Semester in Scotland

Alumni Reflections – Natalie Weir Faris


The Semester in Scotland programme has been around since 2003.  In the autumn of 2017 we contacted past students asking them to send us a reflection on the impact Semester in Scotland made on their lives.  For the next several months, we will be featuring one of these reflections a week. 

Natalie Weir Faris – Autumn 2003
Then – Geneva Student
Now – Reformed Presbyterian missionary in South Sudan

Natalie in 2003

Daniel and Natalie Faris and their 3 sons in Colorado in June 2017.

“I grew up in a healthy church with solid biblical teaching, and yet the Semester in Scotland program helped me see that there is no substitute for the basic elements of Christian discipleship and church life: the Word and prayer. As we mixed hands-on involvement in the local church with tours of martyrs’ graves, I came to realize that the glory of dying for Christ is always preceded by the glory of living for Christ.”