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Answers to page 4&5 1: All in All 2: Top Secret 3: Once in a blue moon 4: One in a million 5: Three blind mice 6: Read between the lines 7: Half Hearted 8: Right between the eyes 9: Cross Breed 10: A round of applause 11: Rewind 12: No place to go 13: Turn it up 14: Jack in a box 15: Back to square one 16: Fill in the blamks 17: Tickled pink 18: Ice cube

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CONTENTS: TICKLED

4. ForGIVE & Forget

Can you work out the phrases!

14. The Greatest GIFT...?

6. The Search for Home

16. GIVE Blood

Some quotes on GIFTS!

Jesus GAVE Everything!

22. Don’t GIVE In

24. GIVE or Take

A look at Hacksaw Ridge

31. GIVE Us a Smile!

Some jokes to make you smile...

11. GIVE Thanks

Interview with Beatrice Smith

Wordsearch

17. Jonathan Pacquiao

Beauty and the Beast

38. The GIFT of a Velvet Bag With Tom Elliott

A look at the latest Pirates film!

20. Hamish Rice

Interview with a Boxer

The Life of a hockey hopeful!

26. Chip K

30. GIFT Tag

Quiz

32. GIVE Them a Chance

12. God Doesn’t GIVE Up

Don’t be labelled!

GIVE It Your All!

34. Joel McFarlane

What it takes to be an athlete...

39. GIFT Lists What’s on Yours?

37. GIFT Wrap

Don’t believe the lies!

40. GIVE Something Back Trip to Kenya!


GIVE GIVE GIVE GIVE Did you understand the title? It comes from one of those word games where you have to guess the phrase from the pictorial form. If you didn’t get it the answer is ‘Forgive and Forget’ (4 Give, 4 Get) - easy when you know but can seem impossible when you don’t know the answer. A bit like the phrase itself, it can seem an impossible task to forgive and forget and yet for our own health we need to be able to do just that.

GET GET GET GET Are you quick to forgive and forget or are you inclined to hold a grudge and dwell on it for ages? The trouble with not forgiving someone is that really the person that gets hurt the most is you! The other person is often oblivous of your hurt or not bothered by it so why not think about forgiving someone who has hurt you and save yourself the heartache...?

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‘The Search for Home’ Beatrice Smith

that I get to have coffee with people and listen to their dreams. The projects are mostly Christian ones, because when people find Jesus they want to do something good for others, but not exclusively. If we find people who want to do something important for their community we will help fund it. A friend described it as ‘looking for an imprint of the creator’ in what people are hoping to do. I have been married to Stuart for 8 years and we have 2 children, a 3 year old son and 6 year old daughter.

So can you tell us a bit about your story?

It is a bit of a long story but briefly in 1994 when the whole genocide happened we were there and we found ourselves caught up in the middle of it! Prior to this we had a happy and peaceful childhood, I didn’t feel different from my neighbours and it was a lovely, beautiful place to live. When the genocide started happening I felt very confused. I was just 10 years old and wondering what was happening to my country. One of the worse things was seeing my parents unsettled and frightened, that is very difficult for a child. People started to flee their homes and seek shelter. I didn’t really understand what was happening, all I knew was that it was unsafe and something wasn’t right.

Beatrice has recently had a book published about her life as a child in Rwanda and the effect the 1994 genocide had on her and her family as they fled their home and found themselves as refugees for 4 years before arriving in the UK. Her story is one of hardship and pain but also of hope and trust in God. You can read the full story about Beatrice’s early years in Rwanda and her life as a refugee in her book ‘The Search For Home’ but you can find out a bit about it here! Did you experience the violence first hand? We found ourselves in the middle of this with Can you tell us a bit about what you do now? I don’t do very much right now! No, I work for a very small Christian organisation that funds people and grass roots community projects. The best part of my job is

people coming to us for shelter. I didn’t understand the politics but just knew something wasn’t right; Rwanda was broken and unsafe. It was a very confusing time. We came face to face with killers on


Beatrice is in the yellow dress! several occasions as gangs were going round attacking Tutsi or anyone who looked as if they had something worth taking! On four separate occasions we had gangs come to our house who might have killed us. One particular time, which I talk about in the book, was seeing a gang kill our friends who lived opposite us. It was horrific and awful to witness and then they walked towards our house. You know what is coming and it is the worst moment of your life, thinking you might not survive. Miraculously we did survive but we lost a lot of friends and neighbours, death almost became the norm. We had to flee our home and our journey to find safety began. Nothing prepares you for that – it was very difficult to leave a place you have grown up and felt safe to go somewhere completely different and unknown with just the parts of your life you could carry!

Was it hard to keep faith in God when things were so tough? I didn’t have time to think about it almost. A lot of our time was spent in fear and I don’t think I even prayed that much. I do remember praying when the gang came to our house and sat us down and said, ‘Say your prayers!’ I knew I could be about to die and that makes you pray! When faced with life and death it makes you very aware of God and eternity and all you can think is ‘Please God help me.’

Were you a Christian then?

Yes, I grew up in a Christian home, my dad had given up a career in law to become a Pentecostal minister and we loved it. I believed in God, prayed and never questioned the existence of God because it was our reality and normality. So I always thought I was a Christian but then a visiting preacher came to the church and I realised I couldn’t rely on my parent’s faith, I had to trust Jesus for myself. Previously I’d thought that if Jesus came back and took his followers up into heaven I could just hold on to my dad’s coat but this man said, ‘Some of you are thinking you will be able to grab hold of your parent’s coat but you can’t’! So that day I decided I wanted to know Jesus for myself rather than know stuff about him.

Did you come straight to England?

When we left home we went into Congo and were in a refugee camp for about 6 months. Then someone helped us to get into Kenya, from there Swaziland and finally the UK. That sounds smooth but it certainly wasn’t. It was 4 years and 4 countries and my parents had to keep everything and everybody together. There are 6 children in the family and it was a difficult and dangerous journey. Even in that I can see God’s hand as none of us were lost or injured.

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When you came to the UK was it easy to settle?

