Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy 2011



"All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises  and faithful in all he does."
--Psalm 145:10-13

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Archivo Cero (File Zero): Episode 3 is Ready!


Archivo Cero (File Zero) has now published its third episode. You can watch it now at http://www.archivocero.net/. Don´t miss the opportunity to follow this story and share it with friends, with other contacts and even through your social media connections.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!!


Let´s not forget to keep our eyes on Jesus, the true reason for this season. Blessings to everyone!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Agape Spain´s Web


After being down for several days, the Agape Spain web page is up and running again. We invite you to visit it, use it and share it.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Open House for the Arts


(Art Studio Open House)

Jesus Osorio and Diane Wanderly work with MOV (Agape Art Movement), a ministry whose objective is to generate a spiritual artistic movement that draws the art world toward the Kingdom of God. This month, on December 10, 11 and 15, they organized an open house exposition in Barcelona and the turn out was very positive.

Many friends attended the event, many of whom make up the community of Christian artists that Jesús and Diane work with here in Barcelona. According to Jesús, the best part was that they were able to interact with other friends from the studio who aren´t Chrisitans. As our Christian artist friends took such an interest in them and their work, our non-Christian friends were impressed by the quality and kindness of all those who attended. It was such a sweet environment and they were open to deep conversation.

In addition to being a great opportunity to gather people and create community, the art exposition is a great space for exchange of deep feelings and deep thoughts. It opens a door to the personal world of the artist where people can enter in, discover and experience. If the artist is filled with Holy Spirit, he or she will be bold in his work. He or she will capture these feelings and thoughts and direct the conversations so that glory is given to the true, supreme Artist, the Creator and Lord of everything.

Please pray to this end.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Today Is the Day


Today is the day, and all day long the Agape Spain web will be available for a preview. It will be a window where others can get to know us and get to know our ministry. In addition, this webpage will be a great resource for materials for us, our contacts, our financial supporters and for churches.

Aren´t you curious? Be sure to visit today: www.agape.org


Thursday, 16 December 2010

I´ve decided to give my life to Christ and it´s what makes me happiest!



There is nothing more motivating than watching the seeds that we have sown grow among the studnets, family members, athletes, people in need, young people....among all of thos that have not yet come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior....and seeing the fruit that the Lord brings from the sowing.

Today, Nacho shares with us one of his most motivating and encouraging stories. Israel is a young man that he met at the university and this summer he made the decision to be baptized.

"This past summer we had the opportunity to baptize one of the studnets that we met at the university in 2006. Isra grew up in the Catholic church. When we met him he started to participate with us a little bit; and over time it turned into lots and lots of participation. He was learning more about God and the Bible. It´s such a gift to have him with us in our group. He´s a great encouragement.


For us, I suppose one of my great joys has been to see him taking the step of faith and obedience to be baptized. It´s a visible act that helps you realize that all the effort of preaching the gospel really is worth it.


A while back Israel sent us an email that is worth sharing here. As a sidenote, Israel mentions "Q" in the email. "Q" is the name of our student ministry group at the university.


`Speaking of "Q"....don´t worry....it´s true that this year it´s been hard to get it moving...but small works of God grow without much problem. I have a T-shirt that says "important things can´t be accomplished without a fight." We are doing a ton of new activities! Not to mention the ones we will do in the future...I have decided to give my life to Christ. It´s what makes me happiest!


Remember how I was a couple of months ago? I was really a cry baby...and now, ha-ha-ha...Remember when I said that I didn´t hear God talking to me and that I needed some kind of response? I´ve never felt like I do now....God asks me to do things, He warns me, He advises me with a living voice that comes from Him. God is going to do incredible things with so many people through "Q." He´s going to build us up, guys. I have no doubt. I am better and better these days. I trust in Him.


María, it seems like a million years ago that we met at the ATM near the Telecommunications Department. I called you the "Q" girl. That meeting was not a coincidence. God has tried several times to get me together with you guys. We will do so much good together. Thank you so much for having contributed to me seeing things much more clearly. I´m sorry that I still have so much growing to do, or rather, so much "becoming less" so that He becomes greater and you guys have so much ahead to see! THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS!!


I love you so much and for me it´s a pleasure and an honor to live out God´s mission with you as long as it´s His will....and I hope it will be His will for many years.


--Isra´


Thanks to everyone for believing in this ministry and please don´t stop praying that Isra´s story won´t be an isolated case. We can change the world, one person at a time.


--a big hug from Valencia."

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Two Days


There are just two days left before Agape Spain´s web page is up and running. The address is www.agape.org and as of Friday it will ready for viewing. Remember!! Friday is the big day. We encourage you to share this with your contacts, your financial supporters and your friends.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Just Three Days Left


There are just three days left before we will have access to the official web page for Agape España. This Friday will be the first day that we will be able to see and visit the web where we will find more information about Agape, Agape´s resources, our projects, our ministries and our fellow staff members.

