Building God's kingdom in Scotland

“I had to learn to do everything in God’s strength because mine wasn’t enough.” Becca Holt decided that summer 2014 would be all about serving God through SU Scotland. Read about why she chose to volunteer and find out just how it all went.

So humbling and inspiring

Experienced volunteers Eilidh and Andrew got married at the start of the summer. Did that stop them volunteering? Not at all! This summer was very exciting for us as a couple. Firstly, we got married! And a close second in terms of excitement levels were the God-given opportunities to join teams at three different SU Holidays between us. We did two together, with Andrew signing up at the last minute to do an extra one.

Against the flow

When was the last time you felt alone? A sole believer in a sea of unbelieving hearts. Do you feel that you are constantly going against the flow – wouldn’t it be so much easier just to go with the current? Jesus is clear that following him isn’t the easy choice – it’s the narrow road and few find it, he says.

Bonkers trust

I guess it sometimes looks frankly bonkers to trust in the Lord when, humanly speaking, there seem to be other options. In this Psalm, David seems to be being counselled to run for the hills – it looks like his only way of escape.

Helpless

When was the last time you were helpless? It might have been when a loved one was sick or upset; perhaps in a work setting; maybe the last time you watched the news. We all feel helpless from time to time but actually, maybe it’s something we should feel and acknowledge more: we are helpless!

For richer for poorer

I wonder whether you find it easiest to maintain a conversation with God when you are in need or plenty? I suspect that most of us are in fairly frequent communication with our heavenly father when we need something or are in a tough situation but are somewhat quiet the rest of the time.

That is all

I am sitting trying to think of something suitably inspiring to write… and I can’t! It kind of says it all, doesn’t it? The more I think about creation, the more it turns my brain inside out. My 11 year old son loves to talk about the possibilities of the multiverse (or meta-universe) but I can’t even get my head around one – let alone infinite possibilities!

Just do it

I ventured on an SU camp for the first time along with my three children. None of us had been to an SU camp before but we had heard rave reviews and we were all keen to go see what it was like. We had a whale of a time!

Justice

Often we’re a bit uncomfortable with a picture of an angry and vengeful God. We skip past the pages of the Old Testament where great violence seems to be meted out in God’s name. But the reality is that God is a God of justice as well as mercy. It’s intrinsic in his character.

An amazing experience

This July I spent just over two weeks in Ukraine with the most lovely people from Ukraine, Armenia, Tajikistan, Russia, England and Scotland! We were split into small international teams and went out into towns across Kiev and ran a children’s holiday club.

Grief beyond bearing

I am thankful that in my adult life, I have not had too many episodes where I could really identify with the essence of this Psalm. I can remember my teenage years matching up much more readily, however! In my work with teenagers and young adults, I am often floored by the level of pain and grief that they bear.

Everything is awesome(!)

Some of you may be enjoying the September bank holiday today... Hopefully it is a time of rest and not mad catching up on things that should have been done before! I am struck by verse 7 in this Psalm: because of God’s love, we can enter his house and worship with deepest awe.