The trip to Norway was a brilliant time of serving and seeking God. We as a team had brilliant team times where we prayed for one another and earnestly sought what God was saying to us during the trip. During the days we served in any way we could by going into schools, clearing out a barn, painting faces and so on.
We met so many lovely people and all of us are richer for it. Relationship building was so fun because we were learning about their culture and heritage and having our eyes opened to how this socialist country that rates in the top 5 on happiest country and least obese country operates. We realised a number of things we consider our right they see as the community’s right. For instance, paying taxes in Norway is a brilliant thing even though they are so high due to the influence it can have on the community. This goes in stark contrast to our capitalist society where it is about the individual.
This is a very interesting context to bring the gospel into and presented unique challenges. It appears that there is this groundwork of being about the society that is very Godly, preferring others needs to your own etc.
We grew together as a team working at all these things, constantly looking out for what God was doing, everyone stepped up and we rallied around those who were faltering. It was a brilliant time, one that I’d want to repeat.