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I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. -Philippians 4:11-13

Bio

Name(s): Rebecca and Dave Bumpus

Host Country: Spain

In 2016, Rebecca and David were married and began ministering in Spain together.

Rebecca has seen God’s hand in multiplying the discipleship movement in this area. Starting with four believers in 2007, they have grown and been trained to make disciples, which has resulted in two faith communities in two towns.

In addition to the things Rebecca and David do each week to meet their neighbors and establish relationships for evangelism, Rebecca disciples individuals and small groups. Whether it is through formal ministry activities or the more casual afternoon coffees, meals, and social events with neighbors, she has learned that the best opportunities for witness come through prayer and making good friends and gaining their trust.

Since David’s arrival in Spain, he has become part of a Christian motorcycle ministry called the Tribe of Judah. He has joined with a Swedish missionary/pastor to reach out to the different clubs here in the area. God has opened many doors into a world that is not easily reached.

Rebecca has seen God’s hand in multiplying the discipleship movement in this area. Starting with four believers in 2007, they have grown and been trained to make disciples, which has resulted in two faith communities in two towns.

Currently, Dave and Rebecca are also working with a team of two missionaries from Sweden and two Spaniards from the church in Moncada to seek the Lord for His vision for reaching the rest of Moncada and other nearby towns. We are seeing that it is time for us, the missionaries, to transition into new ministry so that the new Spanish leadership can flourish. We will be sowing and reaping in a new part of Spain, while maintaining a mentor relationship with the faith communities in Valencia.

The goal in Moncada and La Pobla de Valbona is to make disciples who in turn make disciples. At this point, Rebecca and Dave are focusing on friendship evangelism with neighbors and friends. The study used is a thirteen-week course developed as a result of seeing people pray a pre-packaged salvation prayer and quickly fall away. The longer study is designed to communicate what it means to follow Christ. Frequently, Dave and Rebecca meet at a coffee shop or have a meal with unbelieving friends to build relationships and trust, but really, contact with unbelievers takes many forms. Whether walking a dog, going to the gym, taking a walk, or seeing a need and trying to meet it, anything becomes an opportunity to share Christ. They are able to salt the conversation with references to their relationship with Christ.

Rebecca has been serving in the Valencia, Spain, area in towns just north of the city on the Mediterranean coast. Spain is a postmodern, Catholic country. Most Spaniards will say they are Catholic, but they will quickly add they are not practicing Catholics. They were baptized as babies, celebrated their first communions, and were married in Catholic churches. They may still pray for the dead, light candles to the saints or the Virgin Mary, carry a picture of the Virgin Mary or a saint, and wear a charm blessed by the church for protection. At the same time, many Spaniards depend on fortunetellers and healers to deal with more immediate problems. Anyone religious who is not a part of the Catholic Church is looked upon with suspicion as a sect member. Spaniards are fun loving, hardworking people who live in a beautiful, modern nation. Beneath the beauty and charm is a darkness that needs to be lit by the light of Christ.

Prayer is the basic ingredient to everything we attempt. Nothing spiritual endures in Spain, or anywhere, without prayer.

Testimony

Rebecca and David grew up in Christian homes, and at a young age they both gave their hearts to Jesus. When her family moved to Illinois, they began attending a Bible church where Rebecca began to grow in her faith and knowledge of the Lord. It was here at a missions conference where she committed her life to God’s service, at around the age of 13. She heard a missionary speaker challenging her to be available to God for whatever He asked of her. David, however, at the age of thirteen began running from God’s calling on his life. Worldly living and rebelliousness toward his parents found him living on the streets by the age of 21. Then at the age of 45, the Lord got his attention and he recommitted his life in a covenant relationship to follow God’s calling on his life.

After moving to Phoenix, Arizona with her parents and brother, Rebecca continued to seek the Lord’s will for her future as a missionary. She did short-term missions trips into Mexico, helping with orphanages, witnessing, and building churches. She also went to Costa Rica for four months where she studied the culture, language, economics, history, and politics of Central America. During her high school and college years at Northwest Community Church in Phoenix, AZ, she experienced personal discipleship and learned to disciple and teach youth. Rebecca further prepared for ministry by getting her degree in Elementary Education at Grand Canyon College and studying Bible and Missions at Arizona College of the Bible. In October 1989 Rebecca was approved by World Partners to serve as a missionary. She began serving in Spain in September 1992.

David, after returning to the Lord, was disciple by his pastor, then helped in the Youth and Sound Ministry. And without ever imagining that he would one day be ministering to bikers in Spain, he joined Christian Motorcycle Association, where he served as chaplain and road captain.

Spain is a postmodern, Catholic country. Most Spaniards will say they are Catholic, but they will quickly add they are not practicing Catholics. They were baptized as babies, celebrated their first communions, and were married in Catholic churches. They may still pray for the dead, light candles to the saints or the Virgin Mary, carry a picture of the Virgin Mary or a saint, and wear a charm blessed by the church for protection. At the same time, many Spaniards depend on fortunetellers and healers to deal with more immediate problems. Anyone religious who is not a part of the Catholic Church is looked upon with suspicion as a sect member. Spaniards are fun loving, hardworking people who live in a beautiful, modern nation. Beneath the beauty and charm is a darkness that needs to be lit by the light of Christ.