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The Church

The church here was begun in 1924 through the testimony of one family in the town, Over time the church began to grow both in size and influence and also affected the spiritual life of the nearby towns. During the difficult years of the Dictatorship the members suffered for their faith and the church was only legally recognised after a long period of repeated applications to the local authorities.

Once again the church began to grow and it became quite strong. However, in the 1970s it began to suffer in the same way as other rural churches. This time the problem was migration to find work. Many people moved to the big cities in other parts of Spain. In just one year the church lost 13 families when they moved out of the town.

Now there are 15 members, with an attendance on Sunday evenings of about 20. There are services both Sunday morning and evening, a mid-week meeting and a weekly meeting for children from non-Christian homes and a ladies' meeting

Some years ago the members have extended the premises to accommodate a larger congregation, and refitted and re-decorated the worship area. In the picture you can see the new Communion Furniture, and on the right one of the two new sets of folding doors. A substantial grant for this work was received from the local authority.

The Workers

Sergio and Chani

Sergio and Chani began their ministry with the mission in September 2011. Their two older children, Elizabeth and Sergio Pablo, are both married and live in the Canary Islands and Sevilla respectively. Jennifer is 12 years old and is the youngest member of the mission family. They also have four grandchildren (two girls and two boys).

They are from the Canary Islands, where they were involved, full time, in the ministry of their local church and in a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts. After this they helped a church in Oviedo (Northern Spain) part-time, being involved with the preaching and teaching both adults and children. They also participated in the therapy group for Alcoholics and drug addicts.

At the present time they have the responsibility for the pastoral work in the church in Santa Cruz de Mudela. There, evangelistic work consists of an after school English club held on the church premises and a Children's meeting which up to 25 children attend. They also help with the Alcoholics Anonymous group in town.

As well as all this they also help with the cooking, maintenance and renovation work in the Mission House.

Whilst the town is not big it does have a strategic importance in the work of the Kingdom of God. In the surrounding area there are 13 communities where there is no evangelical church. There are 15,000 who live in the area and for them their nearest church is in Santa Cruz de Mudela