The Inside Column 27/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 27, 2012 No Comments

Hello everyone! Jonathan here – thanks once again for your support!

There has been a miraculous provision of some finance from the diocese in the form of an internship which has been able to help fund me to continue with the youth work both here at St Barnabas and House 44. I remember praying with Phil for the Lord to provide and a day and a half later – Phil received a call with an offer of an internship scheme… moments before a vestry meeting – God’s timing is amazing, He really answers prayer and it’s always exciting!

I am really inspired by the youth of the area and am looking for other people within the congregation who share the heart and passion about seeing youth grow, to form a youth team. Specifically it is really important to get to know the youth by spending time with them, sharing the joy of Jesus and putting this knowledge into action by loving others.

Sunday morning, every second Friday evening, occasional one-off camps and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons are the times where service opportunities exist. Please talk to me if you are interested in becoming involved in this.

This weekend some of the youth are away a Wakefield as part of the 40hour famine. We have been building a ‘box city’, getting to learn more of how the living conditions for some people on other countries of the world which are so different from here in New Zealand.

I am extremely excited to have a new team of four youth Leaders: Antonia, Boaz, Jean and myself, to run the after-school teenage drop-in youth group out of the hall and youth lounge. This will be running on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 3:15-5:15pm.

I have been here a year now – hard to believe! It has been great getting to know some of you, there are still a few faces and names I have yet to get to know well and who I would like to get to know better.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and financial support toward reaching into the Stoke community, for the ongoing gifts to the food bank and your generosity. It is a powerful witness to those I meet.

Yours in Christ


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