Friday, 6 August 2010


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One of the things that takes up most of my time (except drinking tea) is planning trips. I'm currently under the grips of pre-trip stress due to Soul Survivor. It's only five days away and transport is only just about sorted and food is going to be an interesting problem. Then there's the actual trip stress itself. People wander off, get lost, lose things, get injured; so you're always on the alert.

I think, to sum up, it's the unpredictability. For starts, you never really know how many of your youth are going to be in attendance. I've tried giving deadlines to them, giving return slips out, but it never helps and you have the choice of being a spoil sport and cancelling it or extending the deadline or letting people come without having given slips. Even when people have finally confirmed it is still no guarantee that they'll be coming. We went to Thorpe Park and three people didn't show.

Despite all the sleepless nights, nail biting and nagging, it is always rewarding. Through organising trips I've seen the generosity of God first-hand. Whether by providing someone with a six-seater car and a trailer who is willing to take tents and teenagers to Shepton Mallet or through the relationships formed and the fun times had, God always shows his blessings. I'm always so incredibly thankful for the people that are willing to help and how everything turns out okay in the end.

Now I'm off to write a list of all the food I need to buy (I've already got long lists for what equipment I need and what I need to organise while I'm there).

Quick Questions
  1. What stresses you out most in your life?
  2. How does God bless you through that?
  3. What trip disasters have you had?


  1. Trip disasters? Trying to jump out of the mini-bus whilst your Dad was driving... and failing...

  2. 1. and 3. Excursions really stress me out. Teaching English at a summer school is, although really hard work, great fun. But every Saturday there's an excursion where you have to drag 50 unwilling children around a city (my expertise - London) and not lose any. Not always the easiest task.
    2. I don't think I've experienced God's blessing in that particular area, although maybe he was involved when I decided not to push one or two students into the Thames.


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