Hiya! This is Katie :) It's my turn to say hello and share with you a bit of my experience so far in Scotland. It is honestly just a huge blessing to be here and see how God is already working in and through our team. I guess I had some expectations or ideas as to what Glasgow would be like, as well as the people we may encounter and work with, but the Lord has far surpassed anything I could have come up with on my own. The Glasgow City Mission is an incredible place where you can really feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, as Ben mentioned before! The staff and regular volunteers that serve there have amazing hearts that resemble Christ Himself and have been so welcoming to us being here for the month. I will say just trying to understand people through their thick Glaswegian accents can be a challenge at times, but I think they are used to the confused looks and nods that we give them. They are very gracious.
The clients who come to the mission for services, clubs, and meals are an interesting mix of individuals. It has been such an honor to get to know many of them already! I'd say that I probably know/recognize at least 20-25 people that have been a part of activities over the last week, and many remember our names already too! It's really humbling and encouraging to be a part of God's work here.
One different perspective that I can share from the rest of the group would be regarding the women who come to the mission and especially the activities like ladies' bible study and the women's evening meal that have been just us girls so far. Linda is the main staff member connected to the ladies here and God is doing an incredible ministry through her! She knows the history and stories of so many of the women and is not afraid or hesitant to speak into their lives and to remind them of what God wants for their lives. One huge highlight so far was being a part of the ladies' bible study this past Friday. We didn't know if anyone would show up, but after some encouragement, three of the women came. Linda asked me if I would lead our time together and I agreed to do it. It was humbling for me to even try and think of what I could share from my life or small knowledge of the bible that might be helpful or relevant to their lives and all that they have been through. God was faithful, as He always is, and I shared a little from Galatians that I had been learning in my small group at Scum. The Holy Spirit was present with us and we had a really heart-felt discussion about living in the freedom of Christ and the peace He can bring to our lives. I was blown away by how God lead our time. We finished up with a very powerful time of prayer for the ladies that were okay with it.
Beyond our expectations! I'd say that all of us would attest to that so far. I am so looking forward to the rest of our time here and hope to savor every minute. I have also been taking hundreds of photos so far (as many of you who know me will not be surprised to hear) and will hopefully post some after this update :) Thanks for reading! And for your prayers! God is with us every step of the way and we know that full well. Please add any comments or questions for us! We love you all!
love, katie aka eagleslayer :)