God has been gracious to me these past four months. He has provided me with a good community in Airdrie RP, friends to spend time with, great teachers to learn from, and wonderful traveling experiences.
Although I have made many memories from traveling around Scotland and Europe, I know more than anything else that the things I have learned will continue to affect me the most. The Semester in Scotland program is a very unique opportunity that I wish more ministry majors could take advantage of. We were able to spend a lot of time with Andrew. Not only did we get to learn from him in the classroom, but also through seeing him work in the church. Because he welcomed us into his life for the past four months, we were able to greatly benefit from getting a little bit more of an understanding in how ministry works.
The classes we took and books we read were spiritually challenging and caused me to grow. I look forward to getting back home and looking through them again.
We did end our stay in Scotland with a bang however. Last Saturday Nate, Tim, Kelly, Beth, Karen, two Australians, and I went on a trip to the Isle of Skye. It was really everything you could ever hope for in a trip. The drive there was long, yet enjoyable. We stayed the night in Fort William on Friday and then continued on to Skye the next morning. It was a wet day – I have never felt so wet in my life. There were also winds blowing at 70 miles per hour. Regardless, we carried on and saw several places in Skye. We went to the Fairy Pools, Portree, an inn with no electricity (which was very cool looking), and stopped at Loch Ness on the way back.
I think regardless of where we went (within reason) it would have been just as enjoyable. Being able to spend time with both old and new friends one last time was really the joy in the trip. It’s a funny thing how close people can become in a short period of time. The people I have met in Scotland over the past four months will certainly be missed.
All memories aside, I look forward to getting home. Living in the UK has been a great experience, but I feel like a giddy child on Christmas morning with the thought of being back in Pennsylvania. I am excited to see my family again, no doubt. People keep asking me what’s the first thing I am going to do when I get home, so I figure I will answer the same question now: play with my two golden retrievers Rylie and Charlotte.
Thank you to all who have made my stay here in Scotland an enjoyable experience. It continues to blow my mind how large and loving God’s church is. So many people have sacrificed their time to take us out on day trips to see parts of Scotland, made us meals, drove us to and from airports, and welcomed us into their homes. I can truly say you have made my stay in Scotland feel like another home.