also that God would send workers to Spain. Working together is not often seen in the evangelical community, including between Latin Americans and Spanish church members. PRAY that this division will be broken. Other prayer points... February 1–3 This week sees classes start for El Aprendiz (The Apprentice) Master’s Programme at El Alfarero (The Potter) in Bolivia. Pray for the students as they are trained in youth ministry. 4 Turmanyé (Rainbow) Association’s annual assembly in Huaraz, Peru. Pray for God’s guidance as the team makes decisions about supporting children and teenagers at risk. 5/12/19/26 Roland and Jenny Brown ask for prayer for their church (Oikos) in Chorrillos, Peru. The church is planning to run holiday-club-style family events on Sunday mornings, aiming to involve families on the edges of church life and other families who live close to our new building. 10–12 Manuel Reaño is leading a retreat for about 100 women from a church in Bogotá, Colombia. The topic is a biblical history of femininity. Pray that this will be a time of healing, refreshment and hope for all those attending. 13 The new residential Integral Mission course starts at the Evangelical Mission Centre (CEM) in Viçosa, Brazil. Pray that the participants will be transformed in their understanding and thinking of mission. 13–17 Holiday Bible club in Luz y Esperanza (Light and Hope) church in La Tablada, Lima, Peru. Tom and Catherine Wilmot will be helping to run the event. 19–23 Peru team conference. Celia Ensum will be sharing from God’s Word with the team about deepening our spiritual intimacy with God. 20–24 Holiday Bible club at the Zöe Association church annexe in Ramón Castilla, Lima, Peru. 22–26 Spring Step Orientation at Fairfield, north London. Pray for a good time of preparation for all those going to Ecuador and Colombia in March. 25–28 CEM in Viçosa, Brazil, is running a four-day retreat about mission for students and professionals. The subject is ‘The World at my Doorstep: being a Christian witness in a postmodern world’. Pray for many to come and be impacted. Thank you for praying Thanks for praying for the tree-planting outreach initiatives with rural highland Quechua churches in Peru. Juliana Horne reports that thousands of trees were planted, the local communities and churches were heavily involved, and a small step was taken towards alleviating the problems of climate change in this region. Download a pdf of the February 2017 ¡Oremos!, with all the above prayer points, HERE.