Bishop Martyn and Prior Rachel to make a 'leap of faith'
On 26th October, at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire, our intrepid duo will have their first taste of skydiving to raise funds for the community bursary scheme.
Bishop Martyn explained, ‘The young adults who sign up to spend a year as part of the Community of the Tree of Life are taking a significant risk. I know from experience that prayer changes people and these young adults are committing themselves to pray. So what better way to support them than to take a risk myself – I imagine that I will be praying hard as I throw myself from an aeroplane! I just hope that people will give generously to the bursary fund for the new community.’
‘I never thought I’d be doing this as Prior of the new community,’ said Rachel, ‘it definitely wasn’t in the job description! I suppose that travelling at 125 mph in free fall is one way of putting your faith to the test though, and I’ve always tried to live by the motto, ‘let go, let God’.’
Those who apply to be members of the Community are expected to raise funds and give sacrificially towards the cost of their year in community. Living costs for the entire year are a significant amount, but the bursary scheme ensures that no one excluded on the basis of their financial situation and that the opportunity is open to people from all backgrounds.