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Summer of Mission and Discipleship

It’s been a busy time for our young people, a season of mission and discipleship, and not forgetting the angst of waiting for important exam results that have an impact on the future.

life cape town logoOur mission trip to Cape Town in July saw a team of 10 young people made up young people from Ashtead and Holy Trinity & St Matthias Church, Tulse Hill. Julian and Julia Brand were the other adults accompanying the team. We were once again hosted by Christ Church, Constantia for the two weeks that we were there, participating in a children’s holiday club and later helping at a community project in Westlake, an area of deprivation. Some of the children who attended the holiday club are resident in Westlake and it had a good feel being able to reach out into community with practical help that gives the church a foothold into the community, and hopefully the continuation of a positive relationship. Our role was to aid the church in its outreach to children and to grow the link into the Westlake community.

Each of the team had a growing experience, for some it was their first experience of mission, but talking to some parents I’ve heard how their children have come back totally transformed not just in their faith but their relating to people around them.

soul survivor logo croppedSoul Survivor in August saw a team of 74 travelling to Somerset this year which included the leaders. It has grown every year these last three years and each one has been better than the previous. The brand says it all so there is no surprises in this regard, but it’s the young people who make the experience what it is year on year. Without a dedicated leadership team we’re not able to provide the leadership and safety we pride ourselves on. We operate as a camp within a bigger camp, which has its struggles but also its rewards. Here are some comments from some of the young people about Soul Survivor B 2014:

“An unforgettable 5 days full of worship, and an experience of a lifetime to witness the power of prayer”.  James Saw

“An incredible place to learn about and be inspired by God with all your friends!”  Mae Moore

“I really enjoyed spending time with everyone, but whilst learning more about God, like killing two birds with one stone! And the worship was insanely amazing” Lucy Haustead

“Its amazing how  you’re surrounded by 8000 young people just like you – yet your time with God can be so intimate.” Caroline Brand

“I thought the leadership was excellent….” Dan Haustead

“Epic” Pheobe Landon

“This was my 4th SS so I really thought that I knew exactly what would happen, we would get cold at night, queue for ridiculous amounts of time for a shower, sit in a very uncomfortable tent for long periods of time and eat lots, and lots of cake. These things did all happen but God worked in me in a way that I never expected. Usually I’m the one crying on the floor getting prayer from others, but to be able to sit, pray and wait on God with someone else was truly amazing. God is good and has really shown me how he works in mysterious ways but will never leave or forsake us and will never stop loving us.” Emily Warnock

These are just some of the testimonies of this past summer. Congratulations to all who completed their A levels and are on their way to university in the Autumn. Some are being daring and doing a gap year with some interesting opportunities such as volunteering with mission organisations and even working in the parish. So the end of Summer, but what a brilliant summer it’s been for your young people.

Grant Everson, 21/08/2014

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