This is a recent update from our April DTS who are on outreach in the UK:
Scotland: an independent, wild land. Individualistic in their thinking, the Scots are adamant that they are a people distinct from both the Brits and the Irish. Their past is wild: a people known by their passion for life and fervor for adventure. However, over many generations this fire has been doused with the bondages of oppression, hopelessness, agony, and indifference. The green Highlands echo a forgone life of freedom that is swallowed and overshadowed by the medieval walls of religious captivity. The unrestrained bravery of this people has been bombarded by unbelief and shrinking faith.
Walls are built one stone at a time. Congruously is the process of taking those obstacles down. One day at a time, through one prayer at a time, one person at a time, by faith in one God. Ministry in Scotland started with everyday seeking God’s face and searching for His will. We knew how Satan was working. We knew that it was vital to not get distracted, focus on the face of our Lord, and push into Kingdom building with everything that we had. Feeding the homeless, prayer walks around the city, street evangelism, and ministering to the poor in spirit were daily occurrences. It didn’t matter that we didn’t see mass revival and loads of healings – we knew that when we prayed those walls of bondage were crashing down and the Spirit of God was working in and through us to breath life and bring hope to His people.
As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5
Our call to Glasgow was to invest and disciple. Through prayer and fasting we used Christ’s divine power to demolish strongholds. We tore down and God used us to grow. Christ is the foundation and we are the building blocks that He uses to restore and fortify His Kingdom. A prime example of this occurred in Edinburgh. We were doing street evangelism during the art and music festival. There were thousands and thousands of people walking up and down the street. Looking into their eyes you could see their desperation for purpose and fulfillment. They were crying for attention and would stoop low to get it. We talked to all kinds of people that day. Some of them were blown away that we were willingly spending our summer holiday and our own money to talk to people about Jesus. Others openly mocked us and questioned whether we were helping anybody or just wasting our time.
However, the highlight of the day came from a conversation I had with a specific girl. She was lovely. Raised Catholic, recently a true believer in Christ, she had many questions and was seeking reinforcement and a boost of spiritual renewal. Her father had passed away in January and even though she tried to be strong, she broke down crying. Every time she visits her father’s grave she asks Jesus to give her strength. She knows that He has sustained her because she has not turned to drugs, alcohol, or smoking to help ease her pain. She and I talked about everything from God’s love, to the personal relationship that He desires with us all, to Judas Iscariot hanging himself after betraying Jesus. Discipling a hungry soul is something I will never get tired of. After praying and encouraging her faith, she went away revitalized in the Lord and I left with my cup overflowing. Allowing God to use us as His instruments to speak to His children is such a beautiful experience.
Scotland: a land of mystery and allure, a land in desperate need to return to its Biblical roots and reestablish its identity in Christ and Christ alone.