Beginning Year 17 in Scotland

Beginning Year 17 as missionaries here in Scotland seems a bit surreal. It was August 28, 2001 when we arrived in Scotland to begin our YWAM Family DTS in Paisley. At age 40, Debbie and I began this faith journey as missionaries with three young children, and continue to believe that God wants us to do this for the rest of our lives.

We have witnessed God doing amazing, miraculous, and awesome things here in Scotland. We have simply wanted to be jars of clay for Him to use, and for us to love people into His Kingdom.

Keeping it real, there have also been some really hard trying times that have stretched our faith.

But through it all God has always been faithful, always provided, and has promised to never leave us or forsake us.

We love living in Edinburgh, and love what we get to do now. God continues to refine us and open up doors of ministry for us to serve Him.

As our children are all grown up, Debbie and I have new roles to play, including being Memaw and Papaw to our 3 grandsons and our granddaughter to be born in November.

We are asking God to provide a way for Debbie and I to get to go see family, and for us to get to go to our son Joshua’s wedding on September 30th.

It’s been 4 years since we’ve been back and we need your help!

Help Us Get To Joshua & Meghan’s Wedding in America!

After celebrating our son Jacob and his new wife Stephanie’s wedding here in Scotland on Saturday, 12th August it is time to turn our attention to getting to our other son, Joshua’s wedding in America, Saturday, 30th September.

We need to see family, and we need to be at our son’s wedding in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

We are trusting in God, as it will be impossible for us to go to our son’s wedding and to see family & friends without His provision.

Will you help?

We appreciate your prayers and support.

Airfare (Kent & Debbie) – £1100-1200 est.

Hotels – £1100 est. (3 weeks)

Car Rental – £750-800 est. (3 weeks)

+ Food + Petrol (Gas)

To donate, please go to our Go Fund me page at:

Thank you.

Love, Kent


Times Have Changed

Memorable Moments…A Look Back on 16 Years in Scotland 

I blame Facebook for continuing to take me down memory lane, but it has also been the inspiration for this blog post.

From Facebook, I get multiple “You have memories with… each week”.  

Photo credit: Jacob Chandler

These memories include a wide range of photos and statuses that I have shared over the years. Some are nostalgic, some are encouraging, and some are awesome reminders of how faithful and trustworthy God has been to me and my family with provision, healing, and miracles. During the two years where I had 6 surgeries that included testicular cancer surgery, 4 knee surgeries, and 2 knee replacements, God continued to remain faithful, as always!

A Look Back on 16 Years in Scotland

Here are a few of my favourite memories so far:

  1. Baptism and worship with 60 friends and family in our back garden, including the first Nepalese in our church to give his life to Jesus. And yes, we cooked tacos for everyone. 
  2. Hosting a team of 16 for 2 weeks from YWAM Maui School of Worship in our home.
  3. Friday Family Nights of up to 20-25 international students each week. Great conversations, pizzas and a movie. 
  4. Part of teams planting 3 new churches, and blessed to help lead and pastor each.
  5. Hosting and leading multicultural community (house) groups in our home weekly of 20-25 people from various nations around the world. 
  6. Organising a charity dinner in a local pub for an orphanage in Africa called Naomi’s Village, and cooking with Jacob a Tex Mex meal for 60 guests.
  7. Baptising some very special new followers of Jesus. 
  8. YWAM Shine outreaches in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  9. Leading mission trips to Morocco and Poland, and participating in a Vineyard pastors/leaders mission trip to South Africa. 
  10.  Privileged to continue to be part of an awesome organisation, Bethany Christian Trust as a Deputy Manager for Bethany Homes participating in seeing lives transformed through Christian LOVE IN ACTION as I get to help provide homes for homeless and vulnerable people.


