Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Day 2 in Crawley

Hello again,

Day 2 of the Holy Trinity School mission week.

The day began with a reminder from Paul's letter to the Ephesian church that... "we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10).  God has created us for a purpose, he has gone before us and he is with us in the here and now.  This is obviously not only true of the work that will go on in Holy Trinity this week but is true for all of us in whatever we have been doing today and will be doing in the days, weeks and months ahead.  What an encouragement to know that whatever situation we go into God has already been before us and prepared the way for us to do good works!  This verse also serves as an apt reminder that it is in Christ Jesus that we do that which has been prepared for us.  It is in His strength and not our own that we carry out the mission of Nomad, Nomad NI and Street360 this week.

Today in the school we delivered 6 RE lessons, 1 music lesson and 2 PE lessons.  There was a great lunchtime session in the playground with tunes pumping and nutmegs a plenty.  The team also enjoyed spending time and sharing in fellowship with sixth formers from the CU. Let's pray for these sixth formers who lead the CU.  Pray that this week would serve to encourage and equip them as their lives serve as a witness to their classmates and fellow pupils.  Pray that as they live out their lives the students of Holy Trinity school will see Jesus in their words and actions.  Thank God for the unity and the way in which the two Nomad teams have gelled this week.  Thank God for the positive feedback received from staff and the positive engagement we have had with the young people.  Pray for a renewing of energy and strength for the remaining two days of mission in school.  Pray that we would take every opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with the young people we encounter.  Pray that we will see lives transformed and young people making commitments to follow Jesus for themselves!



Monday, 25 March 2013

A full first day and a full life


This week, the Nomad teams from England and Northern Ireland are both partnering with Street 360 (Crawley YFC) for a mission week in Holy Trinity School. We are truly appreciative of the prayers of so many supporters, and will endeavour to update this blog each day of the mission.

Many thanks to everyone for your prayers during yesterday's travel chaos and logistical nightmare. God was good and both teams (and a cage!) arrived in Crawley by midnight. After a few hours' kip, we hit the ground running for the first day of the mission today. The theme of the week is 'living life to the full' from John 10:10 and today we were able to take three RE classroom lessons and three PE lessons on this topic. Students were encouraged to think about their ideas of an abundant life, and we had the opportunity to tell them of the way in which our relationship with Jesus has given us life to the full. In addition, the lunchtime cage session was well attended, and led to several excellent conversations. There was also a 'Grill a Christian' session with a local minister, during which students were invited to pose any query about Christianity. This will be repeated each lunchtime this week.

Please pray for:

- Continued energy for everyone on the mission week team
- Conversations around school to be focused on God
- Christians at the school to be built up in their faith as a result of the week