This is the team newsletter from Glasgow, Scotland.
Our team arrived in Glasgow, Scotland without clear direction of what
our two weeks there would be like. We were hosted by the Glasgow City
Mission, the first city mission in the world! We arrived after dark,
and Andrew from the mission picked us up from the bus station. Most of
us literally piled into the back of his van and rode in the dark across
town to the building we’d call home for two weeks. It was an exciting
introduction to our time in the city for sure.
Our first few days in
Glasgow were spent in preparation. We gave the building, an extra one the
mission uses to house the homeless in the winter months, a deep and
thorough clean and even painted much of it. We also spent a lot of time
in prayer for the city and asking God what He had for us to do in our
Our first Sunday in Glasgow we attended Destiny Church as
a team. After the service we met many members of the congregation who
gave us lots of ideas for things we could do to bless their city during
our time there.
We started our street evangelism Monday in the city
centre by going off on our own and speaking with people on the street.
The people of Glasgow are open to speak, and approaching someone by
saying “hello, my name is and I am from, what is yours” elicits a
response! If you continue on and say “what do you think of Jesus” most
will give you a answer. It’s a quite different atmosphere from London.
Arise All Nations, the outreach we participated in during the Olympics,
some of the team evangelized with the team from Colombia and learned a
neat evangelism technique. We taped large white paper to the ground in
city centre and wrote a question at the top, either “what is your
biggest wish” or “what do you hope for” and had markers on the paper.
We’d ask the people who walked by the question and invite them to write
their answer. This simple technique provided so many opportunities to
speak with people, especially young people. So many were willing to
share their answers to the question, to speak with us, and we were able
to pray with many. When people asked why we were doing that we told
them we’re Christians and will pray for everyone who wrote something
down that night. It was a great way to engage people in conversation
about God. We used the paper method multiple days and found each day it
got better and better.
While some of the team engaged with people
over the questions, another part of the team did face painting. They
painted the faces of countless children and young adults. While they
painted (and did a great job of making the children look like
butterflies and Spiderman, rather than blobs on the faces of the squirmy
children), they’d pray for the people they were blessing and their
parents, while others on the team would speak with their parents. It
was a fun way to speak with people and tell them the reason they were
painting faces is because we love God and God loves them, too.
Glasgow City Mission has a food pantry we lovingly called the cannery.
There are large shelves of canned food organized by date, ready to be
given to the hungry in the city. We were in Glasgow during their
harvest season, and we were able to help in the cannery twice. The
first time we organized the shelves, making room for future cans. The
second time we sorted and put away fourteen large boxes (boxes that
would hold four seated team members) of food. Our team worked together
like a well oiled machine and we surprised Andrew with how quickly and
efficiently we worked.
When we met the members of Destiny Church, we
learned about Destiny’s Angels, their mercy ministry to the city. We
spent a morning in their facility helping in various areas, cleaning,
sorting clothing donations, helping in the office and preparing bags of
food for distribution. We also helped at two of their drop in tea
times, one for the homeless, and the other for women affected by abuse,
prison and prostitution and by inviting people to the drop ins. It was
great to work with another ministry in Glasgow and see the people who
genuinely care for the people of their city and love them as the hands
and feet of Christ.
We had one day off while we were in Scotland, and
we used it to go to Edinburgh. We walked up a large hill/mountain (the
name changed depending on what team member was speaking and where they
are from) to enjoy the view of the city. From the mountain we walked
the Royal Mile, between a royal palace and the ancient castle. We
enjoyed the outside of the castle and then split up and everyone went
off to see what they wanted. Some enjoyed a nice meal, a walk around
the city and shopping while others took in more of the sights.
Edinburgh is a much older city than Glasgow, and as a team we learned
each city has its own charm.
One of the final things we did in
Glasgow was attend an Ethiopian church. While on the street, Israel met
a pastor from Ethiopia and he invited us to his church. The team
members who are in the drama, Masks went and performed it for the
church. Amy explained the drama, I shared my testimony and Jason
shared about our evangelism in Glasgow. Israel preached in his native
language. The people of the church were extremely welcoming towards us
and were glad we cared enough of their city to come and tell the
residents about Jesus.
While we did not know what to expect going
into Glasgow, we clearly saw God. We prayed for countless people, told
many about the love of God, and were able to help the Glasgow City
Mission in their preparations for their winter shelter. Our time in
Scotland was fruitful and made us even more excited for what God is
going to do on the next portion of our outreach in the Republic of