  1. Bethany Christian Trust. Confidentiality prohibits me from sharing any of the stories of the people I get to help, but if you knew, you could understand the massive JOY that fills my heart daily serving the homeless and vulnerable in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  2. Last May, Debbie had the opportunity to move on from working with Bethany Christian Trust after 11 1/2 years, and since then, she continues to love her ministry post with the Scottish Bible Society.
  3. Our family continues to grow with Joshua and Meghan, Jacob and Stephanie (and the boys). Debbie and I are thankful for our two additional daughters, and are looking forward to being MeMaw and PaPaw to three handsome boys.
  4. Hannah continues to study Film & Media and English Literature at University of Stirling and is in her 3rd year. I am proud to say that some of her films have been award winning.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”.  Isaiah 61:1 ESV

Love, Kent

Something New


Something New
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”              Matthew 25:35-40 ESV

One cold and dreary November evening, Debbie brought to my attention the possibility of a new ministry opportunity that she had recently been privy too. During our missionary journey here in Edinburgh, she has worked as a tentmaker for the past 11 1/2 years with Bethany Christian Trust, a Charity working with homeless and vulnerable people whose aim is to transform lives by putting Christian love in action and faith into practice. 

This new opportunity was for me to take all that I have learned over the last year and a half working as a marketplace missionary and Property Manager, and apply to work in ministry with Bethany Christian Trust as a Housing Officer. After a successful interview, I was offered the position, and through much prayer, counsel, & God speaking to me through His Word, I accepted the position. 

As Christmas approaches, I’ve just completed my first week as Housing Officer working with Bethany. Over the past 14 years as missionaries here in Scotland, we’ve partnered with Bethany through the Winter Care Shelter, the Care Van, and various fundraising through the retail shops. After this first week, I can say I’m more and more excited to do my part within Bethany in reaching and helping over 7,000 homeless and vulnerable people across Scotland this coming year.

On the morning that I was to give Bethany my answer as to whether or not I was accepting this position, I’d been praying specifically that God would not only confirm through prayer and counsel, but that He’d also confirm through His Word.  

Before work, I had a doctors appointment, and while waiting, I decided, which I rarely do, to pick up a magazine off the table to read. The one I chose was a small magazine from the Episcopal Church located in our village. When I turned to the back page, the above scripture from Matthew 25:35-40 was the confirmation through Scripture that I knew was from God. 

As we take time to celebrate with family and friends the birth of our Saviour this season, let’s remember those who Jesus draws our attention to, perhaps the homeless, the vulnerable, and the hurting.

Thank you for your prayers, and your continued support in partnering with us to Love others into the Kingdom here in Scotland!

Love, Kent

A Good News Story Retold

When a Good News story comes along that testifies to the faithfulness of our God, especially, when it pertains to my/our life, it just has to be retold. 

I’m wanting to share our good news with you, and the best way I know to do that is to repost an already brilliantly written blog post by my wife, on her blog, Grace Like Water.

The following is a link to A Good News Story at Grace Like Water:
Hope this is an encouragement to you today. 

Love, Kent




A Facebook friend of mine proposed the following thought for the new year. Instead of making your typical resolutions, why not ask God for a 1 word theme for the year. His word was Engage.

In my efforts to try this for the first time, my 1 word theme became a 7 word phrase instead…IT’S IN THE EVERYDAY THAT GOD INVADES!

IT’S IN THE EVERYDAY THAT GOD INVADES. As I become more aware of what it means to be a “Marketplace Missionary” which in my case is God revealing more of Himself, and in teaching me new ways to live out His 2nd greatest commandment to “LOVE MY NEIGHBOURS AS MYSELF”, I become more aware that IT’S IN THE EVERYDAY THAT GOD INVADES.

One simple but beautiful example of this came a couple of days before Christmas. I had gone to a flat for a lease signing where a single Mom with 3 young daughters & a teenage daughter arrived to sign the lease. It was a very cold flat as no heating had been on while it sat empty, but as I would later discover, it offered the prospect of a warm home and a fresh start.

