..or Mission in two cities (for non-Spanish speakers!)
In June the BCM Interns, along with City Missionaries Francis and Jonathan, spent a week on the Med with Misión Evangélica Urbana de Valencia. Here, the interns share their experiences of their time in Spain, their year with our (perhaps) less exotic City Mission here in Birmingham, and their plans as they move on.
IT WAS A REAL TREAT to go to Valencia. Though the language barrier was a challenge at times, it did not hinder us working with the City Mission there. My highlight of the week was when we went out into the street one evening to speak to and serve the homeless. It was truly amazing to see how God moves in all situations.
The internship has been a real eye-opening experience. Evangelising and working with different parts of the Mission has helped me grow spiritually as well as in confidence in faith and sharing it. Even though at times I faced challenges and difficulties, it’s all been part of the experience. I’m still looking and waiting to see where I will go and what I will do next.
AT VALENCIA CITY MISSION we experienced another way of approaching homeless people. The expressive loving kindness of the Spanish culture had a great positive impact on the team dynamic. We enjoyed the weather, the food and especially the work. I had the opportunity to speak to a group of street women with whom I shared my testimony. That was very edifying.
My time as an intern at BCM has been stretching and has flown by. The bible teaching was very good, and all the different tasks and situations we found ourselves in were challenging and helped me grow a lot. Next year I’m staying on at BCM as a City Missionary.
OUR RECENT TRIP TO VALENCIA is something I will cherish for a long time. It was such a breathtaking experience. Not only is Valencia a beautiful city, the diversity and culture was incredible. I had the chance to speak to people from all over the world, from Bolivia to Lithuania, and share the gospel with them. We were involved in so much, practical work such as painting, evangelism and homeless outreach on Saturday night. I got the chance to lead a devotion to the Spanish volunteers at the Mission and have it translated, something I’d never thought would involve me. I was inspired by God’s ability to bring together his people from all over the world for his glory.
The mission trip linked to the whole internship programme as it allowed us to get involved in such a broad range of projects. This year I know my faith has grown, but also I feel I’ve grown as a person spiritually. While it has been a real challenge at times, the internship has contributed significantly to building up my character, something I hope will benefit me in whatever the Lord has planned for me next. I feel like he is confirming youth work to me in my heart and also through other people.
Please pray for Tanatswa, Anna Maria and Terrell as their year as BCM Interns comes to an end and they seek to take their experiences and serve God in the years ahead.