Travel Blog Week 5 / 15th - 21st June
This past week has felt so "normal" as we have established a rhythm here in Whiteinch. We are not searching for answers, but rather, we are now watching them unfold as we continue to build relationships. It is tempting to continue to push and try to make things happen, or to keep ourselves busy doing whatever we can find to do so that we have things to write about every week, but He is calling us to simply "be." Yes, we're still participating in things, contributing meaningfully to important conversations and meetings, ministering one-on-one through relationship, and leading worship for various gatherings, but these are coming out of the natural flow of who we are and what we carry, not a need to prove ourselves useful.
We had an opportunity to share some of the back-story of what has brought us here to Scotland, and specifically to Whiteinch Church, with some of the staff last week. Our story really is quite remarkable when you think of it. What started as an invitation to lead 2 small retreats way up in the northeast almost 4 years ago has grown into a tapestry of profound testimonies of lives transformed, beautiful and amazing friendships, connections with several key leaders, a passionate heartbeat for and call to minister in Scotland, and the very real probability of a longterm/permanent move within the next few years.
In the staff meeting we mentioned above, the comment was made that our time here has not been about what we have sown into Whiteinch, but rather that God has sewn us into the fabric of this church and community. Yet, our connection to this church/community is not only about this church/community. The vision for Healing for the Heart is for the entire nation, and potentially beyond. For God to connect us here is not just about us being part of a local church, it is a connection to the whole of Scotland and beyond. We are finding our fit.
Friends and Fun
We have had the great privilege of reconnecting with several precious friends over the past week, and have had the opportunity to see even more of this beautiful land we love so much.
On Monday, we got to spend a few precious hours with our most amazing friend, Annie Macphail, who came to see us from the Isle of Lewis in the northwest.
On Saturday/Sunday, our dear friend, Lyn Alcorn, popped over from Northern Ireland. Lyn is part of our UK Advisory Team. The three of us spent Saturday in Falkirk seeing the famous Falkirk Wheel and the giant metal horse sculptures called, "The Kelpies."
We spent Sunday afternoon exploring along the Clyde River and Gare Loch with long time friends, Alan and Anna Divers, who came from across the central belt near Edinburgh. Anna was an integral part of some of our earliest Scotland Dash Away retreats.
All of these amazing people have loved on us, believed in us, encouraged us, invested in us financially, and have welcomed us into this land. Each of them holds a precious place in our hearts.
We had the absolute privilege of leading worship on Sunday. This time it was for our home church family at Whiteinch. What joy it was to lead these people with whom we have been building relationship for the past 5 weeks. We had an all girl band too! Shona joined us on keys, and for the first time ever, we had a fiddle player, Jill Niven! This has been a desire Cathy has had for years, and yesterday was the day. So much fun to worship alongside these amazing ladies, and to watch God's manifest presence fall in that room. Yet again we forgot to ask someone to take a photo... but it still happened, and it was amazing!
A Wee bit of Glasgow Culture
While in Glasgow City Centre last week, we came upon Scotland's most famous busker, Ben Monteith. He supports his wife and 3 kids by playing in the streets of Glasgow. He also loves Jesus. His dad planted the first Vineyard Church in Scotland years ago. Glasgow is a beautiful city, one we have come to love, and could very well call "home."
We have a great week ahead with some inner healing appointments, the SHAPE course, and an all day staff retreat. On Thursday night, Cathy will be teaching on the Unseen Power of Worship, a workshop she has taught at The Experience Conference over the past few years. The evening will include teaching and worship and is open to anyone who would like to attend, so if you're relatively local, it will be Thursday, 25th May, 7:30-9:30 pm BST at the Barclay Curl House on South Street, Whiteinch.
Someone asked if we would broadcast it on Facebook Live... The answer is maybe, if we can remember to set that up. If not, maybe we'll catch an audio recording of it. If we were to do FB live, would anyone be interested in watching? Hmmm... :o)
To be continued...