The northwest corner of Spain draws spiritual seekers from across the world. Each year, more than 300,000 people walk the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James), a group of ancient pilgrimage routes concluding in Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.
One of the most popular pilgrimage routes winds through the rugged corridor of Spain facing the Atlantic Ocean, the region of Asturias.
Asturias is one of Christianity’s least reached in Spain. The region’s complex, rugged, and largely rural topography has made it inaccessible to many Christian missions: About 45 percent of its towns do not have any evangelical witness.
For many years, we as the Brethren in Christ Church (BIC Church) in Spain have been sensing a call to serve in Asturias. It’s a strategic place to minister because of its largely paradoxical dynamics: largely unreached, it is drawing many spiritually seekers through is placement along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Our leaders started to pray for Asturias in 2015, and our desire to evangelize and start communities in this part of Spain has increased.
Identifying the Asturias region as a place we’d like to minister long term, we’re ultimately intending to form a Christ-centered community along the Camino de Santiago.
In the preliminary phases of the Asturias ministry planning process, we would like to commission pastors and church leaders to take several exploratory trips to Asturias to understand its demographics, needs, and ministry opportunities.
By giving to the Ministry along the Camino de Santiago: Phase 1 project, you help Brethren in Christ leaders and pastors in Spain begin the process of ministering among unreached, northwestern Spain.