Monday, May 30, 2005

Postcard home

Hello
I'm doing well in Germany.
In the swing of things here although every day will be different.
So, so far we have visited church home groups, played with kids at the park and helped out with the childrens service today, doing dances and action songs. (nicked from spring harvest!) Tomorrow is a day off and on wednesday we will be helping with school lessons.
Last night I changed hosts, to where I will be for the rest of the time. I am staying with an American family but I do have to speak aome German elsewhere. (occasionally)
Weather is very hot and I'm struggling with hayfever. Fortunately the weather is supposed to cool down soon.
We are working well as a team and that has been one of the highlights of the trip for me so far.
Hope all is well with you
Love from Pete

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Hallo. Wie gehts?

Guten Abends from Germany. Just finished the end of the first full day and I've kindly been allowed onto a computer. (German keyboards are wierd!!) The weather here is surprisingly really hot. I can't believe I only packed one pair of shorts. It's like the summer.
So today we had lots of introductions and then we spent the afternoon planning sketches, songs and puppet shows for the next few days. The church is amazing with so many different nationalaties and many different groups. Speaking through a translator is wierd but so many people know English it's usually fine. Everyone is incredibly friendly, especially my hosts. Iäm staying with Mike and we've had loads of food!!
I'm feeling pretty relaxed but I also know that the next two weeks are going to be huge.
Anyways, Iäve gotta go. Auf wiedersehn.

p.s. as you can probably see i've been having problems with the keyboard. The z and the y are swapped round and here are some other symbols, just to prove I'm actually in the land of Deutchland:
öäöööäßßßßÖÄeEEE3332§§§. there's also a euro sign but i can't get to it!! Tchuss

Thursday, May 26, 2005

CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE


I don't think I've ever known anything quite like that. Incredible. Astonishing. Miraculous.
I don't think I've ever screamed as loud as that. That was sheer drama. Exhilirating.
LIVERPOOL HAVE WON THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. from 3-0 down. OH YES!!!!
Gerrard was fantastic but how did Dudek make that save in extra time???!! That was unbelievable.
It's so hard to put into words just how I felt. There were a few photos taken of my face at the end (which may make there way on to blogs at some point.) But above is a picture of someone doing an impression of my emotion.

Thanks for all the texts and phone calls last night. They really made it a special night. And I'll never forget where I was on 25th May 2005 eh, guys? And you probably won't forget watching my emotions more than the game!
My favourite text last night came from Paul Windo who sent the following text when it went 3-1; 'Do u believe...? I saw Watford come from 3 down once.' Another text said that I must feel like a proud parent and my mum summed up the night with a fantastic text simply putting, 'They won'

And to follow that now I'm off to germany this afternoon. See all you fabulous people in 2 weeks. And remember, "You'll never walk alone."
RAFFA the GAFFA and STEVIE G
YESSSSSSSSSS
CHAMPIONS

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The Biggest Liverpool Game I've Ever Watched

Nerves. Just been watching Sky Sports News and the realisation is beginning to hit me - as a Liverpool fan I have never experienced a more important day. Today is that day.

COME ON!

Battersea

It was another great couple of days at Battersea. I've been doing a lot of thinking recently and it was a good opportunity to talk some thing things through. God is stirring up so much stuff at the moment and it's no coincedence that it's coming a few days before the international trip.
The highlight of the 2 days, were a couple of fantastic talks by Alistair Bullen. He was so enthusiastic and real.
So, off to Germany tomorrow. It's going to be another DNA experience. Let's go.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

I don't believe it! Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader

Add sound effect here - deep heavy breathing


Strange day yesterday in which I was out of the house for over 14 hours. This included a rather bizarre bus trip to a school CU meeting, where we thought it was impossible to make it on time and then the bus driver told us we were there. This summed up the day; it was a day of spontineity and of trusting buses, which totally goes against what comes naturally for me. So after the CU meeting, we went for a spontaneous trip into Canterbury (in a free afternoon) to watch the new Star Wars film. Brilliant. Loved it. Infact, I was a bit speechless at the end.
Then got back to Herne Bay 15mins before D:caff started and after a much improved D:caff, 8 of us went to pub for Jo's birthday. Happy Birthday. 24!!
And there we have it, the longest day where I was constantly watching the clock but never once got stressed. It's things like that, when I can see the things that this year's done for me.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Day off yesterday so Nick came round. First off went down the park for some 'wall ball' and 'crossbar challenge!.' I won both of those. And then we came back to South Road for some 'pes' on the playstation. Unfortunately, Nick's a bit of a wizard at pes and comfrotably won 5 games to 1. (but that 1 victory tasted sweet!) (And if you're wondering what all these games are, they're all football related in some way. ) Fun day and good laugh.
Today's a day of study which has started with a prayer walk. I managed just over an hour and I'm feeling incredibly relaxed now, ready to go! Just got to get off the computer first.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

