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CONTENTS: WHO... Youngest Nobel peace prize recipient from Pakistan...? 04. WHO Are You?

06. WHO Do You Trust?

Can you guess WHO?

14. WHO Said So...? Quotes

Interview with SoulBox

16. WHO Would Have Thought?

24. WHO Do You See in the Mirror? Ricardo Lloyd - Actor

Sarah Teibo - Singer

28. Onward

Follow your own fashion!

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22. WHO Is It?

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WHO can talk to the animals?

Wordsearch

34. WHO Is He?

WHO would you call?

Joel McFarlane - Decathlete

38. WHO to Follow? Quiz

12. WHO Am I?

WHO is in the mirror?

30. WHO Wants to be...

A look at the film!

32. WHO Called Me?

11. WHO Do You See?

Jokes!

So what are you going to do...? 31. WHO Can Make a Difference? Your Responsibility...?

37. WHO To Ask?

Tom Elliott makes some suggestions

40. WHO Cares? A trip to Poland!

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WHO ARE YOU...? People like to use labels. The Spice Girls were a good example of this. For easy identification, and also good marketing, they became Sporty, Ginger, Baby, Posh and Scary. It worked in their favour and they made a very successful career out of it but we need to be careful with labels. It is easy to use them without realising the effect they can have. We use them for others but also for ourselves – FAT, SKINNY, SHY, CLEVER, PRETTY, UGLY, MUSICAL, SPORTY, STUPID, LAZY, STRONG, WEAK, IMMATURE, SELFISH, KIND and so on. The trouble is that we can put people in a box based on these labels. Instead of just being adjectives they become a restriction that stops us seeing our own or others full potential. This is often the case with celebrities. We see something about them in the media & we make a judgement, which is often not even based on fact. We think we know people because we see one thing about them that we either like or dislike and they are ‘put in a box’ or labelled. But often the truth is that we don’t know them at all, we haven’t given them a chance. We all have faults and not so great sides to our characters but try to look for the best in people rather than the worst. It might take a bit more effort with some people, after all seeing the worst is often easier, but being kind and looking for the best is much more satisfying and healthy in the long run. Seeing and encouraging someone’s good points is more effective than always pointing out their flaws! Can you work out who these people are just from a single fact about them...?

A) Born 21st June ‘82 with much media attention...? B) Can you hear him ‘Thinking Out Loud’...? C) Swede showing us all that you can make a difference...? D) Youngest Nobel peace prize recipient from Pakistan...?


E) Is he ‘far from home’? F) Friends with BumbleBee...? G) He dreamt of a world without injustice & prejudice...? H) He split history and still splits opinion...? I) He saw an end to apartheid in South Africa...? J) She sat on a bus...? K) She loved the unlovable on the streets of Calcutta...? L) A leading suffragette...? M) Her diary told of the horrors of World War 2...? N) Sisters very much at home on a tennis court...? O) Olympic champion & the face of the Games in 2012...? P) He took a ‘giant leap for mankind’...? Q) They created and flew the first plane...? R) Was he hit on the head by an apple...? Answers on page 2

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Who Who do do you you trust? trust?

In a society where trust in anyone or anything seems to be eroding very quickly it is great to meet people who mean what they say and do it. Ben, Jon and Sammy form a band, from The Message Trust, who travel sharing God’s love for people and how he has changed their lives. They trust God with their direction and purpose in life and this has led them to being SoulBox. Read on to find out more about them and why they trust God...

Please introduce yourselves...

Ben - We are SoulBox, a three piece band from Manchester. Jon and I have been together for 3 years and Sammy has been with us for 2. I’m originally from Hereford, Jon is from Rugby and Sammy is from Zimbabwe. Sammy - I have a big brother and sister and mum is a nurse. I love cooking but have never cooked for the boys so they think I’m lying! Jon - It sounds like a myth – when someone is always saying they are great at doing something but you never see them do it! Sammy – It’s because I’m not sure you boys really deserve to taste such wondrous cooking! Ben – I like cooking too! As well as going to the cinema and eating! I have a sister. Jon – Watching Anime is my favourite thing to do when I have free time. I like video games & YouTube which is good for interacting with kids because I like the same stuff!

Why Soul Box?

Sammy – I love this story! I wasn’t in the band but I

was training with the Message when they started. The guys were asking people to suggest names. Our boss, Tim Owen, is usually right, though I hate to admit it, suggested ‘Soul Box’ – soul music and beat box - but they didn’t like it. This was in the first week or so... Jon – We looked for 5 months, it felt like an eternity and we ended up being Soul Box! We thought of ‘Younger Days’, ‘J Walkers’, ‘Unorthodox’ even ‘Bubble and Squeak’.

Who was going to be which one?

Jon – Ben was going to be Bubble because he can make bubble noises with his mouth for beat boxing and Squeak because I have a high register for a male!

What do Soul Box do?

Jon - We make pop music but we talk about our relationship with Jesus. The aim of our music is not to make us look good or make loads of money but to tell people about God. We go to schools, festivals, prisons and churches.


What is your favourite track and why?

Jon – ‘Boundaries’ because I feel that society has the wrong view of relationships. It starts with sex and then people try to figure out the relationship. We are told we need to jump into bed with everyone, women are led to believe they have no worth apart from pleasing a man. But this song talks about healthy relationships and starting well. One of the lines is, ‘I never wanna leave you, But I ain’t gonna compromise to keep you!’ Many people feel they have to compromise so for me that song is really important. Ben – The process behind ‘The Real Thing’ was really interesting. It was a track by The Tribe (the first Message band) and we rewrote some lyrics and changed some stuff. We took something old and added something new, that was a nice process. Jon – That track was really big at the time so for us there is a history behind what we do. We are not living in the shadow of previous bands, rather we are able to stand on their shoulders. It was one of the biggest songs at that time, getting to number two in the American charts behind Michael Jackson! Sammy – One of mine is ‘The Life’. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We do a session in schools on identity and young people are asking loads of questions like, Who am I? Why am I here? And How do I live this life to the full? As Christians we believe we can live a full life with Jesus. I love that it can be super

vibey but also have great content.

Who writes or composes songs?

Ben – We write stuff together and with Geek Boy who produces it all for us. Sometimes we have a subject first, other times it is a melody or hook that starts us off. Sammy – We ask God what he wants to say! People need to hear from God so all our writing is based on Bible verses and stuff we feel God is saying. We deal with all sorts of subjects like sex and relationships, suicide, drugs, alcohol, new life, confessing sin, anything we feel God wants us to say not just fun songs with a good vibe! Jon – We want to be very obviously Christian. We want a sound that people will love and to shout about Jesus. We don’t want to write songs that leave people confused as to the meaning, they are about God! Our songs got better when we prayed about them.

When and why did you become a Christian?

Sammy – I was brought up in a Christian family. I can remember my mum saying, ‘Samantha, my daughter, God loves you, he has a purpose for you and you will preach to people, telling them about Jesus.’ I used to get so annoyed because it wasn’t what I wanted to do! I knew God was real and knew that the minute I accepted his call things would have to change.

