Revive September 2015
It was great to be at Revive after a break in August. Our theme for the evening was European Mission Experience.
We were thrilled to joined by three guests who not only shared wonderfully encouraging testimonies but also led powerful worship throughout the evening. Robyn Lewis, Charles Vickers and Peter Balsdon have excellent musical talent and have all had inspiring ‘Mission’ experiences this year.
The three students clearly seek to be guided by God, and this came across very well in the collection of stories that they shared. We heard how young people across Europe are finding there is something missing in their lives. Our guests went on to say that by sharing an environment of friendship, activities and support many young people become receptive to the Christian message. Robyn, Charles, and Peter have all learned to depend more on God this year, have all seen God do great things, and are all determined to go from strength to strength in their Faith.
We had a collective time of prayer before a final set of songs that created a very lively and positive atmosphere of praise, one that could have carried on well into the evening.
(Next month we welcome Rev Paul Wilson).
Below are short testimonies from our three student guests:
I travelled to Czech Republic for two weeks to volunteer at a summer camp with Josiah Venture, an organisation which seeks to make disciples among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe. Alongside teams from the US and Czech we taught English, played sports and games, climbed a mountain, danced, sung and talked about Jesus to and with a group of about forty-five Czech youth. It was amazing to have really meaningful conversations with some of the teenagers about God, purpose and faith. I got the opportunity to give one boy a Bible after he expressed interest in reading it; at the start of the camp he seemed very sceptical about God. I learned to trust God more and how much more alive it feels to rely on Him whilst stepping out my comfort zone.
God gave me a great opportunity to go to Serbia with a team of London students for a couple of weeks this summer. Whilst there, we were predominantly making friendships with our fellow Serbian students. As we got to know them better, God gave us great chances to talk about how Jesus’ story affects them in the circumstances they are in, whether they would already call themselves a Christian or not. I would like to praise God for all that He provided, for the opportunity to go and the friendships that we formed. I would also like to thank God for the generosity of people, enabling me to go on this trip.
• That the friendships I made will be ongoing (with technology it’s possible to stay in contact with people). Pray that I would keep up the contact and that more fruit can come from these conversations.
• That the ongoing work of the Christians in Serbia, in particular the student movement EUS (who the camp was partnered with), that there would be many Serbians who might believe that Jesus is the son of God, and accept his offer to be part of his family.
This summer I had the privilege and blessing to join a beach missions team out in Greece. Our focus was on the island of Paros, where we stayed in a camp site and used our location to reach out to travellers and those visiting the local beaches. I was amazed at the opportunities God gave us in talking to so many people and how open people were to talk about Jesus to us. A lot of Greeks identified themselves as Christians, but we were able to share the message of Jesus with them. The main thing I learnt there was that ‘seeds are growing things’, meaning that every conversation we had planted a seed. I trust in God that those seeds will grow and I look forward to seeing the fruit of that mission on the final day.
• That those we outreached and gave gospels and Bibles to, would continue to think upon the conversations that we had and that other Christians would come into their lives.
• That those from the team who are living in Greece would be encouraged and would grow in their relationships with God.
• Pray that they continue to reach out to Greeks who do not know Jesus.