Elysia Greening shares her experience as a first-time leader on the Oswestry Venture.
Q. How did you get involved in Ventures?
At my church, we pray for summer camps, so I knew about Ventures through this. I have only been a Christian for a short period of time, so I thought leading on a Venture might be a good way for me to serve. I love outdoor activities, so I was really excited about doing something worthwhile for God which would also involve things I liked doing.
Q. How did you find leading for the first time?
I had an absolutely amazing time! I hadn't worked with young people before, so leading was quite scary for me as it was completely new, but everyone was so friendly and I felt really included so it was easy to get stuck in. I found getting to know the young people very rewarding - it was great to be on a journey with them. The teaching was fantastic, and they responded so well and asked lots of questions. I praise God that so many of them benefited from it, and heard the gospel through the teaching.
Q. What was the best thing about leading?
That God used me, and that I saw young people come to faith in him. Some of them were from a Christian background, but others had come on the Venture through church youth activities, and hadn't heard a lot of Christian teaching beforehand.
For some young people, the teaching was very challenging, as they realised that becoming a Christian would mean significant sacrifices in their lives. It was fantastic seeing some of the girls who had been the most apprehensive at first coming to faith!
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