SENT 2019 was emotional, hard-hitting, fun, crying, laugh-out-loud, life-changing and powerful - we met with God, bonded in fellowship, and had a blast doing it! Several of us who went from King’s down to Ipswich stayed in a house together for the two nights. We had breakfast together and prayed over each other, it made the crammed house feel like a warm and loving home.
From there we walked together along the dockside to the Orwell Centre, where Hope Church has made its home, for two days of intense teaching and dedicated worship. The presence of the Holy Spirit was a whirlwind through the group gathered in the upstairs room of Hope Church. There were people speaking in tongues, praying out, and singing personal songs directly to God - some for the first time ever!
The seminars were insightful and instructive, allowing us to question our thinking and challenge us to live our lives totally for God in a range of different ways. Some people went out onto the streets of Ipswich to spread the grace and gospel of God; feeding back stories that encouraged us to step out in our faith and witness to those around us. The encouragement (as the light-up sign from the prayer evening shouted) was for revival - on a grand scale! It’s something for which to fight and pray until we see God move powerfully throughout the world.
All in all it was an amazing weekend and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to each. and. every. young person in the church; but don’t just take my word for it - here are some others’ thoughts on what SENT was for them.
“SENT gave me a chance to refresh and recharge. There was a tangible sense of God’s presence over the weekend. The Holy Spirit fell powerfully and highlighted areas of my life that needed surrendering to God and processing with Him. It was great to spend time building friendships with church family too! There was such a sense of togetherness and eagerness to love and pray for one another throughout the weekend. I thoroughly recommend going next year if you have the chance!”
“Recently, God has been speaking to me about allowing space in my life for Him to move - when I give time to dwell in His presence I will find great contentment from Him. God’s Kingdom was the theme for SENT 2019. God continued to remind me of this throughout!
I had arrived feeling generally anxious about the weekend, as conferences like this are very encouraging but also overwhelming with a busy schedule and lots of people to chat to. Stef Liston reminded us that ‘He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to The Kingdom of His beloved son’ Colossians 1:13. Tom Scrivens, preaching on Hebrews 12, brought it home that we can throw off these things and step into The Kingdom of the beloved son - one that is unshakeable and secured by Jesus.
While my mind dwells on worries, fear, Instagram, or even what I am going to have for dinner (all shakeable things), I dwell in the kingdom of darkness. But in The Kingdom of His beloved son I can find life at its fullest - I just have to throw off these things that hinder!”
“At SENT, God reminded me how much He is always with me and that gave me the confidence to start praying and praising again - a part of my walk with Christ that had been dead for a long time. Being in that environment of fellowship, prayer, worship, encouragement and excellently taught word was like a light to the darkness I found myself in and it gave me the confidence I lacked to put all my hope in Jesus. I’d definitely recommend going. Wherever the hole in your life is, Jesus wants to fill it - and He will as you give Him the opportunities to. SENT is one such opportunity.”