The Emmanuel Children's Residence began to exist in 1967 as an initiative approved by a group of evangelical Christian women from Catalonia and Spain, and which became a reality in January 1969. Since then and up to the present, many people have worked in this service of welcoming the that many children have benefited.
The main reason of the Family Home is to favor the integral development of the children we serve, indirectly helping their families to re-establish adverse situations in order that each child can return to their home
Most of the children who have spent time at our Home, the “Resi”, in the past are now adults. We call them “RIE children” – it’s a convenient label, but one that, in actual fact, is an anachronistic expression. They are now grown-up men and women. No longer are they vulnerable children, but much tougher adults. These days, when we meet them, we don’t bother with cuddles or childish expressions. Instead, we show esteem, consideration, good humour and admiration for the new things they’re doing with their lives. Here, in the photo, are some of the most grown-up children currently at our Emmanuel Children’s Home.
Christmas not properly understood is anachronistic. Jesus is no longer a baby lying in a manger, nor an older boy discoursing with the scribes. We obviously delight in celebrating his first coming into our world. But his 33 years here, bringing us Good News, are also in the distant past, along with his death and resurrection. Celebrating Christmas today means also rejoicing in who Jesus is now, in the present, knowing what he is doing and what he will accomplish in his future return. The Lamb has been a Lion for a very long time. Happy Birthday, but no need to be childish.
Have a very Happy Christmas ...
but one firmly anchored in the present !!!
During this year 2019 we have celebrated our jubilee year, our 50th anniversary, with different activities in various cities. We conclude these events with a celebration on Saturday 30 November in Barcelona, at 7 pm, in the Evangelical Church at number 191, Verdi Street, with various musical contributions and a talk by Xavier Memba. We give heartfelt thanks to God for each and every one of the children who have been helped at our Home over all these years.
Just like in the photo, we always try to put lots of fun and colour into our daily lives at our Home, the “Resi”. Looking at this first term of the new 2019-2020 school year, we see good contrast and things in focus. The brightness of the present provides plenty of colour saturation. But right now we are also celebrating the past. Our jubilee year, the 50th anniversary of the Emmanuel Children’s Home, is a birthday tribute to five decades which have enriched our present.
We tend to think of former times in sepia tones or in black and white. But that wasn’t how it was. It is no longer valid, but at the time it was very important. Back then, its present was full of colour. The importance of it for us today is that the kindness and effort of many people made possible the present which we now enjoy. Yesterday’s initiatives have led to today’s realities. Fifty years of service providing tenderness and teaching, offering protection and correction, sharing joys and disappointments, dispensing love and truth… That’s what “Emmanuel” is all about.
We offer a huge thank you to everybody: the founders, supporters, volunteers, professionals and friends who over five decades have spent time and effort helping many children in their present. It’s involved many people and many experiences. Many children who are now adults benefited from a huge group of significant people. Thank you for remembering and celebrating with us so much “accumulated present”. And you know what? None of it happened in black and white. It’s been fifty years of glorious Technicolor!
These are children who share our day to day
I was born in Catalonia. My family is from Bolívia. I like to play.
I was born in Catalonia. My family is from Bolivia. I like watching YouTube.
I was born in Catalonia. My family is from Paraguai. I like computer games.
I was born in Catalonia and my family is from Bolivia. I like doing crafts.
I was born in Catalonia. My family is from Paraguay. I like animals.
I was born in Morocco. My family’s from Barcelona. I’d like to be a fireman or a policeman.
I was born in Bolivia, where my family is from. I like fashion and design.
I was born in Catalonia and my family is from Colombia. I like to play soccer.
I was born in Bolivia, where my family is from. I like architecture.
I was born in Catalonia, where my family is from. I like to play the electric guitar.
I was born in Catalonia and my family is from Nigeria. I like to dance.
In the Canta y Ríe Collection, great singers and children from many places participate to support our Children's Home
The three Educators of the Children's Home work so that all the needs of the children are covered
I'm Mariona, I'm Catalan and my favorite hobbies are scrapbook, crochet and photography.
I'm Carme, I am Asturian and my favorite hobbies are the experimentation / culinary tasting, and the economic, political and social news.
I'm Alex, I'm Catalan and my favorite hobbies are music and Bible research.
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Bank Account: ES61 2100 9250 6922 0011 8569
BIC code for foreign donations: CAIXESBBXXX
Account owner: Residencia Infantil Emmanuel