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I thought I’d live my own way till I was old, say 30, then I’d change. But I became a Christian at 18 and surrendered my life to Jesus. I don’t want young people to have the same misconceptions I had about God and a relationship with him. It is the best thing ever, why wouldn’t you want it. I said to God, ‘Send me opportunities and platforms and I will tell people about you! Ben – I knew God was real as I had been in and out of church from a young age. My parents divorced but Dad would take me to church and read Bible stories. But I didn’t connect with God till I was 16. School was a struggle and self identity issues affected the way I thought about life and God. I felt that something was missing from my life and I looked in the wrong places; in relationships, in food – I had an eating disorder. But Dad kept banging on about church so I went and found peace, joy and real hope. In schools I mention bullying, feeling lonely and struggling with identity because lots of kids feel they are the only one but those around them are often struggling too! It doesn’t matter what other people say about you, what matters is what God says! He can change your life, like he did for me ten years ago! Jon – I became a Christian about 8 years ago. I was involved with gangs, drugs and stuff which come with that. A friend had been shot and killed and I was in debt. I had always wanted to be someone who was feared, with a bad man reputation. But I realised those things were hollow and didn’t fulfil me at all. I was ‘lost’ so one evening I decided to pray. I got on my

knees and said to God that if he was real I needed help. Nothing happened but in the morning my brother, who is a Christian, rang and said, ‘God is saying that the plan you are following is a load of rubbish, you should be following the plan and purpose he has for you!’ I took that as an answer to prayer! I stopped doing those things and moved to West London where I worked with gangs, trying to help them with stuff I’d been through. It was a long journey, I didn’t get everything sorted straight away. I wasn’t polished or clean immediately. I remember hearing someone talking and thinking, ‘So, do you mean you aren’t supposed to have sex with your girlfriend?’ There was a lot of stuff I didn’t understand and that I had to work through.

Do you have a favourite Bible verse?

Ben - Proverbs 16 v 9 - A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. Sammy – I’ve made a lot of mistakes in life and when I find myself feeling anxious I remember what my mum used to say when I was afraid of the dark or whatever – ‘Samantha, you don’t have a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind! Now go to sleep!’ Those words from 2 Timothy 1 v 7 really help me. Jon – I get stuff wrong and I find it comforting to read the words of St Paul, ‘Romans 7 v 19 - For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do, this I keep on doing.’ Even Paul messed up and that gives me perspective and hope!


Other than Jesus who is your favourite Bible character?

Ben – Elijah would be mine because he did so many awesome things. God has spoken to me many times through his story. He had a mountain top ‘high’ when he defeated the queen and prophets of Baal but then he gets depressed because he thought God wasn’t with him. Sammy – It is a tie between Joseph and Esther. I love what she did. As a woman in ministry it can be tough because it is male dominated. But when I feel that I don’t know what to do or if I can do it I feel God is saying to me that he has chosen me and that gives me courage. I also love Joseph as his story is so amazing. He is faithful to God and understands that all the bad stuff happened so he can be where God wants him to be – he had great perspective! Jon – When I first read about Stephen in Acts, I thought it was amazing and that God was going to save him but he is stoned and dies. It is an odd story but I really feel that telling people about Jesus is worth dying for and it inspires me to keep going.

Who do you follow?

Sammy – Jesus! Ben - Soul Box! Jon - I’m not really a big social media fan but I do love watching YouTube. People like KSI, who is famous for playing video games and PewDiePie who has millions

of followers. I want to know what it is they do that attracts so many...? Imagine how powerful it would be if they were talking about Jesus. So my motivation is trying to find out what makes them so followable! Ben – As I scroll quickly down the majority are rappers, cooking programmes and National Geographic! Sammy – I follow a lot of funny things like ‘worship fails’, where people forget words etc. which I can relate to. I also like ‘Preacher Sneakers’. Jon – Me too!

Who is the most talkative?

Ben & Jon – Sammy! Sammy - I would say Jon. Jon – That’s because you aren’t around you so you don’t understand! I’m chatty... Ben – She is the most outgoing or hyper! Jon – Sammy walked in to the hairdressers earlier and went ‘I’m here!’ I would never do that. Sammy - I’m an extrovert but need to be by myself sometimes so I let Jon talk to everyone. I’m the loudest but he is the most talkative!

Funniest?

Sammy - I would say me Ben - I would say Jon. Sammy - Jon has good one liners.

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Craziest or weirdest?

Jon – Would have to be Ben for the most moments of going ‘What on earth was that?’ In normal conversations Ben will just do or say something and we’ll be like what...? Sammy - Crazy and weird but loveable! Ben - I’m alright with that. Jon – Not an ‘I don’t want to be around him’ weird but ‘he’s fun to be around’ type weird!

Any special talents?

Ben - Sammy can cook but we’ve never seen it! Jon is good at hustling and getting things. We lived together for a while and to start with we didn’t have any furniture but Jon got everything within a week, including a £10,000 sofa! Sammy – I’m very good at doing make up, for other people too. Jon - Yes she does our make up for videos – I would say I look great! Ben - That is why we look terrible! Jon – I whistle. I’m on a list for whistlers in a professional studio in Leicester! Sammy – Yes, he has a fantastic whistle. Give us a demo! Jon -

Who would you love to meet?

Ben – Will Smith because he is a really creative person. Jesus! Sammy – In about fifty years! I’d love to meet some of those really controversial people, away from the media and get to hear what they really think. Jon – Odd people – The people I’m really good mates with are all peculiar. I’d love to meet Kanye West, especially now he has become a Christian. I’d love to chat and follow him around for a week.

Who would you call in an emergency?

Ben – My dad. Sammy – Lucy from Brightline - she knows everything. Ben – Yeah, she is really calm, kind and super efficient. Jon – I’ll go for my brother, Jamie. He is the reason I became a Christian and we have this weird brotherly bond – best mates but also argue, like James and John in the Bible, Sons of Thunder! Instagram: @soulboxband Twitter: @soulboxband Facebook: soulboxband YouTube: SoulBox Band Take a look at their latest video ‘Tattoo’ on youtube!


Who do you see...? Who do you see...? When you look in the mirror who do you see?

Do you see someone beautiful, created with a unique purpose...? Sometimes when we look in the mirror or at photos we don’t like what we see, our hair is a mess, we’ve got a spot, our eyes are closed, the angle isn’t flattering and so on. We can get ourselves confused and buy into the world view that puts so much emphasis on the outside rather than the inside, what we are like as a person. But God doesn’t look at the outside – he looks at our heart. I wonder what he sees when he looks at yours and mine...? Is it full of kindness, love, mercy...? Or is it full of envy, greed, selfishness....?

