We can’t believe we are already in Edinburgh, Scotland! The Lord has blessed our week in Derby. From hanging out at local parks, to doing church events with Trinity Baptist Church, to ministry in Muslim communities, this week has been incredible. Bree wanted to share a little bit of her experience this week.
The first week of outreach has been action packed and a non-stopadventure. We have had so many cool experiences getting to share Christ with the people of Derby, England. One of the locations we have been able to spend time at is the cities skate park. The skate park is a local hot-spot, making it the perfect place to connect with thecommunity. I really enjoyed getting to know the people there, they were all so welcoming and friendly. It was disheartening to hear about the rough home lives and hard life circumstances that some of these young people were caught up in, but at the same time I am glad we had the opportunity to encourage them and share from our own life stories about the hope and joy found in Christ. These kids will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers as we continue on our outreach. -Bree
This week we have come together with other YWAMers in Edinburgh to help out with a ministry called Shine. There is a huge festival every year in Edinburgh called the Fringe Festival, and Shine basically brings light to the people on the streets. Please be praying for us this week as we perform, evangelize, cook, or whatever the Lord calls us to do!
Working as a part of the Shine team for the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh has been incredible. We spend the afternoons on the Royal Mile, which is where is Fringe is located. We hand out flyers, go on prayer walks, hang out with people in the streets, and do performances. We also spend time in a Christian Heritage Center doing similar things. We are blessed to serve the other members on the Shine team by cooking dinner for them, so we end the day cooking and cleaning. Being here has really opened our eyes to the need of Jesus in the UK. Tina wanted to share her experience here thus far:
This week has been filled with extraordinary opportunities that pushed each of us individually, to grow in our own creativity and push us outside of our comfort zone. We’ve been able to work as part of the Shine team, and with our teammates artistic skills and encouragement we’ve learned and performed group dances and assisted the media team with conducting street interviews.
One of my favorite memories that I’ll take away from our time inEdinburgh has been playing the piano at the Christian Heritage Center on the Royal Mile. My teammate Teresa and I had the chance to perform one afternoon when the church opened its doors to the community for a time of prayer and meditation. It was an incredible experience to worship in such a beautiful and historical setting. Teresa also had a chance later in the week to use her talents on the guitar to lead our Shine team in worship. I’ve really enjoyed listening to her perform, and use her talents to glorify God.
As our time in Scotland comes to an end, this week we’ll be continuing to assist the Shine team in street performances, group prayer walks, cooking for the base and supporting the team as they head out into some local venues to worship and spread God’s love into the community. Can’t wait to see what He has in store for us next. -Tina