Tuesday, 24 April 2012

EJE Barcelona

Last weekend, EJE came back to surprise, as always, this time in Barcelona. EJE Barcelona had a work team of 36 volunteers ranging from 15 to 30 years old. All the members worked hard to serve and make this time a very special experience for the 20 participants that attended.

In spite of the fact that launching the EJE and carrying it out involves a lot of work and some difficult moments, the volunteers and the leaders of the various responsibilities are very happy with the result, especially to see how the EJE continues to make an impact in the lives of those who participate.

Pictured left is the work team of volunteers.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Miguel, María Juan´s Birthday Gift

This past April 12th our fellow staff member, María Juan, received a special gift for her birthday. Miguel, the third child for María and Nacho Marqués, arrived at 11:45, weighing 3,650 grams and measuring 50 centimeters in length. Mother and baby are both doing well and the delivery went well without complications.

We congratulate the whole family and welcome Miguel to the Agape family. Nacho mentioned that Miguel´s brother Caleb and his sister Carmen are very happy about the arrival of the little one, although judging by the photo of Carmen and Miguel (left), someone is especially motivated. Maybe Carmen is thinking that, instead of a little brother, her parents have brought her another new baby doll to play with.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Follow-Up Gathering to “Llamados” in the South

Last Saturday, the follow-up meeting to the Llamados conference was held in Malaga. Full-time staff, associate staff, students and friends from Cádiz, Granada and Málaga showed up to remember the topics from our Llamados conference held in Girona last October 2011. Once again, they were challenged to reflect on the world situation and the needs of those around us.

Some of the staff from Granada shared a series of principles that can help us draw close to those in need, to understand their hearts, their pain and to show them care and love. All these principles are based in the example that Jesus gave us.

It was a good day, not only for what was recalled and learned anew, but also for the opportunity to get together with friends and fellow staff. A total of 30 people attended the meeting, among them was a great group of students from Málaga and Granada who were highly motivated to contribute to the mission of building bridges to help change lives.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Follow Up to the Llamados Conference in Valencia

On March 31st a follow-up gathering to the Llamados conference was held in Valencia. It was an event hosted for Agape staff, volunteers and students. The goals of this Llamados gathering were to bring together once again those who attending the Llamados conference in November 2011, to remember the challenges that were given during that time and to evaluate to see how those challenges had been applied in our day-to-day lives.

Marc Fuentes also accompanied the group in Valencia. The central theme was "the mission." During the different sessions, the principles of our mission were shared. There was also a time to evaluate how well those principles are lived out in the lives of those who participated in the meeting.

There will also be a Llamados Follow-Up Gathering in the south of Spain in Málaga on Saturday, May 14th. In the north, the same type gathering will be held in Barcelona together with participants from Madrid.

These follow-up gatherings serve to bring those people together who attended Llamados, the National Agape Conference and to keep remembering, challenging and evaluating those themes that were shared at the conference.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

GAiN Spain Sends Water Purifier to Children´s Home in Haiti

Just a few months ago some marvellous news arrived from Haiti: in the small village of Ça-Ira, a water source for a well was found near the orphange that GAiN Spain is helping to reconstruct, together with other GAiN offices from around the world. However, this water still needs to be treated to guarantee the health of the children that are currently living in the orphanage. 

Soon this need will cease to be a concern. Within a few weeks, our children at the home will not have to worry about the quality of the water that they drink and bathe with. This is due to the kind donation that GAiN Spain received last week from Óptima Renovables. The donation is a water purification system with the latest technology that has the ability to purify 7000 liters of water a day, which is more than sufficient to cover the water needs of the entire center. In addition, one of the prinicpal characteristics of this new machine is that it works completely autonomously through solar energy. This is perfect for the children´s home. Since it has solar panels there is no need for a diesel fuel nor a generator.

Not only did the Óptima Renovables company grant the machine at cost, but they also took responsibility to look for the particular donors to cover its expense, which means that it is a completely free gift for the orphanage. We are very grateful to the company for such a generous act and for having trusted us to ensure the arrival of this very valuable tool to those who most need it.

We believe that this is a very important moment for the children knowing that clean water is one of their great practical needs, maybe the greatest of all. With access to clean, quality water the vitality and quality of life for the children will improve greatly day by day.

The water purifier will be shipped out within a week to Haiti where it will be picked up by our partners at the children´s home. We are anxious to receive news as soon as possible about its usefulness at the center.

If you want to participate in the Ça-Ira project, or in any other project of GAiN Spain, please visit our website where you can read all the details on how to do it.