Walk West Dorset mission, 2011
GEA is linked with
Missions (TFM), an organisation that works with churches in different
areas of the country, to help them to do mission.
Mission, in Biblical terms, means "out there" not "in here". Jesus
said "Go...", so we go.
About once a year there is a major mission somewhere in the country,
and hundreds of volunteers come from Christian churches across the
land, to join in, and help out.
The West Dorset Mission Area
area covered Dorchester, Maiden Newton, Beaminster, Lyme Regis,
Charmouth, Bridport, Burton Bradstock, Abbotsbury and finally
Weymouth and Portland. The mission took place from Saturday 17
Sept until Sunday 2 Oct 2011.
About 250 volunteer missioners gathered together, to work with local
churches in the area. After the mission, the church leaders wrote,
"Thank you to all from TFM who have taken part in this adventure of
faith. The vision is being fulfilled; the seed has been scattered
and the fruit will come forth.
Also, a warm thank you to all the participating churches in being so
welcoming and hospitable. The teams are tired but joyful: they have
seen many blessings. Some blessings, however, will be unseen known
only unto God; seeds have been sown on good soil. Thank you for your
time, love and energy in sharing your faith throughout West Dorset.
A deposit of God's grace is left in the wake of this mission and the
spiritual boundaries have been reset."
Local missioners came on a Training Course in
Gloucester, Friday evening and a Saturday morning, 3rd & 4th
June 2011. There were other courses across the land, on
They took a week's holiday.
They enjoyed their faith like never before,
and returned home different; changed; more confident in the Lord.
They paid for travel to their mission
church, normally using public transport, but once there, all
meals were provided.
Men who are fit enough, normally sleep with their
team on a church hall floor, bringing a bedroll/sleeping bag,
backpack, etc. Some of them walked a few miles mid-week to
another mission base, carrying their kit.
Ladies, and those men who could not manage a hard
floor, stayed with local church
families for the week.
Daniel Cozens' "Night of Colour"