Thursday, 31 July 2014

Join the Mission

    A few months ago I wrote about my struggle with discerning my vocation in a guest post over at UKCatholicgirl. Around a year ago God showed me that the ideas I had about my life and my career post-university were not the same as His ideas. He never does anything by halves, and almost overnight He wiped out all of the plans I’d devised, leaving confusion and frustration in their place. As I grew closer and closer to graduating without a solid plan for the next step, I found myself learning the hard way that God is sovereign over all things! 

    Anyone who knows me knows that I hate not having a comprehensive plan, but as my acceptance of my own lack of control over my future slowly grew I began to realise that God’s plans for me will always be bigger and better than any I could dream up for myself. Into the darkness, God brought light…

    From the 20th August I’ll be joining the Sion Catholic Community for Evangelisation on their Youth Foundation Year, along with several other young people. Over the course of 11 months I’ll be taught, guided, challenged and hopefully moulded into being more like the person God wants me to be. I’ll also have the opportunity to take the Gospel to over 10000 students in high schools around the country… and I’ve honestly never been more excited about anything in my whole life!

This is where you come in…

    The community invests £4500 a year (equating to just under £450 a month) into each of its foundation year members – which covers accommodation, food, mission resources, community transport, formation and prayer days – but to do so they rely entirely on God’s providence. Approximately half of the funding of the community comes from donations from individuals – either one-off donations or regular monthly donations. Regular monthly donations are hugely helpful to the community as it provides a stable income to allow planning for future months!

Here’s how you can get involved…

- Share in the mission through prayer and intercession on our behalf.
          ‘Brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honoured. (2 Thes. 3:1)

- Commit to providing a certain amount of money each month.
            ‘Honour the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all you produce.’ (Proverbs 3:9)

- Pray about what you can offer as a one-off donation.
          ‘Each one must give as he has decided in his own heart.’ (2 Cor. 9:7)

- Join our journey and receive regular updates on how God’s been at work.
            ‘Give, and it shall be given to you.’ (Luke 6:38)

If you’d like to team up with For Such A Time As This and join the mission this year, drop me a message at to let me know (and so that I can send you updates throughout the year!), then post cheques addressed to ‘Sion Community’ to:

Esther Rich
The Ark of the Covenant
110 Potters Green Road
West Midlands

If you’re a UK tax payer, I can also send you a gift aid form so that we can claim an extra 28p for every pound you give!

Thank you so much for all your prayers and support.

May God bless you all abundantly!!

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