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Reach Reunion 2018

The 25th Anniversary of the Reach Programme was celebrated with a "powerful and moving" reunion of former Reach Volunteers and Reach Supervisors, on Saturday 13th Janaury 2018.

Many former and present Reach Volunteers were able to contribute to an amazing day that took place at the Hayes Chrsitian Conference Centre, in Derbyshire.

Rowland Hughes, the Reach Coordinator for the past 15 years, said:

"The Reach Reunion really surprised me. I was very aware what the programme would be and who would take part, and yet it ended up being a far more powerful and moving celebration of how God has used the Reach Programme to work in people’s lives and reach the nations over the last 25 years than I was expecting.

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Introducing: ISM Housing Trust

The International Student Mission Housing Trust (ISMHT) exists to provide affordable housing to mission workers who are reaching international students for Jesus.

Our aim is to not only make housing financially viable, but also suitable for the vital ministry of hospitality to students. The Trust is managed by unpaid Trustees, and was set up in early 2017 by Friends International as a separate charitable trust.

Latest Property Purchase: Cambridge

[Pictured: Josh, Becky and their daughter Hosanna, outside the new house in Cambridge.]

"We are so grateful to the many people who have been part of this project and enabled us to move in to Pearl Close. It seems a long time ago when the idea of finding a house in Cambridge for Friends International was first discussed and yet we have seen the Lord provide in numerous ways over the last year. We are grateful ultimately to God for providing for us.

 

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Meeting International Students at Heathrow

  • 350 booklets distributed
  • Programme in its 17th year
  • 10 new volunteers
During September arriving international students were aided by the Meet and Greet programme at Heathrow, in association with the Heathrow Chaplaincy.
Although the situation now is very different from when we began the Meet & Greet programme in 2001, it is clear that we still have a much needed ministry at Heathrow.
This year, having obtained information about the dates for Fresher weeks in advance, we were able to organise our programme to ensure that we covered the period when international students were arriving.

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Report: Summer Teams 2017

2017 saw 11 summer teams in 7 cities across the UK & Ireland. Hundreds of volunteers came together to befriend, serve and study the Bible with international students.

Bournemouth:
"It is always a little nerve-wracking when you open the doors for the first event. So, you can understand my excitement as around 50 people joined us for our first evening, which included a traditional cream tea and a quiz about the Royal family. Numbers fluctuated through the rest of the week, but we seemed to have just the right number each evening, and a number of guests came back every night. Each evening a small group of students joined some of our team for a Bible discussion."

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Reach Volunteers: Reflections on the Past Year

Rebecca (Cambridge):
"It has been one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life to serve with Friends International as a Reach volunteer in Cambridge these past two years. My relationship with God has grown deeper, and my desire to see the nations come to Christ has grown exponentially. This growth of faith and conviction has come, in part, due to the “hands on” training I’ve received as a Reach volunteer.
From local to national training seminars and conferences, to the opportunity to lead international cafes and summer outreach teams, I have grown in my abilities to share the Gospel, read the Bible with international students, organize and lead events, and shepherd teams of Christian volunteers in the hope of reaching the nations for Christ. 
As I prepare to leave the UK and my position as Reach volunteer, I look forward to seeing how God will use these experiences for His glory in new and different contexts."

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