Monday, December 17, 2007

South West CUs Update

My kind of press release:

What happens when Christians students gather around the Bible week by week? What happens as they see the glory of God in the cross of Christ, delight in it and boast in it? God takes hold of them and transforms them. Transforming them for mission. Transformed to live and speak for Jesus. That's my dream for us as Christian Unions across the South West. Mission teams who gather around the word of God to be empowered and equipped to take that same word to those who don't know Jesus. That's what I call Transformission.

It's been great to see that happening as I've travelled around the region in my first few months as Team Leader. I've enjoyed leaving the house to board a train to Falmouth one day, Bristol another. Being part of CU meetings that have been shaped by your CU leaders to be team training. Sitting in on a Lunchbar in freshers week in Bath, and giving one at Plymouth a few weeks later on 'Do you have to bin your brain to be a Christian?'. Hearing of first years in halls confidently opening the Bible with non-Christians, reading Mark's gospel with them. Living intentionally to find opportunities to make Jesus famous in house, hall, course and clubs. All of this, putting Transformission into practice.

It was amazing to see 200 CU members from across the region gather for our one big annual regional event, Transformission on November 24th at Belmont Chapel in Exeter. Mike Reeves wowed us with the glory of the cross throughout the scriptures before we hit the streets to speak of the same cross. What can be better than feasting on the life-giving heart-warming glory-displaying word of God together, seeing the glory of Christ Crucified and knowing the beginnings of the Spirit's transformation in our hearts to send us out as mission teams on our campuses. Respect to the Bath and Falmouth guys who got out of bed really, really early to get there, and prizes for innovation to Plymouth for making Transformission part of their houseparty. If you missed out, download the mp3s from www.uccf.org.uk/southwest and make sure you come next year.

Dave Bish
South West Team Leader

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