I didn’t realise the full depth of the situation, I only knew that they where having to escape a very bad situation, and move to settle into a new home over the Christmas holidays. The 3 young daughters were not only excited for Christmas, but also seemed very excited that this flat would become their new home. I can only imagine what they must have been escaping. I did my best to help make this difficult transition a little bit easier for them. I even put on a Disney movie for them to watch on my iPad while we signed all the papers.

At the end of our time, my heart was warmed, and my thoughts focused on how MUCH God loves & cares for us. The 3 young ones with big smiles on their faces, each took a turn in giving me a big hug and said, “thank you for our new home.”

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2esv)

Love, Kent


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Year 14 Begins with Transitions

Year 14 Begins with Transitions
lives changed-transformed & renewed

As Year #14 begins for us as missionaries in this beautiful nation we call home, we find our selves, our lives, and our Nation in a time of flux and transition.

Transition #1: Many of you will be aware that this week, on Thursday, 18 September, the people of Scotland will vote Yes or No on a referendum that will allow Scotland to gain it’s independence and become totally separate from the United Kingdom. At the end of the day Thursday, Scotland will have it’s say on independence. Whether the outcome is a Yes or No vote, we are in for a significant time of transition.
Please pray for Scotland and for the people to not only have a political awakening but a spiritual awakening as well. Pray for our family and all of the other American missionaries that are labouring in this country.

Transition #2: As most of you know, Hannah served in the slums of Kolkata India during the month of July with a UK based ministry called TearFund and one of their partners EMC-Emmanuel Ministries Calcutta. She had an amazing life-changing time that has propelled her into her next journey as a uni student at the University of Stirling (in the Heart of Scotland) where she will be working towards a degree in English Studies and Film & Media.
Please pray for Hannah as she will be living away from home, albeit about an hour from Edinburgh, and pray for Mom and Dad’s transition too.

Transition #3: Joshua is continuing his uni education in Business Administration here in Edinburgh, and his fiancé (which most of you know), Meghan Johnson is continuing to serve alongside us as a missionary intern.
Please pray for Joshua and Meghan as they grow, learn and serve.

Transition #4: Jacob is loving working and learning the skills that it takes to run and own a Bistro coffee house. It’s still a dream of ours to open up LoneStar- a Tex Mex eatery & coffee house. He is also continuing to serve as a leader at Centrepoint Church.
Please pray for Jacob to continue to develop his dreams and passions.

Transition #5: Our mission field reach and influence has expanded! Officially, I am now also a #MarketplaceMissionary.
I am now doing some work as a Property Manager for a friend who owns a Property Management firm. We have been friends for about 6 years. He too, is a missionary, only he and his family come from South Africa. The company is currently supporting missionaries from America and South Africa. I can only say that this timely transition must have been from God.
Please pray for me and Debbie as I/we balance everything.

We are seeing lives changed, transformed and renewed as we seek to see His Kingdom advanced here on earth and in this beautiful nation of Scotland……May it continue!!

Love, Kent

Come Follow Me, Celebrating 12 Years as Missionaries to Scotland

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Come Follow Me, Celebrating 12 Years as Missionaries to Scotland

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 ESV)

On this day, the 28th of August in 2001, we arrived at Edinburgh Airport, jet lagged and bleary eyed, nervous yet excited to begin an adventure-packed journey with God.

We thought we were too old, at 40, for Youth With A Mission. But after 6 months training in Paisley, we were staffing a school with YWAM Scotland in Edinburgh.

To our surprise, there were other families, just as crazy as us, who joined us for the training at the YWAM base, Stanely House in Paisley, Scotland.

It was there at Stanely House, where we began our Family DTS (Discipleship Training School) with a total of 12 staff/student families with 35 children. That’s right, 35 children, and 20 of them ALL in the same house. An experience NONE OF US WILL EVER FORGET!

