Thursday, 27 January 2011

Archivo Cero (File Zero) in Cordoba

Archivo Cero (File Zero) made a stop last week in Cordoba. On Thursday and Friday, the Archivo Cero contest was presented at varios grade schools and high schools around the city. On Friday in particular, our fellow staff had the opportunity to be inside one of the high schools, on the patio during recess. There were able to display images of the characters from the internet comic series as well as give out publicity about the contest and speak with interested teenagers.

Friday afternoon and Saturday the scene was totally different. This time, the kick off of Archivo Cero took place in two different Cordoba shopping malls. During this time, wrist bands and candies were passed out to promote the series for teenagers.

It was a good time introducing Archivo Cero to a new city and also getting to spend time, not only with the teenagers who were learning more about the series, but also with the volunteers in Cordoba that went to help during the weekend.

We give thanks to God for these tools that help us draw closer to teenagers and young adults in a natural and relevant way and at the same time help them draw closer to Jesus.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Urban Consortium Prays for the City

This past December the Urban Consortium team met with other youth around Barcelona to pray for the needs of the city. Using the city´s metro map as a guide, they filled the different metro stops with prayer requests regarding the needs of the city. It was a special time of fellowship and intercession that helped to awaken the vision of seeing a city-wide youth movement of young people who live their lives for God.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Archivo Cero (File Zero) in Madrid

This past December in Madrid Marc Fuentes and Eva Aldea started to promote the Archivo Cero (File Zero) contest where prizes are given for the best animation, the best script and the best comic. The contest was publicized in different high schools throughout the city.

A total of 6 high schools decided to distribute the publicity among their students. Some 4000 fliers were given out.

The following week Expocómic took place. It´s a comic book fair and Archivo Cero was also represented there. Close to 5000 young people received wristbands with information about the comic series and its website. Marc and Eva had the opportunity to meet some of the participants and strike up some very interesting conversations with them and learn from them as well.

During the four-day festival, Marc and Eva had a team of 15 volunteers from Madrid, to whom they would like to thank publicly via this blog for their time and hard work.

In addition to their participation at the high schools and at Expocómic, Marc and Eva, with the help of Student Venture staff member Mariano Pineda, also led a training time for a youth group at 3 Cantos (a neighborhood of the Madrid metro area).

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Free Dental Assistance Program for Homeless

A few months ago, Samuel Palacios, Student Ministry staff member in Barcelona, mentioned to us that after a meeting between "Tinc Gana" ("I´m Hungry") and EMSI Misión, they decided to start a free dental health program for the homeless.

Today, this project is a reality and Samuel sent us a few lines to describe how it´s been going:

"Thanks to the partnership between EMSI Misión and Tinc Gana, we´ve developed another way to help the homeless. It consists of offering them the opportunity to been seen by a doctor and accompanied throughout the entire treatment process.

One man named Jesús was the first to be attended for free by a dentist. As he said, "now I can eat without difficulty and I feel like I´ll be able to get a job." We thought that starting this new program with someone named Jesús was a great idea!"

"‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ "
-Jesus Christ

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Splash, A Magazine for the Whole Family

Splash is a magazine for children from 4 to 10 years old, but the secret to the magazine can be found in its description: "A magazine to learn from and enjoy together as a family." Through these pages, Christian values are promoted from principles that Jesus teaches: love for God and for others.

It´s a magazine that contains activities and is designed so that the family interacts with each other so as not to be merely another magazine with stories for parents to read to their children. Inside, one can find cooking projects to do with the kids, suggestions for outings, games, health advice, information about pets and more. Attention is given to each detail, keeping in mind that the material is not only for Christian families but rather for families who don´t know Jesus.

The team has been working throughout the year to improve and futher advance this communication tool. Thanks to Agape´s participation, it was possible to expand from its original 20 pages to 32 pages adn to increase the circulation to 2000 copies. In addition, the first issue of 2010 was accompanied by the DVD called The Story of Jesus for Children,  a children´s version of the Jesus film. The latest edition of Splash included a Story of Jesus for Children workbook with a comic series, games and activities organized into 6 lessons, a teacher´s guide and a simple explanation of how to have a relationship with God. For the first time in it´s history, the publication became out of print in less than a month and a second edition had to be printed.

The Splash magazine also has a special section about people who work for the well-being of children. In the summer edition, a report was published about the work that the organization Todo Por Una Sonrisa (Anything for a Smile) does with children in hospitals in Andalucía. In the latest edition, the column takes us back to the origins of the children´s home, Refugio del Alba (Dawn Refuge), featuring some young, unknown dreamers who are much more well known today. You can visit their website to find out more about the Splash magazine by clicking here. Hard copies of the Splash magazine will be available soon on Agape´s website under the "Resources" link.

The following video is a report from Televisión Española about Splash, featuring Daniel and Vanina Demai, Family Life staff in Madrid.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

A "See You Later" for Ellen

Our collegue, Ellen Quarles, who has been serving at the National Office and in the Barcelona Student Ministry, will be leaving to spend some time in the U.S. Several months ago she asked for prayer for her brother-in-law who is very sick. As a result, her trip mostly has to do with the situation that her sister and brother-in-law are in.

Ellen sent us a few lines to say goodbye and tell us a little bit more about what she and her husband David will be doing during their time in the U.S.:

"Hello!! We´ll be leaving for the U.S. on Janaury 9. The truth is that we are already missing everyone, especially the Barcelona/Vallés team. 

Last June we started praying about the possibility of taking a break and going to the U.S. to help my sister with her husband who is ill. In August God made it very clear to us and since then we´ve been in the process of preparing the paperwork and visas to go. Mainly we will be focused on serving my sister Ashley, my brother-in-law Sean and my nephew Timothy. 

Sean seems to be getting worse and worse and, day-to-day, his life is becoming more fragile. His main illness is called Lyme´s disease, but things have gotten more complicated and it´s affected his brain and his spinal cord. Thanks to God he´s still alive at home but with lots of help and lots of pain and suffering.

In addition to being available to serve my family, I will be working at the World Headquarters in Orlando. I also hope to make the most of this opportunity to connect with churches in the area and elsewhere in the U.S.

Our hope is to limit our time to just one year or even six months, but we will assess the need as we go and decide every 6 months what the next step will be. Our hearts are in Spain and the sooner we return, the better.

We pray that God will protect Ellen and David and use them during this time. Most of all, we pray that God would touch Sean´s life, in a way that only He can do, supernaturally.