Hannah Baker, one of the youth's of Morris Community Church, had an opportunity to be "sent" to Scotland in the summer of 2002. She took this opportunity when a Royal Servants (a short-term missions organization) representative visited Mainstream (a community youth get-together on the 3rd Monday of every month at the J.A. Haavig Center) one Monday during the Spring (month?) of 2002.
God taught her to be faithful and to persevere right up to her last week prior to her trip as He blessed her with some "last minute" funds to be financially supported to be "sent". Hannah has an amazing testimony on how God provided the "last minute" in order for her to go on this trip!
first of all, mom & dad, sorry for not having a personal email to you - if i get time after writing this i'll send one out. also, sorry for the lack of
capitals... it's alot faster. i paid a pound (�) for 52 minutes, but don't know how long the rest of my d-group is going to be. that said... i'm in scotland! we're living in a baptist church in drumchapel, which is a suburb of glasgow. if you want my address, talk to my mom, and mail QUICKLY, since mail can take up to 2 weeks to get here. so far most of our free time has been spent playing with the kids in the area. today is our trip out to shop, check email, etc. i had my first experience with fish & chips about 45 minutes ago, which was cool. very greasy, which usually doesn't bother me, but royal servants food is a little different from home! (not that mom's food is greasy, either, but i haven't seen any of it for a very long time!
i love our team. we have a total of 12 staff, including senior staff, and 14 students. combined that gives us 6 guys and 20 girls, which keeps things interesting. mom may have said that, due to the shortage of students/surplus of staff, that 3 other girls (staff)and i form an 'encouragement group' whose main purpose is to encourage the rest of the team. this is a lot of fun, but we haven't gotten to much accomplished yet... i've ended up struggling a bit with some things (mainly wrestling with God, which isn't fun... don't try it), and so have had a hard time concentrating on building up the rest of the team. things are getting better now, though, so i' looking forward to the rest of our time. only less than 3 weeks left - i'm trying not to think about it. as much as i miss everyone, the thought of saying goodbye to my family here is heartbreaking. oh, yeah... my d-group. all of us on the e-group except Sarah, who leads it, are also somewhat of a co-leader in a discpleship group. our groups main leader is Laura McVeity, and the girls are Laura Grove, Amy Wallenhopt, and Amber Saunders.
along that note, please, pray for me!! this week we're going to be starting more outreach type ministry - street programs, servant evangelism, coffee bars, etc. next week, tuesday-friday we'll be doing a VBS, which we'll need a lot of prayer for... these kids have had next to no discipline, and have atrocious language. there are literally TONS of kids... at one point the other day i did a quick head count, and there were 16 kids, mainly ages 3-13, hanging out in the church yard. they come and go constantly, and when we're busy inside they bang on the door. they always beg for 'go-carries' (piggy back rides) and 'swings' (grabbing thier hands and spinning in circles). some of the other people on the team are having a hard time, because they don't neccessarily enjoy being around kids, at least not everytime they step outside. i personally love it, but can understand how it gets draining.
what else do i want to share.... many thanks to jodi, lee marie, & johanna-i got your letters, loved them, and am hoping to get postcards off soon... as soon as i find & buy them. hopefully today! we get our first mail since arriving in Scotland tonight, and we were all eyeing the many packages in the pile before leaving for glasgow. are there any for me? ;)
feel free to respond & email me, can't promise I'll get a chance to respond though. we're hoping to find out if the library in drumchapel has internet connections, and if they'll charge us, so hopefully i'll get a opportunity again sometime. Peter has email, but doesn't want us getting into our own on his computer, so i might be able to email home from his account, but didn't write other people's address down, so don't expect to hear from me that way.
next monday we're going into Edinbourgh - assuming all the girls in my dgroup get their verses memorized, that is! thankfully everybody got them all for today. a couple of the kids have a hard time with it. another area to pray for me about... as staff, we don't get tested on memorizing the stuff, but are still expected to know it. memorizing usually isn't to big of a problem for me, but i'm having a hard time being motivated and remembering everything. :(
well, i think i'm going to wind this up. love you all, can't wait to see you (well, those in my area, at least) when i get home. congratualations again, Troy & Najla & Jessica & Chris - i thought of you on your days! David & Jenn, happy anniversary next week! (right? 21?) Lee Marie, i saw the church annoucement (yes, i can check my info-link account), glad that you're new 'position' is official and public now! hope you're enjoying it!