I arrived when I was nearly 15 and I was really excited about going to school because I loved school and hadn’t been able to go properly during our time as refugees. I do remember introducing myself and people laughing at my accent which wasn’t easy and made it hard to settle. It wasn’t what we had expected and even though we were safe it was still hard to adjust. The children adjusted more easily than my parents but we found a great church and they really helped. It was like we were living in two different worlds though as my parents adapted at a much slower rate. Writing my story and being a mum myself made me realise just how hard it must have been for them and how much they sacrificed to keep us safe.

to pass the time and the only thing I could think of writing was my story. My daughter has always wanted to know where I came from so I began to write for her. When I had reached the point where we arrived in the UK it felt like the story was done and when my friend asked how my writing was going I told her I’d finished. She was surprised and asked what was finished? It wasn’t meant to be a book, just something for my daughter! She asked me to send it to her, she read it, liked it and sent it to a publisher! They picked it up and published it. So it was a rather odd way to have a book published as it wasn’t what I intended at all but God had other plans. I’m very grateful that God’s plans aren’t the same as mine and that I get to share this story that is so full of God’s goodness, hope and protection. You can pick one up in any bookshop or for tablets too. ‘TheSearch For Home’ is my journey and about God’s grace and love.

So what languages did you speak?

I thought I spoke English well but apparently not! I could actually speak 9 languages by the time I arrived in the UK but that didn’t help when it came to writing essays and school! I came into my GCSE year after a very sporadic education and found it difficult. I’m one of those weird people who love school so it was hard when I didn’t do that well in my exams. I wish I could go back to my 15 year self and say, ‘You did fantastically to achieve 4 GSCE’s.’ I had to re-sit some at college before doing A levels and then on to University. I did better at A level because I knew the system and was speaking the language better. I had to learn fast because I had no other option, I had no safety net to fall back on.

And then last year you had a car accident?

Yes, I did and it resulted in my book! My family and I were involved in a very serious car accident in which we were hit head-on at 90 mph by a drunk driver. I was really badly injured and broke my coccyx and pelvis so ended up in hospital for some time! I love doing stuff so I found it very hard to sit still, I couldn’t walk or dress myself. My friend suggested I wrote or journaled

Have you had to struggle with forgiveness?

Not really because I don’t believe those acts were carried out by people in their right minds. I don’t attribute the genocide to the Rwanda or the people I knew. Something happened to our country and I feel sorrow for everyone because we all lost so much. My prayer is that our homeland will be restored to a land of peace once again.


Have you any advice you could give to our readers?

My advice would be to find out who you are made to be. I believe God has a plan for each of us. It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you are right now, there is a great plan for you! As a Christian I believe God has a good, exciting plan and from my experience the Creator knows best so why not ask him who and what he wants you to be...? Then don’t let anyone try and steer you in a different direction.

What is the best gift you have been given?

I love shoes so I guess it would have to be a pair of gold shoes that a friend bought for me. I wore them for about 6 years, they made me feel so special and loved. I can’t wear them any more but I still have them!

If you could have a gift voucher for anywhere where would you choose?

mostly through my years as a refugee and a youth leader.

‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future!’ I have recently found out it was actually written for refugees which is amazing. Throughout our journey as refugees I really felt God was saying that he had plans for me which at the time was hard to understand. How could he have good plans when our tent flooded and we lost the little we had brought out with us or when we hadn’t eaten for several days? But as I look back I can see God’s hand at work and his plan to give us hope and a future. This verse speaks to me every day.

I don’t buy as many shoes now so I would love one for a coffee shop as I spend a lot of time and money in them talking to people. I love sitting with people and hearing their stories and talking so that would be good.

Do you have a favourite bible verse that helps you when you feel like giving up? Anyone who knows me will know my verse is Jeremiah 29 v 11, I have lived with this all through my life but

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GIVE THANKS! Do you remember to thank those who do stuff for you or does their service go largely unnoticed because you just assume they will do it? I was challenged recently by something someone said about ‘Giving Thanks’ and it was this question, ‘What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you have thanked God for?’ For many of us we would wake up with very little! We take so much for granted as if it is our right and often fail to be thankful. Being grateful for stuff will

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GOD DOESN’T GIVE UP! In Dead Men Tell No Tales Captain Jack Sparrow once again finds himself in trouble. This time it is from deadly ghost pirates, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, who is determined to kill every pirate at sea...including Captain Jack! The only hope of survival is if he can find the legendary Trident of Poseidon, which enables its holder to have total control over the seas. Can Jack find the Trident before Salazar finds him....? Did you know God is looking for YOU? Not to punish you but to love you if you’ll let him. God never gives up on us – no matter what we do he is still interested in us and still loves us. The poster could read WANTED and then your name!!

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Hopefully we can all think of something we have been given that has made us very happy…it might be the latest technology, an expensive piece of clothing or your favourite chocolate. Whilst it’s nice to get ‘things’ as you get older you realise that often the best gifts are things such as love, time, a listening ear or a hug. Give these things to people and they will be remembered far more than the out of date phone, out of fashion clothing item or sweets that lasted just a few moments. Admittedly it takes more effort on our part to give such things rather than a present, which we probably ordered online, but in an age where a lot of contact is virtual these things are even more important. Don’t take people’s time and love for granted, it’s the best gift they can give you! As a Christian I would have to say the greatest gift is Jesus coming into the world to die for us and yet even this we can take for granted. Why not take some time to think about what the Bible says and whether you believe it…. Below are some quotes on gifts and giving..... Do you agree with them?

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To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift. Steve Prefontaine Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. Jim Valvano We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. Maya Angelou A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Jesus Christ


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Maimonides For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give. Eleanor Roosevelt Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theatre, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it. Al Lopez Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill

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We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve. Bill Gates The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. Brian Tracy Survival can be summed up in three words - never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying. Bear Grylls Life as we know it, with all its ups and downs, will soon be over. We all will give an accounting to God of how we have lived. William Wilberforce

People like to think of you as a certain person, or a certain type of person, and they do love to give you a label. We like luggage labels, and we like people labels. Clare Balding Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows? Joel Osteen The advice I would give to someone is to not take anyone’s advice. Eddie Murphy Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got. Tim Cook People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically... No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. Rosa Parks

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GIVE BLOOD Giving blood is a great thing to do. There are a few qualifications such as age, weight and whether you are generally fit and healthy. When I was younger I didn’t weigh enough but now I’m older and do qualify I’ve found that getting blood out of me is VERY difficult. On occasions when I’ve had to give blood for tests I’ve come out like a pin cushion, having had 3 or 4 people all try to get even a small amount.

operations would have to be cancelled and people could die as a result. Patients often need a blood donation to give them life!

