A superhero-themed banquet helped celebrate the end of another great year of ministry at Globalscope’s En Vivo campus house in Salamanca, Spain, reports campus minister Dan Dillard.
“We often are asked by the students how this ministry is possible, and I always tell them that we have a lot of amazing friends who generously donate to keep us running and make a place like this possible for you,” said Dan.
Many of the activities this semester centered on the ministry’s REACCIONA campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.
“The Salamanca Love Race in February kicked off the campaign,” said Dan. “We raised money and awareness through the race and got people interested in the other activities.”
They followed the race up with two very successful, related activities in March: a movie night in the local public library featuring a film about a young woman forced into prostitution, and a conference at the university with a panel of guest speakers who deal with human trafficking in Spain from different perspectives.
“These two events, along with other movie forum nights at the En Vivo house, came about thanks to the hard work and dedication of our students to this cause that has captured their attention,” said Dan. “Thanks to their efforts, many people were able to heart about this terrible international problem. By the end of this campaign we were able to donate about $650 to Proyecto Perla, an organization that helps victims in the south of Spain and Morocco.”
Another major event for the team this semester was the annual spring retreat in mid-April in the mountains near Madrid.
“Every year we go there to play a game of guys vs. girls ‘flamenco soccer’ (guys on one leg) and talk about what the Bible has to say to us regarding relationships,” said Dan. “Guest speaker Dan Hollingsworth from Madrid provided a dynamic retreat where the students could talk about their own experiences and consider what God has to say about it.
“It was the first retreat for many of those in attendance, but we are hoping for many more!” added Dan.