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Jake Routzahn 2023Jake serves in Spain, ministering to North African immigrants. 

"My calling to serve North African immigrants in Spain began long before my first visit in December of 2018. I was blessed to have been raised in a church where the Great Commission was important, and I vividly remember hearing missionaries speak on missionary Sundays. I did not realize how much of an impact these services had on me until my time at Ohio Christian University.

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During my time in college, I had the chance to serve on numerous short-term mission trips, one being to Spain. During my time in Spain, I immediately fell in love with the people as well as the amazing work the Lord was doing through the ministry. However, I experienced a heavy weight and sensed a darkness that has resonated with me to this day. As I was attempting to process this experience, I opened my Bible to John 1:5, which says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (NIV). As I read this passage, I knew that I had to go back.

I am privileged to work with an organization that serves North African immigrants holistically. Through language classes, after-school programs, and other helpful resources, we can build relationships with our students.

God has placed a passion on my heart for discipleship as well as a sense of urgency for shining God’s light in the darkest of places. Matthew 5:14-16 says, 'You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven' (NIV)."