A team of Maranatha members headed off to Scotland this week to work with local pastor Andrew Mathieson, a church planter with 20schemes—an organization committed to planting healthy, Gospel-centered churches in Scotland’s poorest communities.
Let’s continue praying for the Maranatha team, Pastor Andrew, 20schemes and the people of Scotland.
Here’s an update from our team.
Scroll to the end to see a 20schemes video highlighting Pastor Andrew and the work he is doing in Lochee.
Greetings from Scotland!
Praise God for bringing us here safely and timely. These past 36 hours have been long yet eye-opening. Our hosts kindly picked us up from the airport and brought us over to the city of Dundee, where we are currently staying and serving.
We are serving the community located in what are known as "schemes" in the area of Lochee. Schemes are government subsidized housing and are among the poorest communities in Scotland. Once a prominent area of the Reformation and growth of the Protestant church in the early 1500s, Scotland now reports that only around 2%-3% of their population identify themselves as evangelicals. This means that Scotland can technically be considered an unreached nation according to the definition of the Joshua project, a research initiative on global ethnic groups. Especially in the schemes, there are only a few healthy gospel-centered churches.
However, Lochee Baptist Chapel, as part of the 20schemes church initiative, is committed to reach out to the community with the Gospel of Christ. For example, after starting off our first day with a devotional on Galatians and spending most of the morning painting the church, we had snacks and played games in the church building with a group of locals, most of which struggled with drug addition and had a criminal history.
We then hosted senior citizens in the church and engaged in conversation while serving tea and desserts. After that, one of the elders hosted a break dancing session to teach and interact the local youth. During the evenings, we have been enjoying sweet fellowship with the LBC staff with dinner, time to debrief, and gospel-centered teaching.
Even though it has only been one day, it has been tremendously encouraging to partner with such kingdom-minded brothers and sisters at LBC who take every opportunity to engage and bless the the community around them with the love and grace of God. Tomorrow, we will be reaching out to the parents of the community by hosting an all-morning event for toddlers. After that, we will continue our work in painting the church, as well as reaching out to the community by handing out and posting flyers on public spaces to promote the activities and vision of the church.
Thank you all for partnering with us in prayer! Please continuing to pray for safety, health, and most importantly, for God to be glorified through us.
The Scotland Team