Dear Church family,
Abbie here (one of the Children and Youth Interns).
I will apologise in advance if this letter has Northern phrases that you don’t understand. I’m still learning the Southern lingo!
Coming into the Christ Church family has been a real blessing and I truly believe I couldn’t have been luckier, from my inspirational host family and brilliant mentor, to the lovely members of the congregation that just say “Hi” when I’m having a rough week. I feel God has also really challenged me since I arrived on the 9th October, mainly by removing all my securities such as my family who love me, my friends who encourage me, my church family who inspire me and the security of a well-paid, permanent, full-time job.
I found adjusting to the idea of moving much harder than actually doing it because the time frame that God gave me to prepare for coming here was very short. I realised I needed to just say to him, ‘God, I know you’ve provided me with this opportunity and with these insecurities you will bless me with your love and Holy Spirit.’ This is not as easy as I planned of course and I continue to regularly face challenges from being three hours away from home to minor things like walking across the Common when it’s dark.
However I remain strong in my faith and I keep praying, and in my head I repeat the Bible verse:
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.’ (Proverbs 3 v.5-6)
I hope you find this encouraging too, particularly if you’re going through a time of change and challenge. Abbie Xx