29 June 2011
20 June 2011
Friday, between shifts at the Mission we were able to grab a quick bite with Linda Abbott, wee lass who has been one of our main contacts with the Mission. She leaves Thursday to spend a few weeks in Croatia working with a children's camp there! Please join us in praying for her as she goes and ministers.
We were able to spend some more time with Stuart Gilmour on Thursday night and hope to spend time with Graeme Watt tonight. And on Sunday, we were able to share what God's doing through Scum of the Earth Church in Denver and in Glasgow with their church! It was super rad to have this door opened for us to encourage and support the Carbrain Baptist Church in Cumbernauld, a suburb of Glasgow!
Saturday, we spent most of our day in Stirling.
The Castle there was phenomenal and the view of the countryside was breath-taking.
We found a wee cool pub and had a grand dinner: a traditional Scottish for some and a cheeseburger with haggis for others :)
Today, we'll be helping to clean and restock the Mission before meeting with Graeme, then back to the Mission for the evening service. Then tomorrow it's off for a few days on the Isle of Iona! Please pray that our time there would be full of refreshment, reflection and a better understanding of why God has us here and what He wants us to take back with us.
Thanks for your ongoing encouragement and support!
13 June 2011
08 June 2011
I suck at spelling and grammar!!! (Ali has corrected my spelling already!!! lol)
The facility is one of the nicest work places I have ever been in (excluding oskar blues j.k.) not only that but every one who works and volunteers here is passionate about Jesus and reflects that by loving each other the Clients (they use clients instead of homeless folks, I think its uplifting)
For me the hardest thing I feel I'm going to struggle with is leaving in 27 days (I wish it was a 3 month trip)
I most go now, and i realizes that this is short but its midnight!!!
Thank you intentionally reading this and especialy for your time!!!
with love truly,
06 June 2011
31 May 2011
29 May 2011
Hey I have been told to write on here and so I thought I would give a little introduction about my self. My name is Tyson, and I live in Denver. I have been going to Scum of the Earth Church for a few years now and really enjoy the community that it has allowed to be involved with. I live in a house with several other people who go to Scum and through that house we are trying to do a lot of ministry. We are seeking together to serve the neighborhood that we are in and that Scum is in seeing that our house is just a few blocks away from the church. I really enjoy the idea of living in the same neighborhood as your church and being able to walk to church. Serving this neighborhood means serving everyone in it. That includes the people who own the house down the street, the people who rent the apartment across the street and the homeless person who sleeps behind your dumpster.
That’s where this trip and my life line up. In Glasgow we are going to be working a lot with the homeless and it will be an invaluable experience that will allow me to be a better servant to people who live in my neighborhood. I fully expect it to be tough and challenging. But God has been teaching me a lot about challenge lately. I used to run with the phrase “pursue something till God closes the door.” But recently it seems like God has been “closing doors” just so that I can learn to kick them in. I read a quote the other day from a Jesuit missionary named Father Lallemant who said “we must be weary when things are going too smoothly. That is the time when no progress is made.”
The build up to this trip has had a lot of struggle. We got surprised with expensive visas and have somewhat of hard time fundraising. But though it God has been constant and I feel as though I am at a place of greater reliance on Him because of the hardships and stressfulness in this time than I would have been if things had gone completely smoothly. It feels as though it’s been a testing process for what God has in store.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us and has been supporting us in this process. I am incredibly thankful to the community that has been surrounding us and lifting us up. Please continue to do so as we go a week from tomorrow, and spend 28 days serving God in Glasgow.
Finally, we are still raising support to be able to do all we want to while in Scotland! God is so good, having already provided so much and we trust that He will continue to provide for us! Please join us as we praise Him for His provision and generosity!
Thank you so much for your prayers and support in this!
28 May 2011