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In April this year, 18 teenagers from GCC paid their way to jump on a coach, head to set up camp in Coffs Harbour and serve communities such as Yamba, Maclean, Iluka, Woolgoolga, Sherwood cliffs and the local Coffs area. They served, worshipped Jesus morning and night, had a fantastic time of fun and most importantly, grew on their journey with Jesus. Here is a testimony from Eloise Pugh with a beautiful poem that she wrote about this adventure:

"Soul Survivor was a time for bonding with friends. We listened to teaching about being courageous, and we went out into the community to serve. We went to Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens and Sherwood Cliffs (a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre) to do some gardening. Sherwood was great, we got to listen to some peoples’ stories, and they cooked us an amazing lunch. In Yamba we were split up into groups, some people went to a school and did a working bee, others went to the beach for dune restoration and others went to an op shop to do some painting. We had morning devotions with our youth group. We read our bibles and strengthened our relationship with Jesus. Overall it was a great time, we had a lot of fun and made new friends.

Soul Survivor 2018,
I was so keen.
We all got on the bus,
Without a lot of fuss.
At Coffs Harbour, Yamba and Sherwood,
We served the community as best we could.
Shovelling, raking and painting.
But my overall favourite socialising.
We made new friends,
As we drove round the bends.
We worshipped and prayed,
Uno we played.
Main meetings were filled with laughter
but we had just as much fun after.
Tropical night,
Like a flash of light,
A burst of grass skirts and flowers.
Nothing compared to the Lord’s powers.
The holy spirit surrounded us.
Even if we had lack of sleep,
All these memories I will keep."

Eloise Pugh 

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