A taste of short-term mission

Jonny Tilford

Between each academic year at university, I am fortunate enough to have three months over the summer to spend how I choose! Earlier this year, after some thought and encouragement from others, I decided to spend a few weeks serving a local church in any way that they would find helpful. I looked for different opportunities available and very soon I was on a train to Brussels to help a team of Crosslinks mission partners (Robbie and Lizzie Bellis, and Steve and Dawn Orange) at Woluwe Church (L’Église Protestant Evangelique de Woluwe).

I loved getting involved in a wide range of activities with different parts of the church family. I helped lead Sunday school and Bible studies, run games and keep peace at a youth group sleepover! I also gave a hand with some DIY, got involved with student ministry and supported Crosslinks Mission Partners with mid-week evangelistic events and first-contact evangelism. 

I was in Brussels for just over five weeks. I learnt a lot and was greatly encouraged by faithful gospel work done in a culture that is even more secular than I have found in London. Being involved with Woluwe Church was encouraging, thought-provoking and great fun. I look forward to seeing the people I have met again one day and to see what the church will have become!

There is a great need for gospel workers worldwide and many Crosslinks mission partners would be delighted to receive short-term volunteers. Very rarely in my life do I have several months free to use how I please. If, like me, you are a student and considering working for a church or as a missionary in the future, the university holidays are a perfect opportunity to try something new and to get a taste of overseas mission! My time in Brussels has given me just that, and I would recommend contacting Crosslinks to see what options are available. 

Read more about Jonny's time in Belgium or get in touch with Crosslinks to explore options for you to serve overseas.