Thursday, 30 December 2010

Base Camp

Today I began to think about the "Base Camp." Braes Community Church will be a "Base Camp" in the community, serving the community. It will be a place where those who are on a journey up the mountain can receive the provisions they require for their journey, and those who may be coming down the mountain might find rest and refreshing.

Base Camp will gear you up for the adventure that God has planned for your life, so that  you may have the ultimate summit experience in your service for God.



Wednesday, 29 December 2010

2011 Establishing "Base Camp"

2010 draws to a close and its time to reflect on the year gone, but where to begin. There have been so many highlights in 2010, none more-so than celebrating 25 years of marriage to my wonderful wife Jennifer... God graciously blessed us in the gift from a friend that enabled us to visit Tunisia in August. I also had the opportunity to spend 10 days with a fantastic group of young people from Griffith Indiana led by Pastor Brandon Matthews and his team, what an awesome experience and God was just amazing in our devotional times. He certainly challenged me in all areas of my walk with him. it was during this mission trip that God began to establish a Youth Project (Braes Community Young Peoples Project). 2011 will see us begin the process to plant Braes Community Church and The Storehouse, all in all it will be a very busy year. God willing ! Thank you to all who have supported us in 2010 financially, spiritually in prayer and by just loving us as friends. I know I have made mistakes as I have sought to walk by faith, but these have enabled me to learn valuable lessons in humility. At the end of 2009 I began the walk out of the valley  and up the mountain and at the end of 2011, I will continue to climb and establish "Base Camp" from which we will strike out for the summit.

Serving God, Serving Others

Bill

Friday, 30 July 2010

Faithfulness

We held the first meeting of Braes Community Young Peoples Project last night at our home, trusting that God would bring those he wanted to establish a committee with. I had a number of apologies 10 in total, and was unsure just how many people would be here. I was praying for 3 people at least, to fulfil the roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasure. God faithful as ever brought 5 people to the meeting. Not only did we fill the three main roles, but that of Director of Youth Work and Youth Chairperson. Once the committee was established the work of agreeing the constitution and applying for charity status was completed. Finally our application for a bank account. (We will need somewhere for our supporters of the project to put some money in) LOL.

God has been faithful throughout the inception stage of this work, and although I am nervous about where this is all going to lead, I would not want to be anywhere or doing anything else. Walking On The Water is the most amazing experience in the world, where water wings and flotation aids should be made compulsory....If I were to have risk assessed this walk of faith before I got out the boat the HSE would have shut me down... Thankfully, just as there is no credit crunch in heaven, there is no HSE either.

Thank you for all the prayer support and encouragement, now the next phase of Faithfulness begins.. Jesus said "how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him" Matthew writes.  This is perhaps the most important lesson I have learned over the past 12 months. Faithfulness is all about asking the Father. It is so easy to ask others for help, and volunteers we will need. However, as I have experienced, when I ask people, they give what they can, time money etc, but it has always been just enough. However, when I ask the Father, I have people offer me money, time, etc and there is always abundant blessings which is more than enough.

Thank You Father

Monday, 26 July 2010

God is Moving, His Spirit is Moving!!!

It is almost a week since the mission team from Indiana returned home, and the hole they have left still remains. God blessed us abundantly over the 10 days they were here and we experienced amazing things together, that have changed and shaped our lives forever. I begin this blog by praising God for allowing me the privileged of getting to know the most wonderful group of teens and their leaders I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

We were met by many challenges as we "Walked On The Water" our focus was not on the situation around us, but on Christ to sustain and supply for all our needs. We were blessed by those who fed us, those who helped deliver leaflets, those who prayed for and encouraged us. God even provided "Mountain Dew" a drink not available in the UK, but the only shop in Scotland was in the Braes, and they only took delivery two days before our teens arrived. Needless to say we bought the lot. Day one saw a young guy who was sitting on the pavement at the side of the road, encounter our prayer walkers. This young guy was so taken by the gospel message he went and got a friend to hear what was being said, both committed their hearts to Christ. The following day he brought another friend to hear about Christ, and he committed is life to Christ also. I said to Brandon, I thinks we have another Andrew here, funnily enough that was his name. Just like his namesake Andrew in the scriptures, who kept bringing people to hear Jesus, this young boy was doing the same.

