So I’ve been here almost a month now and time has flown by! My first week was the Youth for Christ conference, second week was training and third week was getting in a routine w/ my position. I’ve started working w/ all the mission trip teams. We have 25 teams coming over from the states from March – July that will be serving from Teesside (where I am located) to York (about 50 mins away) to Cambridge (near London) and many more places. I’m looking forward to having them all come over and help serve Youth for Christ.
Every Monday we gather together as a staff and spend time meeting, worshipping and hearing from His Word. This time is so refreshing and is much needed for all who work on Sundays.
Bethany has been so wonderful in helping me settle in:) She has been here for 5 years and knows the ends and outs of the ministry and the U.K. She is so fun to be around and her passion is infectious:)
First official day in the office! Taylor and Leah are newbies w/ me. I just love spending tons of time w/ them. Leah is assigned to St. Mary’s church and Taylor is on the resource team. They are both fired up for the Lord and eager to jump into what He has for them here. Glad I’m experiencing this new adventure w/ them!
The cookie that Kookie made me to welcome me on the team:)
And here’s the sweet Jess! We clicked right away when she was taking pics in the mall on the way to the conference (I wasn’t the only one). I found out that she is going to Uni (University) for photography..how cool is that:) She has been an awesome friend, prayer partner, encourager and just a lovely girl to be around!
Lots of walking, sightseeing, riding buses and gorgeous sunsets!
On the second week of training, we went to one of our locations York – which is about an hour away. Cory & Meredith Butler head up the team at York (and they are killing it!). York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. And for you Harry Potter fans, we went down Shambles‘ which is the inspiration for Diagon Alley in the movie. We also went into The Shop That Must Not Be Named which has all Harry Potter merchandise.
That same week we got to help out with Cafe church, and Kids & Youth Clubs. The group of gap year workers that I get to work w/ are doing such an amazing job running these events. The kids really love them! And Rachel (pictured) was the first American I met when I got here. She sat beside me on our drive to the conference in Manchester. Such a sweet girl from GA! I’ve enjoyed getting to know her.
What a blessing to be part of this amazing ministry alongside such passionate, obedient, god fearing body of believers!!!
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command.5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5