Gaines Girl: A Year in the Life

The past year at Gaines has had many highlights and laughs, as well as lots of opportunities to grow in character and godliness though the various challenges I’ve faced. So here’s a round-up of my year:

February

HIGHLIGHT – starting at Gaines: the journey begins!

CHALLENGE – feeling a bit overwhelmed with new responsibilities

FUNNY MOMENT – when some sheep escaped from one of the neighbouring farms onto our land!

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – such a joy to open up the book of Proverbs during Bible studies on my first weekend

March

HIGHLIGHT – team walks during time off

CHALLENGE – doing my first ever Bible talk

FUNNY MOMENT – Joe on the push along child’s ice skating dolphin when we went with one of the groups! (yes there is photo evidence)

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – Woodgreen Youth weekend away: seeing young people excited to be living for Jesus

April

HIGHLIGHT – getting combat archery and kayaks (yay for new activities!)

CHALLENGE – team dynamics

FUNNY MOMENT – Bethany attempting to put up a massive net on her own, to make the house pirate-themed for camps

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – Being encouraged in the work we’re doing by local Ministers

May

HIGHLIGHT – visiting Yorkshire Camps and being encouraged by their gospel work

CHALLENGE – finding my place in the team

FUNNY MOMENT – Bethany getting a whole bowl of flour over her

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – UCCF Midlands Team day looking at Creation and how that affects our evangelism

June

HIGHLIGHT – walk up the Malverns to see the sunset with one of the groups. Beautiful hot weather!

CHALLENGE – getting everything sorted for my kayaking qualification

FUNNY MOMENT – rafting on the lake: capsizes, going round in circles and people falling in!

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – a girl from a weekend who said she wanted to read her Bible more

July

HIGHLIGHT – lots of volunteers helping on camps. LMS glow stick disco. Finishing painting and putting up shelves for the new activity store

CHALLENGE – being really tired from all the groups and camps

FUNNY MOMENT – canoe training when Cam and Sally jumped in!

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – unchurched girls from a school in London engaging with God’s Word in small groups – so exciting!

 

August

HIGHLIGHT – surfing camp. Passing my kayaking qualification!

CHALLENGE – Bethany and Sally leaving

FUNNY MOMENT – Sally singing karaoke on Breakout camp – don’t think we’ve ever laughed so much!!

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – great small group Bible study group on Escape camp looking at Judges and Ruth

September

HIGHLIGHT – team trip to the South coast

CHALLENGE – adjusting to living on my own

FUNNY MOMENT – the constant question of “where’s Neil?!” when we were on our team trip!

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – starting MMTC (Midlands Ministry Training Course)

October

HIGHLIGHT – feeling more settled, especially at church. Not poisoning anyone when I ran the kitchen for a group of 50!

CHALLENGE – no girls!

FUNNY MOMENT – one of the groups getting really into character for the murder mystery, complete with (slightly questionable) accents!

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – provision of a lady at church to read the Bible with each week

November

HIGHLIGHT – Going to St George’s House to meet up with other Christian outdoor centres

CHALLENGE – not having any groups

FUNNY MOMENT – Joe and Thomas throwing some of the old mattresses and beds out of the window

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – MMTC Book in a Day on James

December

HIGHLIGHT – onsite team community. Team outing to London

CHALLENGE – being far away from people at church, making it hard to meet up

FUNNY MOMENT – one of our volunteers getting their car stuck in the snow!

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – meeting up with a student to read the Bible

January

HIGHLIGHT – moving into the flat. Lots of groups coming in the next few months

CHALLENGE – keeping focussed on Jesus when there are no groups

FUNNY MOMENT – Thomas loosing at exploding kittens (a card game) 3 times in a row!

SPIRITUAL STANDOUT – Growing Young Disciples conference, especially the teaching from Sam Allberry

So here’s to another year of Gospel ministry!

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LMS glowstick disco throwback!

 

 

 

 

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Author: rachelnunns

Working at Gaines Manor for Camp XL.

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