On the Sunday evening some 26 people came to the launch meeting and a committee was established, and Braes Community Young Peoples Project was under-way.   I have since had a number of emails from people who were unable to attend and several phone calls, bringing the total number of people committed to establishing the project to 40. Our first meeting will be on the 29th of July. BCYPP will commence at the beginning of September once the schools return for their summer holidays.

"God is moving, His Spirit is moving, and He is not finished with you yet"
Bluetree- River

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Brae's Community Young Peoples Project (update 3)

Final update from the leaders of our American mission team

Pastor Brandon Matthews-

It's been an incredible experience!  To watch God move the way He has been here and to be a part of it happening has truly revolutionized my faith.  God is always faithful, He always provides, always sustains, always hears, and always is at work.  There have been far too many "coincidental" events during our trip for anyone to dismiss God's handiwork.  While this trip has also had it's unique challenges and difficulties, God remains sovereign and His will is always accomplished!  Falkirk Baptist have been far more than the hosts we could have ever expected them to be and they have truly blessed us with their hospitality.  Bill, also, has been a huge encouragement to everyone in our group.  His energy, deep faith, passion, and personal level of concern have been both inspirational and challenging!  I greatly look forward to attempting to return the favour next summer!
     Thank you Lord for allowing us this incredible opportunity, thank you for your enduring mercies to us, thank you for so perfectly aligning the details and logistics for this trip, thank you for your love, patience, and blessings to us, an undeserving group, and thank you for your watch care over us!  Thank you to all who contributed to our work this week in some way - providing meals, funds, activities, transportation, sleeping bags, church home, the youth club to serve at, etc., etc., etc..  THANK YOU!


Kelly Miller

Wow what a week!!  We have seen God's present among us all week while we have walked and have had the opportunity to talk with a few people.  Preparing for this trip for my family has been a huge miracle in itself but we remained faithful and so has He, that hasn't changed at all while we are here serving.  While being here to be a leader and be there for the teens it also challenges your faith, and to have the days that you yourself can humble yourself before Him and feel his presence it just something that I can take away and know that I have given my all before him and pray that in all that I have done will bring Glory to Him!!  It has been a huge blessing to me and be able to help start the work that is going on here in Scotland.  Thank you to all who have helped in  many different areas throughout our stay here, you have been a huge help and blessing to us.  Thank you Lord for bring Bill into our lives, he truly is a man of God who walks with so much faith that just rubs off on you. God Bless You !!


Missy Matthews

Wow what an experience! It's been an incredible experience to be apart of what God is doing here in Scotland. We have been able to go and visit "The Rock" which is similar to what God has layed on Bills heart to start here in the community that he lives in. We have been able to prayer walk up and down the streets while Bill has distributed the fliers in the community. We have seen a few people accept Christ and that is awesome but more than that we have been able to plant a seed that God will continue to grow through the work of Bill. While being here has had its challenges, God has been there and shown me that he is always there right beside me. Thank you to all who have been praying for us and have given their support.


Chris Miller

First of all I have to Praise the Lord for allowing me to be here on this trip to Scotland.  To be able to experience miracle after miracle leading up to the trip has been a huge blessing to me and my family. To be apart of what God has planned for Bill and this project here in Scotland is incredible. We have prayer walked he streets for the people in the area where this outreach project will take place, and have seen a few lead to Christ.  What more can you say to that then Praise the Lord!!  While this trip has had it's challenges God has watched over and protected us every step of the way for this group. 

Glenn Kilbourne


Thank you Jesus for this great opportunity to serve you.  This has been a great trip and of course there is always something trying to stop us from doing God's work.  God has shown his presence every time there was a problem, like keeping the weather from hindering the work that needed to be done.  This trip has helped my faith grow stronger.  Bill has been a blessing to me, to meet a man so deep in his faith that it makes me go deeper in my faith.  This year has been difficult and very busy and trying to get ready for this trip, but God provided the words to say during those Divine appointments and the strength to walk those hills in Scotland.  It's a blessing to see a teen come to Christ, and watching the group work has a team presenting the gospel this teen.  Also, we were able to talk to people while we were on our prayer walks, and we met some very friendly people in the villages.  I will never forget this trip, the people, and the landscape of Scotland.  My prayer is that I will see God's work through Bill and this group will bring a revival in the teens of the area. God bless. Cheers


Praise God for all those who have come and ministered on the name of the Lord.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Brae's Community Young Peoples Project (update 2)

Continued from yesterday, the experiences of the YP and Leader from First Baptist Griffiths Indiana.