Jesus didn’t give us just a blood donation he gave his life so that we could live life as God intended. In the Bible it says that we can be forgiven because Jesus has died in our place. There are no special qualifications to participate - you just need to realise you need But giving blood if you are God and ask him to forgive able to can certainly help you. save lives. Without people donating blood many

For by the blood of Jesus we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. Ephesians 1 v 7

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Jonathan Pacquiao

Jonathan is the head of PE at a Birmingham secondary school, but he is also a boxer and a Christian. Find out why they are all important parts of his life by reading his story below...

Can you tell us a bit about yourself...?

I was born in Birmingham and I still live there! My mum was originally from Jamaica and my dad is English. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. We lived in the inner city and the schools were quite rough but my parents brought us up in a Christian environment. We went to a local Baptist church which I found boring at the time, I didn’t see how it connected to me and my life. Now I am the head of PE at a secondary school and box as well.

How did you get into boxing?

I actually got into it at quite a late stage. You are legally allowed to compete from 11 but I was in my 20’s when I started. One of my colleagues was an ex-professional boxer and I used to go to the gym with him to train 5 or 6 times a week. The coach was always on my case to compete but I put it off as I wasn’t really interested. But then I was moving to the States and I thought I’d give

it a go before I went just to see what it was like. Turns out I was good at it so I pursued it when I came back from America.

On a video I saw you describe boxing as a lifestyle – what do you mean?

Well, I was probably referring to better boxers! If you want to be really good it has to be a lifestyle, you can’t just train a bit before a fight and do what you like in between. Boxing affects what you eat, how you spend your time and how much rest you need. It takes a lot of time and dedication to make it in any sport because you need to be careful with your food intake, you need to train hard which takes time and effort and you have to be willing to give things up in favour of your sport. I have Sundays off from my training regime and a half day Saturday but it is a lifestyle and all your choices are filtered through it. If people ask do you want this to eat or to do this your mind automatically filters it with ‘What effect will it have on my training?’ 17 15


What about when you don’t win?

I don’t always win but the few times I have lost I felt it was the wrong decision! I’ve been happy with my performance but the decisions don’t always go your way. Before I was a Christian that would have really played on my mind and I’d have been disappointed but now I can see that it isn’t the end of the world if I lose. The ring part of boxing is really just the entertainment side that other people see, whereas the training and preparation is what is really important.

Does being a boxer help in any way with being a Christian?

When did you become a Christian and why?

I was in my late 20’s. I’d known about God but I never really knew him before that. I should have given my life to Christ before that but I was too busy doing my own thing and caught up with other stuff! Then one Sunday evening I went to my old family church and sat at the back. I don’t remember what was said from the front but I knew God was speaking to me – ‘Enough is enough, when are you going to let me in...?’ After the service I went up to the pastor and told him I wanted to give my life to Christ.

Does being a Christian help your boxing?

Absolutely! I can remember what it was like to box when I wasn’t a Christian and the contrast is vast. For example the way I feel coming up to a fight has changed because the anxiety and nerves are gone. Now people wonder why I’m so calm. It’s because I know that God won’t leave me or forsake me and that nothing that happens in the ring changes me as a person. My confidence is in God.

Yes, for me it definitely does. Life isn’t always great and everyone meets people who they don’t like or who irritate them, even in church. Boxing has helped me with issues of self-control. When I’m teaching I tell pupils that you need to strike with assertion rather than lashing out with aggression because when you lose control you make mistakes and get hurt. It is the same in everyday life, boxing has enabled me to remain calmer and not just lash out with my actions or words.


Do you have a favourite Bible verse What is the best gift you have been that helps you in your daily life? given? When I go into schools and deliver lessons with ‘Fight the good fight ministries’ we always have 1 Corinthians 9 v 27 on display. It is not my favourite but it’s definitely a good one. It refers to a boxer! ‘But like a boxer I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached the gospel to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified as unfit for service.’ For me it sums up how I feel about life. My favourite is probably Romans 4 v 18 which talks about Abraham hoping without hope, ‘Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed.’ It is a bit like the ‘Rocky’ story where he kept going even when others thought it was pointless - Abraham still had hope that God would answer him!

It was actually from my 2 nephews and it was a card they made me. They had drawn and stuck all kinds of things on it about me, from my faith, boxing, my clothes, my favourite foods and even my favourite cup of tea! They were quite young but it was amazing that they could pick out things about me that had obviously struck them in some way. It really made me think about the impact I have on people without even realising it.

What do you think is the biggest lie society ‘gift wraps’ for us?

I think from everyday life it is that you can get to heaven and get through life by being good. Obviously being good is better than being bad, but it is not enough. I believe that Jesus is the only Can you think of any times when you way to heaven and believing in something or being have been given a second chance? good just isn’t the same. So many people are being good and thinking that will be good enough Loads! From a spiritual point of view there is obviously becoming a Christian and being given a whereas, I would love for people to see they are second chance because of Jesus. When I was misplacing their trust in themselves instead of God.. younger I was involved in a head-on car crash which involved our car flipping over but I walked away from it unharmed. I have also spent 3 weeks in prison for something silly and I was given a second chance at teaching when I came out which I am extremely grateful for.

What advice would you give young people?

In general I’d say get into some kind of sport so you are doing something physical. Nowadays kids are often inactive and it isn’t good for them physically, mentally or socially. In sport there are principles that will help you in every day life and help you grow as a person and develop character.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

It wasn’t necessarily advice but there is a comment I will never forget. When I was getting warmed up for a fight, after a period away from the ring, a trainer said to me, ‘You wanted to do this, no one is forcing you, you make the choice!’ I take that comment with me everywhere I go and in whatever doing, I’m the one who chooses my actions and I want to do everything to the best of my ability.

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Hamish Rice is part of the under 16’s Hockey training squad in Scotland. We asked him to tell us a bit about his life and how being a Christian is part of that. How did you get into hockey rather than footie or rugby?

