A part of our DTS is doing local outreach once a week. That means getting involved with ministries or churches in our community and this week we would like to share a little about our experiences.
On our school we have four groups doing different local outreaches throughout the week.
One group works with a Roma church in Luton, “Normally we work with a youth group,” says Bryson, “that stems from the age of about seven to fourteen and there’s usually about anywhere from eight to sixteen kids that come. I think that the greatest thing that has happened in the group of children we have been working with has been a real bonding with people who don’t have English as their first language.”
Two of the other groups go to an afternoon hang out for teenagers down in Harpenden where the kids can come after school and play games, meet friends and relax. I asked Rileigh for one of the best things that has happened so far, “Last week we played Pictionary with them and we split them into teams. Wilson brought us a couple Swiss chocolate bars as prizes for the end. So we kept their attention for forty five minutes and it was pretty fun”.
The last group goes to a Friday evening youth club to have fun and learn more about Jesus. “It’s mostly hanging out with the kids,” says Kenan, “talking with them about what they like to do, school, home, etc. We play video games, table football, air hockey, card games and things like that.” He continues, “We’re trying to be Jesus to them by spending time with them and listening to anything they have on their hearts. It can sometimes be hard for me to talk with the kids, if you can find a mutual interest then a conversation becomes much more open.”
DTS is not just about us learning how to minister in other countries but also how to impact our own community. We hope to encourage and be friends to these young people and the best thing we can do is to be Jesus to everyone we meet, sharing love, compassion and encouragement.