Summer Teams Feedback
Bournemouth International Outreach (16th – 30th July 2016)
As we've looked at the gospel story with our international friends during the summer outreach we've seen God reveal himself in the person of Jesus and we've seen our friends responding. Many have been intrigued by what they've seen of Jesus, lots have taken away Bibles and gospel tracts to explore things further.
Praise God with us for all that he's been doing during the outreach, and although it has ended we can be confident that God's work hasn't!
— Gareth, Bournemouth Centre Team Leader
Edinburgh International Outreach (2nd – 30th July 2016)
It was great seeing the café filling up each night. A number of international students kept coming back almost every evening and many of them went to the Bible studies and had great conversations with the team members! Let's pray that we can stay in touch with everyone who came along and that we'll see them again after the summer. The team did a great job running the cafés and even though the schedule was intense, they really enjoyed serving together and meeting the international students.
Here is what one of our team members said: “I enjoyed being part of a mission team where we had the opportunity to lead Bible studies and share Jesus with people who might never have heard of him before. I find it difficult to talk about Jesus with people who don't believe, but I feel more confident after the outreach.”
— Susi, Edinburgh Centre Team Leader
Manchester International Outreach (2nd – 16th July 2016)
Over 120 new people came to the cafés and we had two Bible study groups taking place almost every evening. Some have already started coming to church with a total of 47 wishing to do so and also wanting hosting. 28 want to attend a Bible study. One person has already committed her life to Christ. We pray that the work which was started in the lives of these students will go on to completion as they are followed up by café team members and their churches.
There were some 11 churches in Manchester which contributed to the outreach. They supported the outreach through prayer, financial gifts, hosting team members, providing meals for the team or cakes for the cafés. A huge thank you to everyone involved and also, of course, we give the glory to God whom we serve.
— Graham and Sabine, Manchester Centre Team Leader
Canterbury International Outreach (3rd – 17th July 2016)
We had 85 students in total attending the evening cafes across the two weeks. These students represented 20 different nationalities! We were able attend local church services with a dozen or so international students. Give thanks for answered prayer, that many students heard the gospel preached and that there was unity among the team.
Kay was one international student we met during the outreach. She enjoyed meeting new friends and practising speaking English. She joined the optional Bible study at the café and for the very first time heard about who Jesus is! Kay told us that she enjoyed the Bible studies so much and wanted to know what happened to Jesus after he died. She shared that in her home country it is hard to learn about the Christian faith. After one of the Bible studies Kay said that she was afraid of God before but now she knows that God is love. Please pray that Kay would continue to meet one-to-one with our team members and that she would continue to attend a local church.
— Andrew, Reach Volunteer / Baiba, Canterbury Staff Worker
Cambridge International Outreach (3rd July – 21st August 2016)
Before the team began we were curious (and perhaps rather uncertain) how possible it would be to maintain the usual events we run in the summer. However, even with half the numbers we usually have on the team it has been amazing to see how much has been happening! This truly is God’s work in which we are privileged to be his partners!
We thank God for more opportunities during the outreach to discuss faith with various Muslim friends. Ziad from Pakistan has joined a number of Bible discussions and now recognises some differences between Christianity and Islam. Pray for him to understand more about Jesus’ death and resurrection.
— Jenny, Cambridge Staff Worker