Reaching the Lost in Scotland

Emily Hefner

Greetings from Glasgow, Scotland!

We are praising God for the many wonderful things that have been happening here in Scotland. I am far beyond blessed to able to be a help working in His kingdom here in the UK. Since my last update many things have been happening in New Life Church here in Glasgow, and also in the church in Edinburgh. It is such a blessing to be here and see all the changes that God is doing in the lives of the people here as well as myself.

For the past three months, myself and a fellow HBC student, Jeanette Sanchez have been helping out in the church in Edinburgh, Scotland where James and Mary Beek have taken over until his parents, Bro and Sis Beek Sr. return from deputation. During this time, we have had the honor of being able to teach in Sunday School, lead in praise and worship, and even preach a few mini sermon of ten minutes time. We would go every other Sunday, and even though it wasn't that long, we grew very close to the church people as though they were our family. It was such a blessing to be a part of the church and watch as they began to grow with visitors and people who used to attend that soon came back. We always came to church not knowing what exactly would happen, but knowing that God was going to be there in the midst of us, and that was all that mattered. When helping out in the Edinburgh church, there was never a Sunday that was dull; God always moved in a mighty way, and we always left feeling refreshed and renewed in His Spirit.

We praise God for what He is doing in this church, but also ask that you would keep the Edinburgh church and the Beek's in your prayers.

In February, New Life Church here in Glasgow had their bi annual Children's Super Sunday in which us HBC students had the privilege to put together. It was a circus theme called "Under the Big Top : The Show must Go on." There was a nice big turn out with a little over 100 people in attendance, and about five of those people were visitors that came from the outreach that we had the Saturday before. Even though in these services we get a little silly, God was still there, and ministered to many children as well as the adults.
Next, we had a fundraiser for our up coming prayer trip to Budapest, Hungary in which we will be leaving this coming up Thursday, April 16th. For the fundraiser, we came up with the idea of a Southern Pentecostal Hoedown theme. So, we pulled out the guitar and the banjo, and got some good ole southern cooking going for the fundraiser. We had just over 50 people show up for a Pentecostal Hoedown, and it was a night full of good food, fun, and music. Overall, it was a success, and we thank God that we were all provided with enough money to be able to attend the prayer trip in Budapest. Our God always provides when we are in need.
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Here in the UK, Mother's Day comes a little early. So, in March, Sis Kelley Our pastor's wife and teacher asked us HBC students to put together a Ladies Tea for all of the Mothers in our church. Seeing how we are a class of all girls this year, it came as no problem for us to handle. So, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work with baking, decorating, and making sure everything was in order for all the Mothers to have a lovely Day. It turned out great with over 70 ladies in attendence, and almost half of them were visitors. We had food, music, and give-a-ways, but we also had reading of the scripture, poetry, and other things that help to remind us that our Mothers are truly a beautiful blessing from the Lord. Even though it was just a Ladies Tea, God was there and many were ministered to through the reading of the Word. God is doing great things in the lives of the ladies of our church here in Glasgow, Scotland.

Every year, here at New Life Church and Harvest Bible College, they host an Open Day which lets people who are interested in coming to Scotland to attend the Bible College to come and see the great things the they have to offer. We had a nice little turn out of 7 girls to come in, stay the night, and attend classes the next day. Since everything was ran as usual, we also had our Friday chapel service in which is always student led. We students MC, lead praise and worship, prayer, and preach. When letting the potential students know this, we also told them that it is in these services that God speaks to us, we get what we need from God, but we also grow in the ministry from the mistakes that we make here. HBC is a place to come to learn, make mistakes, and grow from them; this is where God leads those to where He wants them to go.

We pray that God will have His hand upon those who are considering Harvest Bible College as a potential school in which to attend. And, we are excited to see what He is going to do in the lives of those who will be here next year!