Christmas time curves in the road

 

As a few of you are aware, our plans have had to changed yet again. We were planning to serve alongside Woodside Parish Church in Aberdeen. However it is now necessary for the minister and his family to move back to Germany to help care for his mother who has suffered a stroke. Please keep the Auffermanns in your prayers, as they prepare to move and seek a church in Germany to serve in.

So what does this mean? We are still with Alongside Ministries, and we are still seeking to serve in Scotland. There are several people working on finding us a new placement in Scotland. And we are continuing to prayerfully move forward  firmly believing that God will still get us to Scotland in 2017.  This is not a wall but a slight (though surprising) curve in our road, we are still eager to serve where ever God leads.

We want to thank you all for all your prayers, support, and love you have shown us in 2016 and we pray you all have a joyful Christmas and a happy New Year.

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Recent Scottish (and Liamish) trip

Now that I’m back with the family and had some sleep, I am able to process Liam and my recent trip to Scotland. I am really excited about the idea of serving at Woodside Parish Church. I think it could be a very good fit, a good place for the family to live and minister and a place where we can bless and be blessed. The congregation seems eager to have us come serve with them, very lovely people. In faith and trust I am ready. Currently the next step is to raise the needed financial support, so we will be hitting the road again, believing that we will be able to move over in April of next year and start serving for at least the next three years. If you already support us, truly thank you! I would love to show you someday around the area.

Briefly some areas that church is already involved in that we hope to be a part of are: children’s ministry ( working with the local schools; boys brigade -similar to AWANA/boy scouts; kids music ministry; and others), outreach to Syrian refugees (basically loving on them and their kids as they learn English at the church -feeding them, babysitting, etc), teaching and perhaps preaching, speaking at local schools, helping do an Alpha course (a informal “class” for people outside the church to learn about who Jesus really is), visiting and doing worship services at the local elderly folks home, sharing on the local radio station, and many of the ways of building up the kingdom in and outside the church.

Within a few weeks we are intending to travel toward the East coast, already we have a few stops planned in Indiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. We would love the opportunity to share with anyone over tea and shortbread (food and drink optional) about our plans and catch up with you and your lives. Please drop us a wee note either through this site, Facebook, email, text, or call, we loved to meet up with you!

The following pictures are a few from our recent trip. Including a picture of Liam at the old nunnery on the Isle of Iona (an important Christian site), the minister of Woodside Parish Church and his wife (Markus and Isabell Auffermann) on the beach at Aberdeen, and Liam at Tobermory, Isle of Mull.

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Whirlwind West and on

Howdy, as many of you know we just finished a quick and less-then-usually organized trip to the West coast. In early August we “moved” from Indiana to Minnesota. We then got an invitation to attend an orientation for Alongside ministries on lovely Whidbey Island in Washington State. We had a great time, it was wonderful to not only meet some of the staff but also spend time with fellow new (to Alongside, but experienced) missionaries to other parts of Europe! Since we were already on the West coast, we sought to visit some of our contacts (on short notice) in the area. God was good to us, at two different stops our hosts were a blessing in helping us with minor (but much needed) repairs to our van! It was a joy to see the few were able to visit, share a bit at some churches, and make some new contacts as well.

Currently we are back (briefly) in Indiana, as Liam and I (Scott) fly out next week to for Scotland! We are of course excited, and I intend to post pictures an updates as I can. We plan to travel by train to Aberdeen, meet with the Auffermann’s (Rev Markus and his wife Isabell who we intend to work alongside at Woodside Parish churchfor the next three years). Then we will travel by rental car to Oban and cross to the Isle of Mull, where I will preach for two weeks at Mull Baptist. It should also be a great time of visiting and encouraging many of the local believers I have already met. We will end our time again visiting Aberdeen to attend a service at Woodside.

One final note, to better reflect who we are and what we believe God is calling to do, we have changed the name of our Facebook page from “Scott and Karen missionaries” to “Daily heart for Scotland”, we are all called to be missionaries, our family we believe is called to love and serve Scotland (and I like the occasional play on my last name).

The picture is of Colin and Declan enjoying there first “state side” ferry ride, out to Whidby Island.

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Ewan and traveling

We were informed that we had yet to post on here about the birth of wee Ewan Elijah (for you Yanks the name is pronounced “you-win”) on July 9. As I joke he was born on the 9th, around 9, and weighed a bit over 9 pounds. All went well, it was a very quick delivery (less then 45 minutes).

Now we are in Minnesota for a few days visiting Karen’s family, next week we are heading out to the West Coast for a Alongside Ministries gathering/orientation in Washington. We are intending to make it a longer trip, visiting with friends out West. So if you want to see us in the coming weeks and live out that way, just drop us a note. You can check our itinerary page to see our general schedule.

On September 20, Liam and I (Scott) will be traveling to Scotland! I am scheduled to preach at Mull Baptist, on the Isle of Mull, for two weeks. We will also be visiting with the Auffermans, the coupe we intend to work with in Aberdeen, and visiting the church (Woodside Parish church) that we will be primarily working with.

