At the start of January, our Impact Students joined with other Newfrontiers training programme's for a week of teaching and time together. Here's how Ellen got on:
When I was around 14 years old I felt God put three callings on my heart. The first one was that I was to pursue my art as a career, the second was to one-day do Impact Training, and the third was in connection to Gambia. I had no idea what this calling was but it was a place I truly felt God was calling me to.
Fast forward three to four years and I am doing Impact as a gap year before I hopefully start an art-based degree. I could see how God was working in two of the callings I felt he had given me, but I couldn’t see my calling to Gambia going anywhere. I began to doubt it, questioning myself, wondering if it was never a calling at all and just something I’d made up.
Going into Centre Parcs I expected God to reveal to me where I was meant to go to university next year, so I would know where the best place was to pursue my dream of art. Funnily enough at the start of the week I had decided to “forget” about my calling to Africa, as it seemed too big, too scary, and too unrealistic for me to follow.
On the second evening of Centre Parcs, PJ from King’s Arms was prophesying over people and as part of this asked if there was anybody there who felt called to Africa. With a few of my friends nudging me I begrudgingly stood up. As PJ was praying for everybody who had stood up he began to prophesy over me; saying how he felt that my adventure starts now and how there’s a sense of intercession before I go which will extend my reach and influence. He also had a sense of me helping refugees and orphans when I go which corresponds so well with the kids work I am currently doing at the moment in my Impact year.
I came away from the session feeling more terrified than excited, but I knew God was starting something. Two days later David Devenish was preaching on World Mission, when he asked people to stand who felt called to mission work I knew I had to stand. David then began to prophesy over me confirming everything that PJ prophesied the day before. I felt overwhelmed by God's patience with me as he just kept on reminding me of what he had called me to.
On the last day, during one of the breaks, a couple who were doing Impact at another base came to speak to me. They said how they had been listening when PJ prophesied over me, and felt God was telling them how correct and true this prophecy was. They felt that God was calling them to start an offering for me, to pay for me to go to Africa when the time came. As they prayed into this further they knew that it wasn’t time for me to go yet, so they gave me £20. They said this money was to go into a box where I would see it everyday and it was to act as a reminder of God's promise to me: that he has already began providing for this adventure.
So I got home, I put this money somewhere I can see it everyday. On the first day I went into the offices after Centre Parcs there was two envelopes waiting on my desk and already this money has since tripled. God’s provision is so good.
I learnt that week that God will always finish what he starts, we just need to trust him. So I’m now at the start of a scary but exciting adventure, and I’m so excited to see what God is going to do!