1 October 2012
Meike Palmer has been ‘gifted’ to us and here she shares her journey to Tavistock and St Eustachius.
Hello! My name is Meike and this September I moved from the south west of Germany
to the beautiful south west of England
to work with ‘Catalyst’, a youth and schools work project in Tavistock, for a year. I am so happy to be placed at St Eustachius Church to support you in connecting the resources of church with the needs of young people.
So how did I get here? I finished school in Germany
last year and then went north to Capernwray Hall Bible School
for some of the best six months of my life. This is where the idea to be involved in youth ministry in England
took place. I applied to the South West Youth Ministries (SWYM) who placed me with you in Tavistock, praise God.
I have been involved in youth work and especially the children’s work in my home church in Germany
and I am excited to see what God has in store for the Tavistock youth at St Eustachius.
When I am not working at one of the colleges or at the Church, I love being outside (so think I might have to get a better rain coat). Also I really enjoy cooking and baking as well as watching a good film with friends.
In my work with the young people my prayer is that I can relay Jesus’ teachings to them and show them that being a Christian is so much more than going to church on Sunday mornings. It’s a lifestyle, following the most important decision of their life – whether they believe that Jesus loves them so much that He came to die on a cross because of their mess and to set them free from everything that is keeping them captive, or not.
Being still quite young myself, I know how difficult it is to figure out what to do with one’s life and what is worth living for. I believe that the role of the church today is not trying to please everyone but going back to the roots, the Word of God, in order to present a real and authentic perspective on life. Particularly for young people, especially in our time, where everyone is expected to be smarter, richer, more successful and powerful than anyone else in order to achieve something in life.
I think it is important that the church can be a family of believers who accepts and welcomes people of all ages because of who they are and not because of what they do and how well they do it. A family with just teenagers and children wouldn’t be a family, and neither would it be with just parents and grandparents. All the members of a family are equally important to make it a family and all the members can learn from each other.
That is why it is really in my heart to tell young people how incredibly precious they are and what an important part they play in God’s plan.
My prayer for them is to have a personal encounter with the living God and to understand the Good News for their lives, so that they can grow to be followers of Christ who “set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity and do not let anyone look down on them because they are young” (1 Tim. 4:12).
I hope you are supporting me in this with prayer and a willingness to share your story and what Christ means to you.
Now you know a little bit about me and as I find out more about you and my work at St Eustachius please don’t hesitate to come and have a chat with me – I would love to get to know you more.