We are getting ready to launch an exciting new Gap Year programme, running from August 2013 to August 2014, with a missional focus. Our aim is to train and equip young adults to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) by providing them with opportunities to help young people encounter God through sharing their faith and exploring the Bible. Our current Gap Year participant, Jenna Carey, answered a few questions about her experiences so far...
Why did you want to do a gap year?
I believe having a year out from education and work will help me decide what I want to do in the future. I hoped that a year out would give me many different opportunities and experiences that I will not have already had, which will hopefully help me to mature and grow in my faith and as a person.
Why SU Scotland?
I had heard of previous gap year participants and seen them working. After taking part in the COmMISSION programme in 2011 (Basecamp, Kingscross) I realised that taking a year out with a Christian organization was something that I should seriously consider for some point in the future, as I had almost gone on a gap year with a non-Christian company. After being in college for a while I felt I was being led to apply for the SU Scotland gap year in 2012-2013.
How have you found the first few weeks?
Well I have been on my gap year for almost 6 weeks and I have found it to be quite difficult. But in the time that I have found it difficult I have seen where God has used me and these times have also made me realise that God has an amazing plan for me and that I just need to trust him and rely on him.
Are there any challenges you have faced so far?
I work with a youth group on a Thursday evening which I have been quite challenged by. The people that attend this group are very different from the people who attend my youth group at home so I have had to figure out a different way of approaching these teens which has proved to be quite challenging at times.
Is there anything particular that you are looking forward to?
I am on the team for Go LIVE this year and would say that I am looking forward to that as I have never experienced a conference type weekend as a leader before and feel it is something that I would enjoy.
Jenna is our gap year participant, working in schools and youth groups around Edinburgh. If you'd like to get her prayer updates, please let us know.