As media attention has slowly faded, so have the thoughts of many people toward the refugee crises in Europe. However, AGWM missionaries in Europe are still at the front lines, engaging with refugees from countries such as Guinea, Morocco and Syria.
Here’s a question I get asked everywhere I go: “I feel called to missions but fundraising really scares me.” Okay, I’m cheating a bit by saying this is a “question” I get asked often. It’s rarely a question; it’s more of a statement that’s left hanging in the air like a dialogue bubble in a comic strip. A nervous person, chewing their lip and searching my face expectantly, still expects an answer though, so I always take it as an unspoken question: *How* can I fundraise? Or perhaps more accurately, how can *I* fundraise?
In 1992 missionary Rick Cunningham awoke from a dream in which he was teaching in a language he had never heard. God used that dream to call him and his wife Jan from Spain to Romania. In their first exploratory trip to Romania, the Cunninghams discovered the shocking reality that book translations had been outlawed under Communist rule, resulting in few available resources in the Romanian language. As developers of training materials in Spain, Rick and Jan felt the Holy Spirit impress them—“What you have done in Spain is tremendously needed here.” That felt need confirmed their call to move to Romania, but neither of them could have anticipated what would happen there.
On a cold winter night in Madrid, Spain, a small group of Christians sought a spot protected from the bitter, blowing wind from which they could preach the gospel, as they do each night in the Puerta del Sol, a popular destination in the center of the city. However, this night people had fled from the cold and the plaza was unusually empty. As Maritza began to sing her testimony song, people seemed to appear from nowhere and gather around, listening intently. As missionaries Kevin and Karen Prevost commented, this was “a glimpse of God’s glory on the street.” And it’s exactly what they’re praying for more of every night.