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Relay Blog: December 2017

‘Joy to the world’, semester one is complete! Many of you students will be so glad that semester one is complete and now it’s time to enjoy even more the festivities of this wonderful season!

As I reflect on my first semester as a Relay worker down in the South of Ireland, I am so thankful to God for the Christian students I have had the privilege of getting to know, serve alongside and to build each other up in faith as we study God's Word together. God has provided so much more than what I have needed to serve as a Relay worker this year. He has been with me every step of the way as I moved the length of both the North and South of Ireland to take up the role he had planned out for me in Cork City, working alongside Christian Unions Ireland (CUI) with Students in University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

So far in my Relay journey of 2017, I have loved being able to devote time into studying God's true and living Word, and finding out even more remarkable things about the Saviour's grace that He continuously pours out to all people of all nations!

At the beginning of December I was part of the CU Christmas festivities: a Carol Service held by UCC Christian Union. This was one of the biggest events in the CU calendar, and it could not have gone any better! We had countless CU Elves running around campus preparing and spreading festive joy, handing out invititations wrapped around mini candy canes! However, fifteen minutes before the main event, no Elf could have foreseen a massive toilet blockage causing a tremendous flooding in the main entrance to the location! With no time to spare all CU Elves worked together to make sure that the Carol service still went ahead. With a change of location and a quick bit of decoration the UCC CUs Carol Service was ready to commence. The wonderful UCC choir of UCC brought joyful singing to the evening, kicking us off with a number of traditional carols. Paul Steiner, a local Pastor in the area then shared a great message referring to everyone’s need for Jesus Christ our Saviour. The evening was then brought to a close with more carols and a social time of eating mince pies together! The CU also collaborated with the Cancer Society, and donations were raised for various cancer charities.

I spent the following weekend touring the beautiful West coast of Ireland with a number of International Students from the ICafé. We enjoyed a wonderful chilled weekend and of course, as it’s an Irish festive tradition, we watched the ‘Late Late Toy Show’, seeing numerous children and the host embarrass themselves for the nation's enjoyment! 

God has provided me with a fantastic opportunity this year, Relay Life has been great in terms of discipleship, training with Christian Unions. I’m so excited to see what God has in store and what he will do through Christian Students in the South of Ireland in 2018!

Our Relay Programme includes and is enriched by Conference Training Partners including all the Relay Workers based with CUI Ireland. If you're a final year student, a church or a Christian organisation, find out more about Relay and Conference Training Partners.

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