This is a guest-post by Saima, one of the young people from Leaders In Community (LIC) who joined us for our Encounter with Good Shepherd Mission.
At the start of the day, I felt reluctant as to whether I would be able to bond with the girls that had views and a faith different to mine. However, I was optimistic and greeted them warmly when my friends and I approached them in Bethnal Green. As the day went on, I felt comfortable because we were finally opening up from both ends and comparing our views on different matters. The guidelines allowed us to respect each other’s beliefs and views. The highlight of this would have to be discovering the similarities despite our differences. The staff members were also very funny as well as relatable. I enjoyed bonding with the other group in the Cable Cars which was fun.
The thing I found most helpful was the word association activity where we would each go around with words saying what each connoted for us such as Asian/British etc. Everybody also gave a bit of background as to what they enjoy, what they consider their primary identity and where they come from. Overall, it was an immensely enjoyable experience, especially with the other group and I would love to do it all over again.