There are many different questions we get asked more than once. We would love to answer some of them right here. If you have any further questions, CLICK HERE to Email us.
What EXACTLY do you do?
We both have gifts and talents that are very diverse. We are Pastors here at the International church in Las Palmas. Greg preaches, teaches, leads the congregation and develops leaders. Kita sings in the worship team and helps with the kids church. We are also continuously learning Spanish. There is never a dull moment in our days.
What's it like there?
What is the same?
To be very honest, it is very modern. Well, modern in the sense that we live in the middle of the city, so we have a mall and stores (including grocery stores) within walking distance of our apartment.
We have wireless internet and smartphones.
They have Cable television, computers, and technology here.
The people are very friendly both the internationals and the Canarian people.
What is different?
We are on an island, so there is very little variety of things here.
Also because we convert from the dollar to Euros, it cost much more to live here.
The temperature is almost always warm.
We have sand that blows over from the Sahara Desert and coats the city with red dust that is locally called "Calima".
It doesn't have much of a traditional Spanish feel as you would assume, however, the mountains and the beach are hard to miss.
In the mountains there are small villages that are solely Spanish and many of them do not have an evangelical church.
The South of the island (which is only a forty-five minute drive) is designed for tourism so many northern Europeans visit there often.
Where we are (the north of the island), you will find more internationals and people who live and work here year round.
An island? Why?
Why an island? The short answer is...
Because Christ has called us here.
The longer answer is...
God orchestrated an incredible story as to how we got here. We were first assigned to go to Vienna, Austria. The missionaries we first talked to had to go back to the states because of family health issues. So we were put in contact with the new missionaries of the church in Vienna. They Skyped us to let us know that they were working on becoming a more indigenous church (which is the goal of churches in other countries) and they suggested a small church they had just left in the Canary Islands that may need some help.
We were introduced to the missionaries in the Canary Islands. We had no idea there were even islands off the coast of Africa. The moment we Skyped them, we knew that Las Palmas was where God was calling us..
With the international population on the island, the statistics are alarming. Less than 0.2% consider themselves evangelical Christians. We do live on an island that is known for it's beauty and tourism BUT on this beautiful island there are a people that, if not for the grace of God and the spreading of the Gospel, will die and go to Hell. It's all about lost souls. It's about getting the hopeful and loving Gospel of Christ to a hopeless and dying world.
In the states there are churches on every street corner. On our island there are villages in the mountains that don't have a church. In the U.S. you cannot find a person who hasn't been exposed to the Gospel, on the island there are people who have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ. In the states there is still a culture of Christianity, on the island, they are completely secularized. Here they are historically Catholic church, but most view the church as old and having no value in their life, wanting nothing to do with any type of religion.
How can I give?
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How can I send you a care package?
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Are Greg and Kita your real names?
No. Actually they are both nicknames. Greg is short for Gregory (only his mom calls him by his full name). Kita is short for Nikkita (Nikki was too common of a nickname when she was younger however the Spanish snicker at it because Quita which sounds exactly like her nickname means "to take away or to remove").