Over the last 25 years we have seen many teams begin across the country, working hard to transform their communities with the gospel. Some of our team leaders share testimonies from their work in their neighbourhoods over the summer holidays.
‘For the fifth and final time Eden Bow (London) headed to Soul Survivor for a fantastic week. The young people were a joy to hang out with and engaged in all that was on offer. They loved and supported one another in the main meetings, praying for one another and responding to the gospel together. Again, the magic of going away to a new location gave space for deep conversations and we are working with the young people to enable more of these discussions now that we’re back home’.
‘During the last week of the school term, we hosted a mission team from Atlanta Georgia to do some work in the community. We split them into groups, some went into schools to do worship lessons in each year group and hung around them to do sports activities. One group stayed at the shack to help with gardening – taking out trees and painting our neighbour’s fences. We also sent some of the team to take off an old shed roof and rebuild it for a vulnerable lady in the community. Each afternoon we used the school field to host Camp of Champions which saw a lot of the children from the estate come and get to know us and have fun.’
‘This summer we planned a holiday club with a team at our church.It was Narnia themed and ran every morning for a week at the beginning of the summer. We had around 40 kids come along. It was great to see so many children who we don’t usually see coming along and getting involved. We had an amazing team from the local church who gave up their time, showed real competence and enthusiasm for the children and the club.
‘We managed to get funding for some food also and so could provide freshly cooked meals every day free of charge. The families feedback was so positive and some of them came along to church on Sunday to celebrate the week, despite belonging to different faiths. The children had an amazing time, loving every day, some great friendships were built and we expect to see many of them at our weekly kid’s club in the new term’.
‘We ran a four week holiday club in the local primary school over the summer holidays to fight holiday hunger and provide a positive place for parents to take their kids each day. We had upwards of 40 kids attend over the four weeks and developed some really good relationships with the parents, many of whom we see week to week through our term time work in the school’.
‘We recently went to the Newday festival and took six youth from Rhydyfelin, five of whom weren’t Christians. On the healing night, one boy said he had back pain, and this got healed much to his amazement, as he doesn’t yet believe. He went home from the week saying that he wanted to know more about Christianity as it wasn’t like what he had learnt from RE lessons’.
‘One of our newish neighbours asked us if we could christen her two-year old daughter at the beginning of the summer. That was a conversation starter and we know them so much better now because of all the questions it brought up – but it also meant we ended the summer with a thanksgiving service for her child at the local community centre, and a barbecue afterwards. It felt incredibly good to be able to bless our neighbours as a church family – not just with activities, but with the truth of God’s love and a welcome into his family.’
‘We took a bunch from the estate (18 of us in total) to a Christian festival called EdgeFest. During the festival two of the women we took because Christians and they now come along to our house church. The whole group had a great time – as part of the group we had two Muslim families with us which was really special too!’
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