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Samuel & Lauren Riggs


Meet the Riggs, IM Missionaries to Spain

Hi! Welcome to our ministry page. We are Sam, Lauren, and Emilia Riggs. We live and work in a small city outside Madrid, Spain. We work in a church in Alpedrete, Spain, and we are helping plant a new church in the surrounding area with our teammates the Edgmon family. We have been here since November 2021, and we will be working here for a two-year term.

A few fun facts about us: Sam doesn’t have a middle name, but he does have two last names! All Emilia needs to survive is a bottle of milk, cheese, and some BubbleGuppies! The first chapter book Lauren remembers reading is The Hobbit because her dad read it to her.

Why Spain?

The Lord opened many doors to get us where we are, but it all stems from Sam’s connection to Spain. Sam was born in Spain to missionary parents, Mark and Juli Riggs. Sam’s mom is Spanish, and his dad met her when he went on a mission trip. They fell in love, got married, and became missionaries to northern Spain. Sam grew up around and in the Spanish FWB church, and as part of the culture. His desire to go back to his home country is ultimately what led us to where we are. Lauren spent her high school and college summers doing ETEAM and CMP trips. When we met in college, we were both open to missions and felt a strong calling that God had placed on each of us to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Spain is less than 1% Evangelical Christian.

The rising number of agnostics/atheists in Spain is alarming. They are people in great need of something to believe in and are searching for answers in all the wrong places. We are working to plant a new church in the surrounding area of Alpedrete through lots of relationship building and community outreach. During our two-year experience, we are most excited about learning more about what ministry looks like in Spain, learning from our teammates, who have been career missionaries for over 20 years, and learning more about God’s global purpose for His church.

How they minister to people in Spain

How you can pray for the Riggs

  • Pray for the hearts of the people we will meet and interact with while in Spain. Pray that God will prepare their hearts for the seed of the gospel.
  • Pray for the Alpedrete Church to continue to grow and flourish.
  • Pray for the new church plant we will be working in.
  • Pray for our family as we transition into this new ministry.

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