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:
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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)
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
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
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
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!
LMS glowstick disco throwback!