Living in a Field of Hats

some ramblings and reflections on working with students in Herts and Beds.

“Attending the joyful day of her resurrection” February 22, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life,Random — Sarah @ 10:12 pm
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I spent a very fun day today exploring London with Albina and Liv. One of the hightlights however was visiting St Margarets Church in the grounds of Westminister Abbey. We were refusing to pay the entrance fees at Westminister Abbey, but wanted to show Albina a traditional English church so popped into St Margaret’s church where we saw lots of plaques on the wall remembering many who had died. One particurlary caught my eye (and would have taken a picture of had I been allowed!). It was a woman who had died and it listed her life and then said she was “attending the joyful day of her resurrection”. What a great way to think of death. Amazing. Waiting for the certain and joyful day when we will be resurrected with our Lord.

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Jet set lifestyle February 18, 2011

Filed under: Mission Trips — Sarah @ 11:02 pm
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I’m back from Edinburgh and have really enjoyed spending the evening sitting in a room with just one other person drinking a glass of wine! Don’t get me wrong, I have loved Edinburgh Queen Margaret’s mission week and team day today, but I definietly realised this week how much I need some time on my own other than when I’m asleep!

I also realised this week that I love travelling. For some reason that I can’t remember, I thought I hated flying so was feeling a bit apprehensive about flying on my own up to bonny Scotland but as soon as I got through to the Departures lounge the busyness and hustle and bustle really excited me. Maybe it was just being at an airport that made the whole mission feel more like an adventure!

This week I have gotten even more excited about CUs and the impact they can have on their campuses – I’m really looking forward to the two in my patch now more than before. Living and working alongside students who want to tell people about Jesus has been a real joy. And hearing about other mission weeks at team day was really exciting to hear that students have been really creative – using flash mobs and new ice cream flavours – to advertise their events.

There’s loads more I could say but I really ought to sleep here’s some things I learnt:

1) Edinburgh is on the coast (who knew that?!)
2) Flying when the weather is worse when you land is a little depressing
3) It is possible to cope on minimum sleep (with the help of maximum caffiene)
4) Working with gracious people really teaches me a lot
5) Students are willing to engage with the gospel (Ok , so I knew that but was really reminded of it!)
6) God is in control, not me (again knew that but such a good reminder!)
7) Students are really creative in their evangelism (see the picture of dodgeball on the left and the Cath Kidston inspired tea party on the right!)
8) When I pass through the overtired and grumpy stage I enter a stage of over tired and happy and chilled out!

There’s plenty more I’m sure. I can’t wait for the missions here in Herts and Beds to get underway, but for now I’m just going to enjoy my four days off!

 

Love… February 15, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life,Mission Trips — Sarah @ 10:22 pm
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…is the theme of Queen Maragret CU’s events week which is where I am this week.

I’ve had a real mix of emotions about the week – huge apprehension, unworthiness, not being ready (I really should have listened to the talk I recommended last week again!), but today has been a mix of encouragements. It’s been  great to hang out with other staff from UCCF this week and explore Edinburgh in some afternoon free time, but what’s really got me bizzing tonight is seeing the gospel work and that God chooses to use us. I’ve just been to a brilliant meal with a message with a first year student in halls and had the chance to spend two hours hanging out with his housemates chatting about the gospel and it being true for them. They were so open, yet so hopelessly blind. they could see that the human situation was dire (their own words) in relation to God, but couldn’t quite get that Jesus was the amazing answer. They saw that for Jesus to come back would mean their only chance of relationship with God was over but couldn’t see the need to do something tonight. So encouraging and frustrating in equal measure. I’m really praying that God would open their eyes this week to his amazing truth!

What an awesome God of love we have who gives us encouragements when we need them most and chooses to use us in evangelism!

And all of this after an amazing Cath Kidston-esque tea party this afternoon1 (i tried to upload a picture but the borrowed laptop was having none of it!)

 

Feeling Small February 11, 2011

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Picture taken from ASBO Jesus.

What an amazing reminder of how good God is and how vast his creation is! And yet he knows me and has known me since the beginning.

 

The Bible February 10, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life — Sarah @ 9:06 am
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Recently I’ve found it really hard to want to get out of bed in the morning to want to read the Bible. My bible that’s in my own language, that is the Word of God, that I can have a choice of translations if I wish, that’s freely avaliable. And still it’s hard. This video has been on lots of my friends facebook walls over the last couple of days – what a challenge to see the faith of these people when they had had so little of the Bible. Can you imagine only knowing small amounts of the bible and then being given an entire New Testament. The hunger they have to read it is something that is so often lacking in me and others. The way in which these people eagerly wanted to read the new testament is similar to the eagerness I had in reading the final Harry Potter book. What a challenge to make the most of what God has chosen to give me – His complete word in my language.

 

Why it’s ok to stay in bed in mission week February 9, 2011

Filed under: Christian Life — Sarah @ 3:01 pm
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We listened to this talk at Bedford CU’s meeting last night and I loved it. The title made me a little be sceptical . . . I mean it would be gutting if the whole CU stayed in bed for mission week. But after listening to it – if the reasons my CU’s stay in bed are the biblical ones that John lays out then that’s fine!

It was really good to be reminded that we don’t do mission to make a name for ourselves, to impress other people or to impress God. We do mission because God chooses to share His glory with us. What a privelege, and a timely reminder that in mission weeks I’m not trying to prove my worth or how good I am to anyone – especially not God as He has done everything for me.

Even if you’re not involved in student CU missions, it’s well worth a listen because in terms of evangelism it’s something that we all need reminding of!

 

The end of the month

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So, the blogging every day for a month thing is over (well it was officailly over couple of days ago and realistically over a couple of days before that!). It’s been fun. I’m glad to be back in the blogosphere and I think I’ll stay!

So thanks Ellie and Cat for the encouragement and to the rest of you that read this (and have contributed to the 703 hits in January! Amazing!)