Scripture Union operates in over 130 countries around the world, introducing children and young people to Jesus.
Although the gospel never changes, each culture expresses it in a particular way and so the work is carried out through local people in ways which are appropriate to the country, culture and situation in which a movement is based. This includes running camps, school seminars and student groups or producing resources for Bible reading, family counselling, AIDS education, urban children and youth ministry and ministry to the handicapped.
Scripture Union is an autonomous organisation in each country, linked together by Scripture Union International. It is primarily a volunteer organisation with a small number of full-time staff training, encouraging and coordinating ministry workers around the world.
SU Scotland is building strong links with Scripture Union in Ukraine, known as Open Bible. Many of our staff and volunteers have worked on short term projects with the staff and volunteers in Ukraine. Open Bible is a vibrant SU movement led by a Baptist pastor (a pastor of pastors who oversees and mentors many younger leaders), Grigori Stupak. Through his leadership and the vision and efforts of his team, most notably Oksana Khimich, the work amongst children and young people has flourished at Vorzel. But they have been continually hampered by lack of resources, spiralling inflation, unstable economy and political upheaval.
The campsite in Vorzel is always a great place for summer camps, and many folks from Scotland have had their lives changed at these events.
Every year our SU Holidays & Missions focus on a project through which children, young people and volunteers can raise funds for less fortunate young people in other countries.
The International Project for 2017 sees us focus again on our friends and partners in Open Bible, Ukraine and their day camps. Open Bible have more requests than they can handle from village churches asking them to come and lead missions with children and young people. Rampant inflation and political instability mean churches need financial support, as well as people. We can help to fund these events, providing craft and games resources and enabling the children to have a nutritious meal. Open Bible's name says everything you need to know about the message they share!
We got off to a great start at our Event Leadership Conference in Jan at Lendrick Muir, raising over £2400! Thank you to everyone who has already given so generously to this. You can give online to this by going to our Donate page: chose the 'Give to a specific region or work' option, then select 'Other', then put 'International Project 2017' in the text box.
Fundraising resources will soon be available.
We have several opportunities to volunteer overseas in 2017! We have a workparty heading to Vorzel campsite in Ukraine, a young person's trip to the International Leadership Conference in Ukraine, and a Respond Rwanda trip in partnership with Urban Saints Scotland. You can always find out more about these trips on the international volunteering page.
SU Scotland and Urban Saints Scotland have been working in partnership with SU Rwanda for the past three years. In the summer of 2013 and 2015 we sent teams of young people to share their faith in schools and run kids clubs alongside the local team in and around Kigali. We are planning a similar trip for the summer of 2017 – more information can be found here.
If you're over 16 and want to do something different and meaningful with your summer, then a Frontline mission team could be for you. You could be organising Bible discovery sessions for teenagers or leading craft activities for children in Romania. Or teaching English in Hungary. Or organising games and sports and caring for children on camp in Slovakia or Ukraine. It's guaranteed to be hard work - but also great fun. And there will be free time with opportunities for sightseeing to add to the enriching experiences of your stay. Visit the Frontline website to find out more.
SU International creates a general prayer diary for the movement across the world, in addition to many country or region specific prayer diaries. You can subscribe to these on our mailings page.