The following was written by Amanda Jane Williams, organiser of the Truro Passion For Life Events:
From having canapes with Vaughan, pasties with Pete and moshing with BOSH, I think its fair to say that we tried to think of something for everyone during the “A Passion for Life” mission week. The mission took 10 months to plan but throughout it all, the aim of the different churches involved was to present the gospel in a clear accessible way. We were fortunate that the churches in London had provided us with superb materials, such as Luke Gospels and a DVD by Rico Tice which clearly explained the gospel. The week started in Truro School, where Vaughan Roberts had been all day with the students taking part in various lessons. We enjoyed beautiful canapes in the delightful new refectory where we were well looked after by their events manager. Vaughan spoke very powerfully from Luke about the woman whose sins had been forgiven. He was very clear about how a relationship with God can only be started because Jesus stood in our place and mended the broken relationship with God. On Saturday, we met Pete Woodcock, an evangelist from Surrey. This time, we were trying to reach out to families and those passing in the city centre. We had children’s crafts, a pamper room, free refreshments, including pasties. There was also street drama, with Pete speaking after each one explaining that it is only Jesus that can set us free. We also were treated to a live acoustic set by BOSH (more of them later). We gave away 150 pasties, and many conversations were had, over a cup of tea. The doors closed at 2.30 and it was time for a huge gear change. Truro Methodist Church had been very kind in letting us use their building, providing cheerful support throughout the day and now the building was to be transformed for the evening event. BOSH, a christian band from Bournemouth, arrived complete with sound and lighting technicians and a box excitingly labelled “Smoke machine and stuff”. In what turned out to be quite an emotional night for them, as it was the farewell gig for their keyboard player, they gave us a huge 2 hour set, including all the crowd pleasing songs for which they are becoming well known. Alan Burns, the chair of “A Passion for Life” in Cornwall, gave a gospel address in which he challenged the 200, mostly young, people present to think about the most real person they would ever encounter, ie Jesus. We pray that lots of people encountered Jesus last week and that this Easter, will come to know Him as their Saviour. Finally, thank you to all of you who took part. It was a delight to see the teams working so well together as old and new friends were dedicated to making the day a success. Thank you to our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ who made it all possible and who deserves all the glory
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