David de Lago|| forum funded ::

David de Lago|| forum funded ::

Country:
Spain
Occupation:
Christian Ministry – Christian Organization
Forum Network:
Leaders of Christian Organizations
Ministry Focus:
Ministry Administration and Service
David de Lago is a regional manager in Spain.
When did you trust Christ?
I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 14 years old. I was in church one Sunday when my pastor shared the Gospel and gave an altar call. I didn’t respond at that moment, but I understood that Jesus paid for every single sin in my life. That night when I was alone in my bed I prayed to God and accepted Jesus Christ’s payment for my sins.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
When I finished Bible College in Spain, I decided to move to Dallas to get an MA in Missiology and Church Planting. I saw God providing for my family the whole time. My faith at that time grew with tremendous power. It was a hard time, but I would do it again if God called me to take such a big step.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I think the European Leadership Forum will help me to obtain new ideas and connect with other brothers and sisters in Christian leadership in other countries.
What is your ministry?
I am the Regional Manager of SearchforJesus.net in Spain with Decision and Aso. I am also Decision’s Project Manager, where I lead evangelistic campaigns.
What are your past leadership roles?
I was a youth leader for over five years and a worship leader in the church for over five years.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
Every year we reach more than 1,000 people with the Gospel in Spain and around the globe. We saw over 100 people come to Christ this year in Spain. We are young men and women with a passion to share the Good News with our generation.
Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| YRM funded ::

Ismael Sanchez Cortes|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Pastoring

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My passion is to see all the churches in Spain and also my local church blossoming in discipleship, evangelism, and be Bible-centered churches. I have spent years trying to help my local church to press on evangelistic efforts, putting the mission in the center of our strategy or discipleship as a priority.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to acquire skills for better planning and vision skills and tools. I would also like to learn more how to better disciple and how to encourage people to be motivated and excited about the church’s mission and vision.

What is your leadership role?

I am a staff worker at GBU Spain, the IFES movement in Spain. Apart from that, I preach in my church, I am youth leader and I am also involved in planning and strategy.

Albert Crespo|| YRM funded ::

Albert Crespo|| YRM funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Bible Teaching

Ministry Focus:
Church Revitalization

What is your ministry?

My ministry is to serve the church to revitalize it in multiple areas: prayer meeting, bringing back the Lord’s supper and the kid’s service, and I have started missions meetings, church lunches, and weekly meetings with local children.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

I would like to grow in patience, perseverance, clarity of objectives, serving people, seeing and anticipating needs and weaknesses, and discipleship.

What is your leadership role?

I’m an elder in my church involved in preaching, shepherding, and sharing and promoting the vision of the church.

Esteban Lozano|| forum funded ::

Esteban Lozano|| forum funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Media/Communication

Forum Network:
Pastoral Counselors

Ministry Focus:
Evangelism

Esteban Lozano is the director’s assistant and scriptwriter for an evangelical television program in Spain.

When did you trust Christ?

I was raised in a Christian family. I grew up hearing stories from the Bible, and I believed them intellectually. But it was not until I was 18-years-old that I came to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I went through some problems at that time that brought me to a saving relationship with Him.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

One of the defining moments was when I was at university when I was 18-years-old. I had a relationship with a girl, but it ended. That brought a lot of pain into my life. Through that period of my life, God taught me to rely on Him, no matter what. He taught me that everything is under His control and that I can rest in Him because of His perfect guidance. Since that time, whenever I struggle, I remember how Christ brought me to peace when I most needed it.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

The Forum encourages and strengthens me to go on with my ministry. Through the Forum I have also gotten to know other believers who are involved in mass media work; we have been able to learn from each other and help each other.

What is your ministry?

I work as a scriptwriter for an evangelical television program that is broadcast every Sunday on Spanish public television. I began doing this work 11 years ago and I gain more responsibility every year. I am also an elder in my local church, where I preach once a month and lead a Bible study group with my wife.

What are your past leadership roles?

I was a youth group leader at my local church in Madrid for 10 years, and a Bible teacher in Christian youth camps.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Our program, “Good News TV,” is a very useful tool to bring the Christian message to Spanish society. It is important that our show is as good as possible. Therefore, training and resources are important.

Ana Calvo|| forum funded ::

Ana Calvo|| forum funded ::

Country:
Spain

Occupation:
Education—Childhood and Adolescent

Forum Network:
Disciple-Making Leaders

Ministry Focus:
Education and/or Training

When did you trust Christ?

Growing up in a Catholic country in an evangelical home wasn’t easy. My friends from school could not understand when I explained that my father was a “pastor” (they thought he was literally a “shepherd” in the field, which is what the word “pastor” means in Spanish). Very early on in life I had to decide what I thought about my parent’s faith and why we were so different compared to my friends. What was the truth? What about my Catholic friends or my Jehovah’s Witness friends? Who was right? How could a 12-year-old discern the truth? In the midst of my questions, I trusted the God of my parents and who the Bible said He was.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I think for most of us growth comes when God uses the twisted roads and question marks that often come to our lives. Broken relationships and big changes, like moving to other countries and changing jobs, have helped me to understand how temporary and limited we are as human beings, but also how God has greater ways, purposes and plans than what we might have dreamed of. In my late twenties I attended seminary in the United States and pursued a Master’s degree in Christian Studies. My time at seminary was a wonderful opportunity to deepen in God’s Word and meet extraordinary people who are working all over the world. Life in Europe where Protestantism is not a majority religion is a daily challenge and a hard adventure to be on. My job in FEREDE is a daily challenge, as we work with the four other confessions that have legal cooperation with the Spanish government: Catholics, Muslims and Jews. My hope is that God will make me a person who can dialogue and who can speak about the beauty of the Gospel to a world that is very complex and needy.

Why do you want to attend the Forum?

Being aware of the bigger pictures is always a source of encouragement and of wisdom. Networking and biblical training in Europe are necessary given the special hardships and difficulties we face. I am excited to meet other people who may be working in similar capacities, to learn and fellowship with them.

What is your ministry?

My role as the coordinator of Evangelical Religious Education in FEREDE encompasses the following: representing the ERE department before the Spanish Government and Ministry of Education together with the CEO of FEREDE; theological and pedagogical training of future Religious Evangelical teachers; creation of the kindergarten, primary and secondary Evangelical Religious Education curriculum for schools and teachers; providing information and maintaining relationships with parents, churches and pastors who are interested in learning more about Evangelical Religious Education in schools.

What are your past leadership roles?

While living in the United States, I was a university teacher for 3 years and was involved in mission trips with college students. I also served in World Vision for 3 years in Spain, however not in a leadership role.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

The ministry of FEREDE and Evangelical Religious Education is critical in Spain given our country’s long background in Catholicism and difficult journey growing in Religious Freedom. Having religious education in schools helps to normalize religion and religious freedom in Spain. Our country remains hostile towards other religious groups as a result of the lack of tolerance in our history. The ministry of Evangelical Religious Education can be lonely and it is in need of collaboration and help in many areas.

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