9 Jun 2014

RP Mission Team – Week 3

The Beach family were unable to get their visas, but Patrick and Shea have been working hard as a two person Team.  Here is Shea’s report about last week (written on Saturday).

“Greetings from the 2014 RP mission team!  The last two weeks here in Scotland have been amazing, and we have been so welcomed by the incredible community here.

This week was a whirlwind of activities, and I think I speak for both of us when I say it was good to get a nap in yesterday afternoon.  The week began on Sunday when we attended the service with the Edinburgh congregation, led by the wonderful Rev. Peter Loughridge.  The service was followed by tea, coffee, and fellowship, which continued as we shared lunch together.  That night, we also participated in their prayer meeting to ask God’s guidance in the week’s events.  Those events began on Monday, as we beat the streets of Edinburgh to
finish distributing leaflets for the mission nights approaching on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Incredibly, the five of us: Peter, Patrick, Emma, Mairi, and I, did manage to complete most of the leafleting that afternoon.  God’s hand was certainly at work that day.  That night, Emma blessed us with her famous mango chicken, and we discussed the plans for the week.

Tuesday morning Patrick and I left early to go with Emma, Peter, and Mairi to the food bank.  It wasn’t too busy that morning, but we did get the opportunity to talk to the people that were there, both as clients and volunteers,  about their faith.  After lunch and some preparation for the school presentation to take place the following day, Patrick and I returned to Airdrie to take part in the MET that evening.  We continued our discussion of Esther, and God’s providence in even the tiniest of things.  For me, it served as a reminder that even the little things that we do, like passing out pamphlets for a mission night, or mentioning Christ in a conversation, God can use to change someone’s life.

Wednesday was our first school presentation day at Craigroyston Highschool.  The students, 12 and 13 year olds, separated into four groups, and rotated around the room between Patrick, Emma, Peter, and I.  Patrick and I gave our testimonies in our groups.   The kids seemed engaged, and asked some good questions afterword, which was exciting to see.  That night was the first mission night.  Peter talked about our identity as precious creations of God, and how our identity can only be found in Him.

We spent Thursday on a Covenanter battle field/grave yard tour with Jimmy Fisher, learning more about the conflicts that took place during Scotland’s Reformation in the 1600’s.   We returned to Edinburgh that night to hear about Christ’s identity, as both ruler and rescuer.  Friday was our second school presentation at Craigroyston Highschool, which went much the same as the first, although this time we had Mairi along with us to stimulate discussion.  After lunch, team worship, a wee nap in the Loughridge living room, and dinner, it was back to the school for our final mission night, which was a stirring talk on our identity in Jesus.  Leaving that night was hard, knowing I might not see Emma, Peter, Mairi, or anyone from the Edinburgh congregation again, but I suppose Emma was right in saying, “See ya in Heaven.”  We do have that to look forward to after all.

It was a fulfilling week, and I am so thankful for everything God has done in the last six days: guiding hands, giving words, strengthening friendships, and softening hearts.  I cannot wait to see what he has planned for the coming week.  Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to keep us in them.”