Who do I see when I look in the mirror? Do I see the imperfections, the spots, the lines, the slightly out of proportion features? Or do I see a masterpiece, created by God for his purposes, a unique person? God created me – there is no one just the same. I am not made to be the same as everyone else. I am made to be different, to stand out and be confident. My worth is not based on what I see in the mirror or what other people judge to be beautiful. It is based on the immoveable fact that

God loves me and has a plan for me. He thinks I’m worth it!!!

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Who am I?

Obviously some of your answers will be down to personality but we should all be confident and happy with who we are. We shouldn’t have to feel that we need to change to be like others if we aren’t comfortable. This can be highlighted with what we wear. Some are happy to stand out and actually want to do that with what they wear. Others stand out just because they have their own style, while others want to be on trend and therefore wear what social media/ the shops/ friends decide is ‘IN’. There is nothing wrong with wanting

to be fashionable, well I guess that does depend on the fashion, but it is wrong when we judge ourselves or others based on what we are wearing. Because someone doesn’t have the same dress sense as us doesn’t mean we should ignore or bully them. Because they can’t afford or don’t like what we think of as ‘must haves’ shouldn’t make us think less of them. It is hard to do but try and see people as people, not as human clothes racks that we judge according to what they wear. Try to look beyond what someone is wearing and see the human being that needs your kindness and consideration whatever they choose to wear. We asked the group from Haxey to show us the things they like to wear. Here are the results - looks like they had fun!

Photo credits: Axholme Camera Club

As we grow up ‘Who am I?’ is a question we all have to think about. Am I the sum of my parents or guardians? Am I a reflection of nature &/or nurture? Am I who I want to be or am I following what other people say and do? Am I confident to stand out or do I prefer to be the same as others?


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WHO SAID SO...? You can find quotes on every imaginable topic. Whatever it is someone has probably said something about it. But we need to weigh what someone says against what we believe before we accept it as true for us. Often it is a question of whether we respect the person and their ideas, we need to be wise in who we follow and agree with. If a person talks one way but doesn’t act out their words we need to be wary. There are some great quotes out there that are worth remembering like, ‘Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right’ – Henry Ford. But it can all be very confusing if we are constantly looking for the opinion of others to guide us. Take food for example, some people swear by certain foods while others would tell you to avoid them. What was popular last year isn’t necessarily ‘on trend’ now. If you followed all the dietary advice that is on offer you would probably end up eating nothing! So where should you look for advice or who should you ask...? As a Christian my first response would be God – after all he made us and knows everything about us and our circumstances. But even as Christians we can fall into the trap of looking to others first and only going to God when we are desperate! Yet life would be much simpler if we followed the Maker’s instructions... Why not give it a try! Take a look at the quotes below and see if you agree with them: Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. Barbara De Angelis I’m not perfect. And who knows how many times I’ve fallen short. We all fall short. That’s the amazing thing about the grace of God. Tim Tebow Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that

finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent. Pope Francis It is painful to watch children trying to show off for parents who are engrossed in their cell phones. Children are nostalgic for the ‘good old days’ when parents used to read to them without the cell phone by their side or watch football games or Disney movies without having the BlackBerry handy. Sherry Turkle

The people who are bullying you, they’re insecure about who they are, and that’s why they’re bullying you. It never has to do with the person they’re bullying. They desperately want to be loved and be accepted, and they go out of their way to make people feel unaccepted so that they’re not alone. Madelaine Petsch For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3 v 16


Love yourself for who you are, and trust me, if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person, and your smile is your best asset. Ileana D’Cruz

I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone. Robin Williams

I don’t go by or change my attitude based on what people say. At the end of the day, they, too, are judging me from their perspective. I would rather be myself and let people accept me for what I am than be somebody who I am not, just because I want people’s approval. Karan Patel

I do believe in the old saying, ‘What does not kill you makes you stronger.’ Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity. Angelina Jolie

Be stupid, be dumb, be funny, if that’s who you are. Don’t try to be someone that society wants you to be; that’s stupid. So be yourself. Christina Grimmie The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain I have learned that friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest, it’s about who came and never left your side. Yolanda Hadid A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. Saint Basil

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change. Katharine Hepburn Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. Haile Selassie Don’t compare yourself with other people; compare yourself with who you were yesterday. Jordan Peterson The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. Vince Lombardi

The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do. John McAfee It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words, like ‘What about lunch?’ A. A. Milne The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little. Franklin D. Roosevelt No, we don’t control who our parents are. We don’t control what colour we are. We don’t control what home we are born into. But we control our attitude. We control our work ethic. We control our drive and our commitment. Dabo Swinney A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new. Albert Einstein He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you. Dr Zeuss

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Who would have thought...? Sometimes things can take us by surprise. We aren’t expecting them because we aren’t confident in our own ability or we haven’t dared dream that the outcome could be so good. For Sarah Teibo 2015 saw her launch out her music career and by 2016 she had bagged a MOBO nomination and was the winner of a Premier Gospel Award by 2017. Things won’t necessarily be as fast or exciting for us but it is good to ask God what he wants us to do and then go for it. Read on and find out about Sarah’s journey...

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

By day, I am an accountant, a project manager. By night, that makes me sound like a super hero, but by night and at the weekends I am a gospel singer, a

recording artist. I have two albums out, I lead praise and worship at my local church and I also help with the kids work. I am married with two kids so basically life is full on!


What was life like for you when you were younger?

I was more or less a geek! I loved books and studying. Like any childhood there were ups and downs but I was a fairly easy going kid. I became a Christian at ten so I think that is one of the reasons nothing very dramatic happened because I knew and followed Christ from an early age. Through my teens I knew he was with me and life was pretty much about family, church, choir and studies. There were challenges along the way. My dad lost his job and things went downhill. We ended up being homeless for a while and that challenged my faith. Through it though I learnt to trust God and it was the season where I started to write to express my fears and concerns.

How did you get into music?

I started singing when I was just 10 in choirs which led on to doing backing vocals for some prominent artists in my adolescence. In 2015 I launched my own music. This came from a place of uncertainty, as I wasn’t confident in my ability, but other people kept encouraging me. I began to think maybe I do have a gift and I released my first single, ‘Steal My Joy’, followed in 2016 by my first album.

What did you dream of being when you were little?

I don’t think I particularly dreamt of anything. I was good at quite a few things so it was hard to pick one in particular. I don’t remember ever saying, ‘Ooh, I want to be a …’ I was good at art, music, science and maths so it was difficult to choose but one thing that was always there was singing. I knew that was going to be a big part of my life.

Who did you aspire to be like back then?

Let me see, I was surrounded by a lot of mentors and youth leaders who I looked up to and who inspired me. As a teen your biggest motivation and inspiration comes from those closest to you and around you and for me that was my youth leaders and of course my mum.

When and why did you become a Christian?

We had a Christian group at my school and that was where I became a Christian for the first time.

For the first time...?

Yes, because I did it again when 12, 14 etc...

Did you write all the songs?

Yes I did, I had divine inspiration for my first album - the title and track list of which I received whilst on a fast. I also work with my producers Luke Grant & Shaun Barrett with refining the writing on my songs.

