October 20, 2009

I have had lots of encouragement from different media sources in preparation for my move. As I’m getting closer to the halfway point, my heart has been stirred more consistently for the nation of Scotland. I am thankful for a time of transition!

Here are some recommendations:

1. The Centrepoint Church website. This link, on the bottom left, allows you to listen to the latest sermon from Scotland. The church is currently studying the book of Phillippians, and listening to these sermons has really helped me stay connected. The calendar is also a good resource because people can read about the events coming up for the church and remember to pray for them. For instance, there are baptisms coming up on October 31st.

2. Blue Letter Bible website. If you click on Serving as Senders, there is a full-text book about the role people play when they support someone in missions. This book is very encouraging and practical about the great need I have for people not only to give financially, but also to pray for me! The book does a good job laying out the very specific prayer requests and emotional cycles that I go through as a missionary.

3. I have read some books that are about Scotland. One is called 44 Scotland Street. It is a humourous book about a mysterious painting. Right up my alley, of course. The other that I’m currently reading is called A House by the Shore: Twelve Years in the Hebrides. This book is wonderful! It is a memoir about a couple building a bed and breakfast in a very remote place off the northwest coast of Scotland. I may actually get to visit this area! I got this book recommendation from a man who owns a house there and has offered me an opportunity to stay anytime.

4. This one is a bit silly, but I have been watching episodes of Britain’s Got Talent. These shows have helped me with some of the culture that I will soon embrace!

The current message on the Centrepoint Church website entitled “The Progress of the Gospel” is quite good. I actually listened to this sermon while baking bread this past Friday. There is an entire section where Pastor Jeff talks about how the kingdom of God grows. Just in these moments, I was watching my yeast bubble and was amazed at how the dough I was making rose so well!

Matthew 13:33 “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Amen!


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