15 Nov 2019 | Featured News
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Greetings to all!
Our team arrived in Airdrie last week and have been settling in well. The weather was unusually warm and sunny for several days, and even now it is just pleasantly cool. The team have been enjoying the experience of Scottish hospitality, and the welcome extended to us has been so warm and kind. Since I was in Scotland last year on the RP Missions team, it is so cool to now be the one to whom everybody says, “Matthew! You’re back! It’s so good to see you again; how are you and your family?” Getting welcomed back by Scottish brothers and sisters in Christ is an incredible experience!
We are already beginning to learn our Reformation history– on Saturday our team went to St. Andrew’s with Jimmy and Helen Fisher, the knowledgeable and friendly operators of Scottish Reformation Tours. As we toured Falkland, Magus Muir, and St. Andrew’s, I really was amazed at the strength and determination of the martyrs, who died for “crimes” like owning a Bible or going to hear God’s Word preached. How quick I am to take these things for granted, and how I must pray that God will give me a more full appreciation of them!
Yesterday we worshiped with the congregation of Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church. Pastor Andrew Quigley preached morning and evening on Philippians chapter 1, where Paul the apostle says that to live is Christ, and to die is gain. It is so beautiful to fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ! We were again blown away by Scottish hospitality (and cooking) after the morning worship service; Jimmy, Helen, and their daughter Haley fixed us a beautiful lunch of cottage pie, sausages, gravy, and mixed vegetables, with ice cream, cream puffs, meringues, and cheesecake for dessert. Wow!
Today we cleaned and organised several deceptively large storage areas at Airdrie RP Church. The rest of this week we’ll be working on presentations to give in several schools’ Religious Education classes, and distributing leaflets around Airdrie inviting people to come to church. Please pray that people would be receptive to God’s Word!
In sum, Scotland is beautiful, exhausting, inspiring, refreshing, and welcoming. I’m so glad to be back!