Below is an e-mail report when she arrived from Scotland (8/7/02):
I'm home! I'm planning on sending out a more complete report of what my summer was like, (after I have time to figure it all out!) but wanted to let everyone know I made it home safely. While it's very, very good
to be home, and I missed my parents & siblings so much, I still feel homesick - this time for my Scotland family! I feel like I have approx.
20 sisters & 5 more brothers, and I just said goodbye to them, not
knowing if I'll ever see them again. Well, I know I'll see them - it just
may be 40+ years, after we're in Heaven!
Anyway, so I made it home, and had one of the best summers of my
life. I fully heartedly recommend it, and there are several of you that
I'm planning on doing my utmost best to persuade you to go next summer -
or at least the year after!
As far as what happened overseas goes, while we were there over 20
people accepted Christ to sit on the throne of their lives. There are
some awesome stories about some of them!! Our days were spent playing
with children, building relationships at the park, doing programs,
servant evangelism, and work projects. The Scottish people are awesome -
they kept inviting us into their homes to take showers, which often
included a meal. We as a team were blessed over & over by their
We also had some great culture & fun days! I'm in much better shape
than I left in - hiking around Glasgow, Edinbourgh, Oban, & London for
hours on end with a backpack on is a blast =).
We were well trained on certain things - #1, you ALWAYS have your
passport holder on you. I took it off last night & resisted the
temptation to put it on this morning - first day in 6 weeks! my waist
feels very empty... rather scary..
.#2, you NEVER leave the church without your daybag (backpack). This
always contains certain neccessary items, including your Bible, notebook,
journal, dishes, rain gear, TP & a change of clothes. My parents very
unreasonably made me leave it in the car when we stopped at Perkins on
the home from the airport - I felt very incomplete.
#3, you ALWAYS are in a group of at least 3, including a staff or a guy.
Since I was staff, this wasn't a problem. Being away from my team - my
'family' - and not having 2 other people with me constantly is a little
Anyway, I said I'd save the complete report for later! Can't wait to see
those of you who live close... hopefully soon!!
thanks for your prayers & support!! God did awesome things!!
E-Mail Fwd: What goes around comes around...
from Pon (4/07)
"His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while
trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming
a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.
There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming
struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could
have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse
surroundings An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced
himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.
"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."
"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied
waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the
of the family hovel.
"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my
son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt
to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did.
Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time,
from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become
known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the
discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was
stricken with pneumonia.
What saved his life this time? Penicillin.
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name?
Sir Winston Churchill.
" Official trailer for cinemas! " Braveheart Freedom Speech, from youtube.com " One of the most famous speeches in movie history. It was preformed by Mel Gibson playing William Wallace"
Related Sites: BRAVEHEART @ MacBraveHeart ~ Keeping alive the spirit of Braveheart Wikipedia "1995) is a historical, although largely fictional, action-drama movie produced and directed by Mel Gibson, who also starred in the title role. Written for screen and then novelized by Randall Wallace. Gibson portrays a legendary Scot, William Wallace, who gained recognition when he came to the forefront of the First War of Scottish Independence by opposing Edward I of England (portrayed by Patrick McGoohan) and subsequently abetted by Edward's daughter-in-law Princess Isabelle (played by Sophie Marceau) and a claimant to the Scottish throne, Robert the Bruce (played by Angus Macfadyen)."
