B.J. & Rachel Whitaker

Miriam & Laura

What has touched us is talking with people who are longing for someone to listen to them. The more we listen, the more we discover who they are, the problems they have, and the ache in their lives for something more than they have, something or Someone that will heal their wounds and meet their needs. Most of the time they don't realize that what they're longing for is Jesus. Most are looking for hope, fulfillment, and happiness, and almost always they're looking for it in the wrong place, in the wrong way, trying to fill the hole with temporary fixes. We see this clearly in the self-centered, materialistic way people around us live. Our deepest desire for Alcorinos is that they come to know the God who made them, who gave His Son for the forgiveness of their sins and for their healing, and who is wooing them to Himself.

The Whitakers are church planting missionaries sent by the Evangelical Congregational Church to serve in Spain with European Christian Mission International. Since 2010 they have been collaborating with the “Good News Evangelical Church” (Església Evangèlica Bona Nova) of Onda (Castellón) to establish a visible expression of the body of Christ in the neighboring town of Alcora. After laying the groundwork for this over the past several years, they have now opened a small storefront hall to use as a ministry center for the small community of believers to meet and reach out into the community.

Rachel, the daughter of missionaries, was born and raised in southern Spain, while B.J. was raised in a working class family in rural central Illinois. They have two daughters, Miriam and Laura. Their deepest desire is for Alcorinos to know the God who made them, who gave His Son for the forgiveness of their sins and for their healing, and who is wooing them to Himself. The focus of their lives and their ministry is pretty simple: Love God and love others (Matt. 22:37- 39).

Function
Missionaries
Country of origin
United States

With ECM since 2008