What will God do in lives this summer? We know that his work is sometimes quiet, hidden and long-term. We know that it is not always dramatic or star-studded. It does not always have the razzmatazz of worldly, media-dominated culture – check out God's ways in 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 for one example:

'the message of the cross is foolishness' (1:16)

'the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom' (1:25)

'not many of you were wise... not many were influential... not many were of noble birth' (1:26)

'I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling' (2:3)

But God transforms in his way and that's what we look for. We look to see him opening blind eyes and drawing people to call out to him for help and mercy. We look to him to bring fundamental change to lives that are out of kilter with him and showing the signs of it in broken relationships that hurt and a lack of purpose that leads people to create false purposes for their lives.

Take the picture Micah paints. He ends chapter 3 of his prophecy with an image of complete gloom. Jerusalem is a heap or rubble, overgrown, a shambles. But there is a living God. Chapter 4 opens up a vista with people from all nations streaming to a new Jerusalem to learn about God and his truth. Can that kind of transformation take place at Basecamp and LeadUP? Can that happen in camps and missions? We believe so.

God will do it his way but he will do it – and perhaps in us as well. I don't know about you but I need to see many things changed in me.

Andy Bathgate

Andy has been CEO of SU Scotland since 2001. When he's not busy with us, you'll find him playing with his grandsons or in an art gallery with his wife.