Train up a child….

“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it”

(Proverbs 22.6)

The School term is nearly over and our children (and their teachers) can look forward to a long break – bliss!

End of term assemblies and prize giving are usually highly charged affairs where emotions run high. Pupils move on from primary to secondary and senior pupils move on to work or further education. Calum and I count it a privilege to be able to visit the schools in our area and are encouraged that many of those we speak to show a real interest in the gospel. I was really encouraged at the Alness Academy prize giving to hear a departing senior boy give thanks to God and his parents for his upbringing – the same pupil also contributed to our Christmas School Assembly for the upper school.

Coulhill Primary, as was reported in the last newsletter, took Mariam and Shekinah to their hearts during their recent visit and collected £100 at our Easter Service for their work in North India. I was very moved last week to collect many cards and messages of sympathy from the pupils who had heard of their dad’s passing.

Bridgend Primary have organised an end of term fundraiser for the poor children in Moldova. “Miles for Moldova” will see pupils, parents and staff running round the school grounds during break times to raise money for the “Hands and Heart” School Assembly for the upper school. Coulhill Primary, as was reported in the last newsletter, took Mariam and Shekinah to their hearts during their recent visit and collected £100 at our Easter Service for their work in North India. I was very moved last week to collect many cards and messages of sympathy from the pupils who had heard of their dad’s passing.

Bridgend Primary have organised an end of term fundraiser for the poor children in Moldova. “Miles for Moldova” will see pupils, parents and staff running round the school grounds during break times to raise School Assembly for the upper school. Coulhill Primary, as was reported in the last newsletter, took Mariam and Shekinah to their hearts during their recent visit and collected £100 at our Easter Service for their work in North India. I was very moved last week to collect many cards and messages of sympathy from the pupils who had heard of their dad’s passing.

Bridgend Primary have organised an end of term fundraiser for the poor children in Moldova. “Miles for Moldova” will see pupils, parents and staff running round the school grounds during break times to raise money for the “Hands and Heart” Project that Moldova Ministries supports. Obsdale Primary have also developed links with a primary school in rural Moldova.

Rosskeen continues to have a strong connection with Park and South Lodge Primaries and they recently sent a donation of £100 for our development fund as a thank you for the use of our minibus. We also are involved with school and community events organised by Margaret Campbell and her colleagues at Ardross which we enjoy very much. Both secondary schools have Scripture Union and Claire Ross and some colleagues at Invergordon ran an Alpha Course for senior pupils.

We had our end of term prize giving for our Sunday’s Cool and Milnafua Sunday School on 23rd June and we are encouraged that parents (and grandparents) continue to take the children along to church throughout the year despite outside pressures of other activities that invariably are organised for Sunday.

There is a pressure put on parents with the increase in the secular agenda which affects our young people. Even the Girl Guides now no longer pledge their loyalty to God but promise ”that I will do my best to be true to myself”.  So it is withgreat thanks to God that we have the privilege of influencing for good our children both in day school and Sunday school.

Many of our children will attend Holiday Clubs and Camps during the summer break where Jesus’ love will be shared in a relaxed and happy environment and many adults in churches today testify to trusting Jesus for their salvation at such events.

So please continue to pray for our young people and be encouraged with what is happening in our church and community. I leave the last word with Robert Macleod whose ministry was such a blessing to us over the Communion weekend – and judging by what he tweeted – he too was blessed by seeing many of our young people sitting with him at the Lord’s Table:  “On my way home from a very special weekend preaching in Rosskeen Free Church – What a privilege it is to share the message of Grace! The Lord has favoured this community of His. Pray for the ongoing labour/vision of this fellowship. WOW! So many children/young people at the Lord’s Table. Wonderful! What a future”!   

Amen to that!

Rev Iain MacAskill

Rev Iain MacAskill
Minister

Porterbrook Graduation

Saturday, 22nd June was the Porterbrook Graduation in Edinburgh.  Peter Whitfield, David MacIver and Calum all received certificates for completing two years of the course.  Well done also to Fiona Dolan and Fontaine Selway who also completed the course but were unable to attend Edinburgh.

Five students—Ann MacAskill, Mhairi Stirling, Claire Ross, Helen Mackenzie and Christina MacMillan completed the first year and thanks are due to them for their commitment and discussions over the last year.

 

Picture of Calum giving David certificate

Calum and David

Rev Calum MacMillan

Mission to Rwanda 2013

Dear Friends

By the time you are reading this I will be in Rwanda, to spend three weeks working with the local church. Hopefully most of you already know about my trip but if you don’t there are still leaflets at the front of the church with more information.

A question I’ve struggled with is why go? There are plenty of “unreached” people in Alness and Invergordon and much work for the gospel to be done right here. You’ll probably be surprised to learn that over 90% of Rwandese people identify themselves as Christian with 26% of these claiming to be evangelical. The corresponding figures for the UK are 60% and 9%.

Rwanda is a poor country with 45% of people living below the poverty line in 2012, but there has been a significant decrease in poverty (down from 57% in 2006) thanks to local government initiatives. Three weeks of my time is hardly significant and with three doctors in the team my basic health skills scarcely worth a mention!

So the question remains – why go? Last December I accepted Mission International’s invitation to join the mission team as I was convinced that God wanted me to go. However, until recently, I’ve had serious doubts as to how I could be of use. Two events – a training day with Mission International and hearing Marsali Campbell speak of her work in Uganda – have helped me gain some understanding.

At the training day I learned that the local church has invited us. With only one in four pastors owning a Bible the quality of teaching is variable. The church leaders are crying out for training and so are local Christian women, many of whom are illiterate. So to my surprise (and with much trepidation) I’m going to Africa to teach women how to study the Bible, a work I would have scorned mightily less than four years ago. How God transforms!

From Marsali I learned the importance of care and relationship. As much as from the practical support her value comes from caring enough to be there and to be with the people.

In “The Mark of a Christian” Francis Schaeffer highlights the importance of John 13:34-35

“A new command I give
you: Love one another. As I have loved
you, so you must love one another. By
this everyone will know that you are my
disciples, if you love one another.”

Christ has commanded us to be a witness for Him to the world by loving each other. Christians in Cyangugu, Rwanda will be encouraged knowing that their brothers and sisters in Christ at Rosskeen, Scotland, love them. Love them enough to devote time to praying for them, to send them gifts and to support me to visit with them.

Close up of Fiona Dolan smiling

Please pray -
Thank you!
Fiona Dolan
Fundraising Co-ordinator