RP Mission Team – Week 4

On Monday, we took the train to Stranraer. We’ve been putting leaflets through people’s letter slots inviting them to come to the Stranraer RP Church. Today we also got the opportunity to visit students in the Religious Education class at the local high school. Their class was called “Religious, Moral, and Philosophical Studies,” and they had just been learning about the Creation stories of various worldviews. Our team split up into pairs, and just chatted with the young people about Christianity, their school, Scotland, and America. It was really good to talk with them. They had lots of questions about what Christians believe.

Matthew Latuche

Cleaning seats at the Football Club

Cleaning seats at the Football Club

Psalm singing in town square.

Psalm singing in town square.

Visiting Anwoth

Visiting Anwoth

After several full days of distributing, our schedule was changed a little. On Friday, the six girls helped Carla with a tea and coffee morning for the ladies in the church, while the guys went to distribute more leaflets in a couple villages just outside of Stranraer. After lunch, the team regrouped and went to Stranraer Football Club to clean the bleachers. In four hours we cleaned 1,300 seats. For dinner that evening a man from the congregation took us out for dinner to a Chinese restaurant. Everyone was excited about that. Saturday included a public Psalm sing and street preaching themed to Brexit, in the town square. Several of the congregation came to support. That afternoon we had a Reformation tour to Anwoth (the place of Samuel Rutherford’s first parish and monument) and Wigtown (the place of the martyrdom and burial of Margaret Wilson and Margaret McLachlan). Those were amazing and moving places to see. At the monument in Wigtown, we read Romans 8 and sang Psalm 25 just as Margaret Wilson did just before she was drowned for her faith. That evening was the church barbeque. It was great to see and spend more time with the congregation and see their desire to spend time with us as well as each other. On the Lord’s Day, in between services, we went to the local nursing home for a Psalm sing. Though we had a small crowd, they were eager to sing along and talk with us after, which was encouraging. Saying goodbye to the Stranraer congregation was probably one of the hardest for us. We were blessed to spend so much time with them getting to know them. Meeting and fellowshipping with the congregations has by far been my favorite parts of the trip. The Lord has surrounded us here by those who have a great love for Him and His people. So many people have opened their homes to us, and that has been such a blessing to receive. Thoughts and prayers go to those congregations who hosted us. God Bless.

Monica Panichelle

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