Not only will it be a useful tool for us, but it will also be helpful for our financial support team members, churches and others that would like to get to know us better and want more information about our mission.

The web page address will be: www.agape.org

Monday, 13 December 2010

The Latest Addition to the Granada Team: Deborah has now arrived!


Friday at 7:25pm Deborah presented her pretty face for the first time to her happy parents, Patry and Omar. The new born is doing very well and her mother too, especially now that they are both resting at home.

We give thanks to God because, in spite of the fact that Patry has had a complicated pregnancy, the delivery went very well and Deborah is just fine, weighing 7.72 pounds and measuring 19.68 inches.

Many congratulations, family! We are so happy for you! May God bless you.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

"You Will Restore My Life Again" Psalm 71:20



Psalm 71:20


20 Though you have made me see troubles, 
   many and bitter, 
   you will restore my life again; 
from the depths of the earth 
   you will again bring me up.


Our fellow staff member Vanina Ferri in Madrid has been, for some time now, regularly visiting the Cobeña Retirement Home. While she´s there, she spends time with the elderly, she listens to them, she encourages them, she comforts them and, what´s even more important, she shows them God´s love.

This is a story from Vanina in which she tells us about her experience at the retirement home and how God is touching the lives of these people:

"God meets our needs and He gives us the best. I am so grateful to the Lord because He has given me a great ministry partner to work with. She´s a social work assistant and has experience in residence homes. As if this weren´t enough, she also has the most important requirement to do this job well: passion for the elderly and for their souls! She and I are the volunteer team, in addition to a few others that come when they are able.

In the group there is an average of 10-12 senior citizens that eagerly look forward to Thursday afternoons when we meet with them. We are seeing some significant changes in their lives, keeping in mind that they are between 75-95 years old. In spite of their age and their habits and ways of thinking that are now very set after having lived so many years, they are able to reason and we see how the Holy Spirit is opening their minds and hearts, bringing light and transforming their lives.

It´s awesome to see how Enrique, one of the elderly men that we work with, who is 76-years-old, was able to grasp for the first time the concept of forgiveness. He himself said, "So many years have past and it´s just now that I´m learning what it is to forgive..." To see someone at this age crying and repentant for things he has done in his life is very significant.

There is no greater satisfaction for us that to witness people giving their lives to God."

We give thanks to God that with Him it´s never too late to offer a new opportunity; and that in spite of our age and how forgotten we might be, in God´s heart those that are His are always present.

Pictured above is Vanina with several retirement home members including Enrique (wearing a hat).

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Dating Relationships Workshop in Valencia


A few months ago, the Student Ministry team in Valencia, led by Nacho and María, presented an idea to the administration of organizing a workshop on dating relationships at Valencia Politechnical University. The proposal was accepted and the workshop was held November 24 and 25. The speakers, Daniel Demai and Jonatan Pozo, led the three sessions, which had 10-15 students during each session.

The workshop has served to help the students to consider an issue which can often be overlooked: what are you doing to nurture this significant relationship? At the same time, this presentation helped the student team of the Student Ministry in Valencia, called "Q," to come in contact with new students and also strengthen the relationships that they have with others that they already know.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Help in the Puche, Almería Neighborhood



Last week, as mentioned earlier, we had a a group, made up of members from Obra Social Agape (Agape Social Work) and the directors of Existe Más Mundo from each city, that traveled to Almería. The goal was to get to know better the ministry that Pedro Reyes and his wife are developing there and to be able to participate in helping needy families in the neighborhood.

Ruben Rivera, the director of Obra Social Agape, sent this summary to tell us what they found there and also what they did:

"From November 23-26, we carried out a humanitarian aid project in the Puche neighborhood in Almería. This neighborhood is the most run-down, abandoned area in the whole city and it has a high concentration of poor Spanish families and immigrant families.

The project included handing out humanitarian aid to selected families, those with the greatest need, among which there were several with a large number of small children and babies. During the visits, the work team discovered situations of great poverty that had a great impact on them.

We hope that the aid that was distributed will help to ease the suffering of these families that so kindly opened their homes to us...the majority of which barely had the minimum conditions to be able to live decently.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

EJE in Madrid


The weekend of Nov 20-21, the 7th annual EJE in Madrid was held. Between the work team, the young adults and teenagers that attended there were more than 80 people were involved in the event.

The day after the event, one of the volunteers wrote the following comment on their Facebook wall:

"Thinking about the EJE is one of my favorite things in the world....the way your life can change."

Thank you for your prayers.

Pictured above is the EJE Madrid work team.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Upcoming Staff Conference 2011


For all of those that are already filling your calendar for the upcoming year, you can go ahead and reserve the dates for the next National Agape Conference which will be held October 28-November 1, 2011. The location is still to be confirmed.

