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. http://www.bethanychristiantrust.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or donate on our Go Fund Me page at http://www.gofundme.com/34cqts