Ecclesiastes 3 King James Version (KJV)
3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together.
There is a time for everything, and so quickly our time as a BMS Action team has come to an end. The past three weeks have flown by and we have had some incredible experiences over tour.
After Mid-Tour Break we headed up to Sheffield where we immediately got stuck in at the Iranian fellowship sharing about Mozambique and answering any questions they had after they shared some incredible testimonies of what God has been doing in their lives. We also helped at a family fun day doing different crafts and games which was so much fun.
On the Sunday we shared in the service and took part in some of the Sunday schools, and had the absolute pleasure of spending more time with the youth worker Tony’s children! In the evening we shared more and Iain brought a message about stepping out of the boat in a cafe style service.
We also got to share in the Congolese fellowship – as well as joining in with their dancing and worship which was incredible! We did some classes in a high school and helped at a lunchtime meal which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Our next venture was to Saffron Walden – the home of our lovely supervisor Liz! We had a fantastic week getting involved in the girl guides and boys brigades, playing games and doing some cooking too. We also got to chat to the youth group on the Friday evening which was really enjoyable as they were a great bunch. On the Sunday we took part in the service and got to attend a fantastic BBQ in the afternoon. We got engaged in a prayer morning with a particular focus on Liz and Sergio and the work of BMS in Mozambique. Our day off was spent exploring Cambridge which was a beautiful place!
Our last week was spent at Ellie’s home church in Bedford! It was so great to meet her family and friends and we had a lovely day spent with the music for memory group, singing songs and teaching a favourite from Mozambique, and joining them for an afternoon walk in the park. We shared prayers in the morning and evening services and some of our highlights from Mozambique. We also had an amazing evening with the Bromham Baptist Church youth group where we not only shared but got to pray and chat with some young folk who are soon heading out on mission! On our day off we headed into Oxford and got to see Ellie’s dad drum for the musical ‘Hairspray’ which was a fab evening. We went along on a faith tour to a Gurdwara, Mosque and Ellie’s church with some year 1 to 5’s which was very interesting too.
We then re-united with the action teamers one last time for our decommissioning service. We loved catching up, having a campfire and even one final ceilidh! It makes us proud to see how their ceilidh dancing as improved over the past 10 months. We were so grateful to see many people from our training church their and catch up with them at the service and over a picnic. Whilst we are so sad to have to finish our year, we are so so thankful to God for all he has done for us. Our time may have finished with action teams but it is certainly not the end of what God has in store for us! Next year we will all be attending university, Ellie will be in Bath Spa studying Music, Rhiannon will be in Aberdeen studying Primary Education and Iain will be studying Naval Architecture at Strathclyde in Glasgow.
Ellie: Over the past year I have learned to take every chance given. We had so many amazing opportunities and I’m so thankful to God for giving them to us, even the little ones like dancing in our English classes and getting to have fun with our friends. It was such a fun lesson and I will never forget it.
Rhiannon: I’m so thankful to God for everything he has done this year, I have definitely learned to entrust everything with Him and praise him no matter what happens! God provided for us in so many ways and I was so encouraged by how expectant the Mozambicans were that he would provide and it was definitely something I learned to do more! Although this year is over I know God will continue to use each of us in different ways and I’m excited to see what is in store.
Iain: One of the many things I learnt in Mozambique was the value of community and the priority that it should play in people’s life’s. This was so clear in the way that everyone kept an eye out for each other. I saw this playing football as on the street young children would run around freely as parent’s were confident that the community would look out for them. This sense of togetherness spread into the church where we were welcomed as brothers and sisters in Christ. Through our time worshipping in Mozambique I gained a deeper understanding into the fact that God is the Father of all people and that as Christians we are part of something so much bigger than we can imagine.
Thank you to all who have read this blog and shared this journey with us, our final prayer point is that we never forget this experience and all God has taught us, and that we continue to grow in our relationship with him and live our lives for him.
We made a video to show some of our highlights from Mozambique, enjoy!