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The vision of Rainbows Spain
For God's glory, working in teams to train, provide resources and initiate activities with churches that have a vision to present the Good News of Jesus to unreached children.
The first plans
Since Septembre 1998 “Rainbows of Hope” is also present in Spain with a team of missionaries of WEC in Torrejón de Ardoz, a town on the outskirts of Madrid. They started praying and developing a strategy to reach out to children in need in Spain. This strategy can be divided into three main ministries,1. Informing churches about the need world-wide and in Spain. 2. Instructing christians for service (parents, caregivers, monitors) 3. Initiate social & evangelistic projects
The answer on that question includes:
In the early period of the work much effort was given to inform the churches about the need wold wide and in Spain. At the same time a social evangelistic project was launched in the form of a local children club soon followed by the commissioning of the drop-in center near Arco Iris. Under the influence of the change in direction of Rainbows International since 2004, the emphasis of the work, however, increasingly was placed on helping local churches to start-up their own projects. Formerly it were the mission workers who did the work, but now the local churches are learning to do the work.
The first model
The drop-in center Arco Iris which was closed in 2007 has played an important role in reaching the children from some neighborhoods with the Good News and also in the development of the vision and methodology. It also served as a model and as a training site for the present work. Currently, however, many more children are reached by the local churches where the ROH teams may serve through training, encouraging and supporting.
In our church
Volunteers from churches who visited the center Arco Iris or joined the work for a while said: "we want this but we want it in our own church to reach the children of our neighbourhood". And that process, to assist the churches with the ROH team instead of doing most of the work our self, is well underway currently. Combined with the Rainbows team in southern Spain, four churches are now being helped to set up their own projects to reach children around them. This is a "multiplicative" process that started several years ago with an invitation from the Salvation Army and the question: "How do you actually start a children's club?"
Workshop: How do you start a children club? with the “Salvation Army” in Madrid
After an initial workshop a coordination meeting is organized and an other couple of workshops are given to interested collaborators.
As the vision at the top of this page displays, the church should have a vision and has to take the initiative to start a project. It is important to encourage and train the workers from the local church by starting the work together with them. The ROH team remains one and a half to two years collaborating with them while they take it over step by step, untill they do it all by themselves. Dedication and faithfullness and a lot of prayer are very important factors. Often working with children is left to the women from the church but from the outset male workers are also encouraged to involve themselves.
No Sunday school
It is not intended to be a kind of mid week Sunday school but that a program is composed and offered for children who know virtually nothing of the Bible and the Good News. In practice, of course, children from the church will also come to these activities but they should not form the biggest part of the group of children.
Jesus the example
Many of these children have few options in life. The objective is to reach out together with the local church in the love of the Lord Jesus in a holistic way, nurturing body, soul and spirit. The children can find a safe shelter, express themselves, grow in self-esteem, develop their creativity, learn to interact with children of other cultures, get to know the Lord Jesus and be easily integrated into the local church from which the projects are undertaken.
Knowing God from nearby
The current work focus is now on churches that we assist in setting up their own projects. These projects aim to children who normally never come into a church, to attract them to participate in regular activities aimed at knowing God from nearby.
The second model
How that multiplication process has been funcioning in practice you can read on the page "Project 1" Currently this serves as a new model to work from the local church.
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