EQUIP 19 by Lewis
It was a great privilege to come to Coleg y Bala for the EQUIP weekend; to be taught from the Bible and encouraged to reach our nation for Christ. The focus of the weekend was Isaiah 6, and specifically the theme of being called by God to live lives that will impact Wales with the gospel. Isaiah responds to God with the words, ‘Here I am! Send me’- and the challenge is for us to respond in the same way.
We arrived on Friday night and had time to chat and see friends before our first session where we praised God and met the weekend’s main speakers. It was good to hear more about their stories and how they’ve responded in faith and obedience to the great command of the Lord Jesus to go out and make disciples of all nations. Then Owain Edwards opened Isaiah 6 with us and looked at Isaiah’s calling, how God washed away his sin and then sent him out as a prophet. It was great to be able to present the weekend to God and pray that we’d be impacted, encouraged and equipped by the end of the weekend.
We heard excellent teaching throughout the weekend; messages that were challenging but also a great encouragement as we thought of the greatness of our God and the incredible privilege of knowing Him personally, serving Him and sharing the good news with others.
Personally, one of the highlights of the weekend for me was praying for Wales on the Saturday night. This followed Andy Ollerton’s sermon on Luke 10, where Jesus tells his disciples that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. This was a great opportunity to present everything to God and ask Him again to provide workers for those places where there is currently no gospel witness.
It was also invaluable to spend time in small groups throughout the weekend. These times gave an opportunity to share openly with each other and to pray together about the things we’d heard. It was great to be able to spend time with everyone, especially as most of us live all over the country and so rarely get to see each other all year long.
I’m so thankful to God for the EQUIP weekend and to everyone at Coleg y Bala who organised everything. I’m looking forward to seeing our God at work in Wales; bringing many into His Kingdom to experience eternal life through Jesus Christ.