Teamwork in the streets: Part 2
Kevin and Karen Prevost
By Charity Sites
One of the 10 percent
Karen Prevost grew up in a Lutheran home. She gave her life
to Christ while in junior high after hearing a Campus Crusade for Christ staff
member share the gospel. She quickly got involved with Campus Crusade, and her
walk with the Lord grew.
While attending a conference in high school, she was called
to missions. The conference speaker shared that the United States had 10
percent of the world’s population, but 90 percent of all full-time Christian
“The Lord really put that on my heart,” Karen says. “I
always wanted to go into full-time Christian work, but I wanted to be one of
the 10 percent that went overseas.”
She went on to attend the University of Minnesota and
majored in education with a minor in Spanish, not knowing that she would one
day teach in a Spanish-speaking country. She also became involved with a Chi
Alpha group led by Jim Bradford (now pastor of Central Assembly of God in
Springfield, Missouri). It was there she met her husband, Kevin.
Soon after they married, the Prevosts were appointed to a
two-year missions assignment to Spain. After a semester of language school in
Costa Rica, they settled in Barcelona, Spain, and immersed themselves in the
culture. Their work involved assisting in church planting and tent crusades.
“We did whatever we could, just to see what the ministry was
like,” Karen says.
After two years, the Prevosts asked national church leaders
where they were needed most. A congregation in Ronda, a city in southern Spain,
was asking for a pastor, so Kevin and Karen took the position. They soon added
youth and street outreaches to their ministry.
After four years in Ronda, they gave responsibility for the
church to a national pastor and moved to Alcoy to plant a church. God blessed
their work, and nine years later they left a healthy congregation to follow
God’s call to Madrid.
A Christian school in the Madrid area filled two needs for
the Prevosts: It provided a place for their children to receive a quality
education and gave Karen an opportunity to use her background in education.
“I’d been considering volunteering to teach there,” she
says. “When the school sent us an e-mail about their need for teachers, it just
confirmed to us that we needed to go to Madrid.”
Karen has been teaching English part-time for two and a half
years. “I see it as a real ministry — pouring into the lives of students
not only academically, but also spiritually,” she says.
Soon God opened even more doors and placed Kevin and Karen
on a new path.
Working with missionaries Jacob and Julie Bock, Kevin and
Karen are part of an intense street ministry initiative called Kilometer Zero.
This outreach ministers at least five days a week on the streets of Madrid and
includes people from about 25 churches. On the main plaza of the city, believers
share Christ and help connect the lost with a local church.
“God has always tied himself to His people,” Kevin says. “If
we don’t go, God doesn’t show up. Nothing’s going to happen. He works with His
Through the dedication and prayer of Kevin, Karen and other
believers, God is moving in the streets of Madrid.
“One of the things we always pray for is divine encounters,”
Kevin says, “and we always have them.”
One day after the gospel was presented on the street, Karen
approached Mina, a young woman from Finland. At first, Mina told Karen that she
was a Christian — a common response among nominal believers. When Karen
asked if she would she go to heaven when she died, Mina replied, “Yes, I think
Then, after a long silence, Karen saw the Holy Spirit’s
conviction fall on Mina like a heavy blanket. “I try to do what’s right,” Mina
said, weeping, “but I don’t know if it’s enough.” She knew in that moment that
she needed to repent of the things she had done to offend God.
That day on the street, Mina gave her heart to the Lord.
“There was such a sense of relief and joy on her face
afterward,” Karen recalls. Mina left Madrid the next day a changed person. Her
story is just one of many testimonies that can be told through Kilometer Zero’s
The Prevosts believe that their years of pastoring and
church planting helped prepare them for their work with Kilometer Zero.
While pastoring in Ronda years ago, after unfruitful
conversations with several Spaniards, Kevin asked God to show him how he could
be more effective in evangelism. The Lord impressed on him the truth of John
16:8, that when the Holy Spirit comes, He “will convict the world concerning
sin, and righteousness, and judgment” (NASB).
Kevin sensed God was directing him to share the truth and
let the Holy Spirit move upon hearts.
“God taught us a lot about how to evangelize effectively
using the Ten Commandments to show people their need for a Savior,” Karen says.
These principles have become the basis for evangelism at Kilometer Zero, and
many people have come to Jesus as a result.
Street ministry is not always easy, but the Prevosts have
this philosophy: Find out what God wants you to do and get involved in it,
instead of trying to make something work by your own effort. Kevin and Karen
have found that people — especially youth — in Spain are very open
to talk and listen.
The ministry of Kilometer Zero has given new life to a lot
of people, both Christians and the unchurched.
“It’s like a breath of fresh air,” Kevin says. “Christians
who come have experienced dramatic change too. Their personal evangelism
efforts have become much more effective.”
Team members may represent different churches and
backgrounds, but they are one in heart and purpose. Their focus is to share the
gospel with people on the streets of Madrid.
“If everybody started to evangelize, giving the Holy Spirit
something to use, we’d see a big change,” Kevin says. “Being a Christian loses
a lot of its purpose unless you’re involved in reaching the lost.”
Charity Sites is a missionary associate with AG World
For more information, visit www.kilometrocero.net.
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