For the upcoming conference we will not repeat the May dates because of the way that the May 1 holiday falls, we don´t have an extra long weekend. So, we´ve changed the dates to the holiday weekend of November 1. That way we´ll also be able to celebrate different staff birthdays while we´re together.

As the year develops we´ll be sending more information about the conference.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Obra Social Agape and E+M, Destination: Almería


Last week a group from the Obra Social Agape Team and the Existe Más Mundo directors from several cities traveled to Almería. The objective was to see the work that Pedro Reyes and his wife Pirkko are doing in this city to be able to replicate the example of ministry that they are carrying out there.

Pedro and Pirkko began this ministry in the mid-90´s and today continue helping immigrant families from North Africa that live in the Puche neighborhood. The work that they are doing touches the whole person: attending to the physical, personal and spiritual needs of the families. Throughout these many years, Pedro and Pirkko, thanks to their testimony and their hearts, have been able to become integrated into and a vital part of this very needy neighborhood. They have distributed not only food and materials but also hope and love.

The directors of Existe Más Mundo went with the particular purpose of getting to know the neighborhood, the families and the work that is being done there. The idea is to be able to take teams of student volunteers to Puche, Almería to participate with Pedro and Pirkko.

Pictured above is one of the neighborhoods where Pedro and Pirkko work.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Advent is Here


Our fellow staff member Fanny Benítez started writing a series of devotionals about Advent a couple years ago. These writings began to feed an idea and a dream that continues to grow. As of today, these meditations have been turned into a devotional book that talks about Advent. The book is set up with a day-by-day structure, written with a very simple and pleasant style, but biblical and deep at the same time. It addresses questions such as: What is Advent? What is the heart of Advent? What is the message behind the traditional Christmas symbols? What can we learn from the characters of the first Christmas?

This is a great resource that can help us prepare our souls to celebrate a deeper Christmas, full of meaning. The book has already been edited and is on sale. Those of you that are interested can get in touch with Fanny. Just as she suggests, it´s not only a practical book for each of us, but it can also be a great gift for our disciples and financial supporters.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

European Round Table in Tallin


Tallin, Estonia was the site for this year´s European Round Table (held November 13-16) where National Directors and Leadership Teams from all the Western European countries came together.

It was a good chance to learn first-hand about the structural changes that have been made on an international level in Agape/Campus Crusade for Christ. It was also a significant time to talk together and work as a team to address the different priorities and challenges that we have ahead of us in the coming years.

Our leadership team had a chance to visit the city and the facilities where the next "EASCM" (European All-Staff Conference Mission) will be held in the summer of 2012. The most significant difference in this upcoming conference in comparison to past conferences is the component of "mission" that this event will highlight. It won´t just be one more conference, but rather, we hope to see all of the Western European countries represented working together in a big international outreach that we pray God will use this to help many Estonians come to know Him personally.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Emsimisión on Channel 2 (TVE2)


This past Sunday a report was shown on channel TVE2 about the work the Emsimisión does in Africa.

Emsimisión is a religious entity associated with Agape whose goal is to help those who live in extreme poverty. During their most recent trips to Burkhina Faso several of our Agape staff have been able to participate in their projects.

Below is a link where you can see the television report from last week in its entirety:

Buenas Noticias TV EmsiMisión

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Next Generation


From November 7-12 the latest event of the Next Generation Initiative took place in Tallin, Estonia.

This initiative was organized by Agape Europe and led by Felix and Sara Ortiz for young staff leaders around Europe. Among the attendees, from various European countries, able to participate in the training time were Samuel and Mariona Palacios, Eva Aldea, Nacho Marques and Mar Resa.

Over the last 2 1/2 years during 5 different gatherings topics such as the future of our faith and the church on our continent were addressed and the participants were invited to offer ideas for the best strategies and outreaches to take the gospel to new generations.

The photo of the group, taken in Tallin right after the "graduation" ceremony, includes the participants and the trainers.

Friday, 19 November 2010

MAGDALENA Showing in Terrassa



In cooperation with Chrisitans for Terrassa, we just held our first showing the film Magdalena, geared toward women, this past November 6th. After the showing, we had a panel discussion on topics that women deal with: the situation for women in the days of Jesus as well as the current situation for women in the world and in Terrassa in particular, balancing family life and work life, issues of women and their roles in the church, the hope that Jesus gives us when dealing with illness, etc.

It has been a pioneering experience and has reaffirmed the importance of using our influence for women because today in the 21st century women, just as all huma beings, need the touch of the Master just as much as they did more than 2000 years ago.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Taking Steps of Faith



Ana Schrader (pictured left) and her husband Joel and their 2 daughters are the directors of the student ministry at the University of Málaga. A few weeks ago, Ana shared with the city-wide staff team about Bea´s testimony and we thought it would be great for her to share it here with you.

