Derek and Jane began serving with Grupos Bíblicos Unídos (GBU) in 2007. GBU is a Christian student organisation affiliated to the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. They are based in Bilbao in northern Spain.

The work of GBU principally involves evangelism among students and the discipling of Christian students. GBU’s vision is to reach all non-Christian students with the gospel and to develop student leadership which, in the future, should contribute to the growth of evangelical churches in Spain. GBU also seeks to contribute to the transformation of Spanish society through evangelical graduates and professionals who have been helped by GBU.

Derek and Jane are excited to be actively involved in a new project with the publishing branch of GBU (Andamio). The project aims to provide resources for Sunday school teachers, youth leaders and devotional materials for children and teenagers. The first stage is selecting the right materials to translate and publish. The next stages will be acquiring copyrights, raising funds, translation and publishing. These resources will have a huge impact in developing young disciples in the Spanish speaking world.

Derek and Jane are also involved in local church ministry in Bilbao, serving in the Bilbao International Church (BIC) and working alongside the local Spanish church. Derek serves as the pastor of BIC, and Jane is part of the team ministry. Derek’s role is to oversee ministry and mission at BIC and their other ministry roles include preaching, teaching, pastoral care, Bible study groups, 121’s, outreach and other initiatives.  They are encouraged by ministry in both churches. Many non-Christians attend and their prayer is that they will soon respond to the gospel.

Derek and Jane also have the privilege of being involved in promoting MOCLAM and it is exciting to see various leaders studying this course. The material is a great blessing to those who are involved in Christian work, but who have very little theological training.

Derek and Jane met and got married when they were studying at Belfast Bible College, they have two children. They were commissioned for service in Spain at a service held in Drumbo Presbyterian, their home congregation, in January 2001. They served firstly in Valencia, Spain from February 2001 to 2007, working with the Levante Presbytery of the Spanish Evangelical Church (IEE).

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Derek and Jane have continued to serve in Spain and have adapted their work and witness to comply with local restrictions.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Christian students to catch the vision of being evangelists and making disciples at university and that this would continue as they enter the working world.
  • Pray for good relationships between the student work and the local churches, and for full time staff workers to lead the work of GBU in the seven cites in the north of Spain.
  • Pray for the continued development and use of a theological training course in Spain that benefits not only the students but also graduates and local churches, giving present and future leaders good training and tools for ministry.
  • Pray for the French family, that they will be a good witness in their community. Pray too for their children, that they will grow up to have a vibrant personal relationship with God.

Derek and Jane have recorded a short film clip which can be downloaded and used in church services, prayer meetings or events to raise awareness and prayer for what God is doing across the world, as we seek to go deep and wide in global mission involvement.


Latest Report

June 2022

Sarriko church youth weekend will take place at a campsite near Burgos from 16 to 18 September. The teaching during the camp will be focused on putting faith into action. This is a key camp for the young people as they return to school.
 
September is always a month of “beginnings”! Pray for the university students who are beginning a new semester. Pray that many GBU groups (student ministry) would resume with a renewed enthusiasm for growing in their faith and sharing the good news of Christ on campus and that they would put into action what they learned at the camps during the summer.
 
Bilbao International Church also resumes many of their regular activities this month after a short summer break and many return to the Basque Country after visiting families during the summer months. Give thanks for a new family that have joined the church. They are very enthusiastic and keen to become involved in the life of the church and they have three young children, so that is very exciting for the Sunday School! The church also has a need for more Sunday school leaders.
 
Andamio Kids Publishing team have a meeting on Tuesday 27 September to focus on books that will be published in the next two years. So far, in 2023 they hope to translate and publish Christmas and Easter toddler books by Steph Williams. Pray that God would use these wonderful resources to reach the hearts and minds of kids throughout Spain and the Spanish speaking world.
 
A full time GBU staff worker is greatly needed for the North of Spain. Derek and Jane would also love to have a larger team ministry for their area, with people that can
 

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the Youth Camp in September that the young people would be encouraged in their walk with God and that God would give them courage to share their faith in school.
  • Pray or all the groups starting up again after the summer break. Pray that leaders would return rested, refreshed and ready for a new season.
  • Pray for Andamio Kids as they continue to select, translate, and publish resources for kids, young people, families and church ministries. Pray for wisdom and for widespread distribution.
  • Pray for more team members to help out with the growing work.
  • Prayer pointsbe involved in various ministry needs, such as local church ministry, GBU (university) and GBE (high school) ministry.

Contact Details: c/o Mission Department
Assembly Buildings
2-10 Fisherwick Place
Belfast, BT1 6DW
Northern Ireland
 

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