A group of young people and leaders from Anglican Youth Movement Wellington and Urban Vision are currently in India on a trip to gain a greater understanding of poverty and to serve those they meet. The trip was developed through relationships built between members of the team and friends who are from Kolkata, West Bengal.
“We are going to learn about the issues of poverty and to get out of our comfort zones,” says one of the group members. “There’s a beautiful quote about poverty from Sarah Bessey that says: ‘the problem isn’t their voicelessness, it’s that we’re not listening.’ On this trip, we’re going to listen.” Of primary importance for the team is the desire to build reciprocal relationships, and there is an expectation that they won’t be able to solve every problem they encounter. “We are prepared to place ourselves in situations of powerlessness. We will explore God’s heart for the poor, and what He could be saying to us through that.”
Whilst there to serve, the team anticipates to grow in their own relationships with Jesus. “We expect the trip to have a dramatic impact on us, as we explore the reality of poverty and our response to that.
The group asks that members of the diocese pray for their safety and wellbeing, and for God to speak to the souls they encounter on their journey. We hope to share some of their stories on their return later in December.