And today, we celebrate 12 years as being missionaries in this beautiful, historic capital city of Edinburgh, and in this rainy, but gorgeous, country that we have come to call home.

“To follow is to love.”
(Barclay Card Advert)
please watch this 1:31 minute video posted on You Tube.

When I recently saw this advert from Barclay Card, I thought the theme to be quite profound. The emotions, the drama, the reality of the situations that were portrayed, were all too real and engaging.

The tag line stated, “to follow is to love.” I thought to myself, there is something more to this, beyond the message that the company has presented or intended.

After seeing this advert several more times, I began to think about the words of Jesus in the Gospels, and compare those words to the Barclay ad tag line,”to follow is to love.”

Jesus proclaims on numerous occasions “come follow me,” so I decided to do a search on my You Version app, and the following words of Jesus were the most commonly found and repeated in the Gospels.

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 ESV)

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34 ESV)

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” ( Mark 10:21 ESV)

To FOLLOW is to LOVE. I believe there is a Kingdom principle found here.

The words of Jesus, “come follow me,” not only require us to deny ourselves, but to daily take up our cross (which is a whole other blog post on its own), and to follow Him.

I am daily trying to live this out as I seek to draw closer to God, to hear His voice, and to be obedient as I intentionally pursue to be His hands and His feet.

When I reflect back on the past 12 years as a missionary, I can honestly say there has been a lot of denying of self, and dying to self that has come along with the obedience to following Jesus.

STARTING YEAR 13 in Edinburgh, Scotland:
For the past 12 years, we have been focused on:

• reaching the lost with the Gospel
• training and discipling the next generation
• church planting

Our focus and passion remain the same today:

Our FOCUS: Reaching the lost with the Gospel here in Edinburgh Scotland and beyond its borders, and helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ.

Our PASSION: Making Disciples, Equipping Ministers, and Mobilizing Missionaries.

As we begin this 13th year as missionaries, we are looking for a few more people to partner with us, and to help us advance the Gospel in Edinburgh and Scotland.

If you would LOVE to Follow, and be a part, you can go to my Supporting Our Ministry page on this blog for details on how to do that, or email me directly at:

Love, Kent

A MidSummer Night in Edinburgh


A MidSummer Night in Edinburgh In the beginning of July, on a typical chilly summer eve, the city centre streets of Edinburgh were busy with tourists and locals alike taking advantage of the northern night sky which is illuminated till close to midnight this time of year.

It was on this evening that I joined my friend James, and our Mosaic Edinburgh team, as we took our turn once again in serving the homeless with the Bethany Christian Trust Care Van. Bethany is the Scottish charity that Debbie, Hannah and Jacob all work for and that serves the homeless and vulnerable in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

The Care Van is manned by a number of local churches year round, and travels around to several key points within city centre each night. At different stops the Care Van serves homemade soups, rolls, tea, and coffee, and when equipped with donations, provides socks, hats, gloves, coats, and blankets.

Before we headed out this July evening, I was praying with our team, and prayed specifically that God would give us divine appointments and that He would use us to be Jesus’ hands and feet. I don’t know why it surprises me when God shows up on the scene when we ask Him, but it still does sometimes.

At our first stop, we were busy serving when a very weathered, middle-aged man came up and asked if we had any socks. Unfortunately, we only had a few hand-knitted hats in colours that were more suited for women than for a man. We told him this is all that we had for the night, but he begged and pleaded with us to please give him some socks. He said his feet were in terrible pain and all torn up from being soaked from the rain and not having any dry socks or any socks at all for that matter.

We exclaimed once again that we were very sorry, but these hats were all that we had. And he said, “please just give me two of the hats and I’ll put them on my feet.” At that moment, both James and I looked at each other with a belief that we were having the same thought about giving him our own socks.

Perplexed but not confused, I was still contemplating the fact that I only had ankle socks on. At that precise moment, James had decided, and boldly stated to this very desperate man, “I’ll give you MY socks.” And to my excitement, the weathered looking man said, “Oh, would you please?”

