The past few days have been quite different to the previous two weeks, with a lot more admin to be done and letters to be sent for what is still the beginning of a new school year. We were set the task by the schools team of folding booklets and sending letters to teachers in charge of SU’s in schools and to the pupils who will be attending our Making your Mark weekend next week. Although it may not the be the most glamorous of jobs, it is necessary work that needs to be done and being involved in this has helped Paul and I realise the amount of unseen work that is done to keep organisations going and appreciate the effort people put into sending letters to us!
It hasn’t all been admin this week, we had the blessing of being a part of Tuesday morning prayers, which was great for a number of different reasons. Firstly that Colin, the current E3 district manager, took the prayer time on what is his last week before starting with CFC Belfast. It was great to hear from Colin and his word’s of encouragement to everyone before he moves on to the next part of his journey. Secondly, Colin’s wife Laura made the most amazing Carrot Cake and I think I speak on everyone’s behalf in saying thank you Laura! Finally for the the scripture that Colin brought from 2 Chronicles 20 “The Battle is not yours but God’s.” and for us to stand in God and let him fight for us in all our struggles. I think the idea of letting someone else fight on our behalves is quite foreign to us at times and requires us to swallow our pride. It is something that I will hopefully develop over the coming year; that I can’t do everything in my own strength, but only through God’s strength. I wonder what the battles are that you face, spiritually, physically, emotionally do you let God take the fight??
Each week our Interns, Paul and Marcus, will be writing in their blog a little about life at SUNI and what they have been up to. Their first blog entry can be found below…
Hello and welcome to the 2013 intern blog!
Over the last few days Marcus and myself have been getting to grips with everything that will be involved in the year ahead. There have been plenty of meetings, and a lot of information, but it has been great fun. This week has been particularly exciting and Monday was spent watching two of our very own E3 Schools Workers, Phil and Mark, deliver a training day for TOM (Team on Mission) in Belfast. Marcus and I also had our first experience of an SU staff meeting, which, as we soon found out, is not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. It was brilliant to hear Kathryn Harte and the rest of the SU staff tell stories about the various camps and missions that they were involved in over the summer. It was also amazing to think about all the different people who have given up weeks of their summer to volunteer with Scripture Union and the blessing it has been.
This was certainly an encouragement to Marcus and myself for the incoming year and your prayers would be so much appreciated as we prepare to go into schools and SU groups telling children the good news about Jesus. If you are at all interested in finding out exactly what we will be doing this year please keep following our blog and we will try to keep you updated. This year in Portballintrae CSSM our theme was Jesus is Better and, as our internship starts, I cannot think of a more inspiring message to bring to young people across the country that Jesus truly is better!
So they have survived their first week! It has been a busy 5 days for Adam (E3 North Coast) Lyndsey (E3 East Belfast) and our two new Interns, Paul and Marcus, as they have gone through induction – learning about all the work of SUNI.
Whilst we are so disappointed not to be running our Camps & Missions this summer, we are incredibly grateful for the practical and financial support and understanding of everyone concerned. Give thanks for our marvellous team of volunteers and pray for all those impacted by the disappointment of cancellations.
Pray for Schools
1 – Euston Street Primary School
2 – Fairview Primary School 3 – Fane Street Primary School 4 – Finaghy Primary School