Faughan Go Team Report 2006
|There is only one word that I could possibly use to adequately sum up the Faughan GO team this year….. Bangin'. If you have no idea what this means exactly you can be assured that it is a good thing! The diverse and intrepid team members were gathered together from North, South, East and West (literally!). Robert 'Security' Painkerton (Kilraughts), Stephen 'Nutcase' Steele (Faughan), Robert 'Musical Legend' Cromie (Stranolar), David 'The Man' Duly (Larne), Derek 'U who?' Petrie (Knockbracken), Christine 'Yes Rev Murphy is my dad' Murphy (Tullyvallen), Deborah 'Dancing Queen' Steele (Faughan) and Amy 'I'm writing this article and therefore have more sense than to give myself a name' Morrison (Glenmanus). The team was from the 19th until the 26th August.
Our main task for the week was the distribution of about 10,000 leaflets on the theme of "Where's God when it hurts?" to all the houses in the Waterside area of Londonderry, Eglinton and surrounding villages. Despite a few mornings of inclement weather we got most of this done with help from members of the congregation being much appreciated. There were a few responses to this leaflet and two ladies took up the offer of a Christianity Explained course. Please be in prayer that these ladies would come to an understanding of what the central message of Christianity is. We also helped out at the holiday Bible club in the evenings. The lessons were based on the wordless book - gold for God's holiness and for heaven, black representing our sin, red depicting Christ's atoning death on the cross, white for being clean from sin and green for our growth as a Christian. This was well attended with the kids behaving and listening well. It was especially encouraging to see a good turn out at the parents' evening on the last night. Please be remembering these kids and parents in prayer as they think about the gospel that was clearly presented to them. A good lot of them attend the weekly kids' club so pray that the message may be reinforced through that during the year. After the HBC we ran a youth club for the older kids. It was good to hang round with them doing different games and activities. The epilogues were based around opposites like laughter and sadness, courage and fear. On Wednesday we organised a youth afternoon for the young people in the congregation where we tested out their engineering, sporting and acting prowess. At the time of discussion some of the team members shared their testimonies and experiences that they had had on various teams and at camps. Some members of the team and congregation also did a bit of door to door work during the week.
As always it was a busy and profitable week with a good bit of craic to be had in between the work. The congregation looked after us well and fed us mightily. It was good to be able to get to know them a bit better at the church lunch and BBQ and to work alongside them. Keep praying for Faughan congregation as they try to reach out into the surrounding area in different ways - May God continue to build His church there.
Amy Morrison (Glenmanus)