-facts " The scene where we first see Rowan at the cliff opening was filmed at St Ninian's Cave. The cave is a sacred monument among christians who believe that Ninian spent the night there when he arrived in Scotland to bring christianity to the Scots. It is now place of holy pilgrimage.
It is surprisingly common for fans of The Wicker Man to make regular pilgrimages to its filming locations"
"Many authorities also believe that burning the wicker man was once connected with actual human sacrifice (as the garish but interesting film by that title suggests). The origin of this theory is almost certainly Caesar's account of the druids in his Gallic Wars. There he describes a ritual in which large, compartmentalized wicker effigies were filled with grains, small animals, and even human slaves, before being burned as sacrifices. Although no other ancient author confirms this account, some authorities believe that the prevalence of effigy burning, together with evidence of human sacrifice in at least some groups, implies that effigies are a later substitution for earlier, more literal, practices. Whatever the prehistoric truth may be, human sacrifice is no more implied in today's wicker man burnings than it is in the ritual consumption of Christ's body and blood in the mass. Both actions are symbolic of deep processes of transformation; both actions use the cycles of life-death-rebirth to represent them. Today, the woven figure may represent many things, as it always has; it may represent winter's grandmother (Swabia), the spirit of the grain, or death itself (Silesia). But in every case, fire sacrifice involves releasing what is past, transforming energies in the present, and invoking a new future."
"While the original film was set in Scotland, the remake takes place in the USA, on a small island off the coast of Washington (though filming actually took place in Canada). Instead of a Neil Howie, Scottish police sergeant, the protagonist is Edward Malus, an American officer with a fictional version of the California Highway Patrol. Unlike Howie, Malus has no jurisdiction on the island he visits, and is searching for Rowen in a personal capacity."
The Wicker Man Trailer
"A trailer for teh remake of the Wicker Man "
*saw this movie with my sister and her boyfriend around 2006
*I was first told of this story last weekend (Saturday, December 6th of 2008) during a Men's Retreat.
*see GoodnewsEverybody: Prayer "Following the trauma of World War II, spiritual life was at a low ebb in the Scottish Hebrides. By 1949 Peggy and Christine Smith (84 and 82) had prayed constantly for revival in their cottage near Barvas village on the Isle of Lewis, the largest of the Hebrides Islands in the bleak north west of Scotland. God showed Peggy in a dream that revival was coming. Months later, early one winter's morning as the sisters were praying, God give them an unshakeable conviction that revival was near.
Peggy asked her minister James Murray Mackay to call the church leaders to prayer. Three nights a week the leaders prayed together for months. One night, having begun to pray at 10 p.m., a young deacon from the Free Church read Psalm 24 and challenged everyone to be clean before God. As they waited on God his awesome presence swept over them in the barn at 4 a.m.
Mackay invited Duncan Campbell to come and lead meetings. Within two weeks he came. God had intervened and changed Duncan's plans and commitments. At the close of his first meeting in the Presbyterian church in Barvas the travel weary preacher was invited to join an all night prayer meeting! Thirty people gathered for prayer in a nearby cottage. Duncan Campbell described it:
'God was beginning to move, the heavens were opening, we were there on our faces before God. Three o'clock in the morning came, and GOD SWEPT IN. About a dozen men and women lay prostrate on the floor, speechless. Something had happened; we knew that the forces of darkness were going to be driven back, and men were going to be delivered. We left the cottage at 3 am to discover men and women seeking God. I walked along a country road, and found three men on their faces, crying to God for mercy. There was a light in every home, no one seemed to think of sleep (Whittaker 1984:159).
When Duncan and his friends arrived at the church that morning it was already crowded. People had gathered from all over the island, some coming in buses and vans. No one discovered who told them to come. God led them. Large numbers were converted as God's Spirit convicted multitudes of sin, many lying prostrate, many weeping. After that amazing day in the church, Duncan pronounced the benediction, but then a young man began to pray aloud. He prayed for 45 minutes. Again the church filled with people repenting and the service continued till 4 am the next morning before Duncan could pronounce the benediction again.
