See what the activities are like
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In the campaigns ("Jornadas Internacionales de Convivencia"
-- roughly translated as "International Gatherings of Living Together in Harmony"!),
the following types of activities
take place: SOCIAL, SPORTS, CULTURAL and TRAINING.
The campaigns are a magnificent opportunity for civic participation.
We seek out ways to collaborate with City Hall so that the participants can
serve as volunteers to address specific social needs, as an selfless contribution
to the host city, which also serves as a training experience.
We organize a blood drive in collaboration with the
Brotherhood of Blood Donors or the Red Cross, where the campaign
participants take part by donating and/or by encouraging the whole city to
As examples of civic participation, when we did the
campaign in Palencia, City Hall entrusted us with recuperating the
floodplain of the river, cleaning various areas of papers and cans. In
Osuna (Seville), City Hall solicited volunteers to paint the
municipal cottage, which was full of graffiti, and others to visit two
municipal nursing homes to spend time with the elderly. In Onda
(Castellón), the group collaborated in the clearing out of an area of the
castle where an archaeological work had been completed. In Salou (Tarragona)
they recovered two coves of the beach where the city's cleaning trucks could
Sports constitutes the best medium to develop a healthy lifestyle.
During the campaigns, we put on a basketball clinic and a tournament,
directed by trained coaches who know how to integrate good technique
with the proper attitude.
Differentiating between healthy competition and that which degenerates into violence,
and motivating personal discipline and effort as the only valid paths to
success, are some of the objectives of this activity.
(see photos above)
Although the Spanish society considers itself to be Christian, there exists a
great lack of knowledge of the Bible. Few people have read it.
Being the key book to understand our culture and values, many believe that
reading it is only for specialists and that only with difficulty would they be
able to understand something of it on their own. These prejudices, along with
the low index of reading which exists in our country, contributes to the
fact that the Bible is an ignored book.
As part of the campaigns we do a "Bible Festival
for the Family" which intends to promote Bible reading and to popularize its
content. Through crafts, games, puppets and music, based on important
Bible characters, children and parents are motivated to discover the great
Bible stories and the values of humankind and nature which derive from them. This cultural activity takes place in
the main plaza or a centrally located park
in the city.
With the same focus, but for an adult public, we also
do gospel concerts, theater productions, and summer cinema.
(see photos above)
The youth who participate in the campaigns, just the same as the rest of
Spanish youth, suffer from the bombardment of the communications
industry and the typical pressures of that age, which leads them to make
many decisions which will affect the rest of their life. Designer drugs,
alcoholism, perverse sexual behavior, anorexia, bulimia and many other
detrimental practices enter their thoughts as alternatives to find
happiness. It is vital, in light of these pressures, to teach them
to evaluate and choose that which truly is worth the cost and has a
A significant part of the time during the
campaigns is dedicated to training the participants, such as training in
various areas of the Christian life and spirituality, putting special
emphasis on the practical application of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Through workshops, dialogue groups and conferences, themes are developed
in an interactive manner, with the objective of integrating the values
of God's Word into their personal, community and social lifestyle,
pointing to Jesus Christ as the best model to imitate.