When I was younger my parents let me try a lot of different sports: gymnastics, football, basketball, swimming, badminton and so on. My brother and I were given a form about hockey training when I was in primary 6 and he went along the first week but I didn’t. I thought it would be boring so didn’t bother. Fergus really enjoyed it and suggested I try it out the next week. I went and found it was fun and they seemed to think I had some talent so it went from there.

Where do you play?

Normally we play outside on astro turf but at the moment it is too cold so we are playing indoors! In terms of position I play in midfield, defence or attack for my club but for Scotland I play in defence and I quite enjoy that.

What has been your hi-light of playing hockey so far?

I’d have to say either going to Holland with the Scotland under 16 development squad or winning the under 18’s Scottish cup final this year with my club.

How much training do you have to do? I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10 v 10

Quite a lot! I train 5 times a week and also have to get up in the mornings before school to do weights plus having games at the weekend. It definitely keeps me busy...

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m 15 and am from a family of 6 with a little brother, one older and one younger sister and my parents. I’m in the 4th year at school and I love playing hockey! I spend most of my time playing hockey to be honest. I also like to play the guitar and enjoy playing in the youth band at church. I do like school but I’d rather be out playing hockey! Last year I won Sports Personality of the Year at school.

Have you had to give stuff up to be so involved with sport?

I have given up scouts which I enjoyed but I was moving up to Explorers and it was at a difficult time so I had to give it up. I’ve also had to give up a lot of socialising with school friends because of training but I have friends at hockey so it isn’t too bad!


Where/ what do you hope to be in 5 years time?

That’s a difficult question. I would hope to still be playing hockey at a high level and if not I’d still like to be involved with the hockey community either umpiring or coaching. I’d also like to be at uni and I’m thinking of doing sports science or something similar.

Can you tell us about your faith journey so far?

I have been brought up in a Christian home so mum and dad are fully supportive and have helped me along the way. I have given my life to Christ but I can’t name a specific date for that. Three years ago I went to a Scripture Union summer camp for the first time and I felt like I’d really connected with God properly for the first time.

Does being a Christian help with your hockey?

Yes I think it does. I do try and pray before each game but have to be honest and say that sometimes in the hype I forget! But I think it helps because when I lose I know it isn’t the end of the world whereas other players can tend to get more frustrated.

had been talking to each other and decided that was what I needed to hear! Hockey and being a Christian can be tough but I’m determined to persevere!

What is the best gift you have been given?

Hockey because it has given me so many experiences and opportunities to meet different people. I have been given a sponsorship by a small firm called Kuka to spread the word about their products. I am quite a confident person so I also get to spread the word about Jesus.

Do you have any unusual gifts or talents?

Three years ago just before Christmas something happened in the family and people fell out. On Christmas Eve we were eating dinner and I had an image in my head of the person coming in and saying sorry. Five minutes later it happened exactly as I’d pictured and everything was resolved. It was very odd but also exciting to think God had shown me something!

Do you have a favourite bible verse that helps you in your daily life? Yes, it is a verse I got from the SU summer camp 3 years ago and it is John 10 v 10 - I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.

Can you think of any times when you have been given a second chance?

I will use a hockey example as that is easiest! On one occasion we were having a hard game and I had switched off and was angry. I can’t remember exactly what I did but I wasn’t very nice to an opposition player. The umpire blew his whistle and I thought I was going to get a yellow card, which is 5 or 10 mins off the pitch, or at least a green one which is 1 or 2 minutes. Amazingly he just said he was warning me not to do it again! I switched back on, apologised to the other player and God and played on with a much better attitude.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

One of my hockey coaches said, ‘Never give up, always keep going and even when it’s tough keep going!’ It reminded me of what my youth pastor had said almost word for word. It was as if they

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Don’t Give In Hacksaw Ridge is a film set in World War II and is based on the true life story of Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield), the son of an alcoholic army veteran who suffers from PTSD. As a devout Christian and also a patriot he joins the fight against the oppressive Japanese military as an army medic, refusing to carry a weapon through the hell fire of battle in Okinawa at the height of the war. He enlisted with the belief that he could serve his God unarmed and without killing enemy soldiers. Doss saved as many lives as he could whilst dodging bullets and hand grenades. Single-handedly he saved the lives of over 75 of his comrades while under constant enemy fire by lowering them on a rope from an escarpment over 100 metres high. The Ridge was eventually captured and Doss became one of the most decorated heroes of World War II, receiving the Medal Of Honour. The film does not shrink from showing the harsh realities of war whilst also showing the effect faith can have in a man’s life when he puts his trust in God!

Whilst this film will be too graphic for our younger readers there are many things we can take from it and one that stands out is ‘Don’t Give In’! Doss stuck to his beliefs and didn’t allow others to tell him what to do. How often are we tempted to give in because we don’t want to stand out from the crowd or appear different? How many times do we do stuff because we think it will make life easier or make us popular?

Doss did what he felt was right rather than going along with the crowd.... What will you do in the situations you find yourself in...?


Hacksaw Ridge

Let us not grow tired of doing what is right. Galations 6 v 9

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It is often said that it is ‘better to give than receive’ and there certainly is a good feeling when giving, whether it is an actual present, kind words, a smile or a hug. Many people though would still argue with the phrase and say they’d rather receive. After all everyone likes presents so how can giving be better than getting…? Are you the sort of person that is always wanting to take or do you prefer to give? Does doing something for others make you feel happy or just disgruntled? Do you get pleasure from seeing other people happy or do you always think about yourself? Take a look at the questions below and see what sort of person you are! It’s your friend’s birthday, do you…... A) Make it a special day for them? B) Message them on facebook/ instagram/ snapchat but nothing else? C) Forget to do anything? It’s the school fair and your year has been asked to take chocolate, do you….. A) Buy a big box? B) Buy the smallest bar you can find? C) Forget all about it? A friend is passing a bag of sweets round, do you…… A) It’s likely to be you who is sharing your sweets? B) Take one and pass it on? C) Take a big handful? You are having a party, do you..…. A) Provide all the food and drinks? B) Provide food but tell everyone to bring there own drinks? C) You wouldn’t have a party it’s too much hassle? It’s the end of year and your form teacher is leaving, do you…... A) Start a collection for a present and card? B) Donate some cash if someone else is organising it? C) Forget to bring any cash but still expect to sign the card? Your parent asks you to help tidy up, do you…... A) Help as much as you can till job is finished? B) Start to help but soon get distracted? C) Pretend you didn’t hear and disappear out the door? At school the person you sit next to is always forgetting equipment, do you…… A) Let them borrow yours all the time? B) Let them borrow a few times but suggest they get their own? C) It’s likely to be you who has forgotten stuff and is asking to borrow?


