When I first accepted to be a missionary for 2 years in Barcelona, God laid on my heart an idea for an event. Community is essential for walking in a relationship with Jesus– we are the Body of Christ. So what if I brought my friends and family together via art, music, and coffee, and speak to them about what God is doing in Spain? This would be a chance to not only rally their support, but allow God to speak to them as well through conversations and worship. Thus, came “Comunidad”.
Here are a few thoughts from la Biblia about Christ’s community. Community is a group that:
- Always ushers in the presence of God (Matt 18:20)
- Bears one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2)
- Forgives each other (Col 3:13)
- Suffers AND celebrate together (1 Cor 12:26)
- Sharpens and builds each other up (Prov 27:17)
Most Spaniards have no idea what true, Christ-centered community looks like. Less than 1% of Spaniards are even evangelical Christians! At the International Church of Barcelona, we place extreme value on community in order to grow together as well as draw unbelievers in. If we begin to LOOK like the Body of Christ as God intended, we will draw unbelievers in. Jesus said, “By this ALL will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Kailyn Taylor’s painting, purchased by Ivy Byram:
Anne Ashton’s painting, purchased by Ulrike Essex:
I would like to honor the Missions Place for hosting this event at their amazing venue. Missions Place is about you — connecting you to what God is doing across the globe.
Special thanks to Emily Vescovi, Chad Harrison, Vivian Wells, Eric Rodriguez, Patrick Boyter, Kailyn Taylor, and Anne Ashton for performing or painting during the event.
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