This summer, 18 discovery members and leaders bundled into several jam-packed cars and headed down to the Royal Bath and West Showground for Soul Survivor B.
Upon arrival, the pouring rain and apparent lack of allocated spot for us to pitch our tents were quickly dealt with by means of some expert village-host-haggling skills and prayer for the weather to improve. By late afternoon our little area was all set up and the sun stayed with us for the rest of the week!
We had so much fun during the trip and had many laughs about: the girls (and guys!) gushing over Andy Croft, one of the speakers, and Sam Bailey, one of the worship leaders. Not forgetting the standout comedy moments which included a pair of disappearing shoes, singing happy birthday at the top of our voices in competition with the camp next door (only to discover that they actually did have a birthday every single day!), exceptional bedtime stories every night, the renaming of Mark as ‘Pudding’, and the Noah’s Ark themed dress-up on the final night. And we could not have survived without our giant marshmallow, freddo and chocolate spread sandwiches late at night, our trusty ‘Hello Kitty’ umbrella to help others find our group in the Big Top, and our daily fills of ‘Good thing, God thing’ at mealtimes.
Most importantly, though, our week at SS was an incredible time to reconnect with God through 5 days of worship, ministry and teaching. Many of us attended a wide range of seminars during the day, including Prayer Ministry, Leadership, and even one called ‘Straight out of Compton’! We made sure that we arrived extra early to the morning and evening sessions in order to get the best spot because we loved worshipping together in the Big Top (sometimes for over 2 hours!) and being able to pray with and for each other.
Although there were over 8,000 people around us, it was an amazingly intimate experience, and we came away from the week with a deep and fulfilling sense of love for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. We experienced incredible outpourings of the Spirit and answered prayers, as well as all really being able to grapple with difficult stuff, and seeking and receiving healing. We all came away from the week with a refreshed sense of faith, and were all itching to return to Farnborough in search of opportunities for ‘name-dropping Jesus’.
Despite a distinct lack of showers, overall it was a week full of fun, fellowship and faith. We can’t wait return back next year!