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Reaching Scotland with the Gospel
United Kingdom, Western Europe
Approx: May or Jun 2018
Lasts between 3 weeks to 2 months
Art, Drama, Music & Puppets
Bible Studies & Small Groups, Evangelism: Friendship & Lifestyle, VBS/Bible Clubs, and Vision Building/Experience
Total : $1,800 - $2,000 (US)
Includes: Lodging and Meals
Take the gospel into schools, make connections on the streets, knock on doors and put gospel literature into the hands of the community members. Help proclaim Christ this summer!Inquire About The Trip
What the Mission Trip Will Be Like
RP Missions is looking for individuals who have a knowledge and love of God's Word and an understanding Reformed Theology to come alongside these five Reformed congregations across all of Scotland (Isle of Lewis, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stranraer, and Airdrie). Special preference is given to men and women who are members in good standing in member denominations of the International Council for Reformed Churches (ICRC) or member denominations of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Churches (NAPARC). Exceptions may be made for applicants coming from denominations outside of those member churches based on the strengths of their application and references.
As our aim is to come alongside our host congregations, this will help to assure that we teach and evangelize in such a way that we will compliment their efforts.
Thank you so much for inquiring about our upcoming mission trip to Scotland. RP Missions began by sending teams to work with two lovely congregations in Airdrie & Wishaw, Scotland in 1997. At that time, the churches were very small and very concerned of its future. The pastor, Rev. Andrew Quigley, had only recently been installed as pastor in Airdrie and he and the Session saw lots of opportunities that could open up for the congregation by having a mission team come and labor alongside the saints as they would seek to reach out to their community with the gospel of Jesus Christ and extend invitation to their neighbors to come and find direction and comfort in the Word of God.
Over the years we have seen the Lord richly bless the churches in Scotland and He has been pleased to see members and congregations added. In addition, God has been pleased to see their young people remain in the church and become active in the church. Today there are now five congregations that are ministering across Scotland and this mission team will have opportunity to get acquainted with each of them. A special blessing to RP Missions has been that we are now seeing the young people of these Scottish congregations signing up to participate on RP Mission trips (some have said that they view it as an opportunity to give back to other churches that have sent their own young people to evangelize and mentor in Scotland, as well as an opportunity to grow in their appreciation in the great size of Christ's Church worldwide.)
A typical team to Scotland will undertake several duties. First, the local churches will arrange for the team to make presentations in several public and parochial schools in the area. This is one of the last vestiges of some of John Knox's reforms (that every school still has mandatory Religious Education that yields entry for churches into the school systems). There the team will clearly present the gospel, extend invitation to the kids and the teachers to come be part of the local church through its worship services and various studies and groups. This has proven a very effective way of becoming known in the broader community and has also yielded a great appreciation by the parents of these kids that the church's interest in its community has not been shown to be fleeting or shallow, but the church has been faithful in continuing to reach out and demonstrate how God's Word addresses the common concerns of those in the community.
Next the team will help with the weekly kids program at the church that is attended by the children of members and unchurched community kids. As with most ministry undertakings, it takes time and determination and most importantly the only increases to be seen are those that are carried out by the Holy Spirit, but over the years it has been great for the mission teams to see how God is at work in these young ones and I believe it has also helped to dispel the "McMissions" mindset that many of us may have that leads us to think that a missionary effort is a failure if it doesn't yield a public profession of faith in 3 minutes or less. God has not called us to be effective, He has called us to be faithful and to wait upon Him to bring the increase. And as we labor as He has commanded (proclaiming the gospel and sharing the hope of Christ that is in us, better utilizing the institution which Christ established, the Church, and as we labor to disciple the nations to obey all that He has commanded) we will watch in awe as He is pleased to see His name become known throughout the His creation.
The team will also have opportunity to learn more about the history of Christ's Church in Scotland. For about a week, the team will travel across Scotland and study the history of the first and second reformation in Scotland and more importantly time will be spent examining what is the lasting value of the lessons of the Reformation. We don't study history to worship those who died or made great sacrifice, rather, we study history that we might better appreciate what God was doing to build His church and to understand the lasting value of those lessons as we seek to honor Him in the 21st century. The team will travel to places like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, St. Andrews, Wigtown, etc.
