The Loudest Athiest in Madrid

Jan 16, 2014

For his first three years serving in Spain, MTW missionary Bob Tanzie met weekly with Bogomil, a self-proclaimed atheist and communist. Bogomil enjoyed the meetings, largely because he took pleasure in making sport of the sins of the church and the failings of Christians. 

Upon returning to the field after his HMA in the U.S., Bob quickly learned that something had happened to Bogomil. He was a changed man. While Bob was away, Bogomil had surrendered his life to Christ. In his own words, "God touched me six months ago and now the loudest atheist in Madrid will be the loudest Christian." 

Conversions like this are not common in Western Europe, but as you can see, God's grace still draws men to Himself. Please pray for the steady trickle of new believers God is raising up in Spain and throughout Europe. Thank you for your commitment to MTW and for your faithful giving. God is using people like you to transform individuals and communities for His glory.

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Pray for the MTW Spain teams as they face cultural challenges of ministering to the older generation with a faith built on fear, and a younger generation disinterested in God.

Pray for Bogomil, who came to faith in Christ out of antagonistic atheism, and for others like him who have yet to embrace Jesus.

Give thanks to God for a movement of the Spirit spreading across Europe opening doors that have been long-shut.

Pray for Europeans who have heard the gospel but are hesitant to fully commit to Christ. Pray that God would draw them to Himself.

Pray for Spaniards in Madrid, a deeply secular, post-Christian environment where the Church is despised due to past atrocities. 

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Pray for missionaries seeking to minister to those who are critical and hard to love. Pray that missionaries would love their neighbor as Christ loved us.

Pray for the declining Church in Europe. Many see Europe as post-Christian and without hope. But we know that Christ will build His church.

Pray for two women, Monika and Andrea, who have recently come to faith against the odds in a hard-to-reach, largely atheistic European city.

Pray for Monika, that God would continue to heal her, give her a new purpose, and protect her life from physical harm, and for Andrea, that she would grow deep roots of faith and be a witness to those like her—unlikely subjects—of the reality of the grace of God.

Pray for the people of Sydney, Australia, a city which has been described as "post-post Christian pagan." Pray that God would open eyes to the truth of the gospel.


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