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Using youth Alpha

This coming term, youth alpha is being used in a creative way at a local school.

Later this half term there is a week mission at St John Fishers, which we are supporting, but leading up to this, we are wanting to encourage sixth formers to be involved, so we are taking some of them through the youth alpha course.

The aim, the dream, is that by taking them through the youth Alpha, they will then be involved in the mission, and then hopefully assisting in leading another youth alpha after the half term, for those who are interested.

So we need your pryaers:
1: that some of the sixth formers want to do the course this half term;
2: pray for them as leaders during the mission week at the end of the half term;
3: pray that there will also be further Alpha courses following the mission week;

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Keeping your eyes fixed

Having again read the situation where Peter sees Jesus walking on water, and wants to do that himself, i am reminded very much of what happens once we stop looking at Jesus.

Peter sees Jesus, and longs to do the same as him, he does not look at what could or should stop him from doing what jesus is doing.

Peter gets out the boat, and walks on water, still looking at Jesus, so therefore still able to do what Jesus is doing.

For whatever reason, maybe it could have been the other Disciples shouting at him, maybe it was a simple thought that came into his head, but he looked down!! He saw the water, he saw the human reality that he shouldn’t be doing what he was doing, and so he started to sink!!!

There are all sorts of things that can get in our way and stop us from looking to Jesus, many th...

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This coming term

There is lots happening this coming term for RolltheRock and we wanted to highlight some of those things to you:

1: RolltheRock re-launch on the 17 October, tickets can be bought here on the site;

2: Discipleship and Mission taster day: Saturday 27 September; again you can book through the site, or visit www.kairosnetworkchurch.net for more info and booking.
3: youth alpha: we are working with St John fishers this half term to run an alpha course leading up to their mission week;
4: resources: as well as working on our own, we are also working with Naked Truth to produce other resources as well as 3DM for even more resources;
5: Assemblies at a number of local schools here in the Harrogate area;
6: Lunch time groups here in the local Harrogate area;
7: mentoring and gathering of youth lead...

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Last days in Rwanda and journey home

So on Monday, we visited a place called Kayonza. We had a tour of a school, where children who aren’t sponsored, but go to the school share a dormatory of up to 90 kids at a time.

each day, they have to wash their clothes for school the next day, plus their shoes, and ensure that everything is in pplace in their houses.

we had lunch with some members of the choir, and after lunch, the choir did a short performance for us.

As well as visiting the school, we also visited a lake, which looked amazing the team said.

the President of Rwanda had a lodge there, and we were able to enjoy a drink in some very tranquil surroundings.

On our way back to where we were staying, People wanted some last minute shopping, which we had time for, and then it was time to return, and start packing.

We also ...

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Weekend in Rwanda

So very much a mixed weekend. Saturday morning was the monthly gathering for some of the Rwanda child sponsor kids, known as a centre day!!

Great morning where they have games, food, and this time pctures for up and coming christmas cards for sponsors!

It was great to spend some time with my sponsor child again, and he had worked out that iw as blind, as he came up and straight away put his arm around me!!!

We gave him presents, and he seemed really happy to see us.

Centre day alwasy seems to be a blessing for those kids who are sponsored, an for those who sponsors rememeber them, as they receive letters, gifts, as well as having a full and proper meal.

most of the rest of day was spent shopping, in Rwandan markets, and shops, which were all amazing, and fully of local local lovely stuff!...

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Just when your mind wasn’t blown already by Rwanda

So just before dinner yesterday, thursday, once the luggage had arrived, we got all the shoes out, and one of the cooks where we are staying saw this, and we managed to get her some shoes, i have never seen a reaction over receiving a pair of shoes like, this, arms in the air, dancing, smiles, squeals of excitement and elight, it really was truly something to behold!!!

Today we did 6 home visits!! what a day so many stories, so many lives struggling, and yet so overjoyed to see us, to receive us in their houses, really does bring a whole new meaning to blessing, hope, love, and so many other words!!!

Such small houses, that hardly anyone could fit in them, people struggling to work, not able to pay rent, even when in our understanding of rent it is so small, like 3 or 5 pounds a month.

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The day of extreme mixed emotions

Thursday, saw the beginning of the day with the girls of the team having their nails done!!! surprise surprise, the blokes didn’t want theirs done!!! But i know one of the dads who would have been straight in there if he was here!!!!

These girls are brought in to be trained in beauty theropy so they have some knd of trade for later life, as well as having Bible study.

They are an amazing group fo girls, and are learning so much!!

After that we did 2 more home visits!!! doesn’t get any easier as the week goes on but it is so important hearing the stories of people’s lives!!!

One story from this morning, where a young lad was brought up by his Gran because, his dad ran away when he found out that his mum was pregnant, and then his mum ran away when he was little!!!

Gran can only work during ...

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Hope, what is that?

So, yesterday, Wednesday, a day in Bugesera, an amazing place full of just simple, pure amazing people.

Arriving there we met the Child Development officer, Sam, who told us about Bugesera. a place where the Tutsi’s were gathered and murdered before and during the genoside.

We looked around the school, and then went on some home visits, stories of power, sturggle, and bringing reality to our own lives:

1: a mum who had been beaten by her secodn husband because she asked him to go for treatment as she and her daughter was HIV. her first husband died of HIV already!! she also had to work all day in the fields, for 50p, while her daughter has to leave the house at5.30 am to go to school, and doesn’t eat or drink befor egoing to school.

2: 75 year old man still having to work the land for 50p...

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Safari plus the on-going luggage saga

So due to the original mix up of flights at the weekend the progamme for our time in Rwanda had been adjusted.

Today, Tuesday, we went on safari, and this was a great experience for the team.

Getting out of the bus for upclose pics with hypo’s and gerraf’s were a pictural highlight, plus an area that anounced itself as a picnic area, but was simply an open clear with s sign that says picnic area!!!!

It was a long day, but with loads of pics, promises to be quite a highlight for people back home.

And now the update about our luggage!!!!

It didn’t arrive today!!! Which was met with some frustration amongst parts of the team!!!!

Qatar and Rwanda Air blamed each other, but in essence it all seems to stem from the fact that our bags weren’t labelled by Qatar and sent on by Qatar to Dubai!!!

So ...

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