This is the start of our 4th week in Scotland, it’s crazy to think it has already been a month. Looking back over this short time I realize how busy we have been. Each week we have been blessed with opportunities to connect with the church, as well as grow deeper in our faith and understanding of the God we love. Each day we are given time to study, meditate, and memorize the Word of God. This is followed by our classes that revolve around the subjects of disciplines of the faith and examples of faithful works. Not only do we see faithful examples from the past, as we visit Covenanter sights, but we see it weekly from members of the Airdrie church. The church here is so invested in their members, youth, and surrounding community. We have had the privilege of joining the church’s METs (Mutual Encourages Times) where we meet with a group from the church and have a Bible study. Right now we are reading over Judges. The church also hosts a Kids Club on Friday evenings which we have had a great time running for the past few weeks. Here kids from the church and the community come together to play and learn about our great God. Once Kids Club is over CY (Covenanter Youth) begins. This is my favorite outreach the church does. Here the young adults of the church meet up with the teens to enjoy fellowship and learning more about the Word. I think it’s great that these teens have mentors and examples of faithful people to look up to and who they trust. Through these times we have been able to connect to all ages of the church. It is truly a blessing to be able to connect with these people and continue to connect with them as the semester continues.
Our weekly field trips with Jimmy and Helen led us first to Cairnpapple. This site is from before the building of the pyramids! Over 4,000yrs old. Although no one is completely sure why it’s there, or who it was for, we do know it is a grave site. The odd thing about this grave site is that it is in the middle of farm land, on a peak of a hill, overlooking the beautiful view of the coast, highlands, and cities of Scotland. From there we drove to the city of Linlithgow. Here we saw the remnants of the palace of Queen Margaret. This was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. On the palace property is the church where Mary was baptised. The church today is still open and operating as a church. Inside we saw the tall ceilings and stained glass windows. You can see the carver’s symbols in the stone of the pillars. The history and beauty within these buildings here are breathtaking. After a quick tour of the church, we walked over to the palace. This building was different than the places we had visited before. Previously the castles and churches we have seen have been restored, this palace was not. It has been well kept and preserved, but it lacked a ceiling, windows, and doors. We were allowed to wander around this endless maze of hallways and rooms and see the great halls, spiral stone staircases, and tall towers. As we got lost in the palace we could only imagine how this place would have looked in historical times. The fact that this palace had been in the state it was made it more breath taking with huge stone window frames to look out to the lake adjacent to the palace and a stone fountain in the midst of the courtyard. The history here was just amazing to walk through. These opportunities we have to travel are amazing to see the times of these buildings. Many of them are older than our nation as a whole. It just puts life in a different perspective, seeing the bigger timeline than just our country. We are all excited to begin our week long tour with Jimmy and Helen to see the memorials of faithful Covenanters who died for their faith. Pray that God would use these opportunities to have us reorient our lives to stay focused on Him.