When I first entered Scotland I didn't know what to expect. When we got there the people were really friendly and there culture is so unique. This trip was a eye opener it showed me how God works through people not only in the United states but around the world. When we were doing worship it was amazing to see everyone singing and praising him. Also learning from the youth and some of the adult's walk with God was encouraging. It shows no matter what, God will always have your back. He also put people in your life for a reason.
I saw God working in Scotland through the people we interacted with. In a stereo-typically non-Christian area, to be able to meet other people who share the same beliefs as I do was quite refreshing. It was amazing to be able to relate to a lot of the issues that my peers in Scotland have, because I find myself going through the same troubles concerning reaching people in New England. I built relationships with people that I hope to maintain throughout my life. It was a fantastic trip and I hope to go back at some point in the near future.
I am so thankful for this experience, seeing God at work through the people in Scotland was so cool. God has really opened my eyes to things like how powerful prayer can be and how important it is. Walking through the streets of Partick and just praying for the things we saw, the shops, the schools, and conversations that Patrick and Erin might have there was something that I’ve never done before and it’s really helped me realize the importance of prayer in everyday life. Another thing I got from this trip is that whatever we do can be used to glorify God, a lot of the things we did like babysitting and just hanging out with the other teens didn’t really seem like that big of a deal to us but knowing God has a plan and He can use us without our knowledge really helped me know we were there for a purpose.
Despite being sick the whole week I woke up each day happy to be in Scotland and on mission. There are so many lessons God brought to my attention while I was there, but the major points are
1.) You don’t need to leave the country to be on mission. Being in Scotland reminded me a lot of being back home. This showed me that all the things I have learned are easy to bring back home with me. Prayer walking, simple church, having conversations. All things I can do really anywhere.
2.) Our work is important. Hanging out with the youth , sharing our testimonies building a relationship are all things that could seem small but was needed. We got to know them and see how stories connected with them as well as each other. Each testimony is important even if you can’t see it yourself.
3.) Christ can work through everyone. You just have to let go and let God. Doesn’t matter if you have given your life to Christ already, new to faith, or still understanding. He can really work through everyone. I saw him through my team, the leaders, Patrick, and his friends that we partnered with. I saw Him through the youth that we met, as they shared how much His love has helped and changed them, and how they really want to know Christ more. One of the groups want to start their own worship band!
God is so good.