I bumped into Andy (homeless man) again today in Edinburgh. About a month ago Andy prayed to ask Jesus to save him. I've prayed for him since then and hope to see God sort out the many difficulties in his life. I tried to again encourage him to follow God. Andy can't read.... Praise God for those who have the ability to read God's Word for themselves. He says that he is attending church on Sundays.
Silas was probably the best divine appointment this morning. He had just arrived from Germany for a short stay in Edinburgh. He was very interested in our conversation though an agnostic. I gave him a John and Romans and wrote my email address on it. I hope to hear from Silas and get him the contact information for any good churches near him in Germany. (He didn't know that he had a Bible name.)
I also spoke with three teen boys for 10-15 minutes. I'm sure they will look at life a bit differently after our conversation. Please pray that the truth of God's Word will penetrate their hearts. They are in their last year of high school and are at a turning point in their life.
Thank you for praying for our outreach.
Last Sunday our visitor did not come. On Thursday the footballer didn't come. (Praise God, this young man did shoot me a text letting me know that he was unable to be there.) We had a woman contact us this week letting us know that she had recently been saved. She came and visited this morning. Praise the Lord! Thanks for praying for our attendance.
I enjoyed preaching a topical message this morning entitled, "Don't Stop Your Run!" I love the picture of the runner in the race found throughout the Bible. God blessed the service. Thank you for praying.
There is currently an international festival called the Fringe taking place in Edinburgh. When it is festival season the population of Edinburgh doubles. I took bus into Edinburgh to do evangelism today and started by handing out flyers for about an hour on the Royal Mile near St. Giles (where John Knox ministered.)
God gave me one divine appointment there with a man from Central Asia (muslim background.) He was open and took a John and Romans.
The second opportunity, was with a man named, Jesus. I don't know if it was a good opportunity or not. I witnessed to him for about 10 minutes before he had to leave.
The third opportunity was the best. Please pray that Harold (early 20's) will visit our church. He's grown up Catholic but listened to a clear Gospel presentation and took a John and Romans. He was very engaged in the conversation and I would not be shocked (though I'd be thrilled) if he visited the church. He said at one point, "Oh, you're a priest." Well... kind of. :) We spoke for close to half an hour.
I was able to share why I believe Jesus is God with two mormon missionary girls (20 years old.) It made me think of Paul's words in 2 Cor. 11, "13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." They look and sound Good. But, they reject the Word of God and change the meaning of words like trinity, etc. I hope God will illumine their minds to His truth.
Praise God - we have truth! I'm so thankful for God's Word. Thank you for praying for our outreach.
God gave me two divine appointments this morning as I put out flyers. Kate immigrated to the UK from Budapest many years ago. She is an elderly widow who is Catholic. Please pray that God would open her eyes to the knowledge of salvation by faith in Jesus. It is sad to meet someone who is religious but who does not know if they are going to heaven. And because they do not know the way, we know from God's Word that they are not in the way.
The second opportunity was not as fun as it was with a religious evolutionist who denies the truth of God's Word on all levels. I have no idea why he goes to church. Church here has become a community of people who do not know what they believe, if they believe, or if the person they think they believe in exists. I hope God awakens this man's heart. Jesus died for him as well as me.
The Lord gave me energy to complete a large area this morning as I walked for three hours putting out flyers. Please pray for fruit that will remain. Thank you for praying for our evangelism.
This morning we enjoyed watching, "Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution III" in our SS hour. I then preached this morning on, "Members in Particular" about joining the body of Christ from 1 Corinthians 12. There was a good spirit in our service which was pretty well attended. Our visitor did not come this morning as anticipated. We'll keep sowing in hope. Please pray for wisdom as we follow up.
Thank you for praying for Free Baptist Church in Loanhead.
PS. Here is a picture of the building which is for sale in our community.
Benson was my door to door partner this morning. Imagine our suprise when the first woman who answered the door at the first house told us that she will come tomorrow to our AM service. I could be wrong, but I have no doubt that she was sincere and I hope to see her tomorrow. Please pray that God will help her to come as she intends. We were encouraged by that short visit.
We had another good conversation at the next door. That young man was listening very well until someone else ended our conversation. We shouldn't be suprised but it was pretty abruptly ended by someone whom we did not know was listening. Please pray that God awakens his heart and does not let the Wicked One snatch away God's truth from his heart.
God then gave us a better opportunity with a religious man. Please pray for this man. He is muslim and was at the mosque to pray this morning at 4:00 AM. If Christians would have half the zeal of these sincere people we would see the world turned upside down again. He invited us into his home and we spoke for about 40 minutes. He allowed me to pray at the end of our conversation and I asked God to illumine his mind by His truth. Please pray that God will do a great work in his life. If he got saved, he would be much better at reaching Muslims with the Gospel than a non muslim could hope to be. Thank you for your prayers for divine appointments. God is working.
Our family just returned from a last minute camping trip into the Scottish borders. God gave us just the right weather window and time to get in some camping before school starts back up. The kids enjoyed playing in the river. "You know your kids grew up in Scotland when they play in a river with water temperatures in the 40's with weather in the mid 50's and raining. And they enjoyed doing it."
Two of the boys and myself also enjoyed some fly fishing for native brown trout. Those of you who knew me back when we were in the States know that I love to fish. Fishing has been one of the hardest culture shocks for me. I'm very thankful that God has helped us to learn fly fishing. He's also put a trout stream near our home. :)
Our church viewed a property tonight that would make a good church property.... if the building is structurally good and if God saw fit to provide the finances/ financing. I don't know that we are prepared to buy. But, we are praying and are prepared to pursue God's will at God's leading. Please pray with us about this building which is in the heart of Loanhead.
Also, God gave me two divine appointments tonight as I was out running. I stopped my run and witnessed to a young man on canabis. Please pray that God will awaken his heart. He was kind and shook my hand. He needs God's help.
The second man I witnessed to was at the end of my run. He is really thinking about spiritual things. I gave him a John and Romans. His football team practices accross from my home on Thursday night. He is going to try to stop by our midweek service on the way to his football practice. It would be really encouraging if he would come.
It was a blessing to have several visitors today. We had a woman visiting from Florida. We have another young lady with us this week from the States. We also have an older couple visiting our church for the next 6 months. Their daughters family attends our church and her parents are with them for the next six months. I'm looking forward to having an older believing couple in our services.
God gave us a good morning. I preached this morning on why it feels like the Gospel isn't working (although the Gospel has not lost it's power) and why we must continue in Gospel work. We were in Luke 12:35-50.
This is our busy Sunday as we have our assisted living facility ministry this afternoon. Thank you for praying for our day.
We're very thankful for God's grace for our HBC. We had 20 kids in total and they had a really good spirit about the week. The children did a great job listening and seemed very tender to the truth that was presented. We didn't have any unexpected kids. That means, these are all either church kids or related to someone in our church. Please pray for God's continued work in their lives.
Thanks for praying for HBC. We've had a wonderful start. Monday we had 15 children and we had 14 today. The only difference today was one child couldn't come back. So, the kids are being faithful in their attendance. The program has gone very well and God's hand has been evident.
It's fun to see our teens taking more responsabilities each year. This year they help with games, crafts, puppets and object lessons. Thank you for praying for this week. We'll keep you posted.