Blythswood Shoebox Appeal

Shoeboxes

 

It will be time to fill boxes before we know it!

If you are buying new shoes this summer please ask for the box and pass it on to me – thank you. It’s a good idea to add an extra item to your shopping each week, if you can. That way the cost is spread out.

Essential items:
Hat/scarf/gloves,toothpaste/toothbrush, soap,toy car for boys, small doll for girls.

Other items:
shampoo (250 ml), face cloth/wipes, deodorant, comb/brush, moisturising cream, shaving foam/razors,underwear, socks/tights,make-up, sewing equipment, household candles, screwdrivers/pliers,pens/pencils/sharpener/notepads/
colouring book/rubber/rulers, sweets – NO CHOCOLATE OR UNDATED SWEETS. Best before date MARCH 2014
T-shirts/pajamas/jumpers/shirts etc. All items must be new.

Please note age groups:
Children 3 years-12 years, teenagers, women, elderly women, men.

THANK YOU to all who have supported this appeal in the past. Last year 116,000 boxes were filled and sent to: Albania,Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine in Eastern Europe in time for Christmas and to Pakistan to be distributed in January and February.

“Everyday items that seem so small to us … bring joy to thousands of people who live in desperate poverty”.
(Blythswood website)

So far I have 19 boxes – can we do better than that?

Please…

Kirsty MacInnes

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you“. John 15.12

Mission to Peru

Donalda and I have recently been to Peru as part of the Kerygma 180 Mission Team. Our time was a true blessing to us and we trust that the Lord has blessed His work in Peru. We are greatly humbled by the love and support and financial aid we received from our brothers and sisters in Rosskeen, in sending us out. We are grateful to God for Angus and Anita Lamont who were so helpful on our arrival in Lima.

We arrived in Trujillo , a city of one million people on the coast of Peru. We met up with several missionaries whom we would be alongside. We stayed for four days with one couple as we reached out in Trujillo.

Pablo, a young elder, was our main organiser in Truijllo. Pablo was brought up in the jungle and was brought to Christ through the ministry of Bert and Colleen Elliot. Pablo did a Masters Degree and teaches at the college. Bert, who died last year, was the brother of Jim Elliot who was one of the men martyred in Ecuador.

Alex Stewart preaching in Peru

Alex preaching via a translator

We all had opportunity to testify of Christ and the centrality of the cross and the power of His name

Bert planted 158 churches in the jungle over 50 years, and everywhere we went it seemed that we came across the fruit of Bert and Colleen’s ministry. In Trujillo we went to the Centro Biblico Bible College to address parents and students. Pablo told us that a certain element was trying to influence students with the occult. We all had opportunity to testify of Christ and the centrality of the cross and the power of His name, and to point out the dangers of witchcraft. Armond, our team leader, gave a powerful talk and astonishing illustration.

I was able to give teaching on the Holy Spirit to a group of about 40 mature believers, and some new believers. Donalda gave testimony and sang. Our next place was a drug rehab, cocaine being the main drug used. Many addicts are often press ganged, abused and beaten in rehabs in Peru. Again, as a team, we were able to give testimony – in particular I was asked to preach and I included my testimony. The men wanted to sing and did not want to leave at the end.

Donalda with 12 primary and pre-school aged children in front of her

Donalda with the children

We visited a women's prison - many there are convicted of murder and drug dealing, again preaching, testimony and singing. Donald and Armond teamed up to sing and play.

Donalda stayed in Trujillo with her friend Milixa’s parents, Lucho and Vida, where she continued to minister, especially to single mums in a ghetto area, returning to the prison to minister again as eight of us headed for Taropoto to the jungle.

We met up with young American missionaries Michah and Amy Tuttle, and their five children who came from the same church in Oregon as Bert Elliot. Michah told me he was trained and mentored by a Scottish missionary from the Highlands who taught him to preach as well.

Michah visits 30 villages in the Jungle, evangelising and supporting the churches. A four hour boat trip up the Wajaga River took us to Yuimbayoc, the first village which we returned to a week later to minister. The Jungle experience was a blessing and very challenging, walking up to seven hours in fierce heat. We crossed a river twice on a trek taking time to swim and relax to cool off after Michah ( Iron Man!) scared off the stingrays and the piranhas. We visited four villages Leche, San Jose, Santa Rosillo and Yuimbayoc.

We were fed on jungle rodent ‘Majass’ which is much sought after in Peru. We had tents to sleep in. In the villages we were able to visit door to door, sit with families, distribute basic medicines, give testimony, share the gospel and pray, inviting them to the service in the evening. We took it in turns to give testimony and preach evangelistic messages. We were blessed to see people wanting Christ. We visited a village on the edge of the jungle on the way back, after we had a shower in the hot springs. There the Church are in partnership with Wycliffe and they have a radio station broadcasting 14 hours a day in many jungle languages. They have distributed solar powered radios to the villages, tuned only to the frequency of the station. We praise God and thank him for all He is doing in Peru.

The Jungle experience was a blessing and very challenging, walking up to seven hours in fierce heat.

We headed back to Lima where we met up with Donalda and we stayed at the SAM (South American Missions) Guest House. It was a privilege to meet up with so many others there. We thank God for His kindness to us in Peru we were again humbled by the love we received.

Alex and Donalda Stewart

Alex Stewart
Drugs/Addictions Worker

Hungry?

I’m writing this not long after our June Communion and I hope we all enjoyed the weekend. We were blessed to welcome five new members and we thank God for Jan, James, Janette, Derek & Betty. God continues to assemble his team at
Rosskeen!

Friday night of the communion weekend in particular impacted on me. It made me examine myself as to my appetite for God himself. My appetite is never normally a problem for me (which is itself the problem!) but I’ve found myself challenged and reawakened to seek after more of God. C S Lewis (perhaps the most quotable man – bar Jesus – who ever lived!) once said:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition
when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child
who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum
because he cannot imagine what is meant
by the offer of a holiday at the sea.
We are far too easily pleased.”

One of the biggest challenges to me personally was hearing of incidences where God came down in power and many Christians had to leave as they struggled to cope with God’s presence. How would I react? Am I too comfortable with too little?

Going through the Psalms I see such passionate language such as:

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

The psalmist yearns for God himself. It was Paul’s cry too – “oh that I might know him!” It’s so easy for that passion in us to dull. To become satisfied with forms and ritual. To be far too easily pleased. Where do we look for satisfaction? Has God become sidelined? Peripheral? It happens all too easily – to us all. We need
to encourage one another on to avoid this from happening.

What is most necessary for us all is that we see the all-surpassing preciousness of Jesus. The Cross shows us that most vividly and clearly – the passion God has for us, the lengths he would go to save us, infinite love, infinite dedication, hope. Like Bartimaeus maybe our prayer should be ‘Lord, I want to see’.

We are going through a process of change in the congregation – which is never easy. But let that not distract us from pursuing more of God. We are satisfied with far too little, when God offers us infinite joy – as he offers us himself. Often we major on minors and things become issues in Church life that should not be. Let’s major on who is central – God himself. Those who have gone before were faithful in their day, we must wrestle with what faithfulness to God looks like in 2013. Through it all we must keep our eyes on Jesus.

The greatest reward of the Christian life is to be with God forever. We shall see him face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12, Rev 22:4). I pray that that would not only be my passion but our passion now.

“Less would not satisfy, more could not be desired”.
William Guthrie, The Christians Great Interest

Rev. Calum MacMillan

Rev Calum MacMillian
Assistant Minister