Continuing in our series of past students reflecting on how the programme has impacted them, this week we are hearing from Rachel Mack.
Rachel Mack – Spring 2016
Then: Student at Geneva College
Now: School Teacher
I can truthfully say that the Semester in Scotland Program was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. The program not only gave me the ability to experience a new culture and see great historic sites, which I had been greatly looking forward to, but most importantly, it was a time to learn about God’s Word. Each of the professors in the program were so warm and welcoming to American students and I learned so much from each of them in the content area of our classes. But far beyond this I also learned from their focus in our classes on applying what we had learned to our lives. Not only did I gain head knowledge about how the body of Christ is supposed to function, I was able to see it modeled in the lives of the Airdrie church members and had the ability to put these principles into practice through opportunities like Kids Club and CY. What I loved about the Semester in Scotland courses was that, as one of the professors put it, we were given the time to think about the things that really matter. Semester in Scotland was a time of concentrated reading and study on God’s Word, theology, and the Christian life where I was able to read, think, and put into practice what I was learning. Our class with Jimmy Fisher on the Scottish Reformation and our Reformation tour was also an incredible way to see the places important in the lives of our spiritual forbearers. The ability to travel around Scotland to historic and scenic sites was a huge blessing and something I will always remember. The Semester was also a huge blessing because of the richness of church life which the Airdrie Church welcomes students into. Warm fellowship and spiritual conversations were incredible encouragements to my faith and a wonderful example for what life as part of the body of Christ is to be like. There are so many ways in which the Semester in Scotland was an incredible blessing to not only my college career but also to my walk with Christ. It is something I will never forget.