Tuesday, 30 October 2012

GAiN´s Winter Campaign for the Homeless

The statistics and the most recent headcount tell us that there are, at the moment, a total of 3,175 people living on the streets of Barcelona due to a lack of resources and/or personal struggles. This reality becomes even more complicated with winter´s arrival since the cold is one of the factors that makes living on the street so difficult for the homeless.

Most recently, GAiN has designed a winter campaign that consists of collecting and delivering items that, in one way or other, help to soothe the suffering of those who are homeless in Barcelona. The campaign is focusing its efforts on the collection and delivery of the following items which help combat the cold:

-fleece pullovers
-gloves and wool hats
-sleeping bags

The goal is to collect items for a minimum of 200 people.

The collection of these items will take place, free of charge, thanks to the business, RGT Mensajeros (Delivery) which has partnered in solidarity for this cause.

You too can partner with this campaign individually by donating some or all of these items. Another way to partner is to promote this campaign in your neighborhood, church, among your circle of friends, at your university or high school so that others also have the chance to participate.

For more information, please contact Ruben River, the campaign direcotr, by email: ruben.rivera@gain.org.es. He will get you all the information you need including brochures and posters for the campaign.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me....The King will reply, ´I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.´" --Matthew 25:35-36, 40

Thursday, 18 October 2012

"Q" Meet Up

The "Q" Team from Valencia and the "Q" Team from Granada met together from October 5-7 in Murcia. As previously mentioned, "Q" is the name of the campus ministry groups in Valencia and Granada whose goal is to make Jesus Christ known on campus.
The purpose of this gathering in Murica was to plan activities and projects at the universities of both cities for this 2012-2013 school year.

In addition to thinking, planning and dreaming together about how to make Jesus known among the university students in these cities, they also discussed  the launching of "Q" in a new city.

"Q" is casting its net to reach new campuses across the nation.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Using Sports as a Bridge

On Saturday, September 29th, the Barcelona Athletes in Action team offered some training to 4 churches in the city. A total of 17 people attended with the desire to serve with their churches through the medium of sports in their surrounding neighborhoods.

This past summer Athletes in Action received a group from Holland who came to help develop a project where sports was used to connect adn serve the neighbors and people on the street. This project, called Heartbeat, is the model that several churches would like to develop in their own communities, using soccer, basketball adn other sports that can be played in the street and the nearby parks to build bridges and, in the long run, to change lives.

Ellen Quarles and Jessie led this first training meeting in which they cast the greater, long-term vision, discussed the planning and the steps necessary as of now to make this dream a reality. During this training Ellen and Jessie, together with their team, offer helpful tools and mentoring to the leaders of this sports ministry in each church.

On November 11, there will be a second training meeting to begin the training series with additional churches that would like to use sports in their neighborhoods to build relationships and to offer a service to the community. If you live in Barcelona and your church might be interested in using sports to build bridges for the gospel, don´t miss this training opportunity on November 11. Write us here at the blog and we´ll put you in contact with Ellen or Jessie to get you more information.