Meet Keren, IM Missionary to Spain
Born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, Keren grew up in the home of a Free Will Baptist pastor. Surrounded by Christian teaching, she accepted Christ as Savior as a five-year-old. Her family moved to Panama City, Panama, as missionaries when she was seven. As Keren grew, her faith matured and she was baptized in Panama as a young teen. Panama refused to renew the Delgado family’s visas. As a 17-year-old, she and her family moved to Russellville, Arkansas. After months of culture shock and difficulty, Keren found herself where she believes God wanted her—completely dependent on Him and focused on Jesus Christ as both redeemer and friend.
Approved as a missionary intern in April 2019, Keren served for two years in Varna, Bulgaria. with hopes to apply this December for career status. As her internship was ending and she anticipated going before the IM board in December 2022, she was praying to the Lord to use her Spanish to serve and bring people to Christ. She shared, “I realized that God’s will was for me to be there in Bulgaria for my internship and then in the perfect timetable of God to prepare me now to serve in Spain. The Lord heard my prayers and gave me peace about the decision to change fields.“
Spain is less than 2% evangelical. 92% of the small towns in Spain have zero evangelical churches. There is one town, in particular, east of Madrid, called Villanueva De la Torre, where Neil and Mandi Morgan (together with a Spanish Pastor), are planting the only evangelical church in this town. Why is this amazing? Because the Spaniards are either nominal Catholics or atheists (this is the majority), they have a wrong idea of what a church is. Not long ago, Spain had no religious freedom. And once they declare it, agnosticism and atheism have grown rapidly.
16 Unreached People Groups in Spain
Keren’s Impact Through Language School
Listen to this story of the “Skinny Cow” and how God used Keren’s language school as an opportunity to share a story from the Bible with others who have never read the Bible.
Keren shares why she gives to missions and the joy it brings her to be obedient financially. She is not only ministering to people in Spain, but she is financially contributing to ministries around the world through giving!
How she will minister to people in Spain
Building relationships, gaining their trust with time and being where they are.
2Children and youth ministry
Children and youth ministry and build relationships with the parents and the youth to show them what true Christianity is about and who Christ is!
How you can pray for Keren
- Pray for Keren as she travels around the States fundraising.
- Pray for her safety and for health throughout this time.
- Pray for Keren as she learns about Spanish history.
- Pray she becomes fully funded before September 2023 so that she can start the History and Culture course before next year ends.
Thank you for praying for the Spanish people and me. Thank you for bringing to God these requests with a heart surrendered to God’s will.
You can partner with Keren to reach people in Spain with the Gospel.