"I believe in God. I trust that His Word is more real that my circumstances, my feelings and my own understanding. This is what God has been teaching us and the students here in Málaga. You can see this example in Bea. 

I´ll never forget the moment that I met Bea a year ago. Probably the best words to describe Bea at that time were discouragement and anger. She was very angry with God. It was her first year at the university and just a short time had passed since she had given her life to the Lord. She was looking for spiritual nourishment and also looking for university scholarships. One of her dreams had just died: to be accepted to medical school. She was devastated. Life for her at that moment seemed like a big nightmare. It was then when we started to meet with Bea to read the Bible and learn what it means to have faith. 

Today Bea is a totally different girl. Even though she´s still human, a human with a great propensity to worry and become easily discouraged, she has learned to take these fears and worries to God and take steps of faith based on His Word.

Her first step of faith was this past spring. Bea had the opportunity to go on a summer mission trip to Los Angeles, CA with Campus Crusade for Christ; but she needed 3000€ to make this trip! How could she ask for financial support from other believers when she had only recently given her life to Christ? She hardly new any other Christians! Yet, she took a step of faith and started to call believers that she knew and some that she had never even met and God surprised her. The people that she thought would help her financially didn´t. In spite of this, God provided for her the 3000€ plus 800€ more! He did it all in a way that she never could have imagined.


Another step of faith for Bea has been to learn how to win other students on campus to Christ. To her surprise, there were several students willing to talk and share their own perspective about God.

Now she is taking another step of faith on campus....she is trusting God to give her the opportunity to lead a small group weekly Bible study with some other girls. As of today, it seems like it would be impossible that there would be girls taht want to attend this Bible study, but again, she is letting herself be led by the Word of God and not her feelings. 

Please pray with us that God would bless her yet again and do the impossible in a way that only He can do."

It´s always encouraging and helps us grow in our faith as we see how God continues working, how he continues reaching students and how those students start to multiply. God is definitely worth believing in. He is a God that makes possible the impossible.

Monday, 8 November 2010

One More



Charlie has arrived from the U.S. to work as a STINTer this year with the Student Team in Málaga. Now there are 3 young adults who, having finished their university studies, have been incorporated into the team in this city to help win students to Christ.

With this message, we introduce you to Charlie:

"Hello. My name is Charlie. In May I graduated from Grand Rapids University, Michigan, U.S.A. I studied film production. I wanted to make movies in Hollywood but God wanted me to take his Message of Salvation to the students in Málaga. I´m excited to be here and to work with Agape."

We welcome our new partner in the gospel, desiring that God would bless him during his time here in Spain.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Not At All Typical Weekend


The weekend of October 22-24 was a "not at all typical" weekend in Barcelona. The Eje was held for the first time in this city and a group of students from Madrid headed that way to help organize the tasks that go along with an event of this kind.

The Eje is a tool that is geared towards teenagers and young adults where they take part in some unforgettable experiences, full of special surprises. There were a total of 61 people that enjoyed the atypical-ness of the weekend.

As some of you already know, in order for one to know the details of the Eje, he or she must take part in an Eje weekend. We can only say that God continues to use this tool and that He continues to surprise us all, as much the work team as the participants.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Haiti

On January 12, 2010, as a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the foundations of Port‐au‐Prince, Haiti, Global Aid Network (GAiN) stood ready to respond.

With a million meals in country and a worldwide network of GAiN offices poised to aid in the recovery efforts through mobilizing people and resources with compassion, Global Aid Network began responding to the disaster. Medical and trauma care teams arrived at the ministry center school and clinic at Chambrun and began to treat the injured through the clinic and a mobile medical bus. In the United States, Canada, Germany and other European countries, containers filled with fortified rice and soy protein meals, baby food, medical supplies, antibiotics, blankets, hygiene kits and other relief supplies were prepared for shipping. By the end of January, over 3,000 people had been treated by 9 volunteer medical teams; and by the end of May, GAiN had mobilized 38 medical teams with 1,043 medical personnel to treat more than 20,154 people.

GAiN and Campus Crusade for Christ Haiti had housed 271 volunteers and staff from GAiN offices and its partners. These volunteers and staff conducted 165 distribution events benefiting 363,000 affected Haitians. Over 40 shipments provided over 4 million meals, 1,195 tents, 4,800 hygiene kits, and 1,300 mobility units (wheelchairs,walkers and crutches). Also, over 11,800 hollow fiber membrane water filters, designed to remove 99.9% of disease causing bacteria and capable of filtering 500 gallons of water a day were distributed to provide safe drinking water in a situation becoming increasingly ripe for disease and sickness.

