Notes from Scotland

Paula R. Nilsen


1. I arrived in the UK in August.

2. Scotland is beautiful. The people are kind.

3. The staff and students at Harvest Bible College are wonderful. I am making friends for life.

4. We have had some amazing guest teachers. I sit in on their classes as time will permit. Thus far, we've had visiting instructors from Maine, Florida, Wisconsin, and instructors from the UK as well.

5. This is a great place for me.


1. The kitchen could sure use a Kitchen Aid Mixer. This would make my job easier.

2. Cookware for the kitchen.

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Stirling Castle, Scotland

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Cook: what I mostly do

Street evangelism in Belfast

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Let me tell you who Jesus is...

About me

First off, I am a mother of two young men. Simeon, 21, and Austen, 19. Simeon, a pilot, gave me my first daughter in July of 2014. I'm thrilled to have another female in the family. Austen is my "mini me" and the musician in the family. I miss jamming with him.

In August of 2014, I began feeling a call to work abroad. Scotland had a position available so I readily accepted.

Other interesting facts:

  • I have my Associates in Arts degree and I am working on a BA in Professional Communication with a minor in Psychology. I'm taking six credits from a college in North Dakota while I'm living in Scotland.
  • When I was 10 years old, I went to Norwegian school. Within three months, I was fluent in Norwegian.
  • I speak Swedish to my sister every chance I get. (I moved to Sweden when I was 13.)
  • I love to read biographies, travel literature, and memoirs. Nonfiction, please! What I'm reading now: Rising Strong by Brené Brown and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
  • Before I came to the UK, I preferred coffee, now, tea is my beverage of choice.
  • When I am not working at the college, or studying, I'm sightseeing. There is so much to see here. I recently enjoyed seeing Rembrandt's, A Man In Armour (1655), painting at the Kelvingrove Art museum in Glasgow.