Emily Klocek

So far this past week i have learned quite a few things. I've learned that you can NEVER expect things to stay according to plan, because sometimes God has a different direction for you to go so you need to stay flexible and have an open mind. Secondly, I've learned that God is ALWAYS there for you, when your sad,happy,moody,depressed etc. you can always count on him to be that person you need to talk to, and he'll ALWAYS do something about it in one way or another. .I have also learned that I do not do HALF as much as i should in my own Country as i should. It's sad to me that Christians all around the world say one thing and do the complete opposite. We need to change that. I heard a story this week about people who live in a village in the forest and that the two things that stuck out most about America to them was  that paint on the streets keep's people from running into each-other, and that they were shocked that Christians in America aren't standing on the streets YELLING God's word out for everyone to hear, because we have the freedom to do so. that really spoke to me because i see that as well, in my own life too! But now i know that need's to change and i will do my best to make that happen. Nobody's perfect, But we should all make an effort to be. .
Mac Zambrano

Scotland trip 2010 

This week has been a very exiting and knowledgeable trip.So far I have made some new friends.People on there first mission trip and people I've never really talked to before. The friends I did have before the trip i feel like i know them a little better.Living with them for a little over a week know you can see how they really are when there at home, and how they react to this big group of people and situations. Bill is the one leading us on this trip for the most part. He is an amazing man for God. He really does walk by faith and loves God.So far we've been trying to get this project started talking to people about it since we couldn't hand out flyers.Its a place that keeps kids off the streets and puts them in a place where they can just hang out.This week has been crazy in many ways I'm trying to reach my goals I set out for. I want to be able to encourage my friends be able to lift them up at all times and show God's love that was my main goal.So I am praying for that ad well just going with the flow helps a lot with this kinda stuff because if you never know where God needs you and when but we always know He will bring us through

Travis Frank

This trip has had a lot of fun times. I have met some new people, got some stories to tell. The most important thing that I have learned on this trip is how much God really love me. On this trip I saw the little things in life that I just look over at home but here I have seen the love he has for me. Also I have talked to some kids and seen how happy they were to talk about Jesus and how open they were. Which got me to think " If the people in America are this happy about the word why aren't we on every street corner yelling the love of God to everyone?". So this trip has opened my eyes to the true love of God it has changed they way my life will be lived. I will go home and talk to my friends and make sure they know and understand the love of God. On this trip I though I knew from the songs in Sunday school but I don't know but I will learn.

Kaitlyn Herron

When I first found out we were going to Scotland for this years mission trip I was so excited, and then the closer it got to actually leaving for it, the more and more nervous I became. Now that I'm actually here, I realize there was nothing to be nervous about, and I hear people say this is all the time. If God didn't have a plan for us here, then he wouldn't have sent us. We first planned on passing out flyers for Bill's youth center and witnessing to the people in Scotland. We ended up not being able to pass out flyers, so we mostly prayer walked and a few kids had a chance to witness to people. One of the moments that stuck out to me most on this trip, was during the Sunday morning service at Falkirk Baptist Church. At the beginning of the service we began singing and worshipping. I thought it was so awesome that even though we travelled all the way across sea's to Scotland, we were all standing there worshipping and singing to the same God. Throughout this week, I have tried new food, gained some new friends, and also made some great memories that I will never forget.  Mission trip 2010, to Scotland has been a blast! :)

Keenan Asche

If you look at what God has done. It is amazing! The sights  and the sounds. The most important the love God has showed us. This may only have been my second year on a missions trip, but this one was the best. There is still a lot to do for God out there. I find it a little funny how Christians always complain how God does not get enough accountability in our lives, but yet we do not want to go out and show the love that he shows us. As my youth pastor said '' we want to be Godly people but yet we want to have heavenly treasures. I think what I am trying to say is that we want to show him love like he shows toward us like being in Scotland , but we do want to hold on to treasures on this earth.

Daniel Schoonmaker

I was born into a Christians family, i was saved as a young kid but i never had a great  relationship with Christ until my first mission  trip every time i'm whit these guys my relationship whit Christ just got stronger what ever Satan hits me with my best friend Jesus helps me threw it any and every way possible, if you don't know my god then you should get to know him be cues he will blows your mind what hi has for you, just read the bible it sees all these amazing true story for example king David before he was king he played an flute For the king, just imagine what he can do for you just imagine what he could do for you! and all you you have to do is have faith i did and im in scotland and im not regreting Pastor Brandon starting to say live it out, so others can see, then they will want that and then they will get then they will live it out and i am living it out.