2 ways to get a bit tipsy

What a brilliant night it was last night! Started with a youth service over in Canterbury. It was such a great time of worship (which got me jumping into the air!) and there was a really inspiring talk (based on 'The Vision') which encouraged everybody at there own level. God did so much. It was lead by a band called Collective, who are going round schools in Kent, putting on concerts. My responsibility was manning the tuck shop!!
After the highs of worship, we joined up with Sam, Mike, Marcus, Steve, Jo (x2) and Katy for a drink. Good laugh! And then we all made our way back to Sam's where he got us all a 'brew'. I've no idea what we talked about. I just remember it being funny. Well, I had drunk one whole pint.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Ogres are like onions - they have layers

Early this afternoon me and Beth found out we were doing the talk at youth club tonight! Thanks Marcus. So with not much time on our hands it was time to dip into a church favourite; the spiritual depths of Shrek. I was actually really pleased with how it all went; the moments of hushed silence are normally a good sign!
Beth started by destroying a £10 note and pointing out that it still had the same value. Then we showed the bit of Shrek where Shrek says to donkey, "Look at me... Doesn't that bother you?" only for donkey to say "Nope, I like you." I then compared this to God choosing David to be king, even though he was smallest. And we finished up by showing the last ten minutes of the film where Shrek says to Fiona, "You're beautiful" even though she's turned into an ogre.

wow, a Shrek talk without any reference to onions and layers. oh, and if you haven't guessed by now, the theme was appearance and self-esteem.
and if anyone else needs a talk whipped up with only a few hours notice...........
.........find a shrek DVD.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Manic mayhem

Last night was abit of a crazy one down at D:caff. 63 youngsters. 5 helpers. broken window. excited kids cos ooh, there's going to be a big fight. lots of shouting and telling offs. felt like it should be 9 o'clock and it was only quarter to 8. neighbour round afterwards. tired, frustrated and tense. ...you could say it was an intense night! Proper youthwork.
Well done to all the helpers last night cos it was hard work. More helpers desperately need though!
...oh and to cap it all off, whilst putting the equipment away, I got a big splinter in my finger . aah!

Friday, May 06, 2005

This is beautiful. You've got to soak it up.

Youth group over in Reculver last night. Me and Beth had been planning a talk for the last couple of days and it went pretty well. The topic was, "What do you soak in?" (Idea stolen from Spring Harvest eh, DNAers!) or in plain English that means 'what things of the world influence you?' We started with a fun game. We'd scrumpled up loads of pieces of paper, where some had parts of a Bible verse on. (Romans 12:2) We then tied all the youngsters feet together and then threw the paper on the floor in front of them. hee hee. They had to then find the verse. We then had some good group discussions about what things influence us, ie. TV, music, films, school etc. To finish with I played Beautiful by Athlete, and everyone had a chance to think about what we'd talked about. All in all, I was pretty pleased with how the evening went and I went away amazed by the change in these kids in the last few months; they're so much more open to talking about God.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

MIGHTY LIVERPOOL REIGN TRIUMPHANT

1-0!!!

What a night! What an atmosphere! What a result! Somehow, Liverpool have reached the Champions League final. Who would have predicted that?!
I don't care whether the ball actually crossed the line, it was quite simply an awesome performance with some incredible defending. Jamie Carragher is a legend! We're on our way to Istanbul.
I couldn't get the night off yesterday, so had to set up a radio down at D:caff. There were a few of the guys who gathered round the big, dusty speakers that looked like they hadn't been used for a few years. The tension built throughout the night. D:caff closes at 9 and we were finished clearing up at 9.20. So it was a quick dash home to catch the last 5 mins on TV. Still 1-0. phew. heart pounding. 6 minutes of stoppage time! what! liverpool keep the ball well down the other end, playing for time. but then 95th minute. Dudek flaps at a cross and it falls to Gudjohnson who has the goal gaping. Incredibly, he whistles the shot wide of the post. I'm on the floor. Final whistle! Squeel of delight! One huge smile on my face. Victory tastes sweet.

yessssssssssssss!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

MOUTHWATERING


COME ON LIVERPOOL! It's the big one tonight and it should be amazing. Liverpool have a slight chance but it's going to need an incredible performance. They need the best 90mins of their lives. Come on!
There's been a debate rumbling in Herne Bay whether it's possible to call a football match mouthwatering, but today I have absolutely no doubts. It's MOUTHWATERING!