My work with Wycliffe really demonstrated to me the power of a loving, prayerful workplace community.
I’m Rachel, from London, and I’m on a gap year before university. I got to know Wycliffe when I first attended the online version of Experience Wycliffe, a two-week foray into the heart of linguistics, translation and sustainable community development. It was superbly run and deeply inspiring – so much so that, on finishing, I knew that I had to get involved!
As a result, I joined Wycliffe’s Communications team for a couple of months this year and assisted on a variety of projects from editing and maintaining website content to recording survey results.
I have felt my faith strengthened in the company of other Christians
I’ve volunteered with many charities, Christian and otherwise, but the honesty, openness and friendliness I met with here has been so much more than I could have imagined.
Admittedly, volunteering during a national lockdown posed some challenges, and I found it difficult working at home without my mornings being broken up with coffee breaks and casual socialising. However, whilst I wish I could have joined the office in person and been a ‘proper’ part of the workplace, throughout the experience I genuinely felt a real part of Wycliffe, both in my team and in the organisation as a whole.
I was stunned at the openness and vulnerability my team showed in asking for prayer
Everyone I met was full of conversation and eager to have me feel involved, and I also joined a variety of daily and weekly prayer gatherings, team meetings and even a book club on Google Chat.
In fact, I fondly remember my first prayer meeting with my team on my second day, where I was stunned at the openness and vulnerability my team showed to me and each other in asking for prayer. It made me feel quite emotional!
I’ve left with a renewed love of Wycliffe’s work and have felt my faith strengthened in the company of so many other committed Christians. I’ve got a couple years of university ahead of me now, but I can’t wait to be back.