Ever wonder if it’s possible to make your life count for something more? Do you wonder why God gave you specific gifts and passions, and wish you could use them to impact others’ lives for eternity? Transform is not just a quick trip or exotic experience. It’s the chance you’ve been seeking to use your talents and passions to engage forgotten peoples, transform lives and communities, shed light in dark and hopeless places, show practical love to the lost, and fight for justice for the trafficked, poor and marginalised.
Your life in Christ can be that transformational message of hope to the hopeless. But what does that look like in real life? Transform is about young people from all over the world uniting in Barcelona for a week-long conference with powerful worship, practical workshops, opportunities to connect, and times of prayer and outreach to the lost – and then launching out on over 20 one-week to six-month outreach trips into the Mediterranean region and beyond.
Many of our teams are designed for you to bring you gifts and passions such as sports, art or photography. Often it is through using our gifts we find natural ways to share our faith with others. Maybe you have been moved by the huge number of refugees that are pouring into Europe, or you would like to use your medical skills to help the poor in Egypt?
Join Dancelink teams in Portugal or Malta (possibly also a third option) to teach dance workshops and perform on the streets and in public venues. Or hike with the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela (Spain). If you’re a photographer or journalist, you can transform your passion into ministry on almost any team option. Other outreaches focus on children’s camps among the Roma (gypsy) peoples, or minister to victims of human trafficking.
NEW this year is the SAFE HAVEN teams helping the refugees pouring into Europe. As we are unaware of where the needs will be in July this team will need to be flexible and adventurous. Also this year, several new options are planned in different North African countries.
You can find full details on all Transform outreaches under Outreach. Please note that new outreaches will be posted well into the New Year. We are expecting a total of 25-30 different outreach options.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN BARCELONA
Expect your life to be transformed as the first step in the process of God preparing you to be used to transform the lives of others! Only God can spark lasting change in a person’s life, but to facilitate His work in your life the Transform team has prepared a high-quality blend of relevant teaching from God’s Word, practical workshops designed to show you how to share your faith, and meaningful worship sessions with music from an international band with many cultural flavours.
Expect to be equipped for effective service with training from passionate and experienced believers who have been serving in Transform outreach countries, and will inspire you with incredible stories of their lives. Saturating every aspect of the Transform conference and outreaches is communication with God through prayer. God’s Word tells us we do not have, because we do not ask.
Expect to engage in prayer throughout the week for the peoples of the Mediterranean, for each other, for OM teams and ministries, and for many other areas where we want to see God transform lives and communities for His glory. Individuals committed to prayer will be available to pray with you throughout the conference as God speaks to you, and a prayer team will be stationed in Malta, asking for God to work in and through the Transform outreaches.
WHY THE MEDITERRANEAN?
The Mediterranean is a region steeped in history and a heritage of Christian faith – in fact, Jesus Christ was born and fulfilled His life-transforming ministry in the Mediterranean. Christianity’s roots lie in this region, yet out of the 480 million people living in 21 modern countries in the Mediterranean, only a few know who Jesus Christ really is or the story of how He can change their lives and give them hope. The Transform team has a vision of calling out workers to reach the Mediterranean for Christ, bringing Christianity back to its roots and the Gospel back to the place where the story began.
The Transform conference is hosted by the Pere Tarrés Foundation, a camp style retreat centre a few kilometers from Barcelona city. This beautiful site will be a great place for refreshment and preparing us for the coming outreaches. You’ll also find sports grounds and a pool for relaxing and building friendships with your fellow Transform participants. One of the most rewarding aspects of the Transform experience is the chance to connect with people from other nationalities with the same heart and vision for Christ and His work. Transform participants (by gender) share a room. Wi-fi is available. All meals and accommodations are covered by conference costs and provided on site.