Engage 2015 together with OM, YWAM and Scripture Union welcomed an international mission team to Wales on Friday 18th September. The team consisted of five Americans, three Namibians, one Argentinian together with Engage 2015 and YWAM representatives worked with local churches to serve the rugby community.
The ten-day itinerary included street work on match days in Cardiff handing out The Game of Life, work in four schools – reaching over a 700 7-11 year olds, a community tag-rugby event with local Rugby Club followed by the Wales v England match in the Rugby Club, and a quiz in Ainon Baptist Church. They were also involved in church services and an international evening for prayer and celebration.
The report from the mission highlights that ‘Our Churches might not give the opportunity for much evangelism to take place – but sport does! Sport breaks down barriers between the generations and the sexes allowing deepening relationships to be built.’
YWAM London representative, Sebastian Alexander said ‘It really impact in revelation, for me i felt God through the children and i think that God was speaking about joy we won games and also we lost games but the children were not affected by that they were so excited and joyful because we were with them. God was telling about to go back to that heart that the children have and no overthink about life – just embrace and go with the things that God gave us’.
Says representatives from the missions team “A headmaster of one of the schools who is a strong atheist let us come in and after we finished asked for more assemblies like it! WHAT?! The Lord blessed was so richly and I know all the seeds we planted in the children through our time there will not be for nothing.”
Pastor Allan Jones, Alabama said ”Working with Scripture Union and OM along with Engage 2015 has been for me an extraordinary time for God to show me His goodness, and to highlight areas in my life that need work. These few days have been the utmost of privilege for me, and I am thankful for the hard work that OM, Scripture Union and Engage went through to put it all together. I have learned so much about myself through this endeavour, as well as to the good hand of my Lord Jesus Christ guiding us. He is so good. I cannot wait for another opportunity to serve!”
Argentinean volunteer Gabriel Bilarik said ”It was my first mission and I was afraid because of the language, people, food, etc, but I thank you because you made me feel at home.”
The mission that saw over 700 people of all ages engage with events around the Rugby World Cup put on by churches has been deemed a huge success, with many volunteers making plans to serve in other capacities in the UK, along with developing links with communities and schools in their native countries.