I’m nearly home from a couple of days away visiting Andy Putt at Street Light Centre down in Wimbourne in Dorset. It’s an amazing skate park and cafe as well as a place that seeks to share the Christian faith.
It’s been a good time but also quite hard too. My job was to be the speaker at the youth event and I didn’t find it easy: the crowd of young people were excited and slightly roudy and for some reason this flummoxed me a little… My talk felt clunky and didn’t connect.
However, Sam a student of The Light Project did a stirling job sharing his story as to how Jesus changed his life.
DJ Jozzy also did an immense job with the music and rapping… But my talk felt out of place.
Yet, 7 young people responded and said YES to following Jesus. To be honest, because of how awkward I found it giving the talk I kind of expected that the young people wouldn’t respond! Yes I know, bad call.
What’s so good about those who responded at the event is the good follow up from the youth leaders they will have and an opportunity for the young people to know more about the Chriatian faith and join a local church.
The following day we joined Andy in Wetherapoons with five young lads whom Andy has been discipling and helping work out what it means to be a Christian. It was so good to see and knowing that the 7 from the previous night would have the same opportunities gave me great hope.
By contrast to the youth event that felt difficult in Poole Sam and I went out onto the streets to meet people and share Jesus. We didn’t have to try at all as soon we were deep in conversation with people we just happened to meet. It truly felt like God had gone before us. Sam even got to give his bible away.
I do love what I do and even though it is hard at times I am rejoicing that 7 young people decided to say yes to following Jesus last night.