Joseph Sheeha


My family has been going to church my entire life, so some people tell me I am a church boy but the truth is I am and I am proud of it. I have gone to about four different churches in my lifetime but my favorite church out of the four is First Baptist of Griffith, Indiana. I made so many friends there and grew so much in my spiritual walk with Christ their. I first got saved at the age of nine, when I watched the movie left behind with my family.At first I really did not understand what salvation was but after a while I learned what it was and I understood what I had done much better and realized that it meant so much more to me than just being saved from going to hell.Now I am about to turn 19 and I am incredibly thankful for the people who helped me get to where I am today and the amazing friends that I have. I am just getting to start a new chapter of my life. I will be starting college in about one month from now and starting my first job in a few weeks.I will miss getting to hang out with all my amazing friends in the youth group but I must move on and begin the beginning of the rest of my life.

Matt Allen

I grew up in a Christian family.I was pretty much raised by my dad who has loved and cared for me for like ever.But this trip has really helped me connect with my youth group.And the adults that supervised us as we experience god in our lives.I have done many things during this trip such as prayer walking where the adults and youth members go into seperate groups and walk along the streets and towns praying for those we care about and to those on the streets that will be able to experience the lord in their life.Also me and the youth help to try and grow the church into a tremendous and blessing size.But i am enjoying this trip alot.And may god be in your lives as he has been in mine.And may you all have blessed days.


Nicole Lear

For the past week, I have been in Scotland for my youth group's 2010 mission experience. All in all it's been pretty exciting and fun.We were able to go out into the streets and minister to the people here and at the same time we were able to bask in Scotland's beauty. Thankfully most of us brought cameras! It's so beautiful here! And on top of that we are doing God's work for His glory. I have made new friends and strengthened current friendships, too. Every night we all have devotions in the sanctuary and I really enjoy that because when I attempt to read my  Bible, I have a hard time with it and when we all do devotions together they are explained to us. I'm going to really miss that when we leave but I take that as a challenge to try to dive deep into the Bible on my own.

Alyshia Palagyi

Over the past couple weeks I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to spend the week in Scotland with my youth group as a mission trip.We have visited many different places like the Stirling Castle and also to a place called "The Rock" and got to spend time with other youth just like us who need a safe place to go to keep them off the streets and giving them the ability to hang out and get to know God. Also I have learned many new things like how to say a few words in a Scottish accent, tried new types of food, and also made new friends like Bill. So far this trip has been a great experience for me and I hope to keep seeing new places and try new foods as we spend our last few days here.

Zach DeWitt

Over thus mission trip in Scotland I have experienced a whole new culture from people driving in the left side of the road, all the way to a culture that doesn't use sugar in very much at all unlike back home. Scotland has been amazing the scenery, and history behind this country and city that we are staying in is amazing. Also the people are very kind the teens however are in distress. This trip has given us the chance for God to open up some teens to us to be saved and to have a seed planted in others and that is what really counts. I thank everyone for allowing me to go on this trip and to be apart of this work that God wanted.

This concludes the experiences of the YP, tomorrow we hear from the Leaders.

Jehovah - Jireh: The Lord Who Provides

There are many names given to God which describe his attributed, one of those is Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah - Jireh: The Lord Who Provides
Genesis 22

1. Read the text carefully and answer the following questions.
a. What was the setting for the revelation of this name of God?
b. What made this especially difficult for Abraham? See Genesis 15:1-6Genesis 21:1-6Romans 4:18-22.
c. Did Abraham really think he was going to have to take the life of his son Isaac? Genesis 22:5Hebrews 11:17-19
d. How was this story something like the story of Jesus and the offering of Calvary? See Genesis 22:2, 5, 6-9.
The Revelation of the Name Jehovah-JirehGenesis 22:12-14. The meaning of this name is The Lord Who Provides. The name is literally, The Lord Who Sees, or The Lord Who Will See To It. This is what we long for when we have a need that is personal and special; One who will see to our needs and provide for us. This is what Jehovah-Jireh means; the Lord Who will see to it that my every need is met. One Who knows my need because He sees. One Who is able to meet my need in just the right time as He did for Abraham, and One Who can meet it fully. For Abraham, it was the ram caught in the thicket that was offered in Isaac's place. For us it is whatever we need.
2. Look up the sample verses and see the bountiful provision the Father has made for you and me. Write the meaning of each verse.

