September 2000. I arrived at Relay 1 to spend 10 months with UCCF. I arrived thinking I'd made it and also that I was about to be found out and sent home. Proud. Arrogant. And woefully ignorant. I knew I was saved by grace but was clueless about life by grace, and was holding firmly to my own plans for my life. That was my first day in Grace School.
Seven years and 16 Relay conferences later my 10 month plan has gone out of the window. My pride remains but God's lavish grace has poured much contempt upon that and increased my joy.
My two years as a Relay were foundational for my work in and out of UCCF and for my marriage these past five years. I will always treasure Relay, I hope in a godly way. I confess that I asked Andy Shudall how staffworkers get onto the Relay team the day before I started as a CU Staffworker. Not by human decision or desire, but of course, by grace. I'm glad he didn't hold my inquiry against me.
At the end of my third of two years on this team I feel immensely privileged to have been able to serve here, gaining more than I've given.
I've been fued by so much encouragement to hold onto the gospel on every today. I've loved the Relay team life. I've loved my fellowship groups. I've loved sharing conferences with Ed and Carolina and my previous Relay. I've loved seeing an extra year of God's work in the lives of those I've served as students, like Jess, Ceryn, Drew and Paul.
I know Jesus' blood is my life, not Relay, but I love Relay because it bleeds the gospel. As I move into a new role in UCCF it's great to know that it's not because I deserve it, nor do I need to worry about being found out. Jesus is my treasure and his abounding grace is all I will ever need.
Galatians 3v26 : in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith
Dave Bish, Relay worker 2000-2002, Relay Staff Team 2004-7
When the real Kath stood up and gave her three minutes just before mine...
Ed on The Fear of the Lord, Proverbs at Relay 3