As James proceeded to take off his socks, and give them to the man, he did it with such a love, with conviction and compassion that I have not witnessed in a long time. The man received the socks with tears in his eyes, and was ever so grateful for such a kind, loving act that was reminiscent of what Jesus would do.

In fact, as I’m writing this today, I’m reminded of what Jesus said in Matthew 5 just before he spoke about loving our enemies. Jesus said in verse 42 “Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” Thanks be to God for this example and for answering our prayers for divine appointments. We are blessed and humbled to know You, God, and to be used by You.

Chandler Family Fund:
Trip to America
As most of you know, we are in the midst of raising funds to purchase 3 airline tickets (Kent, Debbie & Hannah) for a much needed trip back to see family, friends and partners (it’s been 4 years). We might need to raise a bit more, as Jacob is not getting as much work as he needs in order for him to pay for his entire airline ticket.

Travel Needs We are currently looking at travelling on September 11th or 12th, but are considering me going sooner, either into Dallas or Springfield, MO, and are needing to then meet up with Joshua who is in Arkansas near Debbie’s parents.

In addition to the airline tickets, we need the following:
*Car or van to borrow for 3-4weeks to travel between Texas, Arkansas & hopefully Colorado
*Funds for food, gas & maybe a few nights in a hotel

This Weeks Goal We have a goal this week to have enough for 2 of the tickets. As of now, we only need £259.00 to have enough for the first 2 tickets. Can you help? If so, you can donate directly on our PayPal at or donate on our Go Fund Me page at

Thank you!
Love, Kent

A Note From a Small Island


A Note from a Small Island

Recovery Update
Some of you have been asking for an update on my recovery. Firstly, let me say how much I have appreciated your prayers and encouragement during this long journey. Since my last total knee replacement surgery, I have been diligent in pushing through the physio and rehab and God continues to work a miracle in expediting my process. I’ve done everything asked of me at a much quicker pace than previous. On the challenging side of things, I continue to struggle with pain and consequently some not so pleasant side effects of the pain medication. I’m working with my GP on slowly decreasing what I’m taking and the dosages.

Confirmation Written in the Sky?

On a recent sunny afternoon, I decided to take a break outside, and spend some time praying, seeking, waiting & listening to God. After all, my theme during this rehabilitation time was to seek God for Himself & for what’s next. With so many different ways to schedule my time, I felt like God wanted me to press in to Him in order that I might know what I am “to set my hands to do.”

With my face set gazing toward the rare, warm Scottish afternoon sun, at the very moment I opened my eyes, I saw two jets passing in the sky which were forming a perfect “X” pattern. My eyes didn’t just see an X in the sky but God spoke to me! He showed me that it was a replica of a Scottish flag.

Finished here in Scotland?… I say not!

There is much work to be done and so we will continue to:

Psalm 138:8 ESV
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”

We are really excited to have Meghan Johnson (Joshua’s pre-fiancé) to come join us as an intern with Mosaic Edinburgh. She will be living with our family and working with us for at least the next 2 years. This is a great opportunity for her to learn as well as carry on with some of her and Joshua’s previous ministry they were doing when she was here for 6 months before.

Can I be honest with you? We really need a break from here! We need to see family! It has been 4 years since we have seen family (3 since Joshua & I have seen my family). Still, 3 years is a long time. And, 4 years since we have had a break is a very long time!

Again, honestly, our income currently from jobs and partners who support our ministry work does not allow us to save for airfare and the expenses needed to travel back to America to see family, friends & partners.

In faith, we are beginning to plan for this trip! We would like to travel in August-September unless we have the funds or tickets in place beforehand.

Our plan would be to fly from Edinburgh to Dallas-Fort Worth Texas.

Would you please consider helping us get home to see family, friends & partners and to have a much needed break?

We need to get there & we will need a car for transportation.