The name Jehovah-Jireh is a name that is crucial for us today as we seek to know the Father. It is a name that assures us that our Heavenly Father is able to provide any need we have. Trust Him for that!

Matthew 7:8-12

8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
 9"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


The key to this verse for me is in verse 11. "How much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ASK HIM! God has shown me that I need to ask him more and rely on his provision. I began preparing for this mission trip by asking the congregation at the church for help. I required homes for the YP to stay in, It did not happen, then I asked them for sleeping bags, and I got 7 I required 29. The Sunday before they were due to arrive, people we asking me what I was going to do, my reply, Ask God, he knows what I require. So i did just that. On the Wednesday I got a text from a friend at another church, which said. I here you need sleeping bags, we have 25 for you, come get them. 

Many people have come to me on this mission trip to ask what I need, many have said just ask US, we will help. It has been difficult not to take up there offer to Ask for help, I have not even asked my wife Jennifer for help. However, I have Asked the my Father in Heaven. Our provision has been met, offers to provide dinner have been provide by David and Eleanor Taylor, Ken and Evelyn Short and my Jennifer has also pitched in. Offers to was and dry towels and deliver leaflets.  

I have on the prompting of the Spirit engaged with other youth leaders who have risen to the challenge and provided support in distributing leaflets, and to whom I owe them a great debt of gratitude. I love you guys and gals you are truly a remarkable bunch and faithful servants of Christ. I salute you all.

I will write a full blog on my experiences once this mission is over..... Tonight the remaining YP will write about their experiences


Thursday, 15 July 2010

Braes Community Young Peoples Project (Update)

Hi Folks,

This update is brought to you by the young people of First Baptist Griffith Indiana. It relates to their experience on " Walking on the Water" this week.

Mallory Klocek

This trip has been one amazing example of how God works to use us how He sees fit, and how what we think we should do and what God has for us to do aren't always the same thing.  When we planned on coming here we thought we were going to be doing one thing and through quite a few different set-backs we are doing something different.  Even through all of this we have been able to see God working through what we have been doing here, and have been able to witness 3 teens come to know Christ as their saviour.  This has been an amazing experience so far and I can't wait to see what God has in store for the rest of the week.

Ruben Vargas Jr.

This trip has been really awesome, it was a long trip and we were all extremely jet-lagged but when it came time for business we did what needed to be done. for me i was kinda worried coming on this trip because my focus wasn't completely on target. but as soon as I cleared it up with God I was ready, and when our work began it must have been no more than 5 minutes into our journey through the neighborhood prayer walk that I met someone sitting on the side of the road I asked God. Is this the sign? and I knew it was his way of saying yes that the kid just sat there. I introduced myself and we began to talk I led him to the Lord along with his friend that he wanted me to meet, it was very exciting and encouraging. Its nice to see the work that is being done here in Scotland. God Bless Scotland.


Paris Courtney

This week has been truly amazing and i honestly don't want it to end. But when the time came to come i was really nervous and to be honest I didn't want to make the trip I was going to miss my friends and most of the things back in America. But now that the trip is winding up I have been blessed by many things, from meeting Bill to the long prayer walks.I will remember all that i have learned and the people i have met for a life time. God Bless!

Robert Cheek

The trip has been absolutely amazing. I have been blessed by so much. So far 3 people have been saved. Their names are Connor, Gregor. and Andrew. They are all 13 years old, and absolute beasts at futbol (soccer). Ruben had the privilege of witnessing to Andrew and Connor, but then the day after, our group met Andrew and his friend Gregor at the soccer field. We started out just talking about what Gregor believed and then Andrew said he should listen intentively to what we have to say because it will be life changing. So he agreed and we all took a part in the witness. Mac, Glenn, Nick, Darric, and I all said our part and I got to lead him in the salvation prayer. It was amazing how eager he was to accept it. This trip has just changed me greatly and I've had a couple of V-8 moments during a few nightly devotions. I've had a great time on this trip so far and as it comes to a close, I will be glad to say, time well spent for the lives that have been turned over to Christ. God Bless this trip, and God Bless Scotland.