You are doing a group presentation at school, do you…… A) Do as much as you can to make sure it is good? B) Play your part but expect others to as well? C) Do as little as possible? Friends are doing a charity run, do you…… A) Join in and help raise more? B) Sponsor them a small amount? C) Hope they won’t ask you to do anything or to sponsor them? A friend is struggling with a homework assignment, do you…… A) Go over it with them? B) Suggest they ask the teacher? C) Tell them you are too busy to help? There is just one biscuit left on the plate, do you… A) You wouldn’t dream of taking it? B) Ask around and eat it if no one else does? C) You’ve already eaten most of them, one more won’t hurt? You and your friends need a lift, do you…… A) Offer your parents as chauffeurs, they won’t mind? B) Check with your parents to see if they could do one way? C) Hope someone else’s parents will offer? You walk past a homeless person, do you…… A) Stop to chat and give them some food? B) Throw some small change in their container? C) What homeless person? Your friend needs a new outfit, do you…… A) Allow them to borrow anything of yours? B) Pick out a few of your things they might like? C) Tell them to go shopping? Did you get a mixture of answers or did one stand out? Take a look below…… If you answered mostly A - You are an angel in disguise! You are always thinking about others and are willing to put yourself out to help. You give without expecting to receive anything in return. Just be careful that you don’t let others take advantage of your kindness and walk all over you. If you answered mostly B - You are willing to give but also like to receive. You don’t let people take advantage of you but at the same time are ready to help if needed. You are not always thinking about number one but it can be an easy trap to fall into - so be on your guard! If you answered mostly C - You are one of life’s takers. You expect everyone to give their time, effort and money to make you feel good without even thinking of returning the favour. Why not try giving occasionally instead of always looking at what you can get. You might be surprised to find that giving is better than receiving. ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’ And Jesus will reply, ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.’ Luke 25 v 37-40

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CHIP K GIVE IT YOUR ALL!

We first met Chip when he was starting with ‘The Band With No Name’ (TBWNN) back in 2001. I caught up with him for coffee the other week to find out what he is doing now and what motivates him to give his all!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your faith journey?

My name is Chip Kendall but I guess you got that! My faith journey started with my parents. My dad was a worship pastor in Florida and was always putting on big events and trying to gather loads of people together. Because my sister and I were musically inclined like him, he would always put us right at the front so from an early age I had the opportunity to get involved. I became a Christian at the age of 4. My mum was driving home from church and I asked her why people were talking about having Jesus in their heart...? It was confusing for a 4 year old. She explained that being a Christian was like having Jesus in the driving seat of your life. I could understand that because she was driving me so I asked if I could do that. We prayed together and I gave my life to Jesus. When I was 12 we moved to Israel and I started to really read the Bible and love it. I didn’t have many friends so I had time! I love to help people engage with God and the Bible. Being a Christian isn’t just for Sundays, it is something we need to work on and cultivate every day. .

What have you been doing since TBWNN? The only acronym that takes more syllables than the actual name! God opened up this opportunity when my wife and I sent an audition tape to ‘The Tribe’ and I ended up in TWBNN instead. The band finished in 2011 and the very next month I had my first gig with my new band ‘The Chip Kendall’ band. I joke that I went from the band with no name to the band with my name! We’ve done loads of concerts since then with 1000’s of young people giving their life to Jesus. My wife and I are the Creative pastors at Audacious church in Manchester and I do presenting on God TV. I’m excited to be starting something called the Praise Ship Orbitron Tour which brings the good news


about Jesus to families, in fact I love anything that involves using media to get across the message about Jesus.

What is the main message of your album ‘All In’?

There is a verse in the Bible that talks about taking up your cross and following Jesus; he doesn’t just want a bit of your life, he wants it all. Like a gambler putting all his money in one spot on the roulette wheel God wants us to trust him with our whole life. Jesus came for the last, the least and the lost. The album finishes with ‘Stage Dive’ which was the result of a conversation with my son. We were talking about Jesus coming into the world that first Christmas and how it was like a stage dive. Jesus left heaven to come into the world and sacrifice his life for us, it was an ‘All in’ thing. God wants us to be willing to do the same, maybe not a cross but definitely being willing to step out and trust God’s plan for you.

Do you have a favourite track you like to listen to or perform?

Can you think of any times when you have been given a second chance? I love to write songs and made my first album called ‘Show me who I am’ when I was 16. When we moved to England and joined TBWNN I had so many ideas and songs and I did co-write some but for the most part my ideas were not used. So I stopped writing songs! Then around the time that God was speaking to me about moving on from the band I had the opportunity to write with my friend Phil. The night before I’d done a concert and for a big entrance I’d decided to jump from the balcony on to the stage! It worked well in sound check but when I did it live it was dark and I had no idea where the floor was. I landed slightly on my heels and it was agony. I got through the gig and went to Phil’s the next day. It was an amazing time where all the blockages and fears went and we wrote some great stuff so I got my second chance! The following day I went to the hospital and was told I’d fractured both my heels, in fact any further and I’d have had permanent damage. That time spent with Phil made me realise I have to work at writing and invest time and effort. You need to develop gifts rather than just hoping they will grow.

Definitely ‘Front Row’ which is a song I wrote for our daughter. It is about the fact that no matter how far away I am, I’ll always be on the front row supporting you! I want my daughter to know that I’m cheering her on and supporting her. There is nothing that she can do that will make me love her less, or more for that matter, I just love her. I love singing it and even though it doesn’t always get everyone jumping around the way some of the other songs do I will always sing it because it is like a picture of how God feels about each of us. God loves us!

Do you have a favourite bible verse that helps you in your daily life?

