A couple decades ago, various crises in their homelands and the prospect of more economic opportunities brought hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans to Europe. Over half of these migrants came to Spain, where language was not a barrier for most. Some work together as teams of on-demand agricultural laborers who move from one EU country to the next.
Many of Spain’s Latino immigrants have been able to bond together despite significant cultural differences due to sharing a common language. Many are nominally Catholic, but a significant percentage have a personal relationship with Jesus. These have also brought a fresh vitality to the Church in Spain, starting a significant number of new churches there.
After Spain fell into a recession in 2008 and unemployment quickly increased, some Latino immigrants moved to the UK for more job opportunities. Churches have responded by offering English classes, benevolence ministries, legal assistance and orientation regarding government housing benefits and health care. The Spanish-speaking churches in the UK reflect a diversity of national origins, with the largest groups from Colombia and Ecuador. Parents have hope for their children, who have access to quality education and whose bilingual skills are desirable in professional fields.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17): Father of lights, thank You for Your steadfast goodness. We pray that more Latino immigrants will recognize You as the giver of all good and perfect gifts.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28): Lord Jesus, You know the burdens of Latino immigrants in Europe who have not yet put their trust in You. Their labor is without hope and their burdens are many. Call to them by name and give them rest. Let their praises cause other people in Europe to come to You as well.
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