During the past week I have been so fortunate to be a small part of an initiative called Loving Birmingham. This was a joint initiative between Kings Christian Centre (Birmingham) and CrossWay Church (Pittsburgh).
Before half term I received a ‘random’ email from Kirk the pastor at Kings Church to see if we would be interested in the team from America serving us in anyway.
We wanted to share with the students a sense of the struggles and challenges that are common to students in both the UK and US.
Chris the Pastor from Pittsburgh presented a high energy message supported with a superb video produced by staff at Mars High School.
The feedback from the students was really positive and a number of students came back and attended the youth event on Friday night.
In addition to the assemblies I was invited to the final evening celebration at Kings Christian Centre on Sunday evening. This was a really enjoyable service and it was such as pleasure sharing this time with the team.
What have I got from the experience?
It was great meeting Christians from the US and seeing how they respond to the love of Jesus practically in their lives. I was really struck by the amount of planning and prayer that went into this mission trip. The team spent a lot of time in preparation and reflection through journalling the experience and I do think that God’s hand really has been on this journey.
I look forward to being able to get to know Kirk more and be able to work with him again at school.