Romans 12 v 21 says ‘Do not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.’ Often people try to ‘fight fire with fire’ but as a Christian I need to respond differently. I need to respond to selfishness with generosity and to hate with love. It is not easy but you have to choose how to react. Some people find it easier but we all make the choice as to how we respond.

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How do you get inspiration for songs? Often it is when I set specific time aside but it also can happen at any time. The inspiration for Front Row came when I was driving with Eden asleep in the back and I just had this melody in my head and the words came as I was watching her sleep.

I want to give them a good example to follow and point them to Jesus. My parents did a great job showing me how faith works and I’d love to do the same. When we moved to Israel we had to rely on God to provide for us and learn that faith is everyday, not just for Sundays. One day Mum made us a meal and told us this would be our ‘last supper’ as there was no more money left! The next day a cheque arrived from a lady who had dreamt that we had run out of food and were eating bug sandwiches! I want to give them confidence in God and family values of love and joy.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Dave Gilpin from Hope City Church in Sheffield said ‘you were born an original so why die a copy’ and that was great advice. Each of us is unique yet we often try to blend in with the crowd. But being unique is special because it gives you a different perspective and responsibility. You see things in a different way to other people and that is good because we each have a unique role to play. Being like someone else won’t make you happy because that’s not who you are supposed to be!

What is the best gift you have been given? My black jacket is a gift. We saw it in a shop when we were looking for stuff for our music video and it was fabulous but the price wasn’t! The shop owner agreed we could have it for half price but it was still too expensive for us. My wife then asked people to help get me the jacket and gave it to me as a birthday, Christmas and Father’s day present! A couple of years before I had felt prompted by God to give my hoody away as part of an offering at church and that had taken some effort as it was my favourite and was irreplaceable. Getting the jacket was God giving me something better back – you can’t out-give God!

Do not be overcome with evil but overcome evill with good. Romans 12 v 21

People often say they want to give their kids everything – what do you want to give your kids?


What do you think is the biggest lie society ‘gift wraps’ for us? I think it is that you can get the best out of your life without God. It is definitely gift wrapped because it sounds great to think that you have all you need in yourself. The truth is that God knows what is best for you and he has a really great plan for your life. Trouble is that it sometimes looks like sacrifice or obedience which aren’t so immediately appealing. God wants us to work with him but we like to think we are in control. It can be easier to follow everyone else but following God has better long term prospects!

Do you have any unusual gifts or talents?

Enthusiasm! I’m very enthusiastic about everything and my wife says it sometimes gets me into trouble. But I think it is unusual, it’s the way God made me – in fact the word is based on the Greek for God which is ‘Theo’, enthusiasm is bringing God into things! I can also turn conversations into songs, it’s something I do with my son and we sing to each other, even making it rhyme.

To find more out about Chip check out www.chipkendall.com FB: chip.kendall TW: @chipkendall Insta: @chipkendall

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At Christmas time gift tags are very important for getting the present to the right person. You want your gifts to reach the correct individual so you tag or label them or as my sister-in-law does you wrap each person’s gifts in different paper - very useful for large families where you don’t want the hassle of writing lots of labels!

Gift Tag Whilst tags or labels are great for presents they aren’t good for people yet we are all guilty of using them. We are very quick to label someone by how they look, the music they listen to, where they are from, their skin colour and the list goes on.

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We can also label ourselves, the funny one, the fat one, the geek, the musical one, the drama queen, the selfie king and so on. But we are not just limited to a label! The Bible tells us that God looks at the inside, not our outward appearance or label, and LOVES US. So no matter what label others or you have placed over yourself God’s label over you is LOVED!

Gift Tag 1 Samuel 16 v 7 - For God does not see as man sees, for man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.


GIVE US A SMILE... I can remember my dad saying, ‘Go on, give us a smile’ when I was little and had hurt myself or was upset. It was his way of cheering me up and getting me to focus on something other than what had upset me. Smiling can make us feel good as well as the person we are smiling at! When we watch or hear the news and there are so many problems and disasters around us we can feel that we can’t do much to help. But we can help those we come into contact with everyday because we can all smile. So why not give someone a smile today - it costs absolutely nothing but can mean the world to someone else! Here are some jokes to make you smile… As the storm raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, “Anyone here know how to pray?” A pastor stepped forward. “Captain, I know how to pray.” “Good,” said the captain, “you pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets – we’re one short.”

Why do hummingbirds hum? Because they don’t know the words.

Did all the animals on the ark come in pairs? No the worms came in apples.

What do you call a bee born in May? A maybe!

Which animals were the last to leave the ark? The elephants. It took some time for them to pack their trunks.

I invited a teddy bear to dinner yesterday. I offered him some food but he said, ‘No thanks I’m stuffed.’

What do you call an alligator in a vest? An Investigator

What TV station do bees watch? Bee Bee C one!

What do you give a dog with a fever? Mustard, its the best thing for a hot dog!

What do you call a Bee who is having a bad hair day? A Frisbee.

Where do sheep go to get haircuts? To the Baa Baa shop! What do you call a rabbit with fleas? Bugs Bunny!

What do you call a bear without ears? B Why do bears have fur coats? Because they’d look stupid in anoraks!

Why did the cat join the Red Cross? Because she wanted to be a first-aid kit! What kind of dog does Dracula have? A bloodhound!

How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? Tentacles.

What kind of dog sounds like you can eat it? A sausage dog!

How do spiders communicate? Through the World Wide Web.

What do you call an elephant that flies? A jumbo jet!

What is it called when a cat wins a dog show? A CAT-HAS-TROPHY!

What kind of a key opens a banana? A monkey!

Why do birds fly south? Because it’s too far to walk.

How do you make a glow worm happy? Cut off his tail, he’ll be de-lighted!

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Give Them a Chance!

Photo credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK

The new Disney version of Beauty and the Beast sees Emma Watson take up the role of Belle. This time there is a little more background as to why Belle doesn’t fit in other than she just likes reading. She is an inventor who has developed a washing machine so she can spend more time studying rather than doing chores. She doesn’t want to fit in with what everyone one else thinks she should do - she wants to be given a chance! As we all know, as the story progresses, she gives the Beast, played by Dan Stevens, a chance too!

