When you think of God’s family, how far does that family stretch for you? Is it your closest Christian friends, your youth group, the members of your congregation or the entire church in Scotland? But how often do you think of the family of God on an international scale?
My first contact with SU was at CSSM, which I went to as a child, and years later, as a leader. I also regularly attended SU in my school as a teenager, and enjoyed camps and weekends. For the last 5 years I have been a leader at Bonaly Primary School SU Group which I have loved being part of.
I grew up in what is now Zimbabwe. One of the formative things in my spiritual development was when, 10 years before independence, Scripture Union decided not to separate the work it was doing with Africans and Europeans. For me, as a teenager attending the equivalent of the ‘GO Conference’ it was mind-blowing to meet African young people with similar interests, hopes and concerns as I had.
Right about this time of year, groups of primary 6 and 7 children in Airdrie start to get excited. Okay, everyone gets a bit excited at the beginning of February as there is a mid-term break coming up, but teams of six children in four primary schools are looking beyond that.