15 Apr

Minehead so far

Well end of the second week of Spring Harvest at Minehead, the kind chap from Butlins has just offered to change our sheets … we said yes.

I have been DOG sick the past 7 days, it all started with a sore throat that didn’t go away popped to the doc on site and he was like, umm not much going on, come back if it doesn’t clear up, which I did a couple days later to be diagnosed with summer flu and a throat infection. In bed for 3 days, taken FLIPPING ages to recover tried to get out for a couple hours each day, finally feeling better.

So we didn’t get as many people, in fact it has taken us 2 weeks to get the same number of contacts as the 1st week of Skeg, BUT it is all good, lots of very cool people, plenty of wonderful conversations.

Embarrassing moment of the week, probably Steph falling on her bum at breakfast.
Frustration of the week has got to be all the publicity of the other organisation. I have to admit i am a little frustrated by how things are playing out, but my high light of the week has got to be with out any doubt at all, Steph popping along to ” An audience with Steve Chalke“. An opportunity to ask him any thing you like. We had planned a deep challenging question about soem of his Heaven on earth comments, we are going UP to heaven cos heaven is on earth. I know i don’t get where he was coming from, but in a moment of all i can describe as pure brilliance, steph asked this.

” I am really pleased the collection is going to Bible Translation and distribution this year, but do you know the name of the organisation that is involved in translation for most of the featured projects along with 85% of the projects world wide?”

His response was ” Umm, No but i think you might be able to tell me”

Steph in an over excited manner that only Steph can encapsulate “WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS!!!”

The whole thing invoked a round of applause and a lot of laughs and a rather sheepish Steve swiftly moved on to ranting about another book he has written. Surprising numbers of people popped by the stand to say hi the next day!

Oh yeah, and the winner of this weeks Wii competition, scored 92, yes you read that correctly, 92. Mental.

31 Mar

Spring Harvest week 1

Springy week 1

Well, four hours of driving, a very large tent that was not there 15 years ago, and a whole lot of rain. Being newbies to the spring harvest exhibition proved obvious as soon as we tried to get into a closed door. Not knowing anyone or really having any expectations of what the place was going to be like we were extremely surprised to find out the ‘exhibition’ is basically a bunch of stands dotted around the skyline which normally has bar restaurants and entertainment stuff. We found our spot, we pop off to the car to get our stuff on getting back to lovely chaps from ‘inyourfatith’ had dumped all their stuff where we were trying to get set up. A hunt was on the exhibition manager. Steve was a great chap. Sorted us out, explained all the ins and outs and got us a space to set up. Things got messy when the computer screen we had for the Wii didn’t work.
We headed off ot the team lounge ot get our info pack and room key, only to discover that they didn’t have us on their list! A couple of phone calls and a conversation with thebandwihtnoname boys and another hour later we finally got room keys to our unexpected apartment with kitchen and lounge. EXCELLENT. A brief trip to Tesco to get some lunch supplies and a TV for the Wii, we got set up and ready to rock. Inclusive dinner in the restaurant was a new experience, buffet roast lamb or about 3 other things, and salad, and desert, we were pretty pleased, then off to open the stand. We had an amazing first night 47 people, we only have a target of 140 for the week, so we actually left at 2300 shattered but very pleased.
The rest of the week, we found a nice grove, of chilling and working hard full English breakfast and meeting loads of new friends, 283 to be exact. I KNOW literally twice our target. I have no idea how the other weeks are going to pan out, but frankly I am excited. By the end of April we may have doubled our WYnet Database, and made loads of new contacts with connect and fro Wycliffe.
High light has to be meeting a guy who started by asking my where he could get a copy of a bible printed especially for dyslexics.( why is that word so hard to spell?) he explained single column, large print and on yellow paper. I said I had no idea, but would do some research for him. We got talking to discover he is based not far from us and is involved in some very high powered computing technology called I2. I can’t go into what he does for a living, but it is WAY cool, and he is working on an idea to 3-D map the bible for people who don’t think linearly and don’t engage with read straight text. Dead herd to explain without sounding like the complete geek that I am!
The winning Wii high score was 55, stevo’s best was 54, pretty awesome, but the wee (no pun intended!) guy was 13 and amazing haha!
Most embarrassing moment was Stevo asking 2 girls if there were over 13 to fill out their own forms, only to get the forms back to discover they were 19 year old twins! A lot of fun, a LOT of hard work, but awesome.

Here’s a wee video of the puppet guy, our stand was opposite them.

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