Sam Klocek

well it is hard to sum up what i have have done but here it is well so far i have just been given time to put every thing behind me that i have felt is holding me back so know i can just go and do Gods work it has been a life changing time here in Scotland and miss you all so much but I fell that this is where God has for me to be please keep us in your prayers love you all, thank you bye.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                      
Jacob Styx

This is only been my second mission trip that I have been on but I have enjoyed this one and learned more on this one then I have on the previous one. this trip is in Scotland and it is a very different country then the U.S. They don't have sales tax on anything. The main thing that has impacted me on this trip is that god can provide any thing he puts you through. Also that all you need is god and not material things and that those things don't even matter in the eyes of God. Last is that I need to make more time for devotions then i do on everything else.


Darric Obinger

This is my second opportunity to participate on youth missions trip, and to tell you the truth I am so glad I chose to go.  In the week and half I have been here God has developed me Spiritually so much.  I mean sure it is difficult to spend a week in a church with the same people, but God has used even things like that to strengthen my patience and other crucial qualities. I think when it hit me that this Mission's trip was going to be life changing was on the third day or so.  During our nightly devotions, we had a challenging lesson on witnessing.  I  could feel the spirit pulling on my heart to go out a to spread the good news.  No longer was I timid about even mentioning Jesus to someone on the streets but I felt the Holy Spirit pushing me to.  I had a desire to witness to many.  This has been a great experience for me. From, where ever I was seeing the mountains; to the trip to Stirling castle; to the view at William Wallace's monument.  It's an eye opener to the handiwork of God. My favourite experience has to be the chance I got to chip in on witnessing to a boy named Gregor. You can see God working during this trip so much and I hope that continues when we return to the States.

Ben Allison

This is my second mission trip with the youth and has been a great opportunity for me to share the gospel with people.So far I have not, but I know I will sometime before the trip is over. It has been a life changing experience for me and I hope we will be able to help the church grow so that when we leave it will be able to grow even more and chance the lives of people in Scotland.

David Klocek

Well where do I begin? this whole experience has both pushed my faith over the limit and also took my understanding of this awesome youth group to a whole new level. God has taught me three big things on this trip that i know i will hold onto as life lessons. One, understanding that God has a plan, "we have the pencil and write what we think he wants us to do but we should always remember he has the eraser" Brandon Matthews.... Two, people are just like you no matter where you go. it took me the opportunity to go to Scotland for me to learn that, but now I am motivated knowing that fact. Three, taking your problems and just laying them down to God. too often we underestimate what God can really do. This trip has opened my eyes that i can give God any problem and with an honest heart I can get them lifted off of me. finally my best experience would have to be just the opportunity to walk up to someone and talk to them about my relationship with Christ, I mean we have the opportunity to tell people about our God. And I've learned that we should scream it from the mountains because "if our God is for us then who can ever stop us? and if our God is with us then what can stand against?!"

Josh Pearey

Well moreover it as been the best mission trip so far!  The only thing i have to complain about is the security at the airports i got my cake icing away, but we went for a walk and the Lord blessed me with icing at tesco.  I learned some new car names Peogeut  while prayer walking and was able to see two people get saved, I've never seen someone so willing for their fried to get saved.  The roads are different pickles are different but table tennis isn't and i can post that

Rebecca Clark

Well so far on this mission trip I have had alot of stuff to think about on this mission trip and of having God in my life I am so thankful for having him in my life. On this mission trip I have experienced alot of things here in Scotland. Scotland is really different here than in America the money is alot different here and I am glad that I came on this International Mission and this was my second mission trip. God is good in my life and and I am to be blessed to be here from the the people my church and my family also definitely for my parents to let me come on this mission trip also. I have the most amazing youth pastor and his name is Brandon Matthews I am glad he is my youth pastor.All I gotta say is that we came here on a mission here for god and we are here finally at last and we wouldnt be here if it werent for him we all pray to him to see if we ever get to scotland and he has finally answered our prayers and I love God for that alot for me this has been an experience for me and I go back home to Indiana I will be a change person for myself and a growin person to along with god beside me always in my life and I thank for god for everything that he has done for me.

