“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!