As physical needs are met, the love of God is also being shared with the Haitian people. Jesus Film teams have shared the story of Jesus with 94,759 people in 95 different settings, with 3,321 people indicating a personal commitment to Christ. GAiN staff encountered a witchdoctor who had turned to Christ from voodoo after the earthquake, resulting in his wife deserting him and his three children. Our partner and national director of Campus Crusade for Christ Haiti shared that “after seeing the Jesus Film, some of the people who pray to receive Christ after the presentation are voodoo doctors who have come to realize that their religion is all a big lie. It’s not true. And they’re coming to the Lord.”

Destruction took only 35 seconds. Rebuilding will take the ongoing concern and generosity of the world for years to come.

We give thanks to God for all of our partnering teams that went to help those that need it the most. We also give thanks for the new life that many are experiencing right now, a life that no tremor nor disaster will be able to destroy.

Málaga Continues to Receive Help


Julia is the latest member to be added to the team of students in Málaga. She will be there as a STINTer for one year, working to share the gospel with university students in the city.

Here she introduces hersef so that we can get to know her:

"Hello. My name is Julia Schumann. I am from Chicago. I studied at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to be a Spanish teacher. It was there at the university that I came to know God personally and receive Jesus Christ as my Savior. During the 4 years that was studying, the Lord did a lot in my heart and my life and when I graduated I decided to take a step of faith and come to Spain to work with Agape.


I´m very pleased to have the opportunity to serve the Lord and share His love with the students in Málaga. I give thanks to God for having opened this door for me and for being able to be a part of what He is doing in this country."

Welcome to the team, to the city and to the country Julia. We are very happy to have you here with us. May God bless you and use your time here to glorify Him.



Friday, 22 October 2010

Madrid Welcomes Joela



Joela arrived just a few weeks ago in Madrid. She comes from Germany to work as a STINTer with the Student Ministry. She sent us a few lines so that we could know her:

"Hello. My name is Joela. I´m 21-years-old and I am from Germany. I have been living in Madrid for 4 weeks. I work with Agape with the Student Ministry. Right now I´m studying Spanish, getting to know the country, the culture and the people. 


In Germany I worked in Agape with students for 2 years. At the end of that time, I had learned a bit about working with students in Germany, but I felt like I should have some new challenges. So, I decided to go to another country. In Spain, there are not many believers and I want to meet students and be salt and light. I want to talk to them about Jesus and tell them that He is the only way for us."


Thank you Joela. We welcome you and pray that your time here is very fruitful.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Working with Women in Barcelona


Some of our fellow staff women in Terrassa have started up their work again with immigrant Moroccan women at the Montserrat Roig Civic Center where they offer Spanish classes. There are 57 women registered for the classes with a long waiting list of others that would like to attend.

After such a good experience last year of teaching Spanish classes and being able to serve additional Moroccan women, and seeing the great need that exists, our fellow staff are now available to knock on new doors for ministry.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Ruben Rivera and Isabel Fernandez have an interview with the "Casa Galería" (The Gallery House) of Terrassa, the City Hall´s Center for Women. The goal is to introduce ourselves and know what the actual needs are in the city and how we can help. In addition, they will meet the Coordinator of Social Services.

In Terrassa 30% of the population are immigrants and 55% of them are Moroccan. Isa has asked for our prayers for the interview tomorrow... that God would open doors and that our staff would be able to serve in new ways and build significant relationships with these women.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Sell Everything and Follow Me


This fall has seen a number of new laborers come our way. We welcome our latest recruit, Lindsey Zastrow, to the Athletes in Action ministry in Málaga. It´s amazing how God is calling and raising up people from all over the world to be part of His work. Lindsey´s story gives testimony to His sovereignty and creativity:


"Hello! My name is Lindsey or ´Lee,´ and I´m 23-years-old and I´m from Nebraska. This past June I finished my degree in sports marketing at the University of Colorado where I played softball and basketball.

It was just a year and a half ago that I gave my life to Christ. That same day I understood that God was asking me to leave everything and follow Him to take the Good News to others. I was confused. I had never noticed the presence of the Holy Spirit before, but it was really clear that He was asking me to leave everything to love and serve Him.

So, as my relationship with Jesus began to grow, His call for me stayed the same: leave everything and follow Him. I also sensed that God had given me abilities and gifts as an athlete and a coach in addition to my passion for Him, but I didn´t know how those 3 things could work together.

A friend encouraged me to get in touch with Athletes in Action. When I heard about the opportunity to serve in Spain, I knew that it was where the Lord was sending me.

This year I will work with Athletes in Action and I will be playing basketball for CB Presentación, a top-league national team as a way to connect and minister to other athletes. I´m super excited to be able to work with Agape to help reach and disciple athletes for Christ."

Thank you, Lindsey, for coming here to serve God in Spain. Thank you also for your courage and obedience to the Lord. They are a motivation and example to us all.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Urban Refuge


When the "Fuente del Peregringo" (Fountain of the Pilgrim) closes its doors, the Refugio Urbano (Urban Refuge) will begin. This initiative is a space where those who came by the Pilgrim house for a quick stop or an overnight stay will be able to keep sharing their experiences from the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James), the special moments during the journey, photos that were taken and a good cup of coffee.