Nick Ripoli

This trip has to this point been truly amazing.  I have been able to be with some of my closest friends doing the Lord's will.  It truly has been one of those once in a lifetime opportunities that I am glad the Lord blessed me with.  One of the things that has stuck with me the most is seeing some of the views here and thinking its impossible for any Big Bang to cause this.  I've grown closer with a lot of people and have met some new people here.  I cannot express enough how happy I am that the Lord blessed me with this opportunity, and i'm truly excited to see how the rest of the trip goes.

Rebecca Basaleh

This mission trip was quite the adventure.  We had to go over seas to a foreign country so we all knew this was gonna be something big.  I knew going into it that I had to be going for the right reasons, or else it'd be pointless.  So, I did my best to get rid of those distractions and get focused.  While in Scotland, I learned that I need to be real, be me, and be for God.  We spent most of the time prayer walking while the youth leader passed out leaflets.  Not anything huge happened like we expected, but I still got closer to God.

That's all for now, we will update the remainder tomorrow..........

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Braes Community Young Peoples Project (Update)

Hi Folks,

This update is brought to you by the young people of First Baptist Griffith Indiana. It relates to their experience on " Walking on the Water" this week.

Mallory Klocek

This trip has been one amazing example of how God works to use us how He sees fit, and how what we think we should do and what God has for us to do aren't always the same thing.  When we planned on coming here we thought we were going to be doing one thing and through quite a few different set-backs we are doing something different.  Even through all of this we have been able to see God working through what we have been doing here, and have been able to witness 3 teens come to know Christ as their saviour.  This has been an amazing experience so far and I can't wait to see what God has in store for the rest of the week.

Ruben Vargas Jr.

This trip has been really awesome, it was a long trip and we were all extremely jet-lagged but when it came time for business we did what needed to be done. for me i was kinda worried coming on this trip because my focus wasn't completely on target. but as soon as I cleared it up with God I was ready, and when our work began it must have been no more than 5 minutes into our journey through the neighborhood prayer walk that I met someone sitting on the side of the road I asked God. Is this the sign? and I knew it was his way of saying yes that the kid just sat there. I introduced myself and we began to talk I led him to the Lord along with his friend that he wanted me to meet, it was very exciting and encouraging. Its nice to see the work that is being done here in Scotland. God Bless Scotland.


Paris Courtney

This week has been truly amazing and i honestly don't want it to end. But when the time came to come i was really nervous and to be honest I didn't want to make the trip I was going to miss my friends and most of the things back in America. But now that the trip is winding up I have been blessed by many things, from meeting Bill to the long prayer walks.I will remember all that i have learned and the people i have met for a life time. God Bless!

Robert Cheek

The trip has been absolutely amazing. I have been blessed by so much. So far 3 people have been saved. Their names are Connor, Gregor. and Andrew. They are all 13 years old, and absolute beasts at futbol (soccer). Ruben had the privilege of witnessing to Andrew and Connor, but then the day after, our group met Andrew and his friend Gregor at the soccer field. We started out just talking about what Gregor believed and then Andrew said he should listen intentively to what we have to say because it will be life changing. So he agreed and we all took a part in the witness. Mac, Glenn, Nick, Darric, and I all said our part and I got to lead him in the salvation prayer. It was amazing how eager he was to accept it. This trip has just changed me greatly and I've had a couple of V-8 moments during a few nightly devotions. I've had a great time on this trip so far and as it comes to a close, I will be glad to say, time well spent for the lives that have been turned over to Christ. God Bless this trip, and God Bless Scotland.

Sam Klocek

well it is hard to sum up what i have have done but here it is well so far i have just been given time to put every thing behind me that i have felt is holding me back so know i can just go and do Gods work it has been a life changing time here in Scotland and miss you all so much but I fell that this is where God has for me to be please keep us in your prayers love you all, thank you bye.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                      
Jacob Styx

This is only been my second mission trip that I have been on but I have enjoyed this one and learned more on this one then I have on the previous one. this trip is in Scotland and it is a very different country then the U.S. They don't have sales tax on anything. The main thing that has impacted me on this trip is that god can provide any thing he puts you through. Also that all you need is god and not material things and that those things don't even matter in the eyes of God. Last is that I need to make more time for devotions then i do on everything else.


