Monthly Archives: May 2012

Willem’s staff experience

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It’s hard to put one and a half year in such a small space. I joined the staff in September 2010, only a few weeks after my Discipleship Training School (DTS) had finished. I did not really know what to expect, even though I had just finished my DTS. DTS was the most amazing experience in my life, and it did literally change my life. I wanted to learn more, and I also wanted others to experience what I had experienced.
But, looking back, I can say it was better than I could have imagined. It has been awesome to invest time and effort in others, and see them experience God. As staff, the biggest challenge is to stay connected to God, throughout the whole DTS, and to always know what He wants to do. And, then, seeing God at work in others, changing them with his love, is the most rewarding thing! To see the difference between those young people coming in the door for the first time, and seeing them leave six months later, the growth and transformation is amazing.

And, the cool thing is, through being on staff and investing in others, God has given me so much more back. He has continued to work in my life, and He has shown me even more of who He is. Of course there are tough times, with big challenges and difficult situations, but through it all God is so incredibly faithful. Knowing that, and experiencing his goodness, makes it so worth it. I would not have wanted to miss out on it and I would recommend it to anyone!

Willem

The Bridge in Penrith

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The last week of Easter Linn Iren got to help out at the youth café, called the Bridge, which the Methodist church are running in Penrith.
“The Bridge is a hang out place for youth from 11 till 18 in a café with music, computers, board games and a pool table. It was a fun week full of baking, candy shopping and pool trials. We really connected with the youth; they were open, friendly, really engaging and we had some pretty deep conversations. The best thing is that from now on I’ll get to spend time with them every Friday! I’ll be helping in the café with starting up an after school/pre-youth group café. The Bridge aim to provide a place for everyone to keep moving on your journey of life and faith; deepening relationships with others, deepening understanding and experience of God and deepening involvement in God’s mission and the life of the church. I’m really looking forward to spend more time with the youth and to continue building relationships!”