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“Greetings from Granada, Spain!”

By Rolando and Andrea, RMM workers in Spain

Rolando and Andrea moved with their two sons to Granada, Spain, in January 2018. Before moving, Andrea taught Spanish and ESL to high schoolers while Rolando discipled men who had been incarcerated. Read more of their story here.


Greetings from Granada, Spain! We arrived safely on January 12 and are slowly getting used to so many new sights, smells, and sounds of our new home city. Since we arrived here, we’ve been staying at a hostel in the city center, where we also have access to a kitchen in a neighboring apartment. We will be moving to an apartment at the beginning of February. Wilmer and Daniel started school last week, Andrea starts her Hispanic studies classes this week, and Rolando is looking into how he can visit the local prison, among other things.

Here are a few first impressions of life here:

“Everyone that we have stopped to ask directions from as we’re walking all over the city has been super friendly and helped us as much as they can.”The smoking habit is evident in both the young and old. Spaniards are into fitness, but the paradox is that many people are seen smoking on the street. Everyone that we have stopped to ask directions from as we’re walking all over the city has been super friendly and helped us as much as they can. Our boys say that teachers here are more laid back than in the U.S. and that in general students are responsible to get the information; if the students are talking over the teacher, it’s their problem if they aren’t listening. Students also stay mostly in the same classroom and the teachers move from one place to another. School is also half an hour shorter than back home (our boys love that!). The quality of the food here is wonderful, especially that of the freshly baked breads and pastries and the myriad of delicious cheeses you can choose from. We have been extremely impressed with the buses, metro, and taxis here. They are fairly priced, clean, efficient, and used by many people in the city. All over the city are restaurants, bars, and cafés, where people take time to sit down and enjoy food, drink, and conversation at all times of the day.


Please pray for this family as they face transitions into a new house, a new school, and a new culture. Pray that God gives them patience, understanding, and love in all of their interactions.