In this "Urban Refuge" there will be an "hospitalero" (pilgrim house greeter) that will graciously open his home in the city where he lives to be able to accomodate the pilgrims. Here they will be able to talk about their experience at the pilgrim house with the idea of continuing to live out the environment that they experienced when they visited.

Anyone who is interested in more information regarding the Urban Refuge or the "Fuente del Peregrino" Pilgrim House can find out more by visiting the "Fuente del Peregrino" blog or by writing an email to lafuentedelperegrino@agape.org.

Let´s pray that God will use this Urban Refuge as He has used the "Fuente del Peregrino" Pilgrim House.


Thursday, 7 October 2010

Hall of Comics in Málaga


From October 1-3 "Imagina Málaga 2010" ("Imagine Málaga 2010"), a comic book fair, was held at the university campus center at the University of Málaga. This event arose from the initiative of a group of young entrepreneurs. Thousands of comic fans showed up to enjoy their favorite comics heroes, fantasy literature, characterizations, ghost stories, design, Japanese art, Korean dance and role-playing games .

Together with all these works was "ARCHIVO CERO" (FILE ZERO), an animated series that Agape has launched and, without a doubt, is making its mark in the midst of so many up and coming alternatives. Thousands of candies and wristbands advertising ARCHIVO CERO´s website were distributed.

We thank God for the way in which He has used this excellent tool in such a powerful way. Already almost 3000 teenagers and young adults have accessed the file and had opportunity to explore it. Let´s pray that with this project, in God´s timing, these young people can "get out of the system."

Monday, 25 January 2010

A Different Kind of Sunday: Cantata in the Residence Homes


This update was sent in from Vanina in Madrid....


"A group of children from the Cristo Vive (Christ Lives) Church in Madrid have brightened the day of almost 180 senior citizens in 2 different residence homes in our little town.


You could tell that they had done a lot of work to prepare for this, but now the hard work was over. Yes! They presented a musical that they had prepared for Christmas for their own church and they just made a few changes to adapt it for their mature audience.


Was it worth it? Of course! It was a unique Sunday as much for the elders as for the children. There were smiles on each face, including the faces of the visiting family members and the employees of the residences. Singing in residence homes is not a new idea, we know; but for me it was very special because it´s as if they were my own grandparents since I meet to go walking with some of them week after week.


One of the residents asked for a moment to speak to give thanks in the name of all the residents for having come and he also blessed the children: ´As the Lord said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”´ (Matthew 19:14) 


...And this is my ministry each week: to show them that the kingdom of God belongs to them too! Amen!

Friday, 22 January 2010

"Reconócelo" ("Recognize It") Video from Praxis


The latest video from the original Praxis era. Dedicated to all those that have been supporting Praxis during the entire season of "Perdona ¿tienes cambio?" ("Pardon me, have you got some change?")...to the thousands of friends throughout Spain that we have met thanks to so many concerts....to those that have done their part to help by buying our CDs and T-shirts...to those that have been sending text messages of encouragement and support...to the media for valuing our work...to those that have supported us in the midst of change.....to all...THANK YOU! And most of all....to God.....Recognize it.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Getting To Know Donna


Hello! I´m Donna Cannella. I was born in Ruidoso, a small town in New Mexico. I am the oldest of 3 daughters.

I studied Early Childhood Education in college and that is also where I first got to know the minsitry of Agape/Campus Crusade for Christ. I went on a summer project to Seville in the summer of 2000. I served for 4 years in Seville with the Agape Campus team. During that time I met my husband on the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) (obviously a very special trail for us!) I´ve been serving with the student ministry in Barcelona since 2006.

My husband Israel and I live in Cerdanyola del Vallès, a town on the outskirts of Barcelona. I love to dance, especially jazz, and I love any activity in the outdoors, especially hiking, cycling and skiing. I also like to read, to cook, to make crafts, and watch t.v. series like Lost and 24.

It´s a privilege to be a part of the Agape family and to serve with you!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Every Week a "Tertulia" in Granada





Every Thursday at an Arabic tea shop or "tetería" in the historic neighborhood, "El Albayzin," there is a group of students that meet to practice English, to meet new people and to have good conversation. It´s called "Tertulia" and it was started 10 years ago by Agape. It´s purpose is to serve, assist and connect with students that want to improve their English in a low-key environment and to be able to create a community of cultural exchange. 


Over the last 10 years, Agape Campus Granada has served thousands of students, helping them make friends and improve their English, not only Spanish students but also many international students, from France, Germany, Slovakia, Mexico, Chile and the U.S., to name a few.