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What was it like going to an award ceremony?

I was nominated for a MOBO in 2016, which is obviously a secular awarding body but they have a gospel category. It was really great to be there and surprising because I was the only female nominated that year too. I won the ‘Best Album’ at the Premier Gospel Award the following year..

Had you written songs before that?

Yes, I had but they were really rough. Pretty much like diamonds in the rough. During the course of writing for my debut album I spent a lot of time refining my song writing skills.

Do you have a favourite track & why?

Yes, although my choice isn’t necessarily everyone else’s or the one I perform live the most, which right now is ‘Blessed’. From my first album, ‘Walk with Me’, it would be, ‘I long for you’, which is my heart cry and is about wanting to spend more one on one time with God, beyond spending time around the things of God. From my second album, ‘Keep Walking’, it would be, ‘Make You Smile,’ because it reminds me why I do what I do as a gospel singer, which is to put a smile on God’s face.

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See what Sarah is up to on FB, Insta & Twitter @sarahteibomusic To contact - music@sarahteibo.co.uk


Do you have a favourite Bible verse?

I have lots but would have to say that ‘God is my ever present help in time of need’ from Psalm 46 v 1 is my favourite because often we forget that he is always there and this a reminder. We can feel alone or that we are the only ones going through something but the truth is that God is always there, waiting for us to call on him and ask for the help he is wanting to give us.

Other than Jesus who is your favourite Bible character and why?

It would have to be David. I love his transparency, the way he is so honest and open with God. If you read the Psalms you see him feeling a whole range of emotions; confused, happy, sad, afraid, angry. He doesn’t pretend everything is great or that he has it all sorted. We can all learn from this and I try to be like that with God.

Anyone unusual who you follow?

If you mean on social media, I like to follow Christian comedians. In particular, I like ‘Kevon stage’ and ‘Not Karlton Banks’,

because when I’m bored I can go onto their feed and have a laugh! Whether it is about choirs, hilarious sermons, people forgetting words to a song or falling over the altar! I just find those things therapeutic and I love to have a good laugh and relax. Plus, you don’t necessarily get Christian comedy on TV.

Who would you love to meet?

Kim Burrell – she is my absolute hero when it comes to gospel music.

Who would you call in an emergency? My husband - I’d pray and ask Jesus to help me and then I’d call my husband!

Who or what do you care about?

There are lots of different things but they are mostly to do with children. I am passionate about helping children in a variety of ways through Great Ormond Street, CompassionUK, who help kids living in poverty, basically anything supporting kids is close to my heart!

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Who can talk to the animals? Dr Dolittle of course! This classic tale is re-imagined with Robert Downey Jr. taking the eccentric lead. After his wife’s death the doctor hid himself away within the walls of Dolittle Manor but when the young Queen Victoria is taken seriously ill he is forced to set sail in search of a cure. Accompanied by his apprentice, he meets an amusing collection of old adversaries and fantastic animlas along the way, voiced by Tom Holland, Rami Malek, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Martin Sheen and Selena Gomez to name a few! We can often be faced with situations where we don’t know what to do or we are afraid to move forward. But the Bible tells us that God is always with us. Many times in the Bible it says that He is with us and will not give up on us, that we can trust him and he will not let us down. The Psalms are full of verses where the writer tells God exactly how they feel, whether that is happy, sad, afraid, angry, depressed or confused. However we are feeling it is good to talk to God about it because when we do that we are focussing on God rather than our situation. And whatever that is, good or bad, God wants to help us and lead us forward. People thought Dr Dolittle was strange because he talked to the animals and society would tell us that God doesn’t speak to us, that it is not possible, but experience has shown me that he does!

So why not give it a go...?

Photo Credits: Twentieth Century Fox

Tell God how you feel and see what answer he gives you...


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Who is it...? Our society seems to look for someone to blame for every thing that happens in life. We want to be able to say, ‘It was their fault’, ‘It was them’ or ‘It wasn’t me!’ When you knock on someone’s door they obviously wonder who it is – unless of course they have a door with plain glass and they can see you! When I was younger we used to get up to mischief playing ‘knock and run’ – you knock on the door and then run off before someone answers. Amusing for us as kids but probably not for the person being disturbed and certainly not something to be encouraged! If we got caught we got told off and sent packing, hoping our parents didn’t hear about it or we’d get told off again! Often though we seem to blame anybody but ourselves for our short comings or errors. It is never our fault or mistake, it is always down to some unfortunate circumstance or incident in the past. Whilst I am not knocking the fact that there are people who are psychologically scarred by trauma I think it has become an excuse for many to deny any responsibility for their actions. For most of us there is a choice and sometimes we choose badly. Maybe it is time we owned our mistakes, said sorry and tried to rectify situations and learn from them. You can blame me for the jokes below, mostly found on the internet, but hopefully they will make you smile... Knock, knock! Who’s there? Annie. Annie who? Annie body home?

Knock knock. Who’s there? Spell. Spell who? Okay, okay: W. H. O.

Knock Knock Who’s there? A pile up A pile up who? Ewwww!


Knock knock. Who’s there? Cow says. Cow says who? No, a cow says mooooo! Knock, knock. Who’s there? Wendy. Wendy who? Wendy bell works again, I won’t have to knock. Knock knock. Who’s there? Cash. Cash who? No ta, but I’ll have some peanuts. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Norma Lee. Norma Lee who? Norma Lee I don’t go knocking on doors, but I just had to meet you! Knock knock. Who’s there? Boo. Boo who? No need to cry, it’s only a joke.

Knock, knock Who’s there? Wooden shoe. Wooden shoe who? Wooden shoe like to hear another joke? Will you remember me in 2 minutes? Yes. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Hey, you didn’t remember me! Knock, knock Who’s there? Justin. Justin who? Just in the neighbourhood, thought I would drop by. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Adore. Adore who? Adore is between us. Open up! Knock, knock. Who’s There? Impatient cow. Impatient cow w--? Mooooo!

Knock, knock. Who’s there? A herd. A herd who? A herd you were home, so I came over!

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Amanda. Amanda who? A man da fix your doorbell!

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Noah. Noah who? Noah good place we can get something to eat?

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Candice. Candice who? Candice joke possibly get any worse?

Knock knock. Who’s there? Etch. Etch who? Bless you, friend.

Knock, Knock Who’s there? Mickey Mickey who? Mickey doesnt fit in the key hole!

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Photo credit: Richard Jinman

Who do you see in the mirror? When we look in a mirror we may or may not like what we see. For many young people the issue of self worth and love is becoming a huge mental health issue. Instead of finding our worth in who we are we are being directed to look to others for validation and acceptance. How many likes or followers is becoming more important in a society where family life and values are disintegrating. Ricardo Lloyd found himself getting into trouble whilst searching for answers and acceptance in the wrong places. But life changed when he found acceptance in Jesus and now he is trying to share this good news with others. Read on to find out more... How would you describe yourself?

