Mission Year Volunteers serve as Christ’s hands and feet on university campuses across Europe. They are recent university graduates who take a year to do part-time or full-time work with a local Kairos outreach, focusing their energy and talents on telling others about Christ, service, and training through active mission. They are leading prayer meetings, organising events, developing programmes, running small groups, giving and receiving training, mentoring younger students, growing in personal prayer and Scripture study, and bringing the Gospel to the universities where they serve. They’re building something that will last. We’re seeing encouraging growth in Kairos, and Mission Volunteers are men and women who can see this and want to be a part of it.
This God of ours is a God of blessings, protection, healing and provision. These are the areas where I’ve particularly experienced the Lord’s love this year during my Mission Year in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I’m staying with a family from the local Sword of the Spirit community, Charis, and the love and support of this community have been essential this year as I’ve seen the truth and joy of a life lived among Christian brothers and sisters.
I wasn’t totally sure what this year would be like, but having been here for six months, here’s my guide to a Mission Year: 1. Pray. 2. Pray again. 3. Pray more. God wants us to be close to him, and I’ve found that I can’t afford to be far from him, because he upholds everything that I do. I’ve found myself regularly praying for wisdom in decisions, humility in leadership, protection in the spiritual battle, and perseverance in my work and relationships. I’ve also thought a lot this year about choices. My choice to do a year of mission work wasn’t influenced by anything but a desire to serve God. We all make choices every day. Some are good, some are bad, some just need to be made. In all of this, God loves us and is waiting for us, and will always protect us. Making choices may not be easy, but does become simpler in the knowledge of the Father’s goodness. What would I say to someone considering a mission year? Well, it’s a lot. A lot of work, a lot of decisions, a lot of growing up, and a whole lot of blessings. Through all of it, I think scripture says it best: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Eilidh Graham grew up in the Sword of the Spirit’s Community of the Risen Christ in Glasgow and has spent the last year since September doing a Mission Year in Belfast, working with University Christian Outreach Belfast and being part of the Charis Community.
From Kairos Europe & the Middle East Newsletter, May 2016, used with permission