How good are we at giving people a chance to be themselves? Do we expect or want everyone to be just like us or are we happy to enjoy our differences? In the Bible it talks about how God has made us all unique, with different talents and abilities. We aren’t made to conform to a stereotype, so let’s not try and enforce one on others. Let’s concentrate on being the best we can be and allow others to do the same. We are like parts of a body – each part gets it’s meaning from being part of the body so let’s be what we are made to be and not compare ourselves with others or try to be something we are not. Romans 12 v 4-6


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JOEL MCFARLANE Joel is the British Record Holder for the under 15 Octathlon and last year became the under 17 British champion for the Decathlon. He took some time out of his very busy schedule to tell us about life as a young athlete...

Medals at Scottish Championship under 17 (August) Gold -high jump,100m & 400m hurdles

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

What has been your best moment so I live in Monilie, Angus, Scotland, I’m 16 and in far? 4th year at high school. I live with my parents and 2 younger sisters. As well as being a decathlete I also play the fiddle.

How did you get into the decathlon?

I started going to our local athletics club with my little sister and they get you doing all sorts of things. I got the chance to practise loads of different events and it turned out that I was quite good at everything so I kept at multi events and have been doing so for about 7 years now.

Which is your favourite or best event?

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My favourite is the 100m hurdles and that is probably my best one too.

Last year I broke the British Octathlon record for under 15’s – that was pretty good and this year I became the British under 17 decathlon champion.

What have you had to give up to be a champion?

I’ve had to give up a lot of time that I could have spent playing on the xbox or with friends and things. Also I have to be very careful what I do, for example I’m not supposed to play football with my friends in case I injure myself and I don’t often get to go to parties as I have to be fit for training.


I’d like to be continuing with my athletics so I am looking towards representing Team GB in the decathlon at the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

Is there much competition or is it fairly select?

At a younger age there weren’t so many competitors but now there are quite a few people doing it. So far I’ve done British competitions but this weekend I’m at an International one in Ireland and I’m hoping to qualify for the World Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, next year.

Can you tell us about your faith journey so far?

My faith has been a gradual growth as my parents have taken me to church all my life and it has always been part of who I am.

Does being a Christian help with your athletics?

Definitely yes! If I am ever worried about an event or nervous I know I don’t have to be because God is with me and no matter what the outcome he still loves me. I know I have to have a good attitude because I am using my gifts to represent God too. I pray before a competition that God will help me do my best and usually utter a quick prayer as I’m on the starters block too.

Does being an athlete help you with your Christian faith too?

Do you have a favourite bible verse that helps you in your daily life?

Colossians 3 v 23 ‘Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord.’ Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord . Colossains 3 v 23

Where/ what do you hope to be in 5 years time?

Yes, I think it does. I have to be disciplined and time aware for my athletics and it helps me be disciplined in spending time with God.

Is it hard to fit everything in?

It is quite a juggling act to fit in school, training and friends. At school I don’t do PE in case of injuries so I use that time to do my homework because when I get home it will be training! I train every day – some days it is just stretching, other days it is a two and a half hour session!

Hurdles action

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Schools Pentathlon International - December 16

Can you think of any times when you have been given a second chance?

Last year my sister had kidney cancer which she survived and is now recovering. It made me realise that time is precious and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring so I try to play with her a lot more. I’m grateful that we have a second chance to do that.

rewards from it.

What is the best gift you have been given?

Last year I got new running spikes from my parents for Christmas. They are really good and have helped me with my athletics.

Do you have any unusual gifts or talents?

What is the best advice you have ever I’ve been told I’m very caring and I do like been given? to look out for others and look It would probably be ‘work hard and give everything you have.’ If you give everything and work hard you will see

after them, which I guess isn’t how everyone works....


GIFT WRAP Are you the sort of person that goes to town when wrapping a present - pretty paper, gift bag, matching tags, bows and so on? Or are you more likely to wrap it quickly in whatever paper comes to hand or even just give it in the bag you got when you bought it? I am often guilty of the last solution mainly because I object to paying for ‘extras’ but it is nice to get something that has been well wrapped and presented. A well wrapped present can make it seem worth more just because of the packaging. A child is likely to go for a brightly coloured present rather than a less appealingly wrapped one, unless of course that one is huge in which case it might win, as children often associate big with better! Sometimes things can be deceiving and what appears to be good from the outside can be very different when we open and experience it. There is an old saying that ‘all that glitters is not gold’ which warns us not to be taken in by appearances. The media and society in general are very good at ‘gift wrapping’ ideas so they seem right and appealing and we are often taken in by them without really thinking things through. More and more we need to be aware of the ‘gift wrapping’ that goes on and be careful what we allow ourselves to start thinking or accepting as right. We need to be aware of who we are listening to and whether they are giving good advice. The Bible is full of advice on how to live our lives. Have you tried seeing what it says...?

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15

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The Gift of a Tiny Velvet Bag... I wonder what the most ridiculous or bizarre gift you have ever received would be?

of love. She gave it because she wanted to show kindness to my daughter Abigail.

My grandma is known for her unique and perhaps, eccentric gift giving. We love her to bits but she certainly makes us smile when it comes to gifts. I popped round recently to say hello with my 19 month old daughter and as I was leaving, she handed me a tiny velvet bag and said, ‘This is a gift for Abigail.’ Inside the tiny velvet bag was the corner of an old envelope, with the handwritten words of ‘Happy Christmas’ written on it and this was accompanied by 47p in coins.

When we approach God - It’s much the same scenario. Before a holy and righteous God we don’t amount to much. We’re not that impressive. Yet when we offer our lives to God he celebrates us as if we were more valuable than gold.

I wasn’t sure how to spend the 47p. Two Freddo bars was the best I could manage and even that gave me change. It wasn’t much, but my nan gave it out

I’m reminded of the story in the bible where a son runs away with his father’s inheritance money and wastes it on worldly and useless things. On return from his trip, broke and messed up, his father greets him with open arms and throws a party for him. He wasn’t worthy of a party, yet his father loved him and celebrated him, regardless of the little he had to offer.

In the same way - God gives us so much more than we deserve. So much more than we could ever offer him. So today, you may not feel like you have much to give to God, but be reminded that God has much to give you and celebrates you as an immensely valuable part of his creation.

