We recently asked SU staff for their highlights of 2015. Their responses are hugely encouraging evidence of God at work. Here are a few snippets.
A highlight for me was the Easter Glenshee Study Holiday that I led in April. As always, it was exciting to see God at work in the lives of both the young people and the team members. One of the young people wrote:
“The talks were super good and I really liked when people went up from the camp and told us a story about how they knew that God was with them.”
Colin Carmichael, Regional Worker for North Highlands, Western Isles & Orkney
One of my highlights has been the conversations with senior staff where our support and input into the school is valued by them as well. It's great to feel like a real and valued part of the school community.
Kathryn Campbell, Wheel Trust, Glasgow
We hosted Soul Survivor this year at Lendrick Muir and it was fantastic to see on occasions more than a thousand young people worshipping and hearing God’s word.
I was also challenged during this event when a volunteer who had worked so hard for nearly a week thanked me for the blessing of allowing her to serve.
We were so grateful for all she had done and she was thanking me. I was reminded how blessed we were to have such amazing volunteers support us at LM.
Michael Cook, Centre Director at Lendrick Muir
Seeing over 50 children (half the school) attend the first Brora Mission which I had the privilege of leading in the summer.
Serving 24 junior leaders on their Basecamp weekend in June at Lendrick Muir – helping them develop their relationship with Jesus and exploring ways they could serve him.
Tim Raynes, Missions Development Manager
My highlight of the year was at the Big Celebration, where I was able to stand alongside two wonderful young women of God at the end of their year and share with their family and friends just how powerfully God had worked through them over the year.
And then commission a group of six new young people, nervous but so, so excited to serve for the year ahead. To be in a position of being able to watch God-given potential lived out in young lives is nothing less than awe-inspiring.
Jo Black, Gap Year Coordinator
No more working shifts, dealing with drunks, violence or drugs but having said that thoroughly enjoyed it all over 30 years!
2016: [Looking forward to] settling into a new career and developing a productive and interactive relationship with SU Scotland’s volunteers.
Graeme Cuthbertson, Volunteers Manager (previously worked for the police, in case you were wondering!)
I spent a week in June at the Kingscross site on Arran for the Basecamp event. Although the weather didn’t impress me, the young people did! I found it very encouraging to see their passion for God as well as their developing leadership abilities.
ML Stone, Regional Worker for Glasgow
A highlight for me was seeing four primary-aged children from very different social backgrounds put their trust in Jesus – together – at an SU Holiday. Two were from independent schools, two on sponsored places from very disadvantaged homes, yet all are now one in Christ Jesus!
Elizabeth McDowall, Prayer Coordinator