Another strength of this trip is the way that a four to five week mission allows the team to be intentional in the establishing of lasting relationships with the host congregations. You will participate in midweek studies, prayer groups, worship, outreach efforts, and be in the homes of many members. You will get to hear the testimonies of those God has called into the church and be reminded of the power of the gospel to save. You will have time to foster relationships with those that God puts across your path as you are doing outreach so that you might witness the Spirit's work in the hearts of those hearing the gospel and you will grow in your appreciation with the ups and downs of ministry that your pastor regularly experiences. It is our hope that you will also grow in your understanding of ways that you might aid your local church in its service to Christ and that you will return from Scotland with a lasting enthusiasm for seeing Christ glorified in your local community.
This trip tends to fill up quickly and we are limited to filling 10 positions each summer. If you would like to speak more about this trip and some of the details concerning the trip, I would be happy to give you a call at the number you listed below, or you can feel free to call me at (724)384-8327 office or (412)901-3553 cell or email me at [email protected] . RP Missions has many other trips that are needing participants in 2018 so if you'd like to see and learn more about other opportunities around the world and here in N. America, you can visit us at www.rpmissions.org .
Thank you again for your time and if you are eager to serve Christ through short-term missions and eager to aid a congregation that has real needs, please pray and apply.
Relation of Opportunity to National Church and/or Long-term Goals
In our years of sending teams to Airdrie, one of the greatest blessings has been working alongside Pastor Quigley and seeing how his vision for ministry is being implemented in Scotland. Expect this trip to stretch and challenge you for missions and you WILL NOT come away unaffected and uninspired. In eleven years of seeing teams go out, we have witnessed the powerful ways that God is building His church in Scotland and the fruit of many years of discipleship in those in the church.
Participant Information, Recommendations, Requirements
Eligible to Go
Individuals and Groups [max size 10]
Some college education preferred but not required.
All opportunities with RP Missions are open to young people from all denominations. Our mission efforts are carried out from an historic reformed and Biblical perspective.
Mission Trip Offered By RP Missions
RP Missions seeks to provide opportunities for God's people to serve Christ through short-term efforts partnering with established congregations and mission stations. Our primary tasks are to Serve Christ and His Church, Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and Disciple the Nations. Our trips are primarily aimed at young people (Sr. High through College) but do consider groups who would like to get acquainted with missionary service. We desire to see Christian men and women grow in their confidence to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to grow in service to Christ and His Church. You will enjoy working alongside pastors, elders, deacons, missionaries and other church workers that can inspire you with their vision and aid you in discovering the tools that God has been pleased to give you through regular study of His Word and the investment of your parents and local church. If you have an overwhelming desire to serve Christ, to reach the "lost" with the good news of Jesus Christ, and if you are eager to get to know brothers and sisters in Christ from across His kingdom, we hope you will consider applying for an RP Missions trip! Our mission efforts are open to young people from the United States and Canada.
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Mission Trip Details
- United Kingdom
- Western Europe
- Airdrie, Scotland. Just outside of Glasgow.
- Start date
- Approx: May or Jun 2018
- 3 weeks to 2 months
Demographics of People Being Ministered To
- children, teens, and adults
- People Group(s)
- Among the youth, there is minimal understanding of the gospel. Some of the adults we will be working with have some knowledge of reformed theology while others are unchurched.
- Funds needed
- Total : $1,800 - $2,000 (US)
- Included in Cost
- Lodging and Meals
- Team members are responsible to arrange international travel into Glasgow International Airport (GLA), secure their passports, and fund-raising costs. Funds raised will be used to cover housing, food, ministry materials, Reformation tour, and the $400 Tier 5 Volunteer Charitable Worker visa.
Training and Debriefing
- Pre-field Training
- Post-field Debrief
- RP Missions provides online weekly training for mission participants in the months leading up to the departure for the field. Training will involve spiritual preparation, exploring the host culture, the history of the Church in Scotland and get familiar with current events in that area of Christ's kingdom.
- How to apply
- Send an inquiry for details on the application process for this mission trip.
- Application Deadline
- March 1, 2018
- This trip will cease to accept applications after March 1, 2018 so that we can ensure enough time for fundraising and time enough for you to procure flights for the trip. If you are interested in serving Christ in this corner of His kingdom, please apply today!