Basque Church Plant


An International Gathering

In 2018, JOY Ministries participated in an international church service in Donostia. It was led by a number of pastors who have hosted Basque students for many years and have traveled to Basque Country to experience their culture and get to know their families. The international church service was precipitated by the comments pastors kept hearing from their students and parents, “If we could have a church service (in Basque Country) like you have them in the United States, we would come.”

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El Camino del Norte Adventure

Join us in 2021 for a 10 day adventure in Basque Country.

The trip will have you walk the Camino for three days and spend three days touring and experiencing the Basque Culture.

Today, the Camino del Norte is the third most popular way to Santiago, according to information gathered by the pilgrim’s office in Santiago. It is a great alternative for first-time pilgrims who strive to get away from the crowd while still benefiting from the well-developed service infrastructure along the way.”

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Olabe – live and serve abroad

Olabe Project

An introduction to Olabe and our vision for restoring this 400 yr old traditional Basque farmhouse.Video by Shealan Faere Photography

Posted by Olabe on Saturday, June 24, 2017

Until recently, Olabe was a 500 year old abandoned farm on the wild Basque coast. New owners Joseba and Joanna Attard have a clear vision to breathe new life into these ancient stones, converting Olabe and the surrounding land into a vibrant cultural hub – a place to be used for conferences, retreats, camps, courses, rural skills workshops, glamping, creative events and community activities.

Olabe is looking for financial investors to finish the project and support the mission in creating a place where people can “disconnect to reconnect” through using the farm to reconnect with nature and the Creator.

For more information: Contact us here 

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Please consider contributing to the Olabe restoration project – click here.

Cross Culture Surf Project

It is our desire to have short term excursions to Basque Country to serve and surf. Living and serving among the Basque people stirs their curiosity and builds friendships. In return, we would like to host our Basque friends in the US.
The Cross Culture Surf Project is to build relationships with Basque people and better understand each other’s culture. Discover ways for our Basque friends to experience the hope and love of Jesus.

“Turn Key” Solutions for Missions

We have over 20 years experience plugging churches into cross cultural missions. Our solution gives individuals and families the opportunity to grow in their faith and have a life changing experience engaging with an unreached people.

Reverse Mission

We use a reverse mission philosophy where the unreached are placed in a believing family who consider themselves “on mission”. The guests are welcomed and embraced as family. As a result, they are exposed to the gospel primarily through the family living out their faith in the real world.

Instead of the missionary going to the mission field, the mission field comes to the missionary.

Making Disciples of All Nations

Jesus spent time building a relationship with people. This is a core value of what we do: relationships. To that end, we train the American families about the different culture and how to make a stranger a family member. The cross-cultural relationship begins before they even arrive to the US and will last a life time.

Opportunities to serve and give.

JOY Ministries has several ways you can get involved in using your gifts, talents and resources in furthering the Gospel of Jesus where you live or on the other side of the world.

  1. The Olabe Project
  2. The Cross Culture Surf Project
  3. The Alaska Cruise and Homestay

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