Tom Burgess sends greetings from Suffolk and brings us up-to-date with what’s been happening since he left Moorlands
Hello all at St Saviour’s,
I hope you’re all doing well in these crazy times! It seems crazy that since I last saw you all in person was back in January!
Since then a lot has happened – I’ve finished Moorlands with a 2:1, and started my new job. I’m back in Suffolk working as a support worker for teenage male asylum seekers. These asylum seekers live out in the community and I support them in their day-to-day lives, getting them ready for when they become independent, get status, and live on their own.
I’m absolutely loving this job. I never thought that I would be working with these types of people, but I know that God has put me in this job for a reason and I’m letting him use me in every aspect of this job. I get to see them grow to be incredible young men, and listen to what they want to be and what they want to do. Most of the boys have come from horrible parts of the world and have come on their own. This has to be the hardest part of the job when you listen to their stories of how they’ve got to the UK. But they are all so excited to be in the UK and feel so safe here which is good to hear.
As I continue in this job, please pray that I continue to show God’s love to these boys. A lot of the boys have other religions or don’t know Jesus, so please pray that I’m able to share the word to them through the work I’m doing.
I plan to be in this job for a while, but some of you may know that the dream is to go back to Saddleback in California for the long term. I had the most incredible time doing my block placement in Saddleback, and was upset that it came to an end because of Covid. I know that this placement was just a taster and God has a bigger plan for me out there. When things go back to a normal, I will start planning on going back, so please pray for guidance for this as well.
Tom Burgess, former Moorlands student