Get Ready For I'll Fight Day 2015
In 2014 ALOVE launched the first UK ‘I’ll Fight Day. We took inspiration from The Salvation Army in the USA, who run these days annually. The goal is for young people to go out into their local communities to share the gospel and show God’s love in practical ways, with no strings attached.
Last year 575 young people and leaders registered from 42 corps around the UK to fight to make a difference in their communities! The opportunities to show Christ’s love in practical ways are endless and ALOVE encouraged everyone to do whatever they feel able. Jesus gave great advice in Matthew 10:42, where he says:
"It's best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing." (The Message)
From serving cream teas, to cleaning up the local park, to offering ‘free prayer’ and holding a free music concert, it seems the young people of the UK really did do all they could to share the light of God in their communities! We asked some youth groups to share their experiences with you…
The young people of Edinburgh Gorgie had decided to offer those passing by a free car wash and whilst they waited people were invited to come in for a free bacon roll and coffee! An offer not to be missed!
It was great to see all age aspects of the youth represented from our newest Junior Soldier to those who've been around for years. We spent some time in prayer before spreading the love.
While people were waiting for their cars to be washed it was a great opportunity to speak to those in our community who were all full of praise for what we were doing. There were those who couldn't understand why we were doing it for free and it was amazing to be able to share that our faith is the reason. We were also able to share what was going on at the Corps and invite people along to different activities. We really do pray that these people were able to see the love of God shining through us that day.
The day was a great success as we were able to deliberately do something for the community which showed God's love. But I think the most important thing for me was that the young people in our Corps were empowered to do mission, it brought us together as a team and we were challenged to share our faith.
We look forward to the next I'll Fight Day!
Andrew Howe – Edinburgh Gorgie
I’ll fight day was a great opportunity to get out into our local community and practically demonstrate the love of Jesus to those around us. We joined up with the young people from the local Baptist church and spent the morning baking cookies and brownies to give out in the town centre, and then spent the afternoon litter picking and learning about how we could pray for our town. As well as being fun, the day led to lots of interesting conversations about faith, mission and the way we live.
‘We looked at a big map of the town and marked out where we live, all the churches, the schools and places we hang out. Then we prayed for all of the places and all of the people’ (Toni, 12)
‘I would come again because it was fun and enjoyable the best bit of the day to me was baking the brownies and giving them to people. I think every Salvation Army in the world should have an I’ll Fight Day because it helps your community and you get to have fun doing it’ (Keryn, 13).
Bek Taylor - Atherton Corps
We decided to do some gardening for a family who were suffering from ill health and hadn’t been able to keep on top of their garden.
We had such fun doing it and there were a lot of us involved!
It was a really hot day so we had to try to sit in the shade and drink plenty of juice and also managed to find a bit of time for an ice-cream break!
Afterwards we had a fun time at The Salvation Army hall eating food, playing games and chilling out.
We can’t wait to take part in ‘I’ll fight day’ again this year. We are planning to go to a residential home for the elderly to help them with cleaning, shopping, gardening and stuff like that and we will be having a BBQ afterwards! We hope the weather is as good as last year.
Victoria Elson – Bourne
This year, yet again ALOVE are calling all youth of the UK to surprise people with God’s love through practical acts of kindness in their communities! It’s free to register, but everyone needs to register through ALOVE by Monday 13th April 2015 so that we can send out helpful resources, cell material and a free t-shirt for every young person and leader.
Anyone can get involved in I’ll Fight Day and we hope that as young people get involved and serve their community, they too understand more of God’s love, grace and gospel:
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 (MSG)
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