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GIft Lists....? When you are little you are often asked if you have written your gift list for Father Christmas and when you are older you may have a gift list for your wedding or a milestone birthday. Of course the idea is that you get what you want rather than something that the giver likes but you can’t stand! I guess this is partly down to the fact that families are often widespread and perhaps you don’t actually spend much time with them. But there is something quite special about choosing a gift that you think someone will like because you know them well, have listened to them talk and so know the sort of things they love or loathe. So next time you are going to buy something for someone maybe do a little research rather than just getting flowers, chocolates or smellies. There is nothing wrong with these things but at least try and find out what sort they like… If they love Maltesers there is no point in buying a box of expensive looking chocolates that won’t get eaten, or if they love sunflowers don’t get a fancy bouquet to look impressive. Check out what sort of smellies they use rather than just buying something you like or that’s on sale! We asked some of you to tell us what you would be on your present list. This is what you said…. Thanks to Amanda and the girls for Erskine Baptist

Ari perfume by Ariana Grande Superstars New Samsung phone Hollister clothes

Adidas Superstars Ipad Ike Rochees Perfume A puppy Clothes Kimono

Ari by Ariana Grande, Clothes, So Eternal perfume So Sinful perfume, Nike Adidas Superstars, Cute calendar, Books Now That’s What I Call Music 94, Trainers socks, I phone, Gumball machine

You know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. Luke 12 v 13

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Give Something Back When you realise how much we have in this country compared to elsewhere in the world it makes you consider how you see things and what, if anything, you could do to help those who are less fortunate. In the summer Daniel from Brightline and his fiancee Emily joined a team from Cheadle on a trip to Kenya to help Open Arms International. We asked them to tell us a bit about the trip...

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Daniel - Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 26 and originally from Portugal. I

am part of Brightline and engaged to the lovely Emily Webb. Emily - Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 25 and a primary school teacher. I was brought up in Cheadle Hulme.

Can you tell us about your faith journey so far? Daniel - I was brought up in a Christian

household as my parents are missionaries in Portugal. So from an early age I was told about God and Jesus. When I was 12 or 13 I made a

decision to follow Jesus for myself because when I looked at all the beautiful scenery around me I believed there had to be a creator behind it. So I put my trust in Jesus and there have been some ups and downs along the way, but it is an adventure! Emily - Pretty similar in that I was brought up in a Christian household so my journey has no specific start date, it has just been a gradual finding out more and growing in my faith and understanding of who Jesus is and what he has done. Going on Christian camps over the summers has helped me grow too.


How come you went to Kenya?

Daniel - I’m not going to lie, there was nothing

in me that wanted to go to Kenya, I literally went because of Emily! She supports the band and comes to our gigs so when she asked me to come with her to Kenya I didn’t really have an option ;) so it was only fair to say, ‘Yes!’ Our pastor had also been to Haiti earlier in the year and told everyone they should, if at all possible, go somewhere where your heart will be broken and your world view altered, so I signed up for Kenya not knowing what I was going to do or what it would be like. Emily - I’d been twice before. The first time I went with a friend for a month and then a couple of years ago a group went from my church after I’d told them how incredible it was. The love you get from the people is just amazing and it is great to be able to help in some way.

What did you do?

Emily - We set up a medical camp in Kipkaren slum for 5 days having brought loads of vitamins and supplies with us. People travel from miles away to see the doctors. They have to register, go through a prayer tent – where some are healed, then on to triage and a doctor. There are also some kids activities, sports events and talks to give people the opportunity to respond to Jesus. Daniel - Open Arms International have an

orphan village and also help out in the slums. Rather than just going and supplying doctors or builders for a short time they train locals to do the work so it can be carried on once the team have left. I did a bit of music and some beatboxing workshops which was great fun.

What were the slums like?

Emily - The slums are really eye opening! They

were filthy and there was sewerage everywhere. The kids run about bare footed and as a result lots have ‘jiggers’ [burrowing fleas] in their feet from the dirt – we were advised not to walk bare foot anywhere in case!

You went out there presumably to give time, stuff etc but did you get anything from it?

Daniel - You get more back from them than you give! Your whole perspective changes. They have nothing yet they are so happy and love God so much. Emily - Yes, just seeing that they are so open to hearing about God is great. They are intrigued, interested and want to hear about God, which is rare in Britain. It was amazing to see the orphan kids going back into the slums to help and just being so thankful for the little they have.

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What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Do you have a favourite Bible verse that helps you in your daily life? Emily - I love 1 John 4 v 18 ‘Perfect love casts

out fear!’ It is especially relevant in Kenya where things can be frightening but also at home when I am in a difficult situation I try to hold on to that. The last time we visited Kenya one of the ladies spoke about this verse when she had to deal with a scary situation where a young man was being mobbed for stealing and she had to get him out safely. Daniel - Some verses that I have been chewing over quite a bit on the trip and since we’ve been back are Matthew 25 v 35-40 where Jesus talks about giving food to the hungry, water to the thirsty and clothing to the poor. Jesus wants us to be his hands and feet and to love people by taking care of their needs. Telling people about Jesus is great but we also need to show them God’s love in what we do.

Can you think of any times when you have been given a second chance?

Daniel - Maybe times when I have fallen out with friends and they have been kind and forgiven me. Also, of course, God gives us a second chance even though we had turned our backs on him!

Daniel - Don’t take yourself too seriously! Just learn to chill and be the best you can be. Emily - Dan said, ‘We are not saved to be comfortable’ – in other words we should be doing as much as we can to help others and show them God’s love even when it means being out of our comfort zone. It shouldn’t be I’m OK and not be bothered about other people, our faith should spur us on to make a change.


What is the best gift you have been given? Dan - choose words wisely! Emily - my engagement ring...? Dan - (after a little prompting) Emily!

Do you have any unusual gifts or talents? Daniel - Beatboxing and I can move my ears! Emily - I’m not musical. Dan - That’s not a talent! Emily - I like to dance but not that talented!

Patience maybe and I can snowboard!

You are getting married so if you could have anything on your wedding gift list what would it be?

Both - Oooh! Us - a house? Both - No, that’s nearly sorted and ready for Dan

to move in. A car would be great so we don’t have to share when we are going to different places all the time. Us - We will make sure we will put that in large print for anyone reading this! Both - Maybe we should think bigger – a helicopter ;)

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