The work of mission team Respect ME is growing, with new teams launching in Yorkshire/Lincolnshire and Teesside.
Lydia, Joe and Kia are the three newest Respect ME team members, using personal stories, compelling cultural examples and detailed subject knowledge to deliver lessons in secondary schools on sex, relationships and self-esteem.
We spoke to the new team members to find out what they’re most looking forward to as they grow the work of Respect ME across the UK.
Why are you passionate about the work of Respect ME?
Lydia, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire:Now more than ever, in a world of mass media influencers and pressure from peers, our young people need to know that there is a God who loves them and wants the best for their lives. I’ve seen the need first-hand from having spent a number of years as a secondary school teacher. Respect ME tackles the tough topics, restoring self-worth using biblical truths and I’m so excited to be part of that.
Joe, Teesside:I am passionate about young people living life to the full and I love how Respect ME uses personal testimony, looks at what the Bible says and engages with young people in a really open and relevant way to equip them to think through their choices and understand why God’s way works best for them. I was working in schools before joining the Respect ME team delivering similar material, but I feel like this is about going to the next level.
Kia, Teesside:I believe that Respect ME lessons will spark important, life-changing conversations among teenagers in Teesside. These will transform their current perspectives and relationships while also allowing the opportunity to accept Jesus and have a relationship with their creator.
What excites you about working for Respect ME?
Lydia: It’s all about speaking life and love over young people and introducing them to Jesus. It’s as simple as that.
Joe:I’m looking forward to young people coming to faith because the reality is they are only going to have healthy relationships if Jesus is at the centre.
Kia: I’m excited to see how the Holy Spirit moves and I’d be delighted to see the impact of Respect ME spread beyond the students to also impact the teachers and staff.
Can you share a highlight of your time working in schools?
Lydia: Recently, a room full of students spontaneously applauded one of our Bible-based anti-bullying videos. It’s great to see those lightbulb moments when the young people in our lessons start to see past the media lies and engage with the truth.
Joe: Recently, I had a boy in Year 7 ask me about Jesus in the middle of a session. He called me over at the end because he wanted to know more. He wasn’t a believer, but it got him thinking that maybe there is a God and more to life than what he could physically see. On his written feedback he responded to the question ‘How were you helped by the session?’ by saying ‘I came to faith.’ How beautiful is that?
Find Respect ME on social media, and visit respectme.co.uk to book the team for your local school.