As we look back on Thanksgiving I have been thinking about my time here so far and the things I have to be thankful for. Yes, this will be a post about being thankful during the time of Thanksgiving/Christmas clichĂ© I know, but how can you not be thankful? God has shown me so much since I have been here these short three months. I am thankful for a God that continues to surprise me each and every day, even when I least expect it. When I first arrived here, late in fact, I wasn’t sure how things were going to look and what our team would look like. I can tell you now I am thankful for a team that is so passionate about the Tees Valley and one that is so supportive and just a joy to be around. The team that I work with at The Shack in Ragworth and Tees Valley Community Church have become like a family to me, and I know that is all through God putting these people in my life. One of the stories from this is last week we had a breakfast at The Shack and celebrated three birthdays with people from the community and it was great to see people coming together and taking part in that. When it comes to surrounding yourself with people that are chasing after Jesus and wanting to tell more people about him, I am thankful to be a part of that. So during this time of Christmas hustle and bustle, let’s all take the time to remember to be thankful for what God has done and will continue to do in our lives.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

-Colossians 3:15


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After coming with his church the past two years to Teesside, Hughston felt God calling him to come back for a gap year. He loves anything sports related, especially soccer (football), and american football.