It’s not easy for an Evangelical organization to function in Spain. But WLM is growing fast. We need more space, so we considered renting a larger building in Madrid. But there are very few buildings in Spain that owners will allow for evangelical purposes. Even if they did allow it, research revealed costs of usage permits and bringing buildings up to code would be more than the building’s value! And remaining there for the long term could not be guaranteed.
We know God cannot be hindered by governments or religions, so we prayed again and waited on Him. And now He seems to be answering our prayers beyond our wildest dreams.
In an ironic twist, the Madrid city government wants to work with WLM, no strings attached. They have offered half a city block of free prime property through a land grant to build a new training facility. WLM can operate openly as an evangelical institution holding to Biblical values. However, their offer came with one simple request; we must provide help to the poor, the addicted, and the destitute to regain their lives—and the Gospel can play a central role.
In other words, the Madrid city government is asking WLM to do what we already do!