A visionary, self-motivated young man who drives towards success. I am a God-fearing man that has a strong faith in Jesus.

What did you want to be when you were little?

I have always wanted to do something creative. At school I had a notebook that had all my hopes and dreams written in it. When they asked me who I wanted to be like I said, ‘Usher’. I really wanted to be like Michael Jackson but there was a lot of controversy surrounding him at the time so I didn’t say him!

How was school for you?

School had ups and downs. There were some elements that I enjoyed, I met some great people. But there were also times when it wasn’t good. There was a lot of negativity and I mixed with the wrong crowd. I took a bad path because I was looking for validation and acceptance from the wrong people. I guess I was looking for a father figure who was missing from my life.

What did that involve?

Drinking, smoking, getting into fights and all sorts of crazy things. I was on the verge of permanent exclusion. When I got my results in Year 11 they were all low grades and I was upset but I used it


to motivate me and push forward to be more!

How did you become a Christian?

I had been seeking God in different ways, I had a lot of questions! I was actually a Muslim at one point but realised that it wasn’t the right place to be. I felt it was quite dark and pressurised to be a certain way by people in the mosque so I left. I still believed in a higher power but I wasn’t sure what... Then my uncle from my dad’s side who I hadn’t seen for years got in touch because he was getting married and wanted me to come along. I was in a car with him and his wife and they were praying for me. In the following two weeks I felt a real desire to go to church so I went. I gave my life to Christ at 19 and from then my life hasn’t been the same.

was a collaborative process with most of the topics covered being ‘real life’ experiences for some of the cast. We touched on selling your body for sex, child abuse, depression, social issues and knife crime. I played Romeo, an iconic character but with a bit of a twist to make him more contemporary! I added some lingo and swag to fit a more up to date context. It was a real mix of Shakespeare characters in a modern world and it got rave reviews!

Are there plans to take it further?

The director has thought about taking it into schools etc. because it has the power to impact young people and make them re-evaluate lifestyle choices.

Did your life change much after this?

I began to believe in myself and have hope again. I had lost that sense of hope and was angry, confused, depressed and suicidal at times. When I came to Christ there was a change in my heart and life as I started to love and see the world differently.

How did you get into acting?

At school I failed most of my GCSE’s but I was good at acting and English. I like writing and acting as they are ways of expressing myself. A lot of black guys get into music but I was into acting. It is a way of escaping and exploring a world that is outside your reality and allows you to dream of possibilities.

Please tell us about ‘Excluded’ - how did you get involved?

I have two degrees, one in Performing Arts and also a Masters in Business Admin. Earlier this year I had started work, having auditioned to be a part of Intermission Youth Theatre in 2018, when I got a call to say I had been accepted on their ten month programme for 16-25’s. We work with Shakespeare texts and got to work alongside established actors like Mark Rylance. We did ‘Shakespeare walks’ which involved doing different pieces in various locations around London. The Artistic Director was inspired by all the different characters in the play. In our workshops education came up as a relevant and often difficult topic for young people. He thought it would be good to set the characters in a school and explore their reactions and development. It

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What ‘themes’ from the play do you think resonate with young people today - and your own personal experience?

I went to Capital City Academy and it was very near there that Quamari Barnes got stabbed and died. I knew the family and growing up in that sort of environment and place is difficult. You can easily get sucked into these issues and be affected by them.

Who has made a great impact on your life?

Many people – but in recent times I have to big up my director Darren Raymond, not just because I worked with him but he made me look at myself too. What am I contributing to the world, what can I do...? I used to have a lot of resentment but he has shown me that you shouldn’t hold onto grudges but we need to give them to God and leave them. Holding on to them hurts us! We need to love people, but not be a doormat. And my mum of course!

Who do you follow?

I’m inspired by lots of people, both local and international. Firstly Jesus Christ and then actors like Aml Ameen, Idris Elba, Ashley Walters, Sidney Poittier, Sir Mark Rylance, Whoopi Goldberg, I loved Sister Act 2! I am also

influenced by the humanitarian efforts of Martin Luther King and those who have done great things through faith like John G Lakes, Kathryn Kulhman, Smith Wigglesworth and William Seymour for example.

Who would you like to speak to if you had access to their phone number?

I would have loved to have met and spoken to Michael Jackson. I love his music and though he was involved with a lot of controversy I still would have loved to meet him. His music has had a huge impact on the world and I want to be like him in the sense that I want people to know that I was here and have tried to make a difference in the world – made it a better place!


embrace all your different qualities and strengths and know that God did not make a mistake when he made you!

Instagram: ricardoplloyd Twitter: @ricardoplloyd

Who do you see when you look in the mirror?

A powerful young man with unlimited possibilities. I see someone who is successful and who is going to help take the message of Jesus to the world!

What would you say to people who don’t like what they see in the mirror?

That is saying ‘I’m not good enough,’ but God has made you perfect the way you are. Even if you don’t think you are beautiful or special God thinks you are! Look at your thumbprint, no one has exactly the same, you are unique. So

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‘Onward’ is set in a suburban fantasy world of elves, trolls, unicorns, gnomes and all sorts of mythical creatures. Once the town was full of magic but modern life has taken over and instead of mastering magic the inhabitants are using science and technology.

Photo Credits: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK

The story centres around two brothers Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt) who set out on a quest! They have never known their dad because he died when they were young. But on Ian’s 16th birthday their mother gives them a present from their dad. It is a wizard’s staff and a spell to bring him back to life for 24 hours. The trouble starts when the spell doesn’t quite work and though Dad reappears he is missing some vital body parts! They must find a way to bring him totally back within the next 24 hours...


In the film the boys have a vague idea who their dad is but only from what other people have said. They don’t know him personally. Maybe we are like that with God – we might have heard other people talk about him or have read stuff but we don’t know him. We might only see parts of him and perhaps imagine he is only interested in punishing us or spoiling our fun. The good news is that he knows all about us and he loves us! Like Ian and Barleys’ dad God set a plan in motion so we can connect with him. We don’t have to wait till our 16th birthday or only have a chance to meet him for 24 hours. We can know him from any age and our relationship with him can last a lifetime.

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££ ££ Who wants to be a Millionaire?

I guess if you asked that question in any crowded room the answer from nearly everyone would be, ‘YES!’ Why wouldn’t you want to be rich? Why wouldn’t you want to be able to afford some luxury? Or mix with the ‘in’ crowd? Surely that would make you happy and you wouldn’t need to worry about anything...? But would it? Being rich may have advantages but I’m not sure being happy is automatically one of them. You can have all the wealth in the world and still be lonely and unhappy. Whereas you can have very little and be contented and surrounded by friends.

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We need to be wary of falling into the trap of thinking we will be happy when we.....(add your own thought.) Because that day may never come and we will have wasted our time and efforts for nothing! Instead we need to learn to be happy and thankful for what we have. It may surprise us what a difference a thankful attitude can make!

