This newsletter brings with it a tinge of sadness – Brendan is stepping down from his role as Assistant Director from September to go back into school teaching after four years with us at Gaines. We’re very sorry to see him and his family leave but please join with us in praying for all the logistics of buying a house and moving after a busy summer period. They are staying in Worcester so it’s by no means the last we’ll see of him on a camp at Gaines.
This means that we have a vacancy to fill! We are actively looking for a new Assistant Director to join the team. To give you brief details the job involves primarily being responsible for organising all the events and weekend groups that come to Gaines, as well as delivering and writing teaching programs and getting stuck in with practical work. Living expenses need to be fundraised by the individual, but we will provide accommodation and pay all the utility bills. Please help us find the right person/family to take on this role by letting it be known to anyone who might be interested, and pray for us as we seek to appoint someone as soon as we can.
God has always been good to us in providing the funds we need to stay open and redevelop the site. Currently we are redecorating the entrance hall, and relaying new floors in the basement changing rooms. After Easter we hope to complete work in the Flat for Alice and Joe to move into after their wedding on May 14th.
Keep praying for us as a team as we get ready for the busiest summer ever! We have more and more groups coming in to us than before, so pray for energy levels and general health through this busy period. There’s a list on the right of all that’s coming up – please help us out by volunteering to help on events if you can!
My family and I are taking a Sabbatical this summer after 8 years at Gaines. Pray that we have a great time away as a family and return refreshed, equipped and excited about the next chapter at Gaines, and pray that we raise the money we need to make the most of the our time away. Pray for Brendan as he runs Gaines in Ben’s absence for those three months.
Pray also that as the Gospel goes out that God’s kingdom will be built and although we may not see the fruit directly here as kids come and do pray that we will remain convinced of the power of preaching God’s word and declaring the Gospel as the means for salvation and growth in Jesus.
Thank you once again for your support – let me again extend an invitation to you to come and visit us whenever you can, we’d love to welcome you here.
Ben and the Team