LorraineDIME stands for Discipleship In Muirhouse Estate. This is a volunteer-led project in Edinburgh which has pioneered work with young people in Pilton and Muirhouse for over ten years. Lorraine Higgins (pictured right) tells her story about God at work in her life and the importance of DIME and annual SU Holidays at Lendrick Muir in her journey to faith...

It all started when I was in P6 and went along to an SU Scotland after school club, run by Gill Proudfoot. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to believe, but I liked the idea of what the Bible told us about how the world was made.

I then went on to the high school version of SU in Muirhouse which is called DIME. I went because my friends were going, but after coming back from an SU Holiday two years ago I realised that what they were telling me was true, so I began to believe and now I think I believe in God one hundred per cent.

I got the chance to go to an SU Holiday in 2009. I was 12 years old and it was my first time away from my family on my own. The leaders at DIME offered me a place at Lendrick Muir and I decided to go. I was quite scared as I only knew my friend from home, Caitlin, but as the week went on I made really close friends and now I can trust them with anything. All the leaders were very welcoming and made us feel like we were at home. I had the best time of my life that year and our group leader Lorna was amazing. She helped me through a lot of things that had been happening in my life.

Lorraine LM

When I started going to Lendrick Muir I wasn’t really a Christian but when I went for the second time something just clicked into place. Becoming a Christian has had the biggest impact in my life. Not only has God helped me get through some really hard times, he has helped me see the good things in life too.

On the 21st of September 2010 I got the unbearable news that my father had passed away. It felt like my whole world had come crashing down. I couldn’t handle all the stress so I broke down in tears. I thought that no one cared anymore, but one night I was lying on my bed and I heard a voice saying don’t worry and I knew that God was with me. From that day God has helped me deal with my grief and has helped me to not forget about my father, but cherish the time I had with him.

Church has become a big part of my life. I have recently started going to Bruntsfield Church and the people there are so welcoming. Powerpoint is really important as well, as I never thought there would be that many Christians and I was surprised about that!

SU Scotland is currently looking to develop this work in the Muirhouse and Pilton area of Edinburgh, to build on opportunities to work in local schools, seeking to make a real difference in the lives of young people growing up in one the neediest parts of Scotland’s capital. If you'd like to find out how you can help, contact Gill Proudfoot.