'Even then he was unable to go home to bed. As he was leaving the church a messenger told him, "Mr. Campbell, people are gathered at the police station, from the other end of the parish; they are in great spiritual distress. Can anyone here come along and pray with them?"
Campbell went and what a sight met him. Under the still starlit sky he found men and women on the road, others by the side of a cottage, and some behind a peat stack all crying to God for mercy. The revival had come.
'That went on for five weeks with services from early morning until late at night or into the early hours of the morning. Then it spread to the neighbouring parishes. What had happened
in Barvas was repeated over and over again. Duncan Campbell said that a feature of the revival was the overwhelming sense of the presence of God. His sacred presence was everywhere' (Whittaker 1984:160).
That move of God in answer to prevailing prayer continued in the area into the fifties and peaked again on the previously resistant island of North Uist in 1957. Meetings were again crowded and night after night people cried out to God for salvation."
Evan Roberts, Duncan Campbell, John Wesley, Revivals
"Great Christian Revivals is the story of the Welsh Revival, the Hebridean Revival and the Evangelical Revival.
The primary people God used was Evan Roberts, Duncan Campbell, John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield.
Great Christian Revivals was filmed on location in England, Scotland and Wales. The Documentary is 72 minutes long.
www.byfaith.org" The Bright and Shining Revival
by Kathie Walters (from healoneministries.org) "The Hebrides Islands are a small group of islands off the West coast of Scotland. In 1949 -1952, God poured out His Spirit in response to a handful of praying men and women. It doesn’t take multitudes to move the hand of God - but those who were determined to "push through the crowd" and touch the hem of His garment....
Supernatural Manifestations of God "...Even the most hardened sinners and notorious characters of the district have literally been found lying helpless by the roadside, stricken with conviction as in the great Welsh revival of 1904. Another remarkable feature was the persistent nature of the Spirit in following men and women until decisions were made. CALL TO OBEDIENCE -REVIVAL STORIES
What God Can Do!
By Pastor Reimar Schultze (from schultze.org)
“A revival is a community saturated with God.” —Duncan Campbell "..“Dr. Campbell Morgan, after witnessing the scenes of revival in Wales, returned to Westminster Chapel in London and declared, ‘Here is revival that comes from heaven; there is no preaching, no order, no hymn-books, no choirs, no organs, no collections and finally no advertising! Now think of that for a moment! There were organs—but they were silent. There were ministers—but there was no preaching—they were among the people praising God! Yet the Welsh revival is a revival of preaching, for everybody is preaching. No order and yet it moves from day to day, county to county with matchless precision, with the order of an attacking force. No song-books, but, ah me, I nearly wept over the singing! When the Welsh sing they abandon themselves to the singing. No choir did I say? It was all choir..."
"..I returned for some powerful rallies in Scotland in1972. Many thousands of people attended the meetings and thousands of commitments were made to Jesus. It was a time of a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It was truly a historic time.
During this great movement of God I spoke in the following places in Scotland:
A Jesus march through Glasgow and preached to several thousand people. Preached at Queens Park at a festival.
Preached at Calvin Hall.
Preached at St. George's Tran Church.
Preached at Green's Playhouse for a rally and at Tent Hall.
I also preached at a pastors' conference and at Glasgow Tech Collage.
I spoke at the big prison outside Glasgow and at the huge Adelaide Baptist Church.
I also preached at large meetings in Edinburgh, Dunferline, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling and other cities.
What a glorious times I had carrying the cross and preaching in Scotland.
I will add one more thing. My grandfather on my mother's side was a Campbell. So I have some Scottish blood in me!
I returned to Scotland in 1977 to preach meetings and again in 1984...
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Movies: The Passion, Crucification, Easter, Resurrection, etc..