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SOULED OUT 19 by Esyllt

Souled Out 2019 – where do I begin? This was my second time at Souled Out and yet again, it was an amazing five days; definitely one of my annual highlights! It was a week filled with joy, fun, hope and most of all, God’s love. On arrival, I was greeted by familiar faces but also new faces who became friends over the week. There really is a sense of family and community at Coleg y Bala, surrounded by fellow Christians.
The theme this year was ‘Radical’. Over the week we explored different aspects of living radically for Jesus. Each day was filled with worship, teaching, fun activities and good food! The teaching this year was led by various speakers, all of whom taught us more about the amazing life Jesus has given us. One of my personal highlights was Ben Franks’ talk about David and Goliath. Two points that stayed with me was that David chose not to let his age or inexperience decide how God could use him and also that David chose to be himself. Along with the teaching, there was worship led by various people and this year I had the opportunity to play my flute! Worship at Souled Out is always a highlight and I was certainly blessed by being part of the band; it never fails to give me goose bumps! And as if this wasn’t already enough, there were various seminars over the week discussing topics that help strengthen your faith. This year I heard Dai Hankey in his seminar: ‘The rear-view mirror: lessons to my younger self’. He went through the 25 things he would say to his younger self and this was both challenging and encouraging for us as young people.
The week was also filled with social activities where I got to know people better. We were spoilt over the week by activities such as inflatables and mini golf on ‘Sunday Funday’ and live music with a disco on another night. One afternoon, I took part in the Stand Up Paddleboarding, while others chose to go to Bounce Below, or simply had a nice relaxing afternoon watching a film.
All in all, Souled Out is a week where you simply feel like one big family. I feel like I’ve experienced God’s love through the people here and I’m so thankful for what He’s doing in Bala and for the team who organise this amazing event each year. There’ll always be a warm welcome for you to come next year. I already can’t wait!

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