Its been exciting to hear about what pastor Scott Hamilton (a good friend in our young minister’s fellowship) is being given opportunity to do over in Glasgow. For everyone’s prayers, here’s the blurb from the ‘Straight Up’ blog:
New Harvest Bible Chapel in Scotland!
Posted By Gerald Hiestand on March 24, 2009
As many of you are aware, the Harvest Bible Fellowship continues to plant churches both here in North America and abroad. We’re very excited about one of our newest projects, set to launch later this year in Glasgow, Scotland.
To the left is a picture of Scott and Allison Hamilton, and their two children. The Hamilton’s are residents of Glasgow, and have just returned there after six weeks at the HBF Training Center. Here’s the write-up from the HBF website:
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom—and the newest frontier for Harvest!
Yet it’s a frontier with history. An inscription on a local bell, made in 1637 for the Tron Kirk (or church, of which the Tron Steeple still exists) reads: “Lord, let Glasgow flourish through the preaching of Thy Word and praising Thy Name.” It became the city’s motto in 1663.
Today, the city’s motto is simply “Let Glasgow Flourish.”
This land once known for preaching God’s Word and praising the Name that is above all names, has misplaced its original purpose and calling.
Today, Glasgow is a complacent society that has rejected a heritage founded on the truth of God’s Word…and one that’s become very resistant to the Gospel.
But our hope is in God and the things unseen! A God who says,
“And now, brother, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago” (Acts 3:17-21).
With this hope, we’d ask you to join us in welcoming the newest family to Harvest Bible Fellowship. God has led Harvest to a group of Glaswegians (people from Glasgow) to plant a church.
Scott Hamilton and his wife, Alison, of Glasgow have just returned to Scotland after spending six energetic weeks completing their residency in Elgin with Fellowship staff—and their two young children. Blessed by their unwavering joy in our time together, we sent them home steeped in Harvest culture and reinforced in their commitment, as they begin developing a launch team for Harvest Glasgow.
We anticipate the Lord to use them greatly as He reinvigorates His church in Glasgow. Please pray together with us…
1. For protection, wisdom, and favor for the Hamiltons as they communicate the vision of the new church.
2. That God would raise up a qualified and committed team of worshipers who will serve as the launch team for Harvest Glasgow.
3. For a worship leader for this new work.
4. That God would provide a place of worship for the newly forming team as they commit themselves to God and one another for the purpose of lifting high the name of Jesus!