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Lucy Fardon - Change and Growth

Thinking back to when I was 11 and just starting off in the youth, it’s hard to put into words how drastically I’ve changed and grown since then. It’s incredibly humbling realizing the amount of resources, money, but most importantly time that was invested into us over the past 7 years.

Possibly the most valuable asset of forge youth is their ability to see the potential in teenagers and their vision to stretch, support and raise them up as powerful leaders.

When I first expressed the desire to start a Christian Union in my school, Dan Brown jumped at the idea and guided me through the whole process. Every week he would take over an hour out of his own time to come on Tuesday lunchtimes and support me in leading it.

When I was 17 and in my last year of being ‘a youth’, I was given the opportunity to lead worship at a weekend away. Bearing in mind, I had never lead worship before; this required quite a lot of trust on the youth team’s part. Yet still they helped, challenged, and gave me the freedom to lead as I desired.

Then, in the summer of 2014, Dan came to me and asked if I would like to speak at Soul Survivor. Even in the messiness of my initial fears and set backs, the amount of love and encouragement was amazing, both from peers and youth leaders alike.

I am so overcome by the selfless time and effort that is devoted by the youth team, even despite our ‘low moments’ of stubbornness, lack of commitment, and disbelief in our potential and self-worth! Although leaving forge youth was not exactly my happiest memory, being commissioned out around the world by my ‘Revo’ family was incredibly powerful and has helped push my relationship with Jesus to a whole new level!

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