Darric Obinger

This is my second opportunity to participate on youth missions trip, and to tell you the truth I am so glad I chose to go.  In the week and half I have been here God has developed me Spiritually so much.  I mean sure it is difficult to spend a week in a church with the same people, but God has used even things like that to strengthen my patience and other crucial qualities. I think when it hit me that this Mission's trip was going to be life changing was on the third day or so.  During our nightly devotions, we had a challenging lesson on witnessing.  I  could feel the spirit pulling on my heart to go out a to spread the good news.  No longer was I timid about even mentioning Jesus to someone on the streets but I felt the Holy Spirit pushing me to.  I had a desire to witness to many.  This has been a great experience for me. From, where ever I was seeing the mountains; to the trip to sterling castle; to the view at William Wallace's monument.  It's an eye opener to the handiwork of God. My favourite experience has to be the chance I got to chip in on witnessing to a boy named Gregor. You can see God working during this trip so much and I hope that continues when we return to the States.

Ben Allison

This is my second mission trip with the youth and has been a great opportunity for me to share the gospel with people.So far I have not, but I know I will sometime before the trip is over. It has been a life changing experience for me and I hope we will be able to help the church grow so that when we leave it will be able to grow even more and chance the lives of people in Scotland.

David Klocek

Well where do I begin? this whole experience has both pushed my faith over the limit and also took my understanding of this awesome youth group to a whole new level. God has taught me three big things on this trip that i know i will hold onto as life lessons. One, understanding that God has a plan, "we have the pencil and write what we think he wants us to do but we should always remember he has the eraser" Brandon Matthews.... Two, people are just like you no matter where you go. it took me the opportunity to go to Scotland for me to learn that, but now I am motivated knowing that fact. Three, taking your problems and just laying them down to God. too often we underestimate what God can really do. This trip has opened my eyes that i can give God any problem and with an honest heart I can get them lifted off of me. finally my best experience would have to be just the opportunity to walk up to someone and talk to them about my relationship with Christ, I mean we have the opportunity to tell people about our God. And I've learned that we should scream it from the mountains because "if our God is for us then who can ever stop us? and if our God is with us then what can stand against?!"

Josh Pearey

Well moreover it as been the best mission trip so far!  The only thing i have to complain about is the security at the airports i got my cake icing away, but we went for a walk and the Lord blessed me with icing at tesco.  I learned some new car names Peogeut  while prayer walking and was able to see two people get saved, I've never seen someone so willing for their fried to get saved.  The roads are different pickles are different but table tennis isn't and i can post that

Rebecca Clark

Well so far on this mission trip I have had alot of stuff to think about on this mission trip and of having God in my life I am so thankful for having him in my life. On this mission trip I have experienced alot of things here in Scotland. Scotland is really different here than in America the money is alot different here and I am glad that I came on this International Mission and this was my second mission trip. God is good in my life and and I am to be blessed to be here from the the people my church and my family also definitely for my parents to let me come on this mission trip also. I have the most amazing youth pastor and his name is Brandon Matthews I am glad he is my youth pastor.All I gotta say is that we came here on a mission here for god and we are here finally at last and we wouldnt be here if it werent for him we all pray to him to see if we ever get to scotland and he has finally answered our prayers and I love God for that alot for me this has been an experience for me and I go back home to Indiana I will be a change person for myself and a growin person to along with god beside me always in my life and I thank for god for everything that he has done for me.

Nick Ripoli

This trip has to this point been truly amazing.  I have been able to be with some of my closest friends doing the Lord's will.  It truly has been one of those once in a lifetime opportunities that I am glad the Lord blessed me with it.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Braes Community Young Peoples Project

in around 25 hours time I will meet the young people from 1st Baptist Church Griffiths Indiana at Edinburgh Airport, they will be coming to support the launch of BCYPP in the Braes Area of Falkirk. Arriving on the 9th of July and returning on the 20th, we have a action packed week of mission. The Mission??? To establish a "Faith Based, but not Faith Biased" Youth Project, not only for young people but for their families also. Over the next week I will be posting our successes and challenges as we allow God to work in our lives, and the lives of the community we want to serve. I will also be opening this blog to the YP of 1st Baptist Griffiths, to share their experiences with you too. So please continue to follow this blog and pray for the work, as we once again are requested by Jesus to "Come" Walk on the Water>

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Short Update

Sorry that I have not posted for a while!!!! I will be updating my blog in a few weeks time with the vision God has given me for a youth project. I have a group of young people coming from 1st Baptist Church Griffiths Indiana, to help establish Braes Community Young Peoples Project (BCYPP). So hang tight and I will update you on God's work in the lives of these young people and the young people of the Braes Area in Falkirk.