The end of our stay in the UK finished up with two special highlights for us:
• a visit to our UK ‘ spiritual home’, Soul Survivor Watford
• a visit to the Soul Survivor Festival.
SOUL SURVIVOR WATFORD
Mike, true to form, two minutes before the service was due to start, told us that he was scrapping his sermon and we were it!! He interviewed us and we were able to bring them up to date on all that was happening in Amaoti (Lungisani Indlela) and the LIV village.
We had just presented Mike with a Vuvuzela which we suggested he blow. As we South Africans know, there is an art to blowing a vuvuzela, so there was a lot of blowing of soundless hot air and spit, and we were ‘accused’ of making him look foolish in front of his congregation! Sorry Mike, but we just couldn’t resist it…
To all our friends at Soul Survivor Watford, we want to thank you for the way you welcome us each year, and for your warm hospitality and continued generous support you give to us. We are truly humbled and blessed by you, and we want to tell you that you really do have the coolest pastor (and ‘youngest’ youth pastor on the planet). You, and he, are always such a source of encouragement to us.
SOUL SURVIVOR FESTIVAL
When Mike asked if we would go down to Shepton Mallet for the opening night of their first festival at the Royal Bath & West Showgrounds, we jumped at the chance, even though we were leaving for SA the next day!
During the evening service/celebration time (held in a very ‘Big Top’ marquee), and after the most incredible praise and worship, Mike ‘interviewed’ us about the progress in Amaoti and the village. Last year we had shared with them the vision and that we were going back home to find a farm to start the first village. This year as we shared with them about the farm we had found soon after we got back from last year’s festivals, we, too, are amazed at how far we had come in a year. (As we return to SA this year, we return to start the building of the first cluster of 8 homes and to negotiate the purchase of the neighbouring farms…).
The history of the Soul Survivor festivals
Each year, for the past 18 years, Soul Survivor have held 4 summer festivals in the UK, for teenagers and young adults. They have touched and transformed literally thousands of young lives. The organizing is superb. The teenagers and their youth leaders camp on the grounds for 4 nights and have a variety of seminars to choose from, three times a day, all dealing with various life issues and what practical Christianity is all about. (Last year we ran seminars at 3 of the festivals, on “how the other half live in Durban” and from this time we had there, we made many new friends and partners).
They also have celebration services at midday and each evening, with guest speakers, followed by fun and entertainment until late, with various venues featuring different bands, games, cafes and much more.
Check out their website to see more about what they do.
FACEBOOK & TWITTER
We invite all 12 000 of you and your friends; those we connected with last year, to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and ‘journey’ with us on this incredible adventure of seeing the lives of thousands or widows and orphans transformed…
As we shared, at the festival, the vision for many villages in the future, we spoke about the strong connection between us and Soul Survivor and our dream(vision?) for SOUL SURVIVOR to build their own LIV village in Durban (a prophetic word?). IMAGINE how awesome that would be for SOUL ACTION volunteers to come out and help the building/development process and others who will help manage / teach / train… a Soul Survivor / LIV village… imagine…
Imagine if we could get Soul Survivor festivals going in SA!…
Maybe Mike and his team would like to spend their winter in sunny South Africa?… imagine…
Keep praying. Our God is able… and He chooses to do all things in and through us…all we have to do is believe!
Together we can…
Tich & Joan