The Bible warns us about relying on material things to make us happy. It tells us that real happiness comes from knowing and loving God. Jesus tells a parable about a farmer who keeps building bigger barns in Luke 12:16–21. The farmer dies before he

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Who can make a difference? Sometimes we look around us at the physical and social world and think 'Wow, what a mess!' In the physical world there is pollution, rubbish, disasters, climate change; to name a few. In the social world there is poverty, crime, discrimination, bullying, mental health issues; the list goes on. It is easy to look and think we can't do anything to solve these massive problems, that it is all just too big for us to make a difference. Whilst this is partly true, by ourselves we can't do everything, we can do something! We can make a difference! We can start with the seemingly little stuff that if everyone did their bit would become big things. We can all pick up our own litter rather than leaving it on the floor, we can all look to include people, we can all be aware of the comments we make in person or on social media, we can all reduce our carbon footprint, we can all spend less time on our phones and more time checking how people really are – we can all do more!

So what are you going to do??? Because the answer to the question is YOU!!!

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Who called me...? Way back in the dark ages when I was little there was no such thing as a mobile phone or digital display. When the house phone rang we had to pick it up to find out who was calling! Today we can see if it is a number from our contacts or someone we don’t know before we decide to answer. If we miss a call from a number we don’t recognise we can look online to see who it was. Back then, if we were out, the phone wasn’t answered whereas with today’s technology anyone can reach us wherever we are, which can be good and bad! Did you know that God is always trying to get hold of us...? He is always trying to speak to us...? To tell us that he loves us and has a plan for us if only we would listen! But very often we are ‘engaged’ or have our phone on ‘silent’. We don’t recognise the ring tone or voice so his call goes unanswered. Yet his call is the most important number that will ever try to contact you! What he has to say will impact your life and the lives of those around you. He knows your number and he is calling – will you answer...? Who would you love to chat to if you knew their number...? We asked the group from Haxey and this is what they said.

Ariana Grande

Ed Sheeran

Elvis Presley

Myles Stephenson

Photo Credits: Axholme Camera Club.

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Ryan Williams Extreme Scooter Rider


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Charlotte Dujardin. I’m horse mad!

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My great-aunt, who was in the original film musical Oliver!

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WHO IS HE?

Sometimes we are shown a picture of someone or told their name and our first question is ‘Who are they?’ We don’t recognise them or we haven’t even heard of them, yet for other people they will know immediately who is being shown or talked about. The same can be true when we talk about God, some people will know who we are talking about and others will have no recognition at all. But God is interested in all of us and wants us to know him whoever we are and wherever we are from. Joel McFarlane is an up and coming track and field athlete who we interviewed 3 years ago. You may not have heard of him, unless you are an avid athletics fan, but we thought it would be good to catch up with him again and hear what he has to say about faith and life.

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

I am 19 and a track and field athlete, specialising in decathlon. I was born in Dundee and live in Carnoustie. For the last four months I have been at university in San Antonio, Texas. I have two younger sisters who are 17 and 14.

When you were younger what did you want to do or be?

I started track and field at around 10 years of age and always enjoyed it. I did various sports like golf and rugby but track was what I was really good at so I went for it! I also wanted to be a fireman and medicine was a possibility. With all the training I do that wasn’t going to work, but is something I could go back to.

Who did you aspire to be like then?

Daley Thompson, he is my hero. He’s the only really

big decathlete we have here! I have read several books about him and he inspired me with his dedication and sacrifices to achieve his goals.

Can you tell us about your Christian faith?

I have gone to church since I was young and I come from a Christian family. It has been great to have encouragement in my faith but moving to uni has been the first time I have had to stand on my own two feet. I made the decision to seek out other Christians and go to church, bible study and a campus based group of over 500 students. In my home church there aren’t too many people my age so it has been fantastic to be with so many Christians. My faith has grown as my athletics has developed. When I first started it was about me and my performance but then I realised I couldn’t do it alone and that God is always with me.


How has your athletics progressed since when we spoke 3 years ago?

I was just moving up to ‘under 20’s’ and had never represented GB although I had represented Scotland. I have represented GB three times now, once in Madrid, at an international match and then in Cardiff and got a medal. This summer I went to the Europeans in Boras, Sweden. I have broken the Scottish record in heptathlon and decathlon. Since August I have been in America and getting used to a new coach and climate!

Does competing for Team GB add more pressure?

It is a big step up and I was so nervous. My first

control my nerves and use them to benefit my performance rather than impair it.

How did moving to & studying in the United States come about?

In my final year at school I didn’t know what to do or what my next step should be. I had dreamt of going to the States to do athletics and studying but nothing had been offered so I applied for uni and hoped to go to Aberdeen. I wasn’t 100% happy about it so I prayed and asked God to show me what to do. Then around Christmas I was really shocked to get a call from a head coach in America asking me to come over for a visit! I absolutely loved it and they offered me a scholarship so I signed the papers. I’m not quite a full time athlete but I get to do what I love every day!

What is each day like?

I have uni classes in the morning or afternoon with athletics practice starting around 12:30 for 4 hours! I’m never short of things to do and have had the chance to do some exploring too. event is 60 metres and I was shaking. But I remember thinking, ‘this is my first one so just go out and enjoy it, without focussing too much on the results.’ My second year I tried to apply the same philosophy because it is a rare opportunity to represent your country so you need to enjoy it as well as doing your best. You don’t want to put in all those hours of training just to worry! At my first international I fell on the second day in the hurdles. It wasn’t my fault as another guy knocked me over so I was allowed to run again but it is not the same running by yourself. That sort of thing can really change your perspective and performance if you let it so I try to live in the moment. It is a fantastic gift to be able to compete at that level and I am learning to

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How have you found moving away from home & has your athletics benefited?

Training wise it is better for me as here I have to drive to training which can be an hour away but in America I am right next to the track. It has been difficult leaving my family as we are really close. My little sister has had cancer twice so it is even more difficult, wondering what could happen. We call as much as possible and I have a really great group of friends on track and also Christian friends to hang out with. A good support system is important!

How does your Christian Faith help you in your sport, studies & day to day life? Having a Christian family and friends around helps a lot as they are praying for me. I remind myself that God has given me my abilities and I try to do everything I can to be the best as I can – the Bible puts it like this, ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.’ Colossians 3 v 23. It helps keep me humble whether I succeed or fail. God has a plan for me and I can talk to him at any time about anything. Moving has been a big culture shock and change but I have adjusted and they love a foreign accent – it is a good conversation starter.

Do you have a favourite Bible verse?

As mentioned above ‘Whatever you do, work as if for the Lord,’ and also from Colossians 3 v 2 which says, ‘Set your mind on things above not on earthly things,’ which reminds me to look at the bigger picture and perspective.

Other than Jesus who is your favourite Bible character and why?

I guess I would say John the Baptist because he was devoted to God and did what he was asked to do. It is not about him but about God.

Who do you follow? Who follows you?

