“Seeing Miracles in Life Everyday”

‘Adventure Plus is all about encouraging people to ‘live the adventure of faith’.

If you have been inspired to seek out ‘the good things he planned for us long ago’ (Ephesians 2:10 ), or to live ‘Life to the Max’ (based on John 10:10) we would love to hear from you. Please submit your testimony via this link and we will share it on this page. Let us share the Lord’s goodness and inspire others with the good works he is doing.

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Peace at heart

When I was pregnant with my second child a small problem with my heart was exacerbated by the extra pressure from the pregnancy. My heart went in to palpatations that would not stop. For over an hour it continued at over 200 bpm. I was 36 weeks pregnant. The staff at the hospital decided that to protect me and the baby they needed to stop my heart. It was the middle of the night and my husband knew nothing of what was going on. All I could do was call on God for peace and lean in to him in prayer. As my heart stilled and stopped I felt God’s presence so keenly  and was totally at peace. The staff could visibly see how at peace I was and a few of them asked me afterwards how I could have been so calm. I was able to briefly share with them my faith and to plant a seed.

Encounters in Switzerland

My wife and I were living in Italy, but felt we were ready for a change. We have both worked in some form of youth development/education for most of our lives and started searching for new opportunities from Jamaica, to Hong Kong and everywhere in between.
We felt a certain tug on our hearts for the UK and narrowed down our search, looking into options in Wales, Scotland, and what eventually ended up as, Rural Oxfordshire, England. It was complete fluke (or pre-planned) that Jon and Tessa were on a ski camp in Italy at the moment we first got in contact with them about potentially joining the team. We felt it a worthwhile trip to drive the 600km north to meet up with them (while they were in our ‘neck-of-the-woods) and this became our very first adventure for Adventure Plus.
We had no idea where they were staying and contact had been very limited. All we knew was that they were ‘based’ in a certain village in Switzerland and we felt that was enough to point us in the right direction (always being keen on a road trip), so we booked a chalet in a nearby town and set off to track down this friendly couple. We arrived in the morning and the first person we met (a Swiss parking attendant) told us it was forbidden for us to be there (interesting?…). Needless to say we have a certain African stubbornness and we were on a mission, so we bid the gentleman farewell and set off on foot to sweep through the village with the hope of finding who would ‘soon’ turn out to be my employer(s) and close friends. There was absolutely no way of knowing where they were (phoning them several times proved fruitless) and out of nowhere we spotted a van with a UK number plate and a sign on the side saying: Life to the Max Jhn 10:10. They were all out on the ski slopes at the time and so we took the time to enjoy this beautiful Alpine landscape. We returned that evening (while the team was having there end-of-day recap), knocked on the door completely out of the blue, and were welcomed in to join their evening festivities (nobody had ever met us before).
The next morning we had a really special moment with Jon and Tessa and felt our hearts knitted with theirs (as friends). Jon encouraged us to read his book “Life to the Max” for us to gain a better understanding of their walk, and Adventure Plus and it is was on a train trip a short while later (another adventure) down to hike along the Italian coast that my wife and I read the book together. We both knew that this story of Adventure Plus, was bigger than just two people wanting to help ‘our’ youth. It was a story that God had initiated, that He was writing, that He was providing for and that He was partaking in. We saw His faithfulness, His nearness, His grace on every page, and knowing full well what challenges would arise from the reality of (Christian) faith-based youth ministry in the UK, we wanted to be a part of this story.
It is the (back)story of Adventure Plus (the joys and heartaches) that compelled us to relocate our entire lives and come join this story. The story God is writing.    

Every day is a gift

I have been recently reminded of the extent of God’s goodness. After my brother was in a car accident a few weeks ago, which could easily have been fatal, it’s cliche, but everyday really is a gift. Even in the disruption to his life considering his, albeit minor, injuries, God is still good – He’s always working for our good, using time we think isn’t useful and a total waste for the better and making beauty out of ashes. It’s not about the mindset that things could be worse but that actually they are, or at least will be, a whole lot better with God at the centre of our hearts and mindset

