I get so excited when God connects me with leaders who desire to take risks for his Kingdom. Of course it is not risk for risk’s sake, and it isn’t about wanting something new or exciting. For me it is about faith in action—doing something that you know is not possible apart from God.
When I started getting to know Abraham about eight months ago, I had no idea where our friendship was going to lead. I had no idea that he shared a similar heartbeat as mine, and that within a five-month period God was going to move a dream of his and mine to tangible reality.
When I invited Abraham to our Life Compass training last November, he had shared with me some of his desires for community. He shared about his desire to be a light for Jesus in his neighborhood, to know his neighbors and be known, and his desire to do ministry with others. He also mentioned wanting to create a place of rest and protection for those who are broken. He didn’t want to do this alone and he knew he couldn’t.
Abraham was living in a central location in downtown Málaga but was losing his roommates the next month. He loved his neighborhood and felt like the very building he was living in could be used for God’s purposes. The building had 3 flats (2–3 bedroom apartments) with a common entrance and courtyard on the ground level.
At that time Abraham knew the middle flat was going to be available come January, the bottom flat had people occupying it, and he needed to find himself a roommate (God willing, one with the same desire). He said, “What if God gave me this whole building and filled it with people who wanted to be a community and a light for Jesus in this neighborhood?” At that time last November, it was only a dream.
Fast-forward three months. One week ago I was invited to participate and give insight to one of the first meetings of a new Christian community in downtown Málaga. Yes, in a matter of three months, God took a big dream and made it reality. Abraham prayed for a new roommate, and God brought Pablin, a guy who loves the Lord and has pastoral gifts. We prayed for the perfect tenants to fill the middle flat under Abraham…and it happened. Then we prayed that God would somehow open up the bottom flat, and the people occupying it moved out within two weeks of our prayers.
God gave Abraham the building, and it’s now filled with people, all in their twenties, who share a similar dream. The new name for the building? “The Bunker.” According to Abraham, a place of safety and refuge, a place to win people from darkness to light!
I honestly have no idea what the future holds for this community and the roles we will play, but we see God moving and are excited to be a part of it. During the first community meeting we walked through the building together and prayed through every flat, claiming the building for God’s purposes. The community has decided to share a meal together weekly, gather weekly to pray for each other and the neighborhood, and worship together.
My wife, Amber, and I are committed to provide any kind of leadership or support they need. Right now I meet with Abraham and Pablin weekly to encourage, support, counsel, and pray for them, and together we pray for God’s heart and dreams to be realized in Málaga. Please pray for us and these young adults living in The Bunker—Abraham, Pablin, Amy, Mikaela, Karin, and Bella—as we all explore new ministry and claim new ground for Jesus in our city.