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Back from Beach Mission

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.

3 responses

  1. Cool, sounds like a won­der­ful exper­i­ence you had. Some­what hits close to home for me as my mom has worked one-on-one with a kid who has aut­ism for a time while he was going through school, so I got to hear a lot about him.
    I had a good night tonight because my room­mate who’s not a Chris­ti­an joined myself and two oth­er Chris­ti­an friends in a pseudo Bible study / dis­cus­sion tonight!
    It’s nice hear­ing good stor­ies like this!

  2. Good to have you back Phil. I am glad to see that you had a good time, and a reward­ing one at that 🙂 .
    That is a great story about the fam­ily and the child, it must have been so good to see him able to stay without his moth­er. I bet that there was a def­in­ite sense of achieve­ment from both the fam­ily and your­self. Plus like you said, you got to see God at work, there is noth­ing bet­ter than that 🙂 .

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