Christians Against Poverty

I grew up in a Christian family, Sunday morning was church every week. When I reached my mid-teens I started to drift away from Church as attendance was a choice and my friends who attended also stayed at home and building ‘exam pressure’ and ‘school work’ built up and put a halt to church going. A few years later my mum died after a long fight with repeated diagnoses of cancer from about the time I was 9 and when she passed away when I was 16. Shortly after this my grandparents died of cancer and my faith was severely shaken.
I went through university and came out the other side into the working world and did some travelling with my girlfriend who was also of Christian upbringing but not actively practising having also drifted away from an active faith in late teens. We started a family and got married in 2011 and talked about rejoining a church community but never quite knew where to go to do that. Which sounds strange, surely we just needed to arrive at a church on Sunday and the doors would be unlocked. We wanted a close church, so we could walk with our boys (by this point we had two boys) to save wrangling them into the car early in the morning.
During our travelling time and due to some employment issues we ended up in debt, not huge crazy crippling amounts of debt, but enough that getting out of it seemed insurmountable. My wife found out about Christians Against Poverty (CAP) who help people struggling with debt, and I joined a course in the local town. My wife couldn’t join in as our youngest was very much upset by the world of late evenings and not being in bed. He screamed. A lot! So after I had gone through the course and learned some of the money managing tactics we half-heartedly managed to follow them and then a few months later a course appeared at the church around the corner. My wife joined it, the boys being slightly older were in bed and she went off and learned the tactics and we were fantastically encouraged by how well our finances were looking.
At the end of the course, as an outreach part of the course, my wife was invited to a bring-and-share Harvest Supper the next Sunday. We love sharing food so after being told to not worry about bringing food as we were still scraping along financially we headed out. As with all churches when you walk through the door looking a bit nervous and clearly new we were welcomed by a delighted church team and congregation. Following the service, Sunday School and meal we walked home and the boys asked “can we go next week?” Well, yes!
We stayed with the church for a few years, discovering and joining the annual trip to Big Church Day Out weekend trip a few times and getting well stuck into the children’s ministry. A few years later (and now with three growing boys) we moved house and shifted church to a new church plant which was on a Sunday afternoon and was specifically focused on being open to families and young people.
Our journey from that point is another story, filled with those ‘coincidences’ that seem to fall us into a certain place and time and collide us with just the right person at just the right season in our life! I feel that if we hadn’t managed to dig ourselves so deeply into debt and problems that we may not have had such a deep need to change and to go searching for help. It is a pleasure to see how look back over our journey of faith and see how pieces fall into place and lead us forwards.

Encounters in Switzerland

My wife and I were living in Italy, but felt we were ready for a change. We have both worked in some form of youth development/education for most of our lives and started searching for new opportunities from Jamaica, to Hong Kong and everywhere in between.
We felt a certain tug on our hearts for the UK and narrowed down our search, looking into options in Wales, Scotland, and what eventually ended up as, Rural Oxfordshire, England. It was complete fluke (or pre-planned) that Jon and Tessa were on a ski camp in Italy at the moment we first got in contact with them about potentially joining the team. We felt it a worthwhile trip to drive the 600km north to meet up with them (while they were in our ‘neck-of-the-woods) and this became our very first adventure for Adventure Plus.
We had no idea where they were staying and contact had been very limited. All we knew was that they were ‘based’ in a certain village in Switzerland and we felt that was enough to point us in the right direction (always being keen on a road trip), so we booked a chalet in a nearby town and set off to track down this friendly couple. We arrived in the morning and the first person we met (a Swiss parking attendant) told us it was forbidden for us to be there (interesting?…). Needless to say we have a certain African stubbornness and we were on a mission, so we bid the gentleman farewell and set off on foot to sweep through the village with the hope of finding who would ‘soon’ turn out to be my employer(s) and close friends. There was absolutely no way of knowing where they were (phoning them several times proved fruitless) and out of nowhere we spotted a van with a UK number plate and a sign on the side saying: Life to the Max Jhn 10:10. They were all out on the ski slopes at the time and so we took the time to enjoy this beautiful Alpine landscape. We returned that evening (while the team was having there end-of-day recap), knocked on the door completely out of the blue, and were welcomed in to join their evening festivities (nobody had ever met us before).
The next morning we had a really special moment with Jon and Tessa and felt our hearts knitted with theirs (as friends). Jon encouraged us to read his book “Life to the Max” for us to gain a better understanding of their walk, and Adventure Plus and it is was on a train trip a short while later (another adventure) down to hike along the Italian coast that my wife and I read the book together. We both knew that this story of Adventure Plus, was bigger than just two people wanting to help ‘our’ youth. It was a story that God had initiated, that He was writing, that He was providing for and that He was partaking in. We saw His faithfulness, His nearness, His grace on every page, and knowing full well what challenges would arise from the reality of (Christian) faith-based youth ministry in the UK, we wanted to be a part of this story.
It is the (back)story of Adventure Plus (the joys and heartaches) that compelled us to relocate our entire lives and come join this story. The story God is writing.    

Every day is a gift

I have been recently reminded of the extent of God’s goodness. After my brother was in a car accident a few weeks ago, which could easily have been fatal, it’s cliche, but everyday really is a gift. Even in the disruption to his life considering his, albeit minor, injuries, God is still good – He’s always working for our good, using time we think isn’t useful and a total waste for the better and making beauty out of ashes. It’s not about the mindset that things could be worse but that actually they are, or at least will be, a whole lot better with God at the centre of our hearts and mindset