Success is still being here

Celebrating 10 years of Thrive Teams in Barton When Thrive Teams began working in Barton 10 years ago, partnering with the newly planted Barton Community Church, it was commented on by a local church member that “Barton is a graveyard for churches”. Yet, 10 years on and many baptisms later, the church remains an integral […]

A letter from Jason Lane

This year – and it astonishes me to say it – Innovista is 20 years old! With you by our side, we have spent two decades building up leaders for God’s mission in hard-to-reach and unlikely places. So many people have heard the good news of Jesus, and communities have been touched and changed by […]

What teenagers really need in this time

“We all know we can’t make our teenagers do anything. It can be hard enough to get them out of bed or to get off their phones to have a conversation. Right now, with children out of school, families are by far the biggest influence. So how can we influence intentionally?” Erica Payne shows us […]

Five things to do in lockdown

Innovista’s National Director in Moldova, Maricela, has shared a brilliant story about the resilience and creativity of young people in lockdown in their capital city, Chisinau.

Baking Easter bread

Meet Alexandra. She’s part of Innovista Ukraine’s team, and along with her daughter, granddaughter and cat, she shares an old family recipe with us today. From her family to yours, enjoy preparing for Easter today. Craft: how to decorate Easter eggs All around the world, eggs symbolise new life at Easter. This year, why not […]

Easter in Ukraine – learning the language

Hello, or should we say Привіт… Did you know that Ukraine is home to seven World Heritage sites, the world’s third busiest McDonald’s, and the deepest underground tunnel* in any city in the world? Did you know it’s the largest country entirely in Europe? It covers 605,628km² (that’s two and a half times bigger than […]

Love and mission in a time of Coronavirus

Jason Lane speaks from his home in Oxford, outlining how the current Coronavirus pandemic is impacting all of Innovista’s work, from our Thrive Teams in Oxford to our Tempo course in Siberia.

Thrive Teams Appeal Update

Thrive Teams Appeal Update A lot has happened since we wrote to you on 20 March to ask you to please help Team Leader Matt as he, and his Thrive Teams colleagues, urgently moved all of their youth work online. We were so encouraged by the warmth of your response and your incredible generosity. Thanks […]

From the playground to the stage

Thrive Teams partner with several local schools, which helps support our work with the young people we are working with. We caught up with South Abingdon youth worker, Rebecca, to hear what’s been happening recently with a particular group of 13 year old girls, and how they ended up on stage! ‘A year ago, we […]

“I am sorry for the mother I have been.”

‘I am so sorry for the mother I have been. Will you forgive me?’ Tahmina lives in Central Asia, and suffered abuse as a child. When she grew up and had a daughter of her own, she raised her in just the same way. She showed her daughter very little love, and more often great […]