Just after returning from the mild Cyprus weather we were thrown into “The Beast from the East” weather which Scotland had been encountering! Things settled down a bit before I headed off with the RAWDTS team on a 17 day Scotland outreach!
We visited Edinburgh first, spending time with our friends at Wellsprings Church. We worshipped and prayed with their congregation on Friday evening, went out onto the streets of Edinburgh to do Spiritual Art for people and share the love of Jesus, and we helped with their Sunday meeting with worship, testimonies, praying for people and generally joining in! Our team was really on their game, after spending 6 weeks in Cyprus. We used shopping malls as our main place to talk to people, giving them a piece of art we had drawn or painted.
After Edinburgh we went to Dundee, and had a whirlwind 24 hours there, worshipping, praying, art and evangelism. Most of the team stated in a youth hostel, and I stayed with my mum and dad in Broughty Ferry!
We then went to see Nessie on our way through to Ullapool to catch the ferry to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. This was a “bucket list” item for lots of our team, who had never been to see Loch Ness and it was a great opportunity to tick that one off!
The ferry ride was quite pleasant, with a mild force 5 swell! We were surprised to hear that the ferries for the next 36 hours were cancelled because of the winds and waves! We stayed in an old mission house which had been renovated by a wonderful couple, Willie and Eileen. They hosted us for the days we were on Lewis, and they were lovely to get to know.
Highlights of Lewis
One stormy, but clear night we saw the northern lights! It was so windy, but the sky was crystal clear with no light pollution right up beside the lighthouse!
Spending some meals with Sandra, who took us in and fed us until we popped!
We also joined her for a couple of the services at her church in Barvas, where the revival in 1949 began.
Visiting the Carloway Broch, and Callanish Stones.
Praying and worshipping wherever we went.
One of our team getting healed of a life-long medical condition!
After 4 nights in Lewis we travelled down through Harris, North Uist to Benbecula. Our friend Sandra had put us in touch with an amazing minister and his family, and we spent a few days and nights with them, joining in with various outreach and prayer meetings.
They were very hospitable, making evening meals for us, and giving us lots of cakes and goodies too!
After spending a night on Raasay, we travelled to Skye where we connected with the Skye Bible Church. What lovely people they were! Portree is a beautiful little town, with harbour and little boats bobbing up and down. 🙂 We held an evening Burn event there, travelled around to see some of the sights, including Columba’s Isle, where St Columba started his first church on Skye, almost 1500 years ago!
Back to Paisley
Everyone was getting a bit tired by the time we left on Sunday afternoon, but not too tired to not enjoy the incredible scenery and animals Scotland had lined up for us on the way home!