I’m on Instagram and have a few friends from athletics and a few Olympic medallists who follow me. The person I follow closely would probably be Kevin Mayer who talks a lot about training and has videos that are really helpful and inspiring.

Who would you love to meet?

It would have to be Kevin Mayer because he is currently the best decathlete and world record holder - it would be great to chat and learn from him.

Who would you call in an emergency?

It would still be my dad. He has always been my coach and is always there for me. I have even called him from The States to ask about cooking quiche!

Who or what do you care about?

Definitely more than one thing! My faith and making sure I don’t let it slip. My family, being a good brother and friend. And also my sport, I want to be a good representative of Christ when I compete. I want to have good reactions to winning and not doing so well so I try to keep temper tantrums in check and shake hands and smile at officials, even if don’t feel like it! Instagram: joel_mcfarlane00 Twitter: JoelMcFarlane00


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I’m pretty sure that every Christmas, I discover a new distant family member that I never knew I had. I almost await the conversation each year, when I’ll discover another Auntie Margaret… WHO ARE THEY?! People are important. I believe God has purposely placed specific people in our path to help us discover more of who he is. It might be that you want to explore faith but don’t really know what to do next. You’ve been inspired by a talk, noticed something different in the lives of Christians around you, seen God do something incredible at church or youth group. You want to take the next step to explore God, but not sure what to do? Well let me give an example… When I learnt my craft of comedy magic, I had to do three key things. Firstly I had to find and spend time with other comedians and magicians. Over time I found myself becoming

WHO? WHO could you spend time with? WHO do you know that genuinely believes in a God who can transform and impact lives. Perhaps your mate, your youth leader, maybe even your parents. WHO could you ask questions? WHO might be able to help you understand more of the Bible?

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like them in style, noticing things they did, hearing what they thought about various tricks, or jokes, or other performers. Secondly I had to ask questions. I started asking where I could get hold of the same magic books and props as well as where I could start performing. It was important to know how they wrote jokes, rehearsed tricks and became so confident on stage. Finally, I had to get hold of the right resources and go to the right conferences. The people I spent time with gave me some great recommendations. Similarly, if you want to explore what it is to live a life of faith, to follow Jesus, to connect with God and for that relationship to impact your life and the lives of others, then you need to do the same three things. So consider these WHO questions…

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WHO might be able to answer some of the big questions you have about God. WHO can point you towards some resources? Perhaps someone might take you on an Alpha course, lend you a book or DVD or take you to an event that will help. WHO has God put in your network of friends and leaders that might help you to find him.

WHO? You can find out more about Tom Elliott at https://tom-elliott.org

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Who to Follow...? In our modern world following people seems to be more and more common. In my youth if you followed someone it meant you were walking behind them or taking their advice in certain things but today it has a whole different meaning. Usually it refers to social media accounts whether it is facebook, Instagram or twitter. People are desperate to follow what someone says and does, even down to what they have for breakfast or are watching on TV. There is an insatiable desire to be part of something more or bigger than ourselves. Maybe that is because we are designed to be part of something bigger..? We all have a ‘God shaped hole’ that needs to be filled and often we look to others, experiences or things to do so. But no matter how many people or things we follow that desire can’t be filled by anything other than God. Are you following God, others or your own ideas...? Are you the sort of person who follows what others say and do or are you more likely to do your own thing...? Why not take the quiz and see what you are like?

You and your friends are a bit lost in town, do you…..

A) Use your phone to look at a map, find the way and lead everyone the right way? B) Make an attempt to look on your phone but wait for others to make suggestions? C) Leave it to someone else to sort, Instagram is more interesting?

You see someone being bullied at school, do you…… A) Try to diffuse the situation and fetch a member of staff? B) Try to help out but walk away if it doesn’t work? C) Not do anything, it’s not your problem?

At a festival your friends want to see different bands, do you…... A) Decide who you want to see and go regardless? B) Go with the majority decision? C) Fall asleep and miss out on any band?

You and your friends are choosing GCSE subjects, do you…... A) Know exactly what you want to do? B) See what your friends are doing before making a decision? C) Just choose what you think are the easiest subjects?


You and your friends are planning a day out, do you..…. A) Have plenty of ideas and suggestions? B) Have some ideas but don’t push them forward? C) Go with the flow?

Your parents have always voted for a certain party, do you…… A) Look at everyone’s policies and make a decision for yourself? B) Probably just vote for the same party? C) Don’t bother voting, what’s it got to do with you?

It is the start of a new season, do you……

A) Wear what you like and not bother what others think? B) Buy some new clothes because you don’t want to feel left out? C) Wear whatever is clean?

There are lots of Instagram suggestions, do you……

A) Follow those you are interested in but don’t ‘follow for follow’? B) See who your friends are following and who is trending? C) Always add suggestions without much thought?

In class you are having a debate, do you……

A) Find it easy to voice your opinion and stick to it? B) Get easily swayed by the opinion of others? C) Not really have any strong opinions about anything?

The latest ‘must have’ item hits the shops tomorrow, do you…… A) Buy it if you need it but not just for show? B) Buy it – you don’t want to miss out? C) By the time you get round to looking it is sold out?

Your friends are starting to drink alcohol even though they are underage, do you…... A) Make your own decision based on your own values? B) Try it and see – everyone else is doing it? C) Drink what you are offered without much thought?

If you answered mostly A – You don’t follow anyone. You make up your mind

what is right and don’t let others sway you. People follow you because they know you have thought things through and don’t make snap decisions. But don’t get carried away and assume you are better than everyone else or that your opinion is more important – allow others to have a say and then you can agree or disagree. If you answered mostly B – You can be inclined to follow whoever has the largest mouth. You aren’t confident in your own abilities or decisions so look to others. You would rather be liked and accepted than risk standing out and being different. Why not try following your own ideas for a change, you might find that you actually like it. Just because someone has a lot to say or is loud doesn’t mean they are right! If you answered mostly C – You tend to go with the flow rather than specifically following certain people. You find the easiest route and go with it. The problem with this response is that it can lead to you missing out or doing stuff you don’t really agree with because you haven’t stopped and thought about it. Perhaps you need to think about what or who you follow a little more carefully!

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WHO CARES...?

God cares about us and wants us to know him. In the Bible it tells us that we should care for those who are less fortunate and share what we have, including our faith, rather than keeping it all for ourselves. But many of us ignore this teaching and prefer to concentrate on other bits of the Bible that don’t involve us giving anything. But some people do want to show they care and so recently Ivan and a group from Andover Baptist church visited Poland to see what life is like and share their faith with the people they met. We asked them to tell us a bit about the trip and what difference it has made to their lives.

Can you give us a bit of background about the trip and why the group went? Ivan – As a church we support a lady called Helen who is working with a church out in Poland. Over the last couple of years the youth from her church have joined our youth group at a Christian Festival in the UK and we have had fun getting to know each other. So this year we thought it would be great if we could go over and see them and how faith and life are different. This is what the young people who went had to say about it... Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Dominic – I am 17, have a younger sister and am in my second year at college. I play the tenor horn and am in two brass bands. I love riding my bike which I try to do as much as possible. I come from a Christian family and my faith has got stronger over time.

