12th July 2017
Our two ID Interns, Sam and Lizzy, recently went on an outreach trip as part of their year-long programme. Here, Lizzy fills us in on what they got up to...
"On a sunny Thursday morning in June, we made our way to Gatwick Airport, checked ourselves in, got our second (or third) coffee of the morning, went through security, sprayed ourselves with duty free perfume and got on the plane! Two and half hours later we landed in Helsinki with ice on the steps as we walked off the plane into a cloudy but beautiful city. We were greeted by some wonderful people from the local Risen Light Church. We got on our first of many trains during the whole trip and went to a dinner at one of our host families where we heard all about the vision of the church and captured their heart for this amazing city.
Friday was a day of culture, visiting some lovely sights of Helsinki and had fun adventure-walking in a cave and learning about the local history. In the evening, we had a worship and prayer night as we cried out to God for breakthrough in the city.
The next day was all about outreach! I find this kind of thing terrifying, but I was courageous and approached a lady with the question “do you speak English?”. We explained that we were Christians and believe in a God who loves to heal and we would love to pray for her. It was a big step of faith for me and I really felt God really used me in that situation. Everyone came back with exciting stories to tell!
Then, after a 17-hour ferry journey, we arrived at our next stop: Stockholm.
Our first visit was to an old people’s home where we chatted with some very interesting people. One of the ladies we spoke to was a very negative and didn’t have anything positive to say, but when we left she said to the organiser “they give me such hope for the future” which was such an encouragement to hear.
Our time in Stockholm was filled with lots of visits to different church organisations.
We visited the Salvation Army, a youth group and a woman’s centre where some of us helped in different classes. I helped in a cycling class and chatted to the ladies about what we were doing and shared a bit of love. We had a day of outreach where we prayed with people in a shopping centre, had great chats and saw some incredible healings. One lady had experienced bad back pain for years and told us that her mum had been praying for her! She cried with overwhelming happiness as she told us she had been healed, and told all the people she worked with! One of the girls in our team who prayed with her lives in Stockholm so is going to meet up with her.
I experienced my first ‘Pancake Church’ where we gave out free pancakes to people passing by which was lots of fun and we had many great chats. Two of our team spoke with a man that didn't know much English but with the help of Google Translate they spread the love of God and had a prayer huddle, it was a beautiful thing to see!
It was an amazing trip … my faith has grown as I witnessed healings, saw people conquer fears, and met some great people at Risen Light Church and Grace Church. I would LOVE to go back!"
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