We met with the Greater Europe Mission Leadership Team that went on the Scotland Trip and they briefed us on our impact in our short time there as well as what they accomplished in that 10-day trip. Brian Doyle, the director of missions for Greater Europe Mission, was on the skype call and first noted that he was remarked by our response and character to the shocking, unpleasant situation of being detained and denied. He said that we had every right to “shut down” and let the situation get the best of us, but the fact that we pressed in and worshiped and still engaged with the rest of the team was a response he knew God was being honored above all. And it really reflected our character and readiness for the trip. He commented that even though a lot of Christians go on missions trips, when things don’t go “their way”, their true character really shows. And what we went through really spotlighted our hearts for Christ and that we represented Him well in those circumstances.
Our night of worship that we led in Glasgow lifted a lot of anxiety from those that were on the missions trip for the first time and those who were uncomfortable being away from their families. It also set the tone for the missions team as they were compelled to really refocus their hearts on Christ (rather than themselves) on the very first night!
This led to great events and testimonies throughout the week! Members of the team from Chick-fil-a paid for a struggling student’s 4 year college education. The team also led a vacation bible school where the young adult males of the team had a chance to be great male role-models to kids of single-mothers. Exercised patience by many team members during VBS with the kids really gave glory to God in their character and Christ-like demeanor.
God did amazing things on this trip and it started with us setting the tone and focus on Christ in that one night! Lives were drawn to Christ as a result. The rest of team kept talking about that first night’s worship experience with withLove for the rest of the week and wore our shirts on many days to remind themselves of who we are and what we did! So much so, that the GEM London Field Director would like us to tour his city next Summer with Financial assistance from them! God is awesome!
“This is not fatal. It will become an occasion to show God’s glory by glorifying God’s Son.” – John 11:4