My name is Andrea and I am a primary school teacher from Limavady.
I am one of the co workers on the team and am so excited about this summer and what it holds for us all in the Czech Republic. I was part of the team last year and was blown away by the camp and the children and young people that we came into contact with there. We had so much fun during our time there and it was such a privilege to be able to share some of God's promises and love with them.
I am beyond excited about getting out there again this year and seeing what we as a team can achieve with two new children's homes and all the challenges and opportunities that it is going to present.
Please remember our team in prayer, that as we plan for going out there that we would put together a fun programme full of God's truths and that when we are there that we would be able to deliver it clearly to the children and young people in our care.
My name is Kathryn and I have just finished my fifth year at school.
I applied for team this year because I think it would be a good experience and I am interested in learning about the different lifestyles the children in the Czech Republic have compared with my own.
The thing I am looking forward to most this year is meeting the children and being able to connect with them and teach them about God despite the difficulties of the language barrier.
I would really appreciate it, if people could pray for the team, that we will meet all of our fundraising targets on time and that we won’t be nervous about actually being out in the Czech Republic and building relationships with the children.
My favourite thing about being on team so far has been bonding with the other team members.
My name is Mellissa and this year I am co-leading the DRY Czech Republic mission team!
I am very excited to get out there and see what God has in store for us! I am also excited about... spending time with the AMAZING team we have, meeting a crazy bunch of kids, singing loudly and out of tune to all the kids songs (that's why I'm the worship coordinator obviously!)
I am a little bit scared of... the food (being a vegetarian in Eastern Europe isn't common), getting sunburned (factor 50 doesn't protect me in Northern Irish weather!) and not getting all our fundraising done... SO PLEASE PRAY for fundraising targets to be met, for safety and for an incredible experience to be had by all!
Can I also say a BIG THANK YOU to all who have helped us so far and please continue to pray for us all!
Hello my name is Eleanor Mc Manus , I am 17 years old and I am currently studying for my a-levels in HE , RE , history and politics . In the future I would like to go to university and study to become a youth worker . My interest include reading , swimming and drawing .
My hopes for the team in the Czech Republic is that we can teach the children about The Lord and that they may come to know him in the future . I also hope that our time in the Czech Republic will change us for the better and help us to grow closer to God .
I would ask that people could pray for our team and that we will continue to grow together . And that God will be preparing the children hearts for what we will be teaching them when we are out there .
In July 2013 over 150 people came from all parts of N.Ireland to work in unity, cleaning streets, pulling weeds, painting fences and generally serving without expectation of any return. This was under the banner of StreetReach On The Move. A bit of a mouthful I know, but the StreetReach bit comes from the original project which happened after Summer Madness in Belfast about 10 years ago. The On The Move is what we in DRY call our project doing the same sort of work in our diocese.
This philosophy of OTM is simply to do things for others, without condition because of what Christ has done for us, without condition. We will share our faith if asked, but our prayer is that the acts of kindness speak deep into the hearts of those we serve about the kindness of God the Father.
Youth for Christ, Youth Initiatives, a group from Albany diocese, Summer Madness, Franscican Friars from Derry and DRY combined forces to hit Derry/Londonderry in 5 key areas. We divided into teams for the Brandywell, Clooney, St Peters parish and Tullyalley and a city centre prayer hub based in the Richmond Centre.
The days generally looked like this, breakfast at around 8 served by Jill and Katy (yum!!), then off onto the busses to get to our locations around the city. Once there the teams did some team building activities and preparation for the afternoon activity of work. Lunch was served in the various centres before the work began in earnest.
Overall the teams completed about 80 projects for people, cutting grass, clearing guttering or sweeping playgrounds. Not all jobs were requested by individuals - if it was seen to be done in a public space like a playground, it was sorted! It was particularly nice to return to Tullyalley, as OTM had been there before and some of the residents remembered us.
The evenings were also busy with story telling, worship and chill out a priority. Staying in Clooney Methodist church hall, and Waterside Presbyterian halls were a real blessing as the rooms were comfy, the Fransciscan Friars had organised air beds for everyone, and the space was more than enough.
On The Move extended it's reach into 5 areas through the help of other agencies who came on board - they did this because the city was the UK city of culture for the year, and there was a determined effort to be a Christian witness speaking into those celebrations. A real highlight was coming together with Cornerstone City Church on the Saturday to kneel and pray for the city around the Guildhall in a symbolic act of unity and purpose. It was a very powerful moment as you can sense from the photos (right).
Take a look at the video and then also check out the photos from the event. We would love you to get involved next year in Castledawson!
Last weekend was like any other weekend, it had a Friday, a Saturday and a Sunday. However, the main difference was that for this weekend the young people in the diocese of Derry and Raphoe came together in Bushmills for an EPIC ADVENTURE!
The DRY weekend this year was centred on the theme 'Unconditional'. Namely that God's love is unconditional for all of us - all we have to do is believe and accept it. Our speaker was Andrew Frame, who works for the Church of Ireland Youth Department. He lead us through four stories in the Bible of where God loved people unconditionally - and how that in turn changed their lives. Worship was by the talented Under Construction.
The sessions where we focussed on our faith were powerful and important times of learning. Instilling those fundamental Truths of faith in the lives of young people. We had some pretty powerful moments with prayer too - where we asked the young people to 'post' us prayer requests into a box. These ranged from exam stress to family illness, and self image to feeling unwanted. The leaders came together each night to pray for these requests - and we handed them over to God. Not because we have some mystical power to pray which the young people didn't, but simply that we wanted to bring before God our young people in faith, and ask Him to intervene in their lives on their behalf.
What the prayer box told us is that our young people carry around with them some big burdens, and we need to remember them in our prayers.
Of course no DRY weekend would be complete without some pretty awesome Saturday night entertainment, so we had 9 rounds of activities - one team against the other for points to be crowned the team of the weekend! It was tense stuff as the videos below show, however there can only be one winner - and the winner was the blue team!
It is our hope and prayer that the young people felt God say something to them at the DRY weekend 2014 about His unconditional love for them. That somehow they would know they are inexcusably loved, seen as abundantly beautiful and viewed as amazingly clever by the God who created them. We would pray that they would only care about His opinion in a world of judgement and superficiality.
Take a look at the video for a flavour of the DRY weekend 2014 - and be sure to join us next year, but if you can't wait that long - come to our next BLAZE event in April in Omagh!