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My Small, Safe Island

 

One of my favourite things in this world is Four12 Conferences! The excitement and buzz of so many people from all nations and backgrounds coming together as family with one heart for Jesus is insane.

I was born on the ‘small and safe Isle of Man where there is nothing to do’ (or so many Manx kids believe), where we have headline news like ‘Several pints of milk have been stolen from a doorstep.’ At 18 years old, I couldn’t wait to get off the island and go to university in Liverpool and be a teacher. However since graduating, the Isle of Man has become such an exciting place to live.

God took me across the world just to show me the purpose He has for me…

Shortly after graduating I wasn’t sure what to do, but in June 2013 I travelled to my first overseas Four12 Conferences in Cape Town, SA and God showed me how hugely significant our ‘little Isle’ is. On this trip God confirmed to me He wanted me to do a worship internship with Living Hope Community Church and ever since I have been working for the church, serving the youth and worship ministries. God took me across the world just to show me the purpose He has for me, but also for the island – ‘As the trickle becomes a stream, the stream becomes a waterfall’!

I have been so blessed to be able to go to Cape Town for the Four12 Conferences twice now. Both trips have been significant in my walk with God, especially in seeing the bigger picture. I have been hosted by incredible families who have completely spoilt me, I have hung out with amazing Godly people who instantly became great friends, I have been part of worship teams who are sold out for Jesus and I have worshipped our awesome God in a country on the other side of the world which felt like home from home. One of my favourite opportunities was to go in to the townships with Ikhaya La Themba. God turned my world upside down and filled my heart to the brim and overflowing all at once, as we loved on people, blew bubbles with gorgeous kids, prayed for healing, worshipped Jesus and brought hope to heart-wrenching circumstances on the streets of Khayelitsha.

I have also had the joy of being part of a team sent to serve Christian Life Centre in Horsham for a worship conference in equipping worship leaders and teams. At all of these Four 12 events the biggest highlight has been meeting people from all over the world and within just a few days, they have become instant friends who you feel you’ve known for years. This truly is a special God moment of knitting hearts.

If you haven’t yet been on a Four12 adventure, I want to encourage you to start praying because these trips transform your relationship with God, as you’re surrounded by truly wonderful brothers and sisters across nations who will encourage you, challenge you and equip you in to more of your potential in Christ. So get your passport ready!


Photo(top): Nikki and Theresa Richardson from Ikhaya le Themba having fun with kids in Khayalitsha, Cape Town.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nikki is a twenty something Liverpool Hope University graduate in Music and Education. She is currently serving Living Hope Community Church Ramsey as a full time youth worker. Nikki loves hanging out with friends, listening to and playing music, percy pigs, elephants and going overseas for Jesus.

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