Melilla, Spain

Melilla, Spain

In May 2010 Convoy of Hope Europe returned for a second time to Melilla, Spain. This Spanish-owned enclave in North Africa is six square miles in size, sits on the Mediterranean Sea and borders Morocco. Nearly 70,000 residents are packed into Melilla. Most are there legally; some, not. Mosques outnumber churches, a resilient Jewish population has been there for centuries, and a Hindu community continues to grow. A visitor can move from one culture to the next in this compact place as fast as he or she can walk to the next block. In Melilla’s economics, disparity trumps diversity. A tremendous gap between rich and poor, the haves and have-nots, means some families wile away their days among the tourists…

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Quinta De Laje, Portugal

Quinta de Laje, Portugal

In September of 2009, Convoy of Hope Europe partnered with Pastor Barry Ivie of St. Charles River Church in Missouri, U.S.A. to conduct its fourth outreach in the city of Lisbon. The east side of the city is well known in Portugal as the place where you would not want to live. There are rows and rows of high-rise apartment buildings which house many of the cities poor. The residents of the east side survive on government subsidies and rent control. Convoy of Hope Europe teamed up with two local churches to serve the community with a demonstration of love. 1,056 attended the event and 203 people responded to the Gospel message and 70 of them came to church the…

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