Alpha groups have been started through the relationships from the "tertulia." This year there is a loyal community of Spanish students that are excited about participating in these activities and others that we host. We are also hoping to launch an "Existe Más Mundo" (More World Exists) group this spring with some of these students that we met at "tertulia." 

Monday, 18 January 2010

Help for Haiti


G.Ai.N (www.gain-germany.org), the humanitarian arm of Agape and Campus Crusade for Christ with world headquarters based in Germany, is coordinating efforts to give immediate relief and long-term aid to the people of this country. Since Tuesday they have been living in the midst of disaster after an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude left the region paralized and the damage to its capital, Port-au-Prince still has not been estimated.

Esperandieu Pierre, National Director of Agape in Haiti is working directly with GAiN. Esperandieu was actually outside of Haiti when the earthquake hit. GAiN is working very closely with Esperandieu and a network of churches and volunteers to distribute aid sent by ship and other materials that they can find locally.

Eight containers, each one filled with food, medical supplies, water purification tablets and other emergency provisions are ready to be given out immediately. Another six containers will be prepared and sent as soon as possible. Members of the GAiN team are on their way to Haiti as we publish this post to help with the initial damage, to start to organize the emergency aid distribution and to help in the effort to train trauma counselors.

While the team in Haiti starts to mobilize, urgent economic contributions are necessary to respond to the needs of the Haitians. If food, water and medical supplies to treat injuries don´t arrive immediately, many will die.

If you would like to help and are in a position to do so, please make a donation by making a deposit directly to the two bank accounts (listed below) that Agape Spain has made available to forward GAiN donations. (It´s important to put "Haiti" on the memo line.)


“La Caixa” 2100 0886 09 0200039286

Caixa Catalunya 2013 1645 71 0200022122

Friday, 15 January 2010

Christmas In the Hospitals

During the month of December, "Todo Por Una Sonrisa" (Anything For a Smile) (Clown Ministry that works with children in hospitals) has hosted activities in six hopsitals in Andalucia. The various teams prepared their Christmas programs for the following hospitals: Puerta del Mar Hospital in Cádiz, Jeréz Hospital in Cádiz, Macarena Hospital in Seville, Rocío Hospital in Seville, Maternity-Infant Hospital in Málaga and the Antequera Hospital in Málaga.

In each of the hospitals the teams had unique experiences but all were very touching, especially because during this season these small patients are very aware of their illnesses because they are very limited in the type of activities that they could normally participate in with their families. In spite of their limitations, the children and their parents and families were very open to the special activities and couldn´t wait to see what each team had prepared for them.

There were some very interesting moments where parents came up to different members of the teams, not only to thank them for their work, but also to open their hearts and share that the message of Jesus that was shared had touched them in a special way.

"Tinc Gana" in Barcelona



Just as the cold and bad weather showed up on Sunday, the volunteers of "Tinc Gana" ("I´m Hungry") (an activity that ministers to the homeless) also showed up, reaching out to the homeless in the center of Barcelona. They had blankets, coats and hot food to give out. There were able to reach 3 different neighborhoods in the center of town: the Macba, Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Reial/the Rambles.


One of the most interesting things about "Tince Gana" is that ones being ministered to and the ones ministering already know each other and share a mutual respect between them. As a result, all feel the freedom to share experiences about their own lives. With this mutual trust, the young volunteers are able to help a variety of people. 


One example is the story of Mami, a 45-50-year-old woman who has the look of a 70-year-old. She lives near the Macba and has shared several times with the young people that these windy cold days were taking their toll on her, especially since there are no shelters where she can stay. So, one can imagine the look on her face when she saw them coming with blankets and heavy coat for her!


We give thanks for these volunteers and we encourage all who are interested to participate.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

10th Anniversary of the "Refugio del Alba"



The director of the Refugio del Alba (The Dawn Refuge) shared this message with us recently:


"January 2, 2010 made 10 years since we started the adventure of the children´s home, the ´Refugio del Alba.´ That was the day that we had our first child, Nelson (pictured above, then and now), to come live with us at the home. Since that moment up to now there have been 35 children that we have been able to help.

We want to celebrate along with you the 10th anniversary of the "Refugio del Alba." We thank God for having helped us every moment during this marvelous 10 years....and thanks to all that are part of this great family that will always be the "Refugio" (Refuge).

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

A Special Service for the New Year







This past Saturday, January 9th, was a special day for us as Josep Monells, founder of Agape in Spain, received the Medal of the Evangelical Council of Catalunya along with Juan Antonio Alvarez and Narisco Núñez in recognition and gratitude for their ongoing labor of getting the message of the gospel out. 


This acknowledgement began in 1997 with the First Protestant Congress of Catalunya. This entity organized a special event to honor people who, during their entire lives, have served God, making the gospel known. It was this event that inspired the creation of the medal and it has been awarded each year since then.


