Amy

Albella: Update 5

Day five in Albella, was my favourite day yet! We started the day with a lie in, waking up at around half six in the morning. After another fantastic breakfast, we had an amazing time praying with each other and for one another where there was a very tangible sense of God's presence.

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We then went along to the main event of the day, a presentation talent show to say thank you to us for coming to visit. As we entered the room we received a standing ovation from the boys and we were presented with scarves to honour us. Many of the boys sang songs, danced traditional and freestyle dances as well as acting out skits for us. The highlight of the event however was the boys acting out a drama that recreated the journey of the boys coming to Albella from their past lives and how they transition into men. We were all profoundly moved.

After spending time with the boys in the afternoon, we gathered for a church service led by the team. We sang all the songs we had learnt this week together and even learnt a new one. We then blessed the boys and shared with them how they had each touched us this week. Finally Chris shared a message encouraging the boys to continue loving each other and thanking them for teaching us so much about how to live like Jesus.

- Amy & team

YPF Weekend Away

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YPF, our youth group for 13-18s, went away last weekend for our annual YPF weekend away. These times away always prove to be an exciting an important time, and this trip was no different. We left on Friday afternoon for the Isle of Wight, excited to see what God was going to do in the next couple days.

During our time at Westbrook Centre, we studied the book of James, got to know one another better, did some team building, spent time worshipping, prayed for one another, soaked in God’s presence and just generally had an awesome time.

Right from the first night, which was spent in worship, you could sense God’s hand on the weekend. By the end of the weekend, the group had bonded closely with one another building new friendships. More still, many had been prayed for and received an infilling of the Holy Spirit. Some felt prompted to step out more, and began right away by praying for their friends whilst others shared pictures and words with one another. One young person gave their life to the Lord.

All in all, we had an amazing weekend. God was at work amongst us and we are excited to see what He is going to do in YPF next!

- Amy