Drimbolg GO Team Report

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).

The Lord commands us to love him with all our heart and that love requires action. Drimbolg RPC is acting on its love and desire to spread God’s kingdom this week by holding its annual Holiday Bible Club from 25-28th June with the help of a GO Team. The team consists of Rueben McCollum, Jessica Boyd, Victoria Boyd, Hannah Kelso-Mason, Thomas Jemphrey, and Rachel Jemphrey. The team has been integral to the work in Drimbolg. Additionally, the team appreciates the assistance they have received from a collection of volunteers who have helped make the running of the Holiday Bible club easier. 

Drimbolg GO Team is split into two different age groups: 4-8 year olds and 8-11-year olds. The younger age group has an attendance of around 30 and the older age group has an attendance of 20 children. This amounts to a total of 50 children altogether!

Each night the children play games in their age groups before gathering for juice, biscuits, and singing. After which, the children split again into their groups for a talk, memory verse, and workbook activities. Daniel has been the focus of the talks this year and each night enthusiastic volunteers deliver the work of God in a way that the children can understand. All those involved in the GO Team and Holiday Bible Club hope that the children leave this week knowing more about God and their need to have a relationship with him.

Prayer Points:

  • Please pray for the continued safety of the children when playing games. There have been a number of small cuts and scratches but nothing serious. Pray that this blessing from God would continue.

  • Pray for those leading talks and memory verses that they would be equipped with the right words and presentation to relate to these children and show them their need of God within their lives.

  • Pray for the children, that they would continue to attend, have fun, and settle to listen to God’s word as the main aim of the Bible Club is to stir a desire in these children to know God as their Lord and Saviour.

The team asks for all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, that his will and work be done to God’s glory.

(Report submitted by Hannah Kelso-Mason)

 

 

Nantes GO Team Day 9: Saturday

After some rainy spells over breakfast, it was sunny for distribution today as we went out again to the surrounding areas of Nantes and to the downtown apartments. We would like prayer that the Réflexions will reach people hearts.

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After lunch the team headed into Nantes for an afternoon off. We were joined by Laëtitia, a member of the church, and Sandrine, a student whom we meet at English cafe on Thursday evening. These two girls showed us the main sites of Nantes such as the Great Éléphant, the Châtear, and the Cathédrale, as well as pointing out fun facts about Nantes. There were some mishaps along the tour as team members being slower walkers than other but we all survived the journey. 

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After the Cathédrale some team members had a go on some of the rides at a local fair ground before we headed for dinner at the Hippopotamus. 

The meal was lovely dispite some communication problems but everyone got fed. We were having a lot of fun before realising what time it was and decided to head home for the night. Today was a good day and definitely worth it.

 

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Nantes GO Team Day 8: Friday

Today was our last full day of distribution, and we were thankful that it stayed dry for most of the day, and we got a good number of Reflexions given out. Pray that those who received them would read them, be challenged by them and want to find out more.


In the evening we had the youth club for the teenagers. We played some games together first, which we all enjoyed Eileanoir and Jamie gave their testimonies and Malcom gave a gospel message. Give thanks for the young people who came and pray that they would remember what they heard and that God would be working in their lives.


After youth club Heather and Judith went with a local pastor to meet with some prostitutes. Pray that they would be able to bring the hope of the gospel into their terrible situation.


Pray that God would grant good weather for distribution tomorrow morning, and for good weather and safety as we travel around Nantes in the afternoon.

Nantes GO Team Day 7: Thursday

Today begin with a trip to the local market. Both the Lytle and Ball houses met to sing Psalms and several people stopped to listen which was encouraging, including one boy from Matthieu's class with his mum. We had some support from the local church folks which contributed well to our making a joyful noise even when the rain tried to dampen our spirits. After an early lunch we headed out to distribute more reflexions, dodging the hail and rain showers along the way.

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Thursday evening was the time for English cafe. Andrew had organised an exciting quiz which became very competitive as the two teams were so evenly matched. It was neck and neck and ended in a draw. The people who turned up were interested in what we were doing in Nantes and we explained that we were helping out at the church. Please pray that Andrew would find an opportunity to talk about the things of God with them and that God would open their hearts to receive his word.

We had a lovely meal prepared by Heather and we would like to express our appreciation to all the church folks who have been so hospitable, in particular our host families who have made so many sacrifices to ensure our comfort this past week. We have enjoyed good food and great company. Others have helped with distribution which has lightened our work load.