During the moving event, presided over by Daniel Giralt-Miracle, with special music from Raquel Rodríguez, we were challenged by Noemi Cortes, President of the IBEC, to give hope through the preaching of the gospel.


All of the staff in attendance were able to express love and gratitude to Josep and Josepa for their lifetime of dedication and service to God.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

EASY (European All Staff Youth)


From December 27-31 the EASY conference was celebrated, a gathering for teenagers at Tres Cantos in Madrid. 95 people from 11 different countries (Germany, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, United States, Hungary, Switzerland, Israel, South Africa, and, of course, Spain!) attended the conference.

The theme of the conference was "Compartiendo la Luz" (Sharing the Light). The adolescents had the chance to visit different parts of the city, introducing themselves and asking people that they met "How will you light up your life in 2010?"

The city´s director of Youth Activities and Sports came to visit our group, officially close the event and leave a gift as a souvenir of our visit to Tres Cantos.

It was very encouraging to see so many teenagers celebrating their love for Jesus and so committed to share Him, the true light.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Xacobeo 2010


The calendar for the Pilgrim house is filling up, but we still need help in May, October and some weeks in August. Have you reserved your week at the Pilgrim House???

Get in touch with the Pilgrim team at lafuentedelperegrino@agape.org. The time is drawing near and little by little there will be less options....so, Come On! We´re waiting to hear from you!

We continue praying to God for the many situations that will lead three million people to walk during this special year, Xacobeo 2010, looking for answers, for truth....the real meaning in life...

These are a few of the comments that were written in the Pilgrim House guestbook from 2009:

*Lots of exceptional things have happened to me on this Journey, but yesterday I asked God for help and He brought me here where I was received and cared for by enchanting people. I was listened to and spoiled and, for the first time in my life, someone prayed to God for me, something that filled my heart and soul with joy....

*I just want to say that it´s a joy to find beings like you all, follwing one´s heart. People like this help to redeem humanity!

*In a world that is generally governed by money, to find people that are governed by their hearts is a blessing. We are enormously grateful to you for your attention. Congratulations for your work. Keep it up!

This year we will continue complementing the personal journeys of many more, gathering more kind comments, and we will do it together.

We will end with this video. We hope that you enjoy it and that it motivates your heart:



See you soon and "Buen Camino!!" (Good Journey!)

--Pilgrim Team


Friday, 8 January 2010


Damasco (Damascus) is a dramatized documentary showing the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, persecutor of the Christians, who later becomes Paul.

The film was produced by Agape Media Art and was filmed entirely on site in the historic cities where the events took place. In the film, scores of Syrian actors and actresses participate. In the Middle East, noone has ever made a film on this topic. Damasco was presented for the first time at the Opera Theatre of Damascus on March 2, 2009 with the highest ranking civil and religious authorities in attendance.

At present, the film is available for all who would like a copy. All you need to do is to contact the Agape Office in Barcelona. (Address below.)

Agape Spain
c/ Sant Fructuòs 2 baixos
08004 Barcelona
934-243-031
administracion@agape.org

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Grand Debut of New Children´s Park at the Dawn Refuge


The "Refugio del Alba" (Dawn Refuge) continues to grow little by little. We just christened a new children´s park as a play area for the children at this children´s home. The project was made a reality thanks to the C&A Foundation that gave us the necessary funds to build it along with 2 other important building projects. As you can see, the children at the Dawn Refuge will be playing in style in 2010.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Prayer Meeting in Málaga



On Monday November 30, the Agape team in Málaga had its first prayer meeting of the school year. At the meeting they were able to share some time together in prayer for several prayer requests of the ministry in Málaga and also personal prayer requests from each one in attendance. The meeting was very visual and interactive. Although it was a small group, it was a great blessing for all who attended.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Christmas Lunch in Barcelona


On December 21 all the staff and volunteers and dear alumni of Agape Barcelona gathered together to celebrate this special season of Christmas.

Together we enjoyed a fabulous lunch that of course included some good shrimp, Spanish cured ham and tender cheeses, plus an official toast with cava, the champaigne of Catalunya. When it came time to eat, there was a long line at the dessert table where we could hardly keep our focus for so many different treats to enjoy.

We give thanks to God for so many blessings that He gives us and, more than anything, because we have each other. The fellowship we share, especially on days like this one, is fantastic!

Monday, 4 January 2010

Praxiz Unedited in "El Otro Rap" (The Other Rap)



The Other Rap is a collection of rap songs of some of the best underground Hip Hop music in Spain, leaving behind the typical topics that rap usually focuses on in this country. 

For those that don´t know yet, in the midst of this collection is the group Praxiz, a pair of young Christians with a message. One of the members is also an Agape staff member working with the youth of Spain.

Below are a few links to listen to their work:

To download the whole album: El Otro Rap

To download Praxiz´s song, "Reconócelo" (Acknowledge It): Reconócelo         

Friday, 1 January 2010