Updates from Miriam Swaffield
Thanks so much for al the prayers, encouragement and 'new home' cards that have come through the door of my little terraced house in the Boro this month. I have bought a kettle, assembled a dressing table, and still need a rug for the living room but I'm getting there!
As many will know, my work with Fusion takes me all over the UK so I've not been settled and 'local' in Middlesbrough for that long, as Freshers is a busy time for student mission! However, this month has been a brilliant and blessed start. The fact that on my birthday I received four cards and two presents from the people on my street, including a full dinner cooked by my Pakistani neighbours, really confirmed I've moved to the right place! I really do love who I'm living alongside and the street community is amazing, we've been sharing dinners, I've had to borrow many kitchen utensils and as I write this, I've just come back from a cup of tea and catch up with my neighbour two doors down.
Teesside Uni freshers week has been and gone, and I helped run the 'Try Church' stand at the fresher's fair, joined by 11 churches from the area. It's great to see such unity and helpful to meet so many leaders straight off. I was blown away by the amount of students who had zero experience of church and had never heard about how good news Jesus is, so it feels like a huge opportunity. I have also met the local Bishop and he came for tea and taught me how to use the old typewriter I recently got given! Legend.
I've met up with a couple of students I met at freshers fair for a coffee, and have about 15 more students who were interested in meeting up from the Try Church stand, so do pray some great friendships and connections are formed as I follow them up.
A number of the G2 community have visited or are booked in to come over, and with Middlesbrough being just an hour down to road by car or train, you are very welcome to come see where I am, pray with me for the town, and enjoy a Parmo (google it!) over the coming months. In the mean time, I'm serving at a couple of G2 things in October so will see some of you around I'm sure.
Thanks again for your prayers, they really are the most important thing I need.
Love Miriam x