Jack & Joy Loveday

Baptist Missionaries serving in Madrid, Spain


The Blessing of Longevity

One of the blessings of being in a ministry/church for many years, are the children that grow up in the church. God has allowed me the privilege of being Roger and Leti’s pastor for many years. Joy has taught them both piano for over 10 years and she has also been their Sunday school teacher. We have seen them come to Christ, be baptized, and begin to serve several years ago in different areas in the church ministry. They both graduated with good grades this month and will both be going on to college.

Roger and his family are from Ecuador, so they will return there in July and he will study there. Leti and her family are from Perú, but they are staying in Madrid, and she will at attending the university here.

rogerletigraduation

Graduations in Spain are not a big deal…certainly nothing compared to what we do in the U.S. So we decided today to honor our 2 graduates for completing their course well, and for staying faithful to the Lord in the process.  Thank you for your prayers which allow us to be missionaries in Spain for a LONG time, and these 2 precious lives are fruit to your account. We pray they will go on and serve the Lord faithfully in the years to come!


Interesting Facts about Spain – Aug. 2012

Amazing facts about SPAIN (in spite of the current crisis):
*Taken principally from “Una gran nación con capacidad de liderazgo” in La Razón, Aug. 8, 2012, pp. 14-15 (.pdf attached).

Per capita, Spain is has the highest consumption of cocaine & marijuana in the world http://www.businessinsider.com/countries-most-cocaine-users-2012-6
Spain is the single country of the world with the most AVE kilometers of rail-lines–220 kms./hr. (High-Speed Train lines)
Seven of every ten young people 20-30 yrs. still live at home with their parents.
The greatest amount of solar energy derived from solar instalations in the world comes from Spain.
Spain is the largest producer and exporter of table olives in the world; the greatest producer of piñon nuts; the greatest exporter of citric fruits; the second greatest producer of artichokes; and the highest producer in Europe of all kinds of fruit.
Currently Spain has the highest unemployment in Europe, 26%.
30% of all the grape vineyards in the European Union are in Spain, representing 13.8% of all the land dedicated to wine culture in the world.
Spain is the second greatest exporter of wine in the world, behind Italy; is the 1st highest producer of honey and is the 1st highest producer in Europe of fish from hatcheries.
More than 459 million people in the world speak Spanish; there are 18 million registered students of Spanish; 81 million web pages in Spanish
Spanish is the second most-widely spoken language in the world, per number of speakers, and is the 2nd language of international communication
40.5 million people speak Spanish in countries where it is NOT the official language.
Spain is the fourth most popular tourist destination in the world and has the third largest number of hotel rooms.
Spain leads Europe in the amount of water recovered from desalination plants.
Spain is the 2nd highest manufacturer of vehicles in Europe; is the first in Europe for installed capability for the production of stainless-steel.
Telefonica is the the first integrated-european telephone operation in Europe, and the first in the world for number of customers.
The second largest telescope in the world is in Spain (in La Palma, Canarias).
Spain holds the first place in Europe and the third in the world in agrobiotecnology; and is fifth in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Three of every five airline flights in the world are controlled by Spanish-designed systems of air navegation.
The electronic DNI (National Identity Document) and electronic passport are pioneer efforts in personal electronic identification
Seven of the ten largest companies in the world in administration of infrastructrues are Spanish.
The third wealthiest man in the world is a Spaniard (Amancio Ortega), after Bill Gates; and is worth 47 billion dollars; who increased his wealth by 32% in the last year. Spanish – http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2012/08/07/economia/1344304904.html, English – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/amancio-ortega-third-richest-man_n_1756048.html
A total of 100% of Spaniards and residents of Spain are sinners and without hope of Heaven, without Christ (Rom. 3:23; 6:23).
Spain is the least evangelized Spanish-Speaking country in the world.


“Holy” week in Spain

Today is “holy” Friday in Spain, and many faithful catholics will go participate in the carrying of their favorite idol of Jesus or of Mary.  Our hearts are always saddened as we
see how this religion has enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.  Because it is raining and dangerous for those carrying the idol, many will not be able to take their saints out for the walk around the city.  Please continue to pray for Spain, that many souls would have their eyes opened to the truth that Jesus lives on this Easter Sunday.  Joy