Jonathan & Elena Banegas

Located in Western Europe...

We serve in Spain with Young Life. A ministry we helped establish in 2007 in Catalonia and Spain. Our heart and passion have always been to work with youth because even though we know it is a challenging age, it is the time of life when you can make a deeper impact and transform the world.

So, we focus on working with non-church kids, going where they are, and building relationships with them in order to earn the right to be heard. Kids are tired of religion but thirsty for significance and value. So, we approach them with no judgment but with a loving attitude. After several years of praying, building relationships, and earning the right to be heard, the Lord has opened doors to work in different high schools, partner with City Halls, and open a Youth Center.

We do that by recruiting and training key leaders, partnering with local churches, developing innovative ideas and strategies, and trusting in the Lord for His blessing, provision, and guidance. As the Spain country director, I supervise 4 main provinces in Spain (Catalonia, Madrid, Basque Country, and Andalucía), 11 staff people leading their own areas with a total of 50-75 volunteer leaders that are reaching over 600 kids during the year. And we do that by going to the high schools or wherever kids are to do contact work, bringing them to our YL Clubs in each area, taking them to the different camps we organize during the year, and involving them in discipleship programs so they can finally get connected with a local church, hopefully the same one as his/her YL Leader.

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