April and Alleke Crull
Kelly and April Crull and their daughter
Alleke are church planters with Christian
Associates International in Madrid, Spain.
In the past four years, Kelly and April helped start two churches in
Madrid. Currently they work with Oasis Madrid church, a new
church in the city center.
Besides the shared work of church planting (leading small groups,
mentoring, and planning services and social events), Kelly’s role on
the Oasis Madrid team is to give guidance to church members who are
on social justice projects. “We
want to be the tangible and visible presence
of Christ in our city,” Kelly says.
When April is not taking care of Alleke, she plans to volunteer as an
intercultural mediator in the city.
Hundreds of years ago
transformed Europe. The Bible was translated into common
language. Missionaries were sent out around the world. But that
was a long time ago. Now most Europeans experience the church
only as a structure, a form void of real substance, a place where
tourists wander. God is still present in Europe. Europeans
themselves are spiritually hungry, yet they look everywhere but the
church for spiritual nourishment. Less than 5% of Europeans
attend church, and in the last century, the rate of Christian growth in
Europe has been the lowest in the world. Europe may be our
greatest mission field as we enter the 21st century.
We are a Christ-centered community that helps people
How do we engage Europeans?
co-workers, soccer buddies, classmates...we love our city. Social justice - meeting practical
needs of the impoverished in our neighborhoods. Community - our church is our
family, bringing Jesus into the center of all aspects of our lives.
How does our community
Our small groups provide an
informal setting for discussing our lives under the lens of
Scripture. Our network of mentors
and our discipleship program
challenge each person to God’s unique calling in her or his life in the
context of community. Our services
are a place for teaching and worship.