Prayer to get Breckland Youth Bus back on track
2012: The Splag Bus Project is seeking prayer to overcome barriers and engine trouble as they seek to provide a more reliable and extensive service for disadvantaged young people in Breckland.
Splag is a Christian bus project that provides young people in Breckland with a place to chill, chat and meet positive role models.
Working in areas that are recognised as ‘problem hotspots’, Splag meets young people facing difficult circumstances such as a lack of family support, poor educational achievement and feelings of alienation.
Peter Dinsmore, Splag Project Coordinator, said: “We have already seen the positive impact we can have in communities that have been labelled as ‘anti-social’ and ‘problem hotspots’.”
However in recent months the team have encountered various technical problems including the theft of fuel from their tank, a broken alternator and an unreliable engine, all of which has provided unwelcome challenges.
Peter said: “I'm aware and rather frustrated that we've not been able to get out as much as we would like to and so we request prayer to remove the barriers that are preventing us from operating.”
The bus was to be the refreshment hub for a recent outreach project on the Carbrooke Estate in Watton planned in partnership with the Fountain of Life Network Church. Unfortunately the vehicle was out of action but the team continued regardless and around 30 children and young people enjoyed games tug of war, netball, football and heard the Gospel message.
Despite their difficulties the team have reasons to be grateful and look forward. The bus is set to become a PM listening post giving young people an opportunity to share issues that are affecting their life and behaviour with someone trained in listening skills. The Listener helps the young person address their issues and make positive life changes through providing information and signposting to places where the young person can get the right professional help.
Another encouragement has been the nomination of Splag from the Waitrose supermarket in Swaffham as one of its Community Matters Scheme charities resulting in a share of £1000.
With a plan drawn up with mechanics to adapt the engine to make it more reliable and a reliance on prayer to overcome barriers, the team hope they can now concentrate on making a positive difference in the lives of young people in Breckland.
For more information about Splag contact Peter Dinsmore on Splag@live.co.uk or call 01362 692210