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Ancient Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo

Location: Spain    
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"If God one day would have mercy on Sevilla, it would only be right that this monastery of San Isidoro would become a university chiefly dedicated to the study of theology," so wrote Cipriano de Valera (one of two Spanish translators of the Bible) while in exile in London in 1588. The mission has a ministry partner in southern Spain, the ABRE Foundation, which has been actively investigating the possible restoration of this monastery. Originally built in 1301 the ancient structure was a principal site of the Spanish Reformation in Sevilla during the 1540s and 1550s. Under threat of discovery by the Spanish Inquisition, some of the monks fled to other parts of Europe and completed a translation of the entire Bible into Spanish for mass distribution in 1569 (The Bible of the Bear).

On the 7 acres of grounds there exist five buildings the ABRE Foundation proposes to restore over a five-year period (2019-2023). The buildings have ample space to house a theological Seminary, a church planting hub, a Museum of the Bible, a missionary training center with a language school, a library with Reformation collections for visiting scholars, a music school, radio and video recording studios, and space for private Christian elementary and secondary schools. Guest lodging would be available for up to 60 people, student capacity for 120 people, and event space for 400 people.

The ABRE Foundation board and legal representative are in contact with the owners. Spanish architects specializing in restoration of ancient buildings have researched the site and would begin drawing blueprints and preparing a formal proposal to be submitted this year to the owners. Would you please give generously to cover professional fees in this negotiation stage?


"Si Dios algún hace misericordia a Sevilla, será razón que este monasterio de San Isidoro se convierta en universidad, donde la teología principalmente se profese", escribió Cipriano de Valera (uno de los dos traductores de la Biblia) desde el exilio en Londres en 1588. La misión tiene un socio ministerial en el sur de España, la Fundación ABRE, quien ha estado investigando activamente la posible restauración de este monasterio. Originalmente construido en 1301, la antigua estructura fue un foco principal de la Reforma española en Sevilla durante las décadas de 1540 y 1550. Bajo la amenaza de ser descubiertos por la Inquisición española, algunos de los monjes huyeron a otras partes de Europa y completaron una traducción de la Biblia enteramente al español para su distribución masiva en 1569 (La Biblia del Oso).

En los 7 acres de terreno existen cinco edificios que la Fundación ABRE propone restaurar en un período de cinco años (2019-2023). Los edificios tienen un amplio espacio para albergar un Seminario teológico, un centro de plantación de iglesias, un Museo de la Biblia, un centro de capacitación misionera con una escuela de idiomas, una biblioteca con colecciones especiales para académicos estudiando la Reforma Española, una escuela de música, estudios de radio y video, y espacio para escuelas primarias y secundarias cristianas privadas. El hospedaje para huéspedes estaría disponible para un máximo de 60 personas, la capacidad de estudiantes para 120 personas y espacio para eventos de hasta 400 personas.

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