For just over a year now Marcos Quinteros has been working as the leader of an Eden team in Drumchapel, attached to the local Baptist church there, through which half of the funding is channelled.
The vision is to reach into the community to engage with them and to show these 'ordinary' people of the schemes of Glasgow that 'they matter'.The Message Trust, the 'parent group' of Eden work expresses the vision in this way:
'An Eden project consists of a team of around 12 Christians who commit to living long term (5 years minimum) in a disadvantaged community. Eden teams work in partnership with a local church to creatively reach the community with the Gospel, through evangelism, partnership with local schools, supporting young people to find work, and ongoing discipleship of young people in the area'.
It is a challenging role, but one which Marcos and Gwen have done before in the Bolivian context. It's challenging too for the people of the church, some of whom find that change is a tricky word to manage (what's new then!).
For more on Eden Projects and their origins see the website of The Message Trustand follow links to Eden. The Drumchapel Project is here.