YWAM Oslo Outreach team

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At 2am on Friday the 25th of October our first international team arrived in Bristol for 2 days of outreach.  A fantastic team of 4 females and 2 males came from YWAM Oslo.  Although it was a long way to come for just two days, we had a great time and they were a definite blessing to Bristol, and to us.  With a Desire to engage with homeless ministry and street evangelism we packed their two days full as we figured they could always sleep on the bus and plane going home!

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 The first stop after a few small hours of sleep was to the wonderful ministry that is the Crisis Centre.  A fantastic Christian organisation that runs a cafe which provides over 600 meals per day to those in need as well as operating a food-bank, offering life skills training and running a woman’s night shelter.  Our team served in the ‘Wild Goose Cafe’, cooking and serving food as well as having the opportunity to talk to some of the wonderful people who benefit from the services the Crisis Centre provide.  The evening was spent getting to know us at YWAM Bristol before catching up on some well earned sleep.

 

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The next day was to be a mixture.  We started with worship and intercession for the city of Bristol, we shared our heart and passion for the city and the vision God has given us for YWAM Bristol.  It was a wonderful time in the presence of God praying with each other and crying out for this wonderful city.  Then after some lunch we hit the streets to engage in conversation with those we met.  To do this we used some blackboards that we had pre-made and standing in different areas of the city centre we wrote different questions and asked those who passed by for their thoughts.  It was fantastic.  Two of the team spoke to two different people for over an hour about things of faith and of Jesus.  The questions we asked were, ‘Who do you want to be?’ ‘What is Love?’ and ‘What gives you hope?’. There were some great answers, great conversations and lots of people thinking about faith and Jesus.  One person was so impacted he spoke to a member of the team for over 90 minutes, and didn’t want to finish talking so when we needed to leave he walked with us back to the car park!

The last stop for the team was to share at a house group meeting of the International Christian Ministries, a Filipino church who meet in Bristol.  It was a wonderful evening of love and fellowship. The team led worship, shared a word and also testimonies before joining the church in their evening meal.  After that it was back home for a few hours of sleep before catching the 06:45am bus to London.  It was so encouraging having the team come and pray and worship with us, even if  it was only a couple of days, God fulfilled His plans for that time.  We hope that YWAM oslo will send more teams to us in the future!