RP Mission Team – Week 2
When you put nine Reformed, nerdy young adults together on a missions trip in Scotland, your results may involve: Gaelic music, endless amounts of coffee and Scottish bacon, and lots of film references. As of today, the team has been living in the church hall of Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church for eight days. Over this time period, we have worked to prepare either a testimony or a presentation on a “big truth” of Christianity, such as sin or Christ’s death. On Monday and Tuesday, our team gave these presentations to three separate classes at Craigroyston High School in Edinburgh. Responses to these presentations were varied, from blank stares to questions such as, “what is God trying to teach someone by giving them cancer?” These classes took place mainly in the morning and afternoons were used for leaflet distribution. Over the past two days, our team has distributed leaflet invitations to the mailboxes of what seemed like millions of houses and flats in Edinburgh. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the Edinburgh RP church is holding mission nights, which include a sermon on simple Bible truths and fellowship time.
Although we have only known each other for a little over a week, we have had no real problems cooperating, cooking together, or getting to bed at a reasonable time (most nights). It has been nice to experience the different kinds of cuisine from both across America and across the Atlantic. We have been staying at various congregational homes this week and the hospitality we have been shown already is wonderful. The team has learned proper tea-making techniques, the concept of having countries existing within a country, and that the state of Michigan is properly pronounced “Mitch-i-can”. Please continue to pray for the spread of the Gospel in Scotland, the five RP congregations here, and the energy of the team. Your thoughts and prayers are wonderful and much appreciated. “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” (Luke 8:11) Short term missions like this are an opportunity to plant that life-changing seed.
Wednesday’s Reformation tour of Edinburgh was… difficult to describe. First we saw the ramskin document which thousands of Covenanters had signed (many in their own blood), confirming their belief of Christ’s kingship, rather than an earthy ruler as head of the church. We were also able to see the home and burial site of John Knox, the second of which is under a parking space in the city. Later, we walked to the Grassmarket, where Covenanters were hanged for their beliefs, including for carrying a Bible or hearing the Word preached. Every day we take for granted the things these people were tortured, persecuted, and killed for. Their strength of faith is incredible and inspiring. “For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end” Psalm 48:14