Ellie – I’m also 17, have a younger sister and am in my second year at college. I love horse riding and am from a Christian family. Nick – I’m 13 and have a younger brother and sister. I do a lot of drawing and come from a Christian family, I’m in year 9. Jessica – I’m 17 and in my second year at college. I play the trumpet in an orchestra and take exams for it too. My dad is a Baptist minister. I was baptised when I was about 13 and have been growing in faith since. Hannah – I’m 15 and have a younger brother and sister. I am doing my GCSE’s this year. I love to sing and act. I was baptised about 3 years ago. Rosie – I’m 16 and doing GCSE’s. I am from a Christian family. I love playing sport, especially netball. I play in school and for a local league. Becca – I’m 17 and doing A levels. I love dance and do ballet. I became a Christian at 12 and since then my faith has been growing stronger.


Why did you want to go ? Dominic – I had always wanted to do something like this and as soon as it was announced I knew it would be good to go. I have never done anything like it before but thought I knew vaguely what to expect - it exceeded my expectations! Ellie – I wanted to see what Poland was like and to experience faith in a different country and culture. They are more open about faith and it was good to experience that. Nick – I have never been before but I went to see the people we had met at a festival. I didn’t know what to expect but it was great – very surprising but in a good way. Jessica – I have been to Africa as part of another church group and really enjoyed it. There you can see poverty everywhere you look and I was interested to see another side to poverty in a European country. Hannah – Some Polish people had come to join us at a camp over the last couple of summers and I wanted to go to Poland to see how different things are there, to see how church works when you don’t have a building and they have to set stuff up and down each week. It was interesting to see how faith is similar and yet different too. Rosie – I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. It was something I’d never done before and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity - it was amazing! Becca – Because I am going to university next year I am trying to do stuff that pushes me out of my comfort zone so that hopefully moving away wont be

so daunting! I volunteered at a Christian festival for a week and going to Poland was another chance to meet new people and see a different culture. Who did you meet and what did you do on the trip? Hannah – We met up with the youth group that we had met at Soul Survivor. We visited the homeless, saw how the Church does ‘street church’, serving soup and coffee as well as sharing God with the people they meet. We visited a homeless shelter for older and disabled people. That was quite different and difficult as the standards of hygiene weren’t what you would expect in the UK. They do a great job but can’t afford to pay staff to wash all the linen so they use plastic sheets to make it easier. It wasn’t what you would expect entering a care home here but they invited us in to talk and pray with people. We helped Helen with the children and youth at the church as well as going into a school to help with English. In the evenings we met together to spend time with God and each other. It was incredible to be able to communicate across language and cultural barriers. What did you enjoy the most? Dominic – It was incredible to feel that God was with us all the time – I know he is but I was just much more aware of him being with us and seeing him in every situation. The worship evenings were great and we spent time listening to God – he is always wanting to talk to us but we need to be listening.

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the conditions outside in some areas. It felt dark and empty. We prayed for people on the street and one guy asked that his leg would grow back. We were a bit taken back as it was an unexpected request and we felt out of our depth. But we did pray and I believe that nothing is impossible for God. Rosie – Seeing the homeless people on the streets and talking about our faith to people. There were lots of times that we were put on the spot and asked to pray for people or talk about God. This was way out of my comfort zone but exciting too. Becca – Praying for people on the streets was quite hard and tricky. It isn’t a very British thing to do but in Poland it was interesting to find that people are quite happy for you to pray for them. We tend to be more reserved and expect to be rejected but they are fine with it. Ellie – It was great to see God moving in people’s lives and really good to see how much he meant to people as we prayed for them. Nick – The food! Also making stronger relationships with the Polish group as I had not known them very well previously. Jessica – Praying for people in the care home. They are in desperate conditions and obviously there is a language barrier but you could still pray for them and they were incredibly grateful that we visited. Hannah – The worship evenings! I love singing and music which are a big part of my life so it was great to take part in those. Rosie – Meeting all the different people but also developing better connections within the group as we got to know each other better. Becca – The worship times. At home I don’t give myself the time to do that and it was great to spend time together and with God – it really strengthened my faith. Were there any things you found difficult to deal with? Dominic – Meeting people for whom God was the last hope! They had nothing left and lost everything but still willing to try God. Ellie – The lonely people in the homeless shelter. We are a close group and make each other laugh all the time but they are in a very different head space. It was really difficult but good to be pushed out of my comfort zone too. Nick – The care home was difficult. I wasn’t expecting it to be so extreme with small, cramped, quite dirty rooms. It was a hard hitting experience – I was silent for a bit which is unusual! Jessica – For me it was the homeless people. In Africa we met kids who are mostly unaware of the difficulties of their situation but in Poland the people we met were older and very aware of the circumstances. Understandably they are down, depressed and angry. Hannah – The care home was difficult but so were

Has going on the trip changed the way you view life & faith? Dominic – They are so open about faith and talking about God/ ideas even on the streets. British people generally don’t talk openly about faith. Now I am more eager to talk to my friends about my faith. I had told them I was going on the trip so they asked about it when I got back. I told them about everything – some weren’t too bothered but others were interested. I guess we automatically expect a bad outcome but people are interested and want to know more. Ellie – When we came back we immediately decided to try and carry on what we did in Poland back at home so we have arranged to go into the local care home to visit and spend time with the residents. We are hoping to build relationships and for it to be ongoing rather than just being a ‘one off’ or ending when we go off to university. Nick – I decided to do a talk at church and am going to another church too. Poland gave me the opportunity to get better at sharing my faith instead of keeping it to myself. I want to keep doing it.


Becca – They are very open about faith and I was challenged to be more open and I have found it easier!

Jessica – I am trying to be more open about my faith. The culture is different here but I felt challenged to pray for my friends when opportunities arise rather than keeping quiet. Hannah – The youth there are very involved with the church and I have come back wanting to be more involved with kids and other stuff too. I want to be active rather than just a spectator or passenger! Rosie – Over there the youth are very passionate and their faith is strong. I want to be less afraid to share my faith. They inspired me to be more open with non Christian friends and to try to talk about faith more rather than being ashamed.

Can you tell us any particular answers to prayer? Ellie – One evening one of the translators came over to me and Becca and said they felt God was telling them that we were in the right place and to continue doing it. This was definitely an answer to my prayers as I have been wondering about what to do in future. Nick – I have had trouble in the past choosing the right people to trust but the trip opened my eyes to see who I can trust. Hannah – The worship evenings and hearing God speak to us was incredible – I have never done anything like it before so was a bit uncomfortable to start. But then one person after another said what they felt God was saying and this encouraged me. I said what I felt God was saying and my minister said it really spoke to him. So whilst I don’t think I’m saying anything important it can actually matter to someone else. I want to get more involved and realise that God does speak to me and to share it with others.

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