Late on Sunday night I got back from Criccieth and the Beach Mission, which is probably more appropriately entitled as a Holiday Club. I had a great time, really enjoyed it, and mostly importantly really saw God at work.
The two weeks were spent teaching the kids the book of Ephesians, specifically about God’s big plan to bring everything together under Christ. It was quite challenging but incredibly rewarding. Seeing the lads in my small group engage with the word of God was incredible. They really took things on board and were really considering it and contemplating what was being discussed and what it means for them. God is really working in the lives of those lads and it’s really exciting to see.
The most exciting thing, was the testimony of one particular family. They have had a hard time being accepted in their church at home, as well as in the secular world, because their eldest son has a form of autism. He started the week in my age-group with his mum sitting in to keep an eye on him, and by the end of the week she was leaving him with us and going to the adult events or just taking some time out. That in itself was a real answer to prayer. She was convinced she would have to sit in for the whole of the holiday club, but in the end her son was with us for the whole of the second week without her. During the second week there was an evangelistic meal, or a meal with a message, for the adults to bring friends along too. The grand parents, who aren’t believers, went along because of the acceptance of their grandson and are now apparently really considering what was said at the meal.
It’s such a great story, and a real demonstration of how as Christians just showing God’s love to people who should’ve known it can really make a difference. God certainly used everyone on the team in that aspect. I’m sure there are similar stories for other age groups. The whole two weeks, was an experience I will never forget, and one which I would like to repeat next year, God willing.