Swansea youth turned out in force once again to lead and bless the members of Port Talbot SDA church. Everyone took part in some fashion, each giving of their gifts. Both adults and children were catered for throughout the day, beginning with a positive story for the younger ones about family and the generosity and sacrifice with which our parents often shower us as they raise us.
The morning Bible study was prepared by Wallace and stimulated some lively discussion regarding the kingdom of God and the relevance of this in our daily lives. In contrast to this, a poem called ‘How Many Times’ articulately presented by Tyler and Nelly focused on the ways in which we ourselves turn our backs to God in spite of His generosity and love, and how He still accepts us if we come to Him, despite our failings.
The service itself however focused on suffering, the one inevitable fact of life that affects us all. This encouraging, heartfelt message came from Owen, who based his message on the fear and uncertainty faced by Jesus’ disciples when getting caught up in a storm at sea by themselves. Though we could all relate to this message, it focused on the hope we have in spite of all manner of difficulties we may go through, that no matter what may happen in our lives, God can and will carry us through! This message was enriched by twins Sasha and Shannon who sang a rendition of Rascal Flatts’ ‘Bless the Broken Road’ that talked about the futile roads we sometimes take in order to find what we think will fulfil us.
Throughout the day the youth of Swansea touched on many diverse topics affecting our present lives, but a strong message of security in the love of God permeated throughout as we left encouraged to face another week with energy and resilience!