The 1 percent

Maybe there’s a group of people in your town protesting the 1 percent. The event has been huge in Seattle. For America, the issues at hand are pretty important, and I can appreciate some of what the movement stands for.

But the figure 1 percent has meant something entirely different to me since God called us to serve Him in Spain. Our colleagues said it well:

When I think about missions in Spain, I am struck with the numbers. 46.5 million people live in Spain. Just over 77% claim to be Christian, but only 1% of that group claim evangelical beliefs. By my calculations, that would mean that out of 46.5 million people, fewer than 400,000 are evangelical believers.

I believe that is why Jesus says, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”(Matthew 9.37-38 NLT) .

There is not a church on every corner here, in one of the least churched states in the nation, but I can think of fiveĀ  within five minutes of my house. Two or three of them are Biblical and I would recommend to a friend (and, no, I wasn’t counting the Mormon church, either). I am acquainted with a girl who lives in the South who attended a missions conference where they featured the Pacific Northwest as a place in need of the Gospel. And yet, everywhere I go, even in spiritually-dry Seattle, I meet believers. At the very least, I meet people who have heard the Gospel not just once, but hundreds of times.

But in Spain, everywhere I go, I will meet people who do not believe in salvation and justification by faith in Jesus Christ. Because only 1 percent knows this truth.

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Chris, Rosalie and Susanna. Heart for young people, skeptics, hurting and heavy hearted. Grateful that God qualifies the called, not the other way around. Striving to live in obedience to our call to church planting in Spain and documenting the journey along the way.

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