It makes sense then, that one of the first things we at [email protected] opted to do was get on with reaching our community! Just six months after services started, we were partnering with a university campus ministry called Student Life, and a ministry of Scripture Union aimed at high-schoolers called Youthserve for a summer mission called ‘I love Pt Chev’. Having 30+ young, energetic and enthusiastic people descend on the suburb certainly made an impact!
The teams were involved in Selwyn Village support, the Oakley Creek restoration, & car washes as well as community outreach (door to door surveys/evangelism, free sausages and ice blocks at the park & a ’who is God?’ area at the park). All of this culminated in a community day where we built pallet gardens for the local community centre and then had a free fun afternoon with bouncy castles, face painting and a ’Soularium’ faith questions tent.
Through this summer mission hundreds of locals experienced an act of kindness in Jesus’ name and discovered that there is a new community-minded church in the neighbourhood! Many people had a spiritual conversation with a Christian where they felt listened to. We were able to pray with people who were struggling, and had several opportunities to share the Gospel too.
“We are reminded in Scripture that ‘iron sharpens iron’ and this was an apt description of what took place as our high schoolers worked alongside university students, learning from each other and encouraging and inspiring each other to step out in faith. Please pray for the church as they follow up the many people we made contact with over the mission and continue to LOVE Pt Chev!” -Andy Banks, leader of the Youthserve team
“I met Mary during one of the beach outreaches at Coyle Park. We got talking after I offered her a free ice block. She had a church background but was still very unsure of what salvation and grace really meant. We had a really good conversation and she had lots of questions she wanted to ask. At the end Laura and I were able to pray for Mary and talk some more about her studies and what she was planning on doing in the year to come. Being able to talk to her and hopefully shed some light on some of the things she was wondering about was such a blessing and it was awesome to be used by God to speak some truth into someone else’s life.” – Molly Pottinger-Coombes, Student Life