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Surprised by the Spirit

by Raúl Araña | Mar 2022 | Heartbeat, HB Europe, HB Spain

The Arana Santana family surrounded in prayer

There is a “go” in the gospel; there is a call to the church to go and take what we have received and pass it on to all people of every age and every nation. “Be my witnesses” — declare what you have seen, heard and experienced. Tell everyone everywhere what the Lord has done. Go and invite all people to come, taste and see that the Lord is good. He can indeed make a real and eternal difference in every person’s life.

“Go” has been our story. Twenty years ago, we left the shores of Gran Canaria, Spain, and arrived in the U.K., not knowing the Lord’s plans for us. We quickly fell in love with the Free Methodist Church and its work in the U.K. and Ireland. We became part of a beautiful global family that has taught us so much. Outstanding leaders have shaped our lives in many ways and given us a deeper love for the church of Jesus and global missions.

In August 2021, we were once again surprised by the Spirit as He called us to return to our motherland, Spain. We have been called to be His hands and feet by ministering in the local church in Madrid and overseeing the national work in Spain, serving as the national leader.

The beauty of it all is we don’t do this on our own but in partnership with our sending church, Helston Light & Life Centre in Cornwall, England. It has honored and supported us by affirming and confirming this call, sending us out with a blessing and the commitment to stand alongside us in this incredible work the Lord has given us. We are thankful for the U.K. and Ireland Conference leadership, who released us to become international missionaries to Spain. We are particularly grateful for Pastor Michael Bretton, whose heart for missions radiates in everything he does.

We can’t do the work on our own. That is why partnerships are so important; they are a lifeline to the mission on the ground. Wouldn’t you like to be part of it?

More than ever, our Father in heaven is mobilizing His church to the ends of the earth. He calls the church to stand up; be His mouthpiece locally, regionally and worldwide; and become the channel by which heaven will touch the earth. Will you join us in answering the call to “go”?