According to local statistics a third — approximately 5,000 — of those living on the estate are under 15 years of age. Quite a challenge for anyone considering youth work in this area. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Nowhere could that be nearer to the truth than here in Knowle West. There is a huge harvest of young hearts desperately in need of the love of Jesus Christ in their lives.
Indeed, the workers are few but they remain faithful and undaunted as they continue to plant God’s seeds in this place.
We thank Him for the many seeds planted and for a whole ‘bunch’ of fun that was had in July at the Churches Together Children’s Holiday Club; this was hosted by the Baptist Church. The week-long event was based on favourite Bible characters whose lives had been transformed after encountering God. In fact, they had all ‘gone bananas’ for Him.
We acted out each of their stories with the help of two slippery characters appropriately named: Ripe and Rotten! As well as drama, there were crafts, cookery, and puppets, plenty of noisy games, music and much hearty singing. By the end of the week over thirty local children had joined in the fun. They occasionally raised the roof, too by chanting these words: “If you’re happy or you’re sad. If you’re gloomy or you’re glad — LET’S ALL GO BANANAS!” (Scripture Union Resource)
As I write we are still in the season of Harvest. At the beginning of this New Year please ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest field.
Thank you for all your prayers. May God grant you a fruitful New Year!