Actually, don’t just pray for ME – pray for 33 of us who are heading to Satellites Christian Youth Festival this Friday for 5 days/night, joining 2,500 young people from across the country to draw close to God.
So why do I – and we – need your prayers?
Because we’ll be ‘enjoying‘ camping in predicted rainy weather for 6 days. Joy!
I think I’m getting too old for camping!!!
Why would 7 adults commit to 6 days of late evenings, sleepless nights, early mornings, youth banter, wet clothes etc etc.?
Quite simply, because this will serve as a powerful reminder for our Zeo Youth that they are following Jesus within a larger tribe. The family of God is vast, unique, and diverse, encompassing beautiful expressions of colour and culture gathered together.
Thousands will unite in a field in Somerset and – in the midst of all the fun, food, games, activities, movies, silent discos, craft workshops, new friendships, and late night snack chats – lives will be changed by Jesus, including for many of our young people.
Having attended these gatherings numerous times, I am always deeply moved by the worship experience of coming together, under one roof. One united, diverse family, giving praise to the God who has joyfully adopted us into His family. No wonder the Psalmist writes in Psalm 133 that where there is beautiful unity, the Lord pours out a blessing.
But whether there’s 2,500 in a rainy Somerset field, or 200 in Hitchin Town Hall for a Zeo celebration – these gathering moments are vital for our walk of faith. We’re in this together. With Him. We laugh together. We weep together. We high five and hug. We stay still and silent. We encourage. We comfort. We respond. We pray. We repent. Together.
“The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion,’ said John Wesley.
So, do pray for us this coming weekend! Pray for good sleep and fun and safety. But more than anything, pray for united beautiful encounters with Jesus that change lives. And as you pray for us, pray this will also be true every time we gather as a Zeo family – including this Sunday.
AND, let’s make a very special effort to gather as a diverse, united family in our very special Zeo Culture Day on Sunday 17th September, where we’ll also be commissioning Nicola Foster as Pastor. Click HERE to find out more and let us know you’re coming for the FREE international cuisines lunch (unless you’re already booked in) What’s not to love?
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5
Massive blessings and hope to see you soon.