Ruth Coleman
20 Seconds of Courage

It’s only a week until the Go Zambia Team sets off on their journey to Zambia!

The team are busy preparing for the trip; buying last minute toiletries, finding you’ve not got enough clothes, discovering your stuff doesn’t fit in your suitcase…or is that just me?

In preparing for the trip, I’ve been challenged by a statement which frequently comes back to me: ‘all it takes is 20 seconds of courage’. (Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo). Courage is often required to overcome fear, however to muster up courage can sometimes seem like a scary thing in itself. But I want to ask you the question – what does being courageous look like to you? Is it going and talking to that person who is alone? Is it talking in front of a group of people? Is it going on a trip to Zambia with a group of people you’ve never met?

Whatever it looks like for you, all you may need to be courageous is 20 seconds.

20 seconds to start walking over to the person sat by themselves. 20 seconds to start the opening line of the talk you’re doing in front of a group of people. 20 seconds to click ‘apply’ in the application you’re sending to travel to Zambia.

That’s the attitude I’m striving for in this trip – to stand together in having 20 seconds of courage and seeing what unfolds. My belief is that expectation will rise, friendships will be formed, character will grow and amazing things will unfold.

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That’s what happened last year for the Go Zambia 2016 Team, as Daisy summarises her experiences below…

“The biggest thing I took away from Zambia is the friendships that I made. We all went through so much together and it’s already evident that we are going to be life long friends. We supported each other through the things we found tough but also had loads of fun together. I love looking through my diary of the trip and remembering what we did and the laughter that we shared. Go Zambia impacted my life in so many ways, but I think knowing we all have that strong bond and friendship is what will always stay with me.”

And Matt has this message for the 2017 team:

“Hello Go Zambia 2017! You are about to embark on the experience of a lifetime in Zambia. God really touched me during the trip in so many different ways and through many different people and activities – so be prepared for anything! The people you will meet are just so joyful and full of life. Going to Zambia was a totally humbling experience and really makes you appreciate what you have. Make sure you go for every opportunity that is presented to you, you’ll only regret what you don’t do – and yes, you have to eat least one caterpillar! All in all I wish you the best of luck and I’ll leave you with Matthew 5 v 14-16:

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Well now I’m even more excited. Expectations are rising with 1 week to go before Go Zambia 2017 – watch this space.

Love Ruth and the team x

For those who pray:
– Health and energy for the team
– Smooth travel
– Team friendships to form quickly and naturally
– 20 seconds of courage

Football - Zambia
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