I’m Alisha. I have now been on the Create Team for about 4 months. I am 18 years old and before moving to Yeovil I lived in a town called Aylesbury. I’m happy to say I now class Yeovil as home! I enjoy reading, listening to music and singing. I spend the majority of my time in the office laughing as I’m sure the rest of the team would agree.
My dad became a Christian when I was about 10 and I’d say I was brought up in a Christian family from around then. This however didn’t mean much for me. At church I was one person and at school someone completely different. It wasn’t until I was about 15 that I started to take God seriously. It wasn’t easy and I faced some trials in my personal life, resulting in my dad taking me out of main stream school to home-school me but somehow, God saw me through. I then went on a journey of starting jobs, apprenticeships and college courses and then dropping out within the first 2 weeks. This made me feel like I could never complete anything and that I would never amount to anything, a pretty difficult place to be as a 16/17 year old girl. I decided enough was enough and poured my heart out to God. Why was nothing working? Why couldn’t I find something I loved doing? What is my purpose in life? Do I even have a purpose? God revealed to me that I would be going away somewhere the September I turn 18. He confirmed it through various people praying for me and I was terrified! I didn’t want to leave home, I had no idea where I would go and on various occasions I tried fighting it. I was in the process of applying for a position on the young people team at Ellel ministries when I heard about SWYM. I decided I would apply for both and pray about which one to go for. The process for SWYM just seemed to flow really smoothly and when I went for my open day and interview I felt this amazing sense of peace and belonging, something I had never felt before. And so here I am!
Four months in and God is doing amazing things! I never thought I’d make it this far and already I feel like I have achieved something huge! God has allowed me to feel safe and accepted and I finally feel like I’ve found what I’m called to. God has given me a passion for youth and children’s work. Working with children is where I feel I come alive. I have been proactive in the running of Light Hearted (one of our Friday night groups) and love planning all the cool stuff that the kids get to enjoy. The team around me have made me feel incredibly supported and I have loved working alongside them. The first term was awesome. I was able to be involved in school’s work, going into Preston on a Wednesday to run Christian union and Westfield on a Thursday to do Rock academy! I have also been involved in a couple of the afterschool groups we run at the gateway and the various evening groups too. I love doing 15+ mentoring and over the months I have been here God has allowed me to feel capable of things I never thought I’d be able to do.