Nantes GO Team Day 6: Wednesday

The wet weather has arrived in Nantes but it wasn't bad enough to stop us as we went out again in the morning to distribute Réflexions around apartments and areas at the edge of Nantes.

For lunch we did something different, we went to a cookery restaurant and cooked our own meal of chicken and noodles. It was greatly enjoyed by all the team and was a success as we managed not to give each other food poisoning!

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In the afternoon the sun came out and the grey damp morning turned to wonderful blue sky which made distribution much more enjoyable. 

In the evening we ventured out to the Hefts, for dinner. After a time of fellowship around the meal table, Andrew took our third Bible study on Titus 3:1-8, a challenging message that exhorts us to remember our identity. It tells us what we were before we were saved as well as what we are in Christ, and how everything we do is for the glory of God as we remember this. 

Give thanks for the many homes that have received the magazine and please pray that God would soften people's hearts as they read and want to know more.

Please also pray that weather would be favourable so we can give out more tomorrow.

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Nantes GO Team Day 5: Tuesday

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Today brought more distribution of Réflexions and although the rain came in the morning, this did not stop the team! Many letterboxes were filled and we also the opportunity to have interesting conversations with residents. 

In the afternoon the sun began to appear as more Réflexions were delivered throughout the city. The team then gathered together for dinner at Joel and Josiann's from the congregation. It was a lovely evening full of laughter, great company and delicious food enjoyed by all. 

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Prayer Points: 

1. That God would be with the team as they deliver Réflexions and that they would be well received by those who read them. 
2. That good weather would continue for distribution and singing in the market on Thursday morning.
3. For all those who have responded to the Réflexions whether positive or negative that God will touch their hearts and use them for his glory.

Nantes GO Team Day 4: Monday

Day 4 of the Nantes GO Team and we got stuck into our first day of serious distribution – this meant going out in the morning and afternoon and covering about 15km. Thankfully though, we were able to enjoy the blessing of lovely sunny weather which made the work a lot easier! The team are now getting familiar with Nantes and the surrounding area and have settled in well with their host families. 

After a busy day’s distribution, the whole team went to the Ball’s house for tea where Muriel had prepared a lovely meal. It was great being able to gather together as a team, get to know each other better and discuss the distribution we had done that day. After that, we had our second Bible study of the week on Titus 2 vs 14-17 and tackled the subject of God’s grace and how this should lead to discipline in our lives. There were many applications to take from this but in particular we thought about how God is so gracious in revealing himself to us and how we long to see that happening here amongst the people in Nantes. We then had a time of prayer where we prayed about the Bible study and also for God’s blessing on the rest of our work this week.

Prayer points:

•    Pray for all of the people who have received Reflexions so far – it contains God’s Word which is the most important thing which they could read so pray that they would grasp this and that they would have an interest to know more
•    Thankful for a great day’s weather for distribution
•    Unfortunately there is rain forecast for the rest of the week so pray that it wouldn’t under us too much and that the rain would stay away as much as possible!

Nantes GO Team Day 3: Sunday

It was wonderful to be here for the weekend and to worship with the congregation here in Nantes.

After the service we enjoyed a church lunch with an amazing selection of food. Jamie and Vanessa particularly enjoyed the beignets. We took it in turns to introduce ourselves to the people here and it was encouraging to get to know the church community.

We spent the afternoon playing with Mathieu before going to Mel's house for pizza. In the evening we had our first Bible study. Our topic is The Path to Godliness. Please pray that we will be blessed as we study the book of Titus during our time here.

 

Nantes GO Team Day 2: Saturday

This morning, most of us helped with the children's club while others started distributing copies of Réflexions. The children's club was really encouraging: one child wanted a copy of the psalms we sang and another told Malcolm on the way home that "c'était trop cool!"

After lunch we all went out to distribute magazines. In spite of the fact that the forecast predicted rain, it stayed dry, and we were able to make good progress. Please pray that this good weather will continue so we can keep making progress without the leaflets getting wet!

Nantes GO Team Day 1: Friday

After a very early start we arrived in Nantes and were greeted by Malcolm and Heather. We got settled in and busied ourselves preparing for the Saint Patrick themed Soirée. This was a wonderful experience: there was a great turnout and a warm atmosphere. The locals seemed to enjoy "les gateaux irlandais"!

Andrew gave a short address on myths and facts about Saint Patrick. The attendees were able to get involved with deciding which statements were true and which were false and Andrew explained that all Christians are saints, set apart for a special purpose.

Please pray that those who attended from the community will be touched by the message and want to learn more about the Gospel.