There was a real buzz in the office today, with the 12 new academy students joining us for the first time. There were all sorts of gatherings happening around the building as they met with their ministry leaders for the first time. We've got people working in areas as diverse as children's work, the Foodbank, the pastoral team, worship, events planning, CAP, youth work, office management and the creative arts. It's also great to have an international element again this year with 4 girls who have come to us from Lithuania.
I was hoping to have a picture of them all for you, but unfortunately in the excitement of the day it didn't get taken. We'll make sure to get one on Thursday when they meet up for their first day of training.
Please be praying for them all. That this year they will find a new dimension in their faith in Christ, take some fresh risks for Him, experience incredible fruitfulness and be in a totally different place by the end of the year. Please also pray for Kostika who is hoping to join us from Albania. He's having trouble getting a visa, although we hopefully took a bit step towards getting that resolved today.
Hopefully you'll get to meet the Academy students over the next few weeks.