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Selma prayer walking team shares Christ in Spaincomment (0)

July 19, 2001


Each time they saw the steeples, they would stop and pray.

That’s how John Fain, pastor of First Baptist Church in Selma, tells of a prayer walking trip he and two couples from his congregation took to Spain in April.

“As we drove up, we would pass various places along the way and we would began praying for each spot that we saw a steeple, because the steeples were not Baptist churches — they were Catholic churches,” said Fain.

“We knew the stronghold of Catholicism in that country and we were praying against the stronghold of the enemy,” he said. “The enemy is not the church there, the enemy is the devil himself.”

Fain said the prayers were against the deception the enemy. “And also for the liberation of God’s creation,” he said.

They didn’t pray only outside of churches, though. Fain shared how he and his team prayed everywhere as they traveled to different parts of Spain- at historical sites, outside apartments and as they walked past people on the streets.

George Teal, who participated in the trip April 24- May 1, along with his wife, Harriet, said he was surprised to find so few believers in Spain.

“I was shocked,” Teal said. “You didn’t hear about Jesus.

Burden felt

“I thought Spain would have been further developed as far as the gospel reaching them,” Teal added.

Realizing how lost the people were, Fain said the team began praying everywhere they went.

“We started praying over those areas,” Fain said, “and then went downtown and started walking to streets and as you walked past people, you would pray for them.”

Fain said seeing people gave team members a burden for those they encountered and “literally touched- rubbed up against in that city.”

The pastor shared of his team’s visit to Basaure, a city of some 30,000 people where only four to six people attend church each week.

“We walked the streets there and you could feel the weight of oppression on top of you as you walked and as you prayed over people in those areas,” Fain said. “Every time we would pass an apartment building, we would pray for the people in the apartment buildings to come to Christ.”

Teal shares of how the team would also gather around churches in Spain and pray for those who were already believers.

Fain said First Baptist, Selma, has been in partnership for more than five years with churches in Bilbao, Spain supporting them through prayer and financial assistance.

“We didn’t go to do a mission trip and leave,” Fain said. “We’ve stayed in constant contact with them for five-and-a-half years- every week, we are in contact.”

Fain said the most recent trip was the third in an effort to reach the people of Spain and also lift up those who have already accepted Christ.

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