Scotland

Hollywood has yet to capture the truly breathtaking landscapes of Scotland. From the rolling hills of Inverrary to the seaside cities of Dunoon, you will be amazed at the treasure that is Scotland.
It is a country that is rich in land and rich in people. When you think Scotland, you may think of redheaded, kilt-wearing, bagpipe-blowing Scots, right? Wrong. Scotland continues to be a hub for many immigrants from places like Eastern Europe and Roma (Gypsy) enclaves, to East Asia and the Middle East. This summer you’ll be able to share the Good News of Christ throughout the country as you explore the richness of her culture, her geography, and even her ancient folklores and myths (I hear the waters of Loch Ness are quite nice in the summer months…).

While you and your team will be working in several different cities during your stay in Scotland, your ministry and focus will all center around the same thing: building meaningful relationships. Whether that’s in a neighborhood with over 50 languages represented, or a seaside hamlet hanging with the village’s teenagers, you’ll share about who Jesus is and what He’s done with your newfound friends. This will be done through Holiday Clubs, hosting “drop-in” youth clubs near local coffee shops, or hitting the cobblestoned streets of Glasgow and being intentional in conversations with locals and tourists alike. Close
There is nothing more traditional than a nice plate of fish-n-chips at the mom and pop place down the road, especially accompanied with a large jug of Irn-Bru (a carbonated soft drink that tastes like bubblegum) to wash down that deliciously salty and vinegary entree!   But you will get more traditional than that. One word: haggis. You can’t leave Scotland without chowing down on sheep’s heart, liver, lungs, encased in its own stomach. Delicious, right? Don’t worry, this is often served with tatties (potatoes) to help calm the rumble that is sure to be in your tummy. Okay, so it might not be your favorite dish, but the nutty, savory texture will provide you with great bragging rights and stories to share! Close
You and your team will be staying in the churches that you partner with throughout the country. What this means is that you’ll be right in the heart of the cities you’re working in, bringing you shoulder-to-shoulder with the locals and their culture. Pack your sleeping mats and bags, and find a cozy corner of the church floor! Close
Definitely you, obviously. This is the trip for you if you’re ready to step outside your comfort zone and brave the streets of Scotland, making new friends and making a difference at the same time. This is also the trip for you if you have a sense of adventure and are ready to explore the historic and charming cities and hike the surrounding mountain countryside that make up this postcard-worthy nation.Close
While you’re schedule will be full of ministry, there will also be plenty of time for exploration on the Scotland mission trip. Hike forested trails in the Scottish Highlands, a mountainous region in the north complete with sweeping valleys of green pastures butting up against expansive lochs (insert mythical Nessie reference here). Or take to exploring the narrow and winding cobblestone streets of medieval cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh, popping into classy and bookish coffee shops that make you wish you owned a tweed jacket and were reading something distinguished, like Sherlock Holmes.   If that still doesn’t tickle your fancy, what about seeing the iconic Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, or surfing the Underground during your time of debriefing in London? There is so much to see and so much to do! An amazing adventure awaits you. Let’s go! Close
When you sit under solid, biblical teachings, engage in reading and memorizing God’s Word on a daily basis, and experience community through small group discipleship, spiritual growth will occur naturally. You’ll grow in your confidence that God is alive and at work amongst His people, and you get to be a part of that. Here are what some students have said about the Scotland mission trip:
  • "I never would have believed that I was capable of truly influencing another person’s life. I am blessed that God has chosen me, that He has given me joy in my life, and that He wants to use me to bring others into a joyful relationship with Jesus.”
  • “God has taught me that my feelings should never be what govern my faith. What I know to be true about God through His Word is what I should follow – not my feelings.”
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Due to its own long and rich history, as well as the more recent influx of immigrants from around the world, Scotland has become a melting pot of culture. The streets are a colorful mix of plaid kilts and South Asian turbans, cobblestoned streets lined with quintessential Scottish pubs and curry restaurants, and street performers competing for your attention in the shade of church spires and castle turrets. You’ll understand why William Wallace (think Braveheart) fought so ardently for the country he loved as you come to understand how unique and rich Scotland really is. Close
We get to partner with some incredible people who are passionate about sharing the Gospel with their community. They are there 24/7, being an encouragement, a safe place, and a positive voice in the often depressing and dark corners of Scotland’s suburbs. You’ll be able to come alongside them, encourage them, and join them as they love on and share the Good News with their communities. I think it’s safe to say you’ll be inspired and challenged to embrace the same zeal and passion for your home communities as the believing Scottish community does theirs. Close
The debriefing process is a critical element to your summer experience. You’ll have the time and space to process all that your summer of ministry held, the things God has done in your life, and how to return home well. And what better place to do all of this than in London, England! You’ll be able to relax and have fun exploring this iconic city with good friends as you wrap up what is hopefully an amazing summer.Close

Schedule

  1. Students June 23 - July 22
  2. Staff Disciplers June 16 - July 22
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Scotland Required Support

  • Students
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $3295
  • Spending Money: $380
  • TOTAL: $3675
  • Staff
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $3295
  • Spending Money: $415
  • TOTAL: $3710

*$USD. For information about Canadian contributions and tax deductibility for Canadian citizen contact our Headquarters. The Scotland mission trip does not require a visa.

Scotland Trip Leader

  • Jake Fair - Full Bio >>
  • My wife Jennah and I will be leading the Scotland missions trip. I love chicken wings, Jeeps, and old Nintendo’s. I also love taking students on trips where we can live life together as a team, laugh, and learn about how God has gifted students to discover His purpose for their lives.

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Well on our last day in Scotland, we went to the stunning Loch Lomond. There we climbed a massive hill, which I think was 1000 meters above sea level. It was an amazing journey of hard determination and God revealing his majesty by every small step. And just like the climb, there were challenging moments during the summer but overall it was well worth it. You should go!

Zack