RP Mission Team – Week Three

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 .

Alissa and Shea in Glasgow

Alissa and Shea in Glasgow

Today (Monday), the team took the train to Glasgow to distribute invitations to a Q and A session. We were able to cover all of the areas, and were even able to talk to and invite some people we met on the street. A large portion of our afternoon was spent reading Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life, which we have been studying. We also spent some time preparing for the three different school presentations we will be doing this week, starting tomorrow. Your prayers would be much appreciated as we go, that God would be glorified and pleased to use us this week. The day was filled with much walking, much singing of Psalms, and much laughter. God is good. – Abigail Parnell

Tuesday began with the usual private and team devotion time, followed by transportation to Caldervale Secondary School. Unlike our other school visits, we were neither giving testimonies nor performing a skit or psalm singing. We took part in three different religious education classes, sitting amongst the pupils and participating in the discussions they had. The first class was focused on Buddhism. The seven of us each joined different tables and assisted the students with their work, while also discussing the topics at hand. In my group, we explored the subject of salvation, whether it is something that can be attained through one’s own efforts, or something that must come from an external source. We also broached the subjects of the true meaning of self-acceptance and the human spirit. In all of these things, I attempted to discuss the Christian perspective. God willing, our exchange got them thinking at least. The second two classes, we discussed euthanasia. Here, it was slightly easier to include our faith in the conversation, and we were able to speak to the sanctity of life and God’s sovereignty, even in situations of great pain and suffering. When we got home, we re-energized with ice-cream and a delicious meal, and returned to Glasgow for an evening fellowship. It was a lovely time of food and catching up with friends. We look forward to the time we still have to spend in Glasgow, our remaining school presentations, and whatever else God has in store for us over the coming days. – Shea Welch

The team spent Wednesday morning distributing flyers in Glasgow, inviting people to a Q&A session with the pastor this Thursday night. In the afternoon we visited Religious Education classes at St. Margaret’s High School. While there, we spoke to 150 16-year-olds about who God is and what He has done in our lives. We are so encouraged by the questions we got from these students and their teachers! They were curious about the difference between being baptized and being born again, how we would define what it means to be a Christian, what we think of atheists, and many other things. Praise the Lord with us that we had the opportunity to speak plainly about who God is and what He has said in the Bible! Please be praying that gospel seeds sown at St. Margaret’s would bear fruit, and that the Lord would bring His people to Himself.  Thanks for checking in on us, and thank you even more for praying! – Rosie Perkins

Thursday – The team enjoyed a quiet morning in Airdrie, and the few feeling under the weather were able to get some much needed sleep. We took the train into Glasgow and met Craig to help distribute tracks and Bibles in the local park. The weather was quite pleasant and people were enjoying the outdoors. A couple members of the team were able to engage in conversation with the locals. Afterwards the team was rewarded with a hot meal made by the ladies in the Glasgow congregation, which was enjoyed outside in the sunshine. A Question and Answer session was held at the church in the evening. There were new faces and good discussion about the Bible and Jesus Christ. – Emma Moore

Some of the Team on Loudon Hill

Some of the Team on Loudon Hill

 

Friday – Today we went to Buchanan Highschool and performed a drama for the children. Afterwards we spent the duration of the day with Jimmy and Helen Fisher on a tour of Covenanter sites. Once we returned we helped with Airdrie Kids Club and joined with the Airdrie CY in their movie night. – Dudley Yacinthe

Sea Cliff Beach

Sea Cliff Beach

Girls at beach

Girls at beach

 

Saturday, we went to Sea Cliff beach with a few friends from the Airdrie RP Church, had a picnic, explored, and enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship. At this beach, we were able to look over the sea to “Scotland’s Alcatraz” – the Bass Rock – on which Covenanters were held, and some killed, for their faithfulness to Christ’s Crown and Covenant. Also, on the cliff that we were on, just north of us was Tantallon Castle – once held by Covenanters, destroyed by Cromwell. It was a great day. – Joseph Dunlap

Lord’s Day – Hello again! This Sunday the Mission team travelled to Glasgow by way of blue minibus for worship. The Rev. Kenneth Stewart exhorted on Psalm 23, reminding us that Christ is the great, good, and true Shepherd for those who are His. He was also introducing the Psalm for follow up in the evening. After tea and biscuits with the congregation, we made our way to the Gillies’ house for lunch. The afternoon was filled with delicious food (the puddings were amazing!), petting the family dogs, and Psalm singing. In the evening we headed back to the church for evening worship where Rev. Stewart preached over Psalm 23 urging us to hear and follow our Shepherd for He truly satisfies all our needs and leads us for His glory. After the service the congregation was invited to more tea and a Q. & A. with the Mission team. We were able to share what we’ve been doing over the past weeks in the community and also thank the congregation for their hospitality and prayers. We know that we have not gone on our own to share our testimonies and spread leaflets, and we are thankful. Till next time, Alissa Terpstra

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