English in a Spanish Evangelical church. Church Without Walls – Iglesia sin Paredes – is an international church in the province of Almeria, Spain. This is our home church, located in the town of Albox.
We are an International church, an exciting fulfillment of a ‘vision with passion’, and a wonderful demonstration of how God puts things – and people – in place.
Why an English Church in Spain
Until 2015 Abuelo & I were settled in the province of Tarragona, working on our farm in the sierras. We had moved there from south-western Andalucia – he is Sevilla-born, and Jerez de la Frontera is my adopted home town – but it was in the north-east that we thought we would be developing a future.
Then God spoke to us, simply saying, ‘I want you to go to Almeria’. Within 30 days we had packed up and moved back ‘down south’- though this time to the eastern coast.
To what we were moving, we knew not.
Of course, being God, He knew(!), and within a short time the process of events began that has led to this church plant.
That process included the gathering of a people of ‘many different tribes and tongues’.
Spanish and English in an International Evangelical Church
Andrés is natural-born Spanish, with an exceptional fluency in English, plus a full command of the Portuguese language. My native language is English, to which I’ve added Spanish from my years in Spain – and a life with Andrés. We both speak Afrikaans from the time we spent in South Africa.
Our church family represents at least 7 different nations, including
– Spanish speakers (not necessarily from mainland Spain) who speak some English; and those who speak none;
– English speakers who speak some Spanish, and those who speak none.
Sunday morning service in English. Friday night meeting in Spanish.
The church website includes information pages, together with a map and contact details for English speakers.
Towns within a half-hour or so, include Albox, Arboleas, Alfoquia, Mojacar, Partaloa, Baez, Fines, Cantoria, Huercal-Overa, Los Gallardos, Garrucha, Turre, Taberno, Santa Maria de Nieve, Los Carrascos, Los Llanos, Vera.