Saturday, 3 September 2016

Beth's DisTIL Year.

Hello, it's Beth and her is my final blog post all about my amazing year as part of the 2015/16 DisTIL team... 
I’ve grown a lot (not in height at all) this year, I’m more confident and more willing to step out further. I’ve learned a lot about myself and feel like I have a much clearer idea of where I’d like to go in the future. I’ve loved learning new things and being able to pass this on to others and being able to impact lives! 
I’ve also made some amazing friendships and unforgettable memories this year… so thank you to all the team who I am so grateful to have spent the last 11 months with! 
One of my favourite memories has to be my Birthday which I was lucky enough to share with Rachel. The day began with presents and pancakes for breakfast! Later that morning the A+ team all headed out to the river where we canoed before stopping for lunch and Birthday cake!  
The A+ ski trip is something I will always look back on, it was so good to be able to spend time in an incredible part of creation having loads of fun with quality people as well as being able to learn something completely new a the same time. 
I’ll also always remember the night we spent sleeping under tarps in the woods and being able to look up to the clear night sky and see the stars! 
Some of the funniest moments this year have happened in Elm Tree 1, the first being the night that Ben, Simon, Emily C and were rolling/jumping/sliding down the stairs on mattresses (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!) Another really funny time was when the residents of Elm Tree 1 dressed up in the Teletubbies costumes. 
I’ll always remember these fond and funny moments as well as so many others from a year that was one of the best of my life. I hope to able to come back to Adventure Plus and volunteer when I can and in several years from now I’d like to return to see how it’s changed and also how much the trees we planted have grown! 

More than anything else this year however, I have loved really being able to grow in faith.  My relationship with God has become so much stronger this year and I have learned to lean on him and trust that he has a plan and a purpose for me. The times spent with the DisTIL team in SI (Spiritual Input) and POD (Pocket of Discipleship) were a great opportunity to share and witness how much we've all changed and grown. Seeing the people I've come to care about and love this year develop so much has been a massive highlight for me. It’s been great to work in a really positive Christian environment where people are always looking out for you and pray with you, and where the thing that connects us all is our belief in God.
Next year I'll be joining Ben at Cogges Church on the youth work internship there. I'm really excited to use what I've learned about God and myself in the upcoming year as well as learning so much more! 
Thanks for reading, for the final time.. 
Peace Out, Beth. 



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