RP Mission Team – Week Two
This year we have created a Scotland RP Mission Team Facebook page. The Team members have taken it in turn to write about the events of each day for us to post on Facebook. Here are their summaries from the last week of what they did .
Monday – On Monday, the Mission Team went to give their testimonies to three different classes in the Craigroyston secondary school. The kids did a good job of listening, and the team had fun interacting with them. Afterwards, the team finished distributing flyers in the neighborhoods that they had started last Friday. It was a bit chilly, but it didn’t start raining on us until we were driving back from North Edinburgh. – Abigail Parnell
Tuesday – Later this week, the Edinburgh church willbe holding three evening services that very simply discuss some of the basic teachings of the Bible. Last year, the services focused on identity. This year they will center around the story of the Prodigal Son. Today, we continued distributing leaflets to spread the word about these meetings in the area surrounding the school where the church gathers. Peter, the wonderful pastor of the Edinburgh church, picked the team up at about 9:30 this morning, and we were out on the streets, leaflets in hand an hour or so later. It has been a quite chilly late May and June so far, even forScotland, and there was a buffeting wind all day that legitimately nearly knocked me over a couple of times. Still, I did eventually have to take off my outer jacket, hot from walking and climbing sets of stairs in flats. Wedid manage to get through quite a few leaflets, and it was a blessing to speak to several peoplepersonally who seemed to be interested in the meetings, and even said they may attend! I know, exciting, and surprising, considering one of them I had just frightened half to death when she opened her door to find me stooping to slip a flier through it. I had also been rather frightened when she opened the door, and we laughed for about a minute as we both recovered from the shock. Funny moment… I hope to see her again at one of the meetings! At 1:00pm, we took a lunch break, then continued our distribution until about 6:00 pm. We were pretty exhausted by then, and had a lovely dinner at an Edinburgh buffet. Four different types of meat to choose from and unlimited sides. Pretty tasty! I fell asleep in the van on the way home, lulled by the food, conversation, and sunshine through the window. I am beyond tired now and we have another day of distribution tomorrow, so I’d best get some rest. Cheers! – Shea Welch
Wednesday – Wednesday was our team’s last full day in Edinburgh distributing leaflets. The high population density in these areas has let us reach thousands of people since Monday, which is quite encouraging for everyone. On top of invitations via leaflets, the Edinburgh congregation have personally asked friends & family to this week’s Mission nights. Please be praying that the Lord would bring in whom He will to hear Pastor Peter faithfully preach the good news of Jesus Christ. Our team has really enjoyed our time with Pastor Peter and his wife, Emma, these past few days; their fierce love for God and neighbor is beautiful to see. Praise the Lord with us for the work He has already done in His people here, and please ask that He would continue to bless His church in Edinburgh for His name’s sake! – Rosie Perkins
Thursday – Thursday, having spent the night with various members of the North Edinburgh RP church, the team met at Peter and Emma’s and continued distributing leaflets in the community. The afternoon was spent in the heart of Edinburgh, were Jimmy Fisher from the Airdrie congregation, led a tour of key Reformation sites along the Royal Mile and Grassmarket. It was both exciting and humbling to see and walk were many Christian men and women stood strong and died for the gospel of Christ. After an excellent dinner/tea made by a family from the North Edinburgh church, the team enjoyed hearing Peter preach at the evening mission service before heading back to Airdrie. – Emma Miller
Friday – Today we had a day off after all our walking and leaflet distribution throughout North Edinburgh. Then in the evening we went to the RP Church in North Edinburgh to the Mission. Peter did a wonderful job explaining the parable of the Prodigal Son. Many people came. We had 25 tonight. Keep us in prayer as we go to a new area of Scotland this next week. Cheers, Dudley Yacinthe
Saturday – The team joined in on the RPCS Reformation Tour to St. Andrews. You can read Alissa’s report about the Tour here.
Lord’s Day – Yesterday the Mission Team worshiped in North Edinburgh. Peter Loughridge, pastor of the church plant, preached from Luke 15 in the morning service and 2 Corinthians 4 in the evening. In the in between time the Mission Team was invited over to Chris and Jenny’s for lunch and fellowship. The afternoon made for a delightful end to the time spent in N. Edinburgh, and we will miss our new friends. We were going to serve the community and support the church, and we find that we are the ones walking away encouraged and refreshed. Thank you for your prayers. Till the next time – Alissa Terpstra