N. Ireland Summer Madness: Update 2
Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018
The team in Northern Ireland has had a whirlwind first couple of days on the ground, and it’s about to become even more of a whirlwind as we move from our rooms at Ulster University in Jordanstown to the campground at Summer Madness. The first two days were spent training and learning about the things we’ll be doing while working as event staff for Summer Madness. We set up our tents and toured the campground on the second day – a campground that extends across a mile’s worth of acreage around Glenarm Castle, which is a beautiful small castle that sits next to a harbor on the east coast of Northern Ireland. We also took a short tour of the village of Glenarm, capped off with some ice cream and a “wee dander” around the bay (a “wee dander” is a “short walk,” though in Northern Ireland the locals use “wee” very liberally in their description of distances. It could mean a quarter of a mile in some cases, or a 10-mile hike in others).
As the team moves into the tents for the next four days, please pray for strength and energy to make it through the festival. More than 1,000 young people from all over the country will be camping on site and participating in the festival. With sessions in the mornings and evenings, and break-out seminars throughout the day, it’s an event that is very similar to CIY’s MOVE in the States. But with a camp atmosphere and vendor tents smattered throughout the grounds, it truly will be more of a festival than MOVE. The team is excited to get to serve as event staff and make relationships with some of the Northern Ireland youth who will be in attendance. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would move through every interaction and conversation that we have over the next few days, and that we would be present and available for every moment God might lay before us to share the hope of the Gospel.