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?") the thousands of friends throughout Spain that we have met thanks to so many those that have done their part to help by buying our CDs and those that have been sending text messages of encouragement and the media for valuing our those that have supported us in the midst of all...THANK YOU! And most of 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 (, 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 The time is drawing near and little by little there will be less, 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

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