2010 was a wonderful, miracle-filled year in the Spain Barcelona Mission! With the combination of visa delays for U.S. missionaries, the change in mission boundaries, and the reduction in complement of missionaries, we dropped as low as 78 missionaries at one point in the year (compared to 120 in July 2009). Overall, we averaged only 48 companionships during 2010, down from an average of 60 in 2009. But even with this very reduced complement of missionaries, the Lord blessed us with 336 wonderful new converts during the year - a significant increase in convert baptisms per companionship from prior years. Photos of a few of these miracles are shown below.
We are grateful for the faith, dedication, and hard work of our wonderful missionaries. They worked through the hot, humid days of summer, the cold rains (and snow) of winter, they worked through rejection and disappointment, they kept themselves worthy and demonstrated their faith through obedience, and they were blessed! Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of the many people in Spain searching for the truth!
The lighthouse at Formentor, Mallorca
The background shows sidewalk tiles - "rajoles" - that pave the sidewalks throughout Barcelona. They were designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch for the entryway of a home. Since 1915, they have been used by the city to pave sidewalks, and have become emblematic of the city. One of the city's most famous chocolatiers, Enric Rovira, produces chocolate bars in the shape and design of these tiles.