Greetings, Scotland fans. This is the third member of the CTI program, the one and only, Ryan Dewey. For those who don’t know much about me, I’m an American from Buffalo, NY. It is by far the best town in the world. Well I have a bias. Anyway I’m studying for a semester over here in Scotland. I thank Geneva for giving me this great opportunity. I’m a senior at Geneva. Man, where does the time go? But I’m so thankful for the wisdom and experiences God has given me through that school. If you’re thinking about going to college, check out Geneva.
My first impressions of the UK have been great. Everyone has been really kind. I love meeting new people from the RP Church in Airdrie. Reverend Quigley has brought powerful sermons every week. The beauty of it is he lets God’s word speak for itself. The weather in Scotland is very different from home. It is a lot cooler than home for September. It also seems to rain every other day, but I’m from Buffalo and it doesn’t bother me. I love the look of the UK. It has more history than the USA, and you see it in the towns. I mean, when do you get to see a real castle in the States? The countryside is so beautiful too. Because it rains a lot everything is a whole lot greener. Beautiful mountains and fields that only the Lord could have made.
I know it’s only been a few weeks, but I have already learned so much about myself, my God, and ministry. Both Reverend Quigley and Dick Knodel are great, godly men to learn from. I know this trip was worth it and it has only begun. Also we read awesome books about theology, ministry, Paul, and evangelism. These authors have been touched by the Spirit to share with their readers. I love all the books I have. And it’s not just reading. We get to see parts of Scotland too. We have had two trips already. One to Dumbarton Castle and the other was Loch Lomond. It’s great to see all of this beautiful land.
This past weekend we went to the town of Stranraer. There is another RP church there that hands out leaflets to promote their church, so we helped out. There was also a group from Northern Ireland who helped too. They all were very friendly. I had fun in fellowship and spreading the news about Christ’s Church. Christianity is really struggling over here, but I know God will not let His church fall. But that doesn’t mean we should just sit and wait for Him to do it. We are all called to take His Good News to the streets. I have seen the power of the Gospel firsthand. God uses us to spread His truth and grow His Church.
While I have been here I have thought these questions. Are our lives reflecting Christ? Are we thirsting and hungering for righteousness? Do we trust the Spirit to make us more like Christ? Are we striving to become like Christ? Are we willing to suffer for Christ? These are my challenges for all of us. I leave you with this verse. Romans 13:13-14 “Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Thanks for reading.