Here is a picture of when the brothers meet Ewan.

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Getting ready ta travel!!!

It has been sometime since we posted, and even more time sent we truly traveled to raise support. This is for several reasons, we are of course expecting our fourth child in about two weeks; we have wanted to put what money we we did get straight towards saving for Scotland (thus Scott worked at Walmart), and we have been praying for a clearer vision and a door to open for long term service. As many of your know we are looking to join with a church in Aberdeen that is been looking for someone to alongside the pastor and his wife. The couple are eager to have us join them, for visa purposes the best option is to serve under Alongside Ministries (a mission board we are familiar with anyway) who specialize in helping local churches in Europe.

Our plans (you can check the calendar tap for fairly up to date schedule) for the next few months in brief is: the birth of Ewan is expected around July 5 (I am hoping for the 4th, ’cause that’s fun), we hope to visit many churches in Indiana in the coming week. In August we intend to head to Minnesota and visit Karen’s family and visit some of the churches in that area. The first few weeks of September we intend to East, probably to Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Then on September 20 Liam and Scott head to Scotland!! The primary goal is to visit the couple we are planing to serve with in Aberdeen (at Woodside parish church) and also attend a church service there. Most of the time will be spent on the isle of Mull (two full weeks) filling a commitment to preach at Mull Baptist and visiting friends and contacts. We would ask you to pray for blessings on the services, the contacts (especially pastor Sean Ankers, a young pastor of the Mull Free Church, my heart is burden for him and his efforts to serve), and for our time in Aberdeen.

Once we return from Scotland, as a family we will head West, ultimately to California. As I usually write, PLEASE, if you have a church that you think we can share at, a group we can visit, or just one to “hang” out with us at some point in our journey please let us know. We love to visiting with people, no pressure, just seeing all the people we can through out the country and catching up.  (The picture is of a sweet couple I met last time on Mull, and Tobermory the capital of Mull)DSCF0349.JPG

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A quick update

We heard back from the YWAM base we had applied to (see Scott’s last post), and they felt they are not the best ministry umbrella for us to serve under.  In summary, although they do connect with and serve churches throughout their ministries, their primary focus is not the church as ours is.  Also, as a beginning ministry and the challenges and adjustments that come with that, it is hard on families.  We were disappointed that this didn’t work out, but we also want what is going to be the best “fit” for us.

We are praying for and seeking God’s guidance and provision as we figure out what step to take next in seeking a visa sponsor in the United Kingdom, waiting on Him and trusting that He is in control of all this.

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naidheachd (Gaelic for “news”)

Well ’tis been awhile since our last posting (apparently some three months). This is mostly due to waiting to hear from a mission we are seeking to join. But I feel that it is way pass time to update our blog. Recently I was able to attend a missions committee meeting at a local church and the dear ladies (I was the only male there) were discussing how they seldom hear from many of their missionaries. We hope to get prayers letters out more, and also work at posting more on the blog and Facebook.

A summary of the news of the past months is: we are expecting our fourth boy in July, at the moment we are thinking of naming him Ewan Elijah; as noted in our last post we have tickets to fly to Scotland in September (I am already booked to preach at churches in two islands); I went in for a part time job at a local Walmart and got offered the department manager position for Dairy and Frozen, so we are better able to save for our move to Scotland (all support that comes in goes directly to our missions savings and we “live” right now on my paychecks); and as I stated above we are looking to join a mission in Scotland.

This mission is Youth With a Mission (YWAM), we had the privilege of attending a Discipleship Training School (DTS) for 6 months in 2014. This enables me to apply to work on the staff of one of their bases. Recently they opened a base in Oban, the “gateway to the isles” and a place that God has laid on my heart for many years and a key place to work (I have been their many many times and we stayed there as a family several years ago for over a week making good contacts with churches in the area). We had originally planned to be sponsored by a baptist church in Paisley (Glenburn Baptist), however they recently decided they were not in a position to sponsor anyone. God began to stir in my heart the idea of joining a newly formed team of YWAM (I had met many of the staff on my trip last Fall) that  is based in Oban with the stated purpose of reaching out to the Highlands and Islands region and especially helping out local churches (the very things I believe God is calling me to do).

So we are looking to join with them and waiting to hear if we are officially accepted. This will have many blessings: 1. It will allow us to work with a team, thus making us more effective, giving us support, encouragement, accountability and the other benefits, 2. It will make getting a visa MUCH easier and probably much cheaper, 3. It will provide housing and already made contacts, 4. It will give us the chance to disciple and work with young people not only in Scotland but from around the world, and many more blessings.

As always we thank you so much for you continued prayers and generous gifts, it amazing how much God has blessed us in the last few months with more and more churches and individuals giving to us! My wonderful wife has informed me that we already have much of what we need to visa, moving, and other expenses already in our missions savings. Again thank you and praise God!

 

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