“Act confident and pretend you know what you’re doing!”

by Matthew Jeal

The Intern team were thrown in the deep end last week as we were sent on our first mission trip. Our main advice from the pastor as we arrived in Cirencester? “Act confident and pretend you know what you’re doing!”

Safe to say all of us felt stretched and ‘encouraged’ to go beyond our comfort zones as we spent the week working alongside Cirencester Baptist Church, joining in with their various ministries as well as doing outreach out on the streets. From worshiping in the market place to sizzling sausages on a hill… speaking at a lunch for the elderly to playing with toddlers at the ‘Friday Under Fives’ group… helping at a youth club for 60+ teenagers to giving out free pancakes to the good people of Cirencester; the week was jam packed with fun and challenges.

Our team consisted of the ten Interns plus Stephen, Katherine, Chris and Katie, and we were all very grateful for the welcome we received from our hosts and the wider Church community as they gave us places to stay and many many meals! Our team devotions each morning were a great way to start the day in worship together as we looked at the book of Hebrews and prayed for one another and the day ahead.

Throughout the week we grew together as a team and we really valued the opportunities to grow in our giftings and support one another as we stepped out in faith.

Now? Sleep.