Recently I have spent a bit of time reflecting on the book of Habakkuk. I have to admit, I stumbled across this prophet in the bible, almost by accident, whilst searching for inspiration during a retreat.
In particular, in chapter 3, we read: “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known.”
These few verses resonate strongly with me.
As I have poured over the stories for our testimonial book ‘Life Begins’, I have been encouraged by what God has done and the impact made (we still have lots of copies – they make great Christmas presents!!). But I am also desperate to see more of these stories continue and so we cry out “Lord, repeat them in our day”.
If we allow it, this longing for God to move can drive us further into our prayers and prayer is so vital to our work! We recently met with a school to discuss some of our projects. It had to be one of the easiest meetings I have ever experienced and a number of future projects have been booked. The next day a friend called me up to ask about it and revealed that he and a group of others had been praying for us. There is no doubt in my mind that these things are linked! If you pray for us, please know it is hugely appreciated – it makes a massive difference!
On the subject of schools, our schoolswork this term has taken lots of steps forward. You can read about it in our schools’ update here. Most exciting of all, we have officially started our alternative education project: Boost.
What is Boost?
For one day a week, a few students spend an entire day with us instead of their regular education. These are students that are struggling in school and therefore at risk of exclusion. We will be delivering a mix of life skills, mentoring, English and Maths catch-up work and some music project work with Tracks. It’s early days, but we hope to grow the project as we progress. Look out for some future fundraising for this!
And where is this project taking place? At our new office at Mousehold Hub. Yes, many of you will know that we have just moved offices and have vacated St Giles Street. We were sad to say goodbye but know that this new site gives us some unique opportunities including being able to use the other rooms for youth outreach and activities and with street parking available, it also solves our car parking issues!
So loads of great stuff going on but we continue to pray – “repeat those awesome deeds in our day Lord!”
Please do join us for our Big Christmas Jam on Dec 19th where we will be singing carols, hearing stories and launching the Christmas film (see page 5). 7pm at Wroxham Road Methodist Church.