1. If you have a PayPal account, you can donate directly & securely at
2. You can donate on our GoFundMe page, securely
3. You can donate by providing air miles.

Can you help with a car for our transport needs?

Thank you so much for your love, support and encouragement.

Love, Kent



RECOVERY UPDATE: Something Miraculous Happened Today
see photo proof @ end of blog post

I don’t know why but I’m continually amazed when I see God move in miraculous ways, especially in my own life. But I am here to testify today of answered prayers. I want to thank all of you who have been on this journey with me. Since August 2010, I have had 5 surgeries that included 4 knee surgeries ( 2 arthoscopic and 2 total knee replacements) and a testicular cancer surgery. Your prayers have given me hope, patience and strength to endure as I’ve witnessed God’s hand and healing on my life. So, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you again!

It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since my 2nd knee replacement. Already I’ve seen a big difference compared to the last one (on the other knee). I can’t say that it has been any less painful but I am taking less pain medication, so that means something right?. There is less swelling, and I seem to be getting around better than last time already. I can see that I’ve gotten more flexibility and bend in my knee, this even before my first outpatient physio begins on Friday, 1st February.

MIRACULOUS: The last two days, I have been able to increase my exercises which has really encouraged me. But, something miraculous happened to me this afternoon. During my exercises today, I decided to listen & watch a worship service on, led by Jeremy Riddle (who happens to be one of my favourite worship leaders) for what I thought was going to be a distraction for me.

Little did I know that God had other plans.

After I had warmed up and felt like I had done really well with my flexibility, I decided to try once again to be able to lift my leg. This is a feat that took me 5 weeks to accomplish with my last total knee replacement, I’m not joking, 5 weeks! So, with a tremendous amount of strain and effort, I tried and tried to lift my foot/leg off the bed. At first, I had no luck, I just couldn’t do it. Then, with a huge amount of effort, I managed to get it up, a tiny little bit. Exhausted but excited, I called Debbie to come watch.

Again with great concentration, effort, strain and grunting I was able to lift it ever so slightly off the bed. HUGE SUCESS! But, with that success, I felt like I strained a muscle or something. So I must have done it wrong somehow.

BACK TO THE MIRACULOUS: As I said previously, I believe God had other plans for me instead of just listening and watching this worship time while I was exercising. At the end of the worship, the Holy Spirit was moving and speaking. I sensed that the Holy Spirit was not only moving there in Redding CA, but believe it or not, moving in my bedroom too. Through prayer and witnessing the move of the Holy Spirit they asked people to lay hands on someone around them to pray for healing or impartation or just encouragement.

ASK GOD TO SUPERNATURALLY HELP ME TO RECOVER: So, with no one around me, I decided to lay hands on myself, and with faith, I asked God to supernaturally help me to recover from this 2nd total knee replacement.

After praying for someone’s healing, I always, if appropriate, ask them to try to do something that they weren’t able to do before. For me, I decided to try and lift my foot and leg up from the bed, but this time more than just a bit.

TO MY AMAZEMENT, I not only was able to lift it up off the bed, I was able to lift it to where my leg was straight up and down pointing to the ceiling. I suddenly realised it took very little effort to do it so I decided to try it again. Before I did, I said both to myself and to God, that if I can do it again with little effort then I can testify of God’s amazing supernatural healing in helping me to recover. The second time was a complete success too!

Now came the time to testify to Debbie and Jacob, so I asked them to come up to my room and to be my witness. To their amazement, and mine too, BOOM! I did it again!. This is awesome! And again, I did it for Hannah when she got home, only this time I was smart enough to have her take a photo for proof.

At the end of all the excitement, I realise that I still have a long road ahead of physio and rehab, but today I can testify of God’s grace, love, and mercy on my life as He supernaturally is helping me to recover.

Can we just all pray, More Lord Please! And my prayer is for each of you to experience MORE of His love, grace, and mercy in your life too.

Love, Kent