This past week has been full of reminders that we have a great big God who holds the whole world in his hands and that this incredible God is at work in incredible ways. These reminders have mostly come from having Harriet, Ellen, Josh and Naomi with us from BMS Action Team. They have spent 6 months in Calcutta serving God in a variety of ways. Check out the orgainisation they went with here http://www.bmsworldmission.org/ Or grab an Engage Magazine from church this sunday.
The team had spent time working in a slum school, serving within Mother Theresa’s houses and working with a project aimed at getting women out of prositution. All the projects they talked about seemed to be running sustianable programmes and it was inspiring to hear the difference such servant hearted projects were making.
Take Freeset for example. This is a buisness that makes beautiful bags and t-shirts. It employs around 180 women all of which used to work in the sex trade. The only way for many of these women to escape such a life is to be employed by another company and so Freeset was born. The buisness pay the women enough so that they don’t have to work as a prostitue and offer childcare and a pension. Watch more about the project here
You can buy these items or support this project by going to the following website www.globalseesaw.co.uk
It is fair to say that we plunged the BMS team in the deepend by asking them to lead out year 6-9 group at the church weekend. And what fun they had from eating toast with mushy peas on to building a slum the young people and the team all seemed to have fun! Read more about their experiences on Harriet’s blog http://missioningit.blogspot.co.uk/
One of the best bits of the week was Curry Night. We had a group of young people join us for some amazing curries and they grilled the team about their time in India. I know it stirred some of our own Burlington Young People to once again think about Mission around the world and opened their eyes to what God is up to in places that are so different to our own experience.