It’s a bit hard to put into words why we’re so keen for a group of up-for-it Christians to join us in giving a group of young people the time of their lives. But if we had to sum it up we’d want to begin with this:
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We believe that a life lived for eternity with Jesus as Lord and Saviour is the only kind of life worth living for eternity. Not only does his death make it possible for us to enjoy that life in a continuous, dynamic relationship with a good, gracious and loving God; but his resurrection means it all starts now: life here on earth in all its fullness because Christ is within us, the hope of glory.
We know that a superficial presentation of the gospel usually leads to a superficial response, so we take seriously the need to share every aspect of our lives with the members. That means our time and energy in the summer. But we’re prepared for it to mean our money, our free time and our homes too – whenever and for however long. And we want to infect them with this sincerity when it comes to their own relationships: with one another and with others.
But we don’t want them to strive. We want them driven by grace, not guilt. We long for them to comprehend that the Christian life is one you receive from God; not one you achieve. We join with Paul in praying that they’ll live the risen life, putting on the robes of righteousness that are theirs in Christ.
We hope that they’ll be mature enough to value the past: the legacy of the saints, the richness of tradition and the history of God’s unfolding interaction with the world. But we hope too that they’ll be brave enough to live out their own radical biographies: prepared to live in all kinds of different ways, in all kinds of places in order to join in with God’s interaction with the world in the present and in the future.
We pray that they’ll be secure in their identity as God’s children. That they’ll know that the love we have for them is only a pale reflection of the love that God has for them. And we always pray that they will have the security that comes from understanding the breadth and length, height and depth of that love, which itself, of course, frees them to become the servant of all, relying on the power at work within them which is able to accomplish abundantly more than they could ever ask or imagine. Yet we hope that they will still constantly be asking and always imagining!
We hope that each of them we get an experience of another culture that is radically different to Western Europe before they’re 21. We hope that they will see how God is at work in different ways and that through that they will be as puzzled as we are by the paradox that those who have the least of anything apart from suffering and trouble, do indeed seem to have riches beyond compare.
And lastly, but not finally, we pray too that all of this will flow out of their life together as the people of God. We pray that they will risk their trust enough to commit themselves to each other. That they will live as a community of communities, united in witnessing together to a needy world an alternative way of living and dying: a life of faith, hope and love.