Wednesday was our final ministry day in the Shettleston neighborhood; as has been the pattern, after our morning (and last) training session at TJ's, we hit the streets to prayerwalk and engage those living in that area. In the evening, the team met up with our friends from Whiteinch, James and Brid, for a time of food and fellowship.
Thursday was our sightseeing day, so we made our way out to the countryside to see the "other side" of Scotland. It was a great day of being together as a team! To cap it off, we got to share our final night in Glasgow with both TJ and Patrick's families -- burgers and milkshakes for all!
We left town early this morning for our flight out of Edinburgh. The team is in Dublin now gearing up for the long leg of our trip home. We're tired, but eager to share all that God has done in and through us these past few days. See you soon!
We began our morning back at TJ's house for another training session; this teaching time has proved to be a real blessing for our group, challenging and refining our understanding of what it looks like to live on mission.
The team was then sent back out to survey Shettleston. As Claire will be settling in this neighborhood, she's been praying for what are referred to as "gatekeepers". Gatekeepers are those that might be willing to partner with her in ministry as she works to help establish a church in this part of Glasgow. Several of our Questies were able to uncover such individuals by the conversations they engaged in. At the end of the afternoon, we as a team had the opportunity to pray for Mary -- one of the crossing guards that works in the area.
In the evening, the team was split into two groups for some babysitting. Both TJ and Patrick were able to take their wives on a proper date while we spent time making charm bracelets and fighting nerf wars!
Today looked a bit different for us; we began with our usual training time, but then were given the opportunity to help a local church with their community clean-up. We spent the afternoon in the south side of Glasgow - in a neighborhood called Pollokshaws - working with ministry leaders at Refuge. Refuge is the church Patrick and his wife Erin have been partnering with for the last several months.
Earlier this evening the team attended a youth club hosted by a church in the neighborhood of Whiteinch. As this is a group that Q19 worked with, it was good to see some familiar faces and reconnect with friends made last year! We swapped stories over a home-cooked meal and spent the remainder of our time together playing games.
Tomorrow is our last training/ministry day -- pray for a strong finish!
Our days have been full!
Yesterday began with another training session at TJ's house; as God's people, we're called to be missionaries right where He's placed us. We talked about what it means to listen to the Spirit and the importance of meeting others where they are, both culturally and spiritually, as well as what this might look like for each of us when we return home. After training, the group set out with Claire to participate in an exercise known as narrative mapping.
The team was broken up into pairs and sent into the Shettleston neighborhood to spend the afternoon prayerwalking, making observations and chatting with the local residents.
This morning we had the opportunity to attend Sunday service at a well-known church within Glasgow. We spent some time afterward talking with some of the members there and sharing a bit about who we are and what we're doing in Scotland.
As I post, the team is back at Patrick's flat playing games, sharing stories and waiting for our pizza to get here! We'll spend the rest of the evening visiting with some students the Quest teams have built relationships with over the last several years. All are doing well on this side of the pond! We're encouraged by your prayers and comments.
Yesterday was all about staying awake! We landed around 8am local time, met up with the missionaries we'll be working with - TJ, Patrick and Claire - and made our way into Edinburgh for some breakfast.
The team was split into two groups and sent out on a scavenger hunt across what's known as "The Royal Mile". After several hours of running around and taking in the city, we boarded a train to Glasgow.
After checking into our hostel, having dinner and meeting as a team, we settled in for some much-needed rest!
Today was our first full day in Glasgow -- we began at TJ's house for orientation, talking a bit about the culture and spiritual climate of the city (with 1.7 million people, less than 1% are Christian). Still battling jet-lag, we were sent out to explore Glasgow as we did Edinburgh.
Lots of walking today, but we had the opportunity to visit some of the city's well-known places: Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow Cathedral and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. We took some time to pray at these locations, for the country and people of Scotland - that they would know God and the good news of His salvation.
We ended the day at Patrick's flat with his family, TJ's family and Claire -- spent some time asking questions and getting to know each other over a delicious meal of fish and chips (chicken nuggets were had by some). We'll begin tomorrow back at TJ's for our next bit of "training" before heading to the area of the city we'll be working in for a majority of our trip.
Asking that you'd partner with us in praying for the days ahead -- that God would give us opportunities to make connections.. that we would have the eyes to see those God may already be working in and among.. that we'd be sensitive to the Spirit and confident in the hope we have in Jesus. It's a comfort to know you're lifting us up!
Team has arrived in Edinburgh and met up with our contacts -- we'll spend a bulk of our day in town before heading to Glasgow later on. We'll post as we're able!
QScotland is just about to board! We'll hit the ground running once we're in country, so pray for rest and renewed energy as we travel. Excited for what's ahead! Thankful for your prayers.