Monday, 31 October 2011


If every day is like today, I might have to hibernate at Christmas.

We just arrived back to Gordon House after the 30 minute walk from church, absolutely shattered. But so happy. I may have to hibernate at Christmas, but there is no way I'm missing anything while I'm here! We had an introduction to the church, Mike told us the history of Soul Survivor, the reason behind the name, the values and rules, after lunch we were taught on how to 'appropriately' pray for people and had all of our questions answered. 9.30am-4.30pm, I enjoyed it. :)

It feels so surreal being here, actually being exactly where the God who created the universe, the galaxies, the stars and the planets, being exactly where that God wants me. It feels incredible. I cannot wait to get stuck in, to make the most o every opportunity, not just do what I'm told or the bare minimum but go over and above!

Thank you for your prayers.


Sunday, 30 October 2011


So, I have arrived, unpacked, set up, settled in and had one nights sleep. After watching my dad struggle to drill my desk together, and making endless cups of tea for the flats parents, the Gordon House lot (4 flats, about 14 of us) went to Modello, to see some of the Soul Survivor lot play an acoustic set. Which was lovely. Got to meet majority of people on Soul61, with no help from the hustle and bustle.

Today, we have 3 services to attend; 10.30am, 5pm and 7pm, we will be introduced to each congregation, and given free lunch! WOO for student living. :)

Orientation week begins on Monday, with teaching from Mike for 7 hours... but there we will finally get to meet everyone properly!

It's going to be an amazing 10 months for sure, even if we get locked out because our front door handle is broken and we only have one key!


PS. Please keep me and the other Soul61'ers in your prayers. :)

Thursday, 27 October 2011


I cannot quite get my head around the fact that I'm moving out in two days. I don't think it's sunk in yet. I feel like I should be far more nervous, prepared and ready.
I am prepared, of course; for those that know, my mum would not let me go unprepared. :) Thank goodness, if left to my own devices I would probably forget my bible and underwear!

Despite the excitement, which has been greatly influenced and increased majorly by the influx of facebook friend requests, group set up and constant conversing with other Soul61'ers, it still feels surreal. Time is one element of many I will never understand; it goes so quickly but so slowly. It feels like only last week did I have my interview! It was on the 27th April!

My brain doesn't quite get it, I've never moved house, and moving room within my house doesn't exactly qualify as 'moving', so I don't know if I'm doing it right? Surely I'm meant to be more stressed, or more organised. I'm currently sitting at my desk, on my lovely Mac (THANK YOU ANON) surrounded by boxes and one very large, heavy and bursting at the seams suitcase... and I'm still not finished.

In other news, I have been informed of who I am living with, where I am living and what placement i am doing! Better late than never. :)
I am living in a flat with 2 other wonderful girls whom I've been talking to, one also being from Essex. (THANK YOU GOD) You'll probably hear lots about them. I'll be living above a cafe, with another 3 flats, 4 in total, full of Soul61'ers. Should be social!

Sunday the 16th October, was the deadline for our placement choices. Funnily enough, God does things late in my time, perfect in his time. So at 9pm on Sunday night I email Jo back with my preferences. My top 4 choices being; Youth Work, Evangelism, Explore Church Plant and Pastoral Aide. There were 12 in total. Only today did we find out where we've been placed. In all honesty, I was really disappointed. I've been put in the Explore Church team; my third choice. I was sure I heard God correctly when he said youth work. But c'est la vie. I believe wherever I was placed was where God wanted me. So Explore Church it is! after praying alone and with my mum and sister I feel much better about it, and I'm sure by the time I start, God would've softened my heart even more.

So, from now on, this blog will no longer be me promoting fundraisers and asking (nicely) for money! I will be keeping it as the musings of my time in Watford; Flat 2, Gordon House, my flatmates, Hannah and Bethan, what we get up to in our spare time, the explore Church team, my workshops and theology teachings and everything amazing that God does!


PS. Feel free to send Red Cross/Food parcels to us... ask for my address! :D

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


Good afternoon guys :)

Just a quick reminder and thank you today, these blog posts will become more informative about how I'm feeling and what I'll be getting up to, when I move and get settled.

We had the Quiz Night on Friday 30th September, and it went so well! We had a full 6 teams, all with 'witty' names. Lots of people came who don't come to LVC too, which was lovely. I always say it, but I feel so supported and blessed. We raised a total of £348, which is so great, it's such a great boost in my living costs. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening, congratulations to the winners too!! A big thank you to Celene, my mum, for organising the quiz, and coming up with those 10 rounds! She did an amazing job. :)

Remember this Friday is the Ladies Pamper evening at Lea Valley Church, usually it's a free event, but Bo has kindly said for there to be a donation for each treatment.

Also, Saturday the 9th, Ian Liddle has organised a Car Rally Treasure Hunt. It's £20 per car, about 40 miles in total, meet at the church at 1.30pm. :)

Thank you for your support guys. :D

Leah XXX