Four months ago, I had never left the country, I had never been away from home for more than a week’s time, and I had certainly never swam with the Loch Ness monster. Over the course of this semester, I’ve been to five different countries, been blown around at the Fairy Pools by hurricane force winds, and even have been swimming in Loch Ness…in December. I have walked through numerous castles, I have eaten award winning fish and chips, and I have seen more sheep than people. Needless to say, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here; however, it isn’t the sight seeing that I’m going to miss about Scotland, but rather my new family.
While I have been here, I have seen what the church of God is supposed to look like. On Sunday mornings, we should not feel as though we are going to a service and sitting next to stranger. Rather, there should be that feeling you get when you come together with you extended family, if you like them of course. That is what the church in Airdrie is like and over this semester I had the chance to become part of that family. It truly was a blessing, not only to be able to come and worship here but also to be able to form relationships with its people outside of a Sunday morning. It’s hard to believe that, as close as we are, I’ve only known my friends here since August. It will certainly be difficult to leave this beautiful country, but it will be much more difficult to say goodbye to a number of my friends here.