New youth leaders for West Norfolk church

JoshStephanieRussell2009: American couple Josh and Stephanie Russell have been appointed as Downham Market Christian Fellowship’s new youth leaders.
Josh and Stephanie have two young children, Eli (2) and Josiah (7 months). They have lived in Downham since 2005, when Josh was posted to Lakenheath by the United States Air Force. Their new role is initially on a voluntary basis, while Josh continues to serve in the military as an aircraft technician.
The couple got together in 2001, while on a mission to homeless people in New York City as part of their studies at Bible College. Their time in New York happened to coincide with the horrific events of September 11 in that year. As a result, they found themselves not only ministering to the homeless, but also supporting members of the emergency services, by praying with and counselling them and by providing food parcels. This profound experience saw them both grow deeper in their relationship with God.
As youth leaders, Josh and Stephanie, who are both in their late 20s, will be working with DMCF’s 11-25 year olds. Josh said, “Our aim will be to nurture the church’s young people in their Christian faith. We know that the teenage years and early adulthood can be very difficult times, but we want to do all we can to provide support and guidance. We hope to show them that following Jesus is not only the right way for their lives, but it is also cool and exciting!”
Stephanie added, “Our prayer is that DMCF’s young people will develop a passion for Jesus”.
One of the couple’s first activities will be to lead a youth service on the second Sunday of each month at 6pm at the Sovereign Centre, the home of DMCF, on Sovereign Way, on Downham’s Trafalgar Industrial Estate. They hope that the youth service will eventually become a weekly event.
DMCF’s Pastor, David Bizley, said, “Josh and Stephanie have demonstrated a maturity in their Christian faith and a real rapport with young people. I am delighted that they have accepted this new role, and I am sure that they will make a tremendous impact on the youth ministry at DMCF.”

Pictured above are new youth leaders Josh and Stephanie Russell.


., 19/03/2009

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