Travel with us across Scotland as we minister in the loud, crowded, multi-cultural neighborhoods of Glasgow, and then in the small and beautiful lakeside town of Dunoon. You will partner with local churches to reach out to Scottish teens, many of whom come from broken homes and live in poverty, as well as to immigrants looking for a better life. On ferries, busses, and your own two feet, you will explore this wild and mountainous country that will provide countless opportunities to share the Good News with the wonderful people of Scotland! All that’s needed is an open heart and your hiking boots.
But one traditional meal that you’re sure to love is Fish-n-Chips! Served piping hot, with a sprinkling of salt and malt vinegar, and a cold bottle of Irn-Bru (a Scottish carbonated soft drink that tastes like bubble gum)…it will change your life!Close
Picture this: you are hiking along a forested trail on the side of a mountain, drinking in the clean air, and gazing down at the shimmering waters of Loch Lomond. Sound good? It is!
And did I mention the cities of Dunoon, Glasgow, or London? Well let me tell you! In Dunoon, a picturesque village on Loch (lake) Tay, you and your Scottish friends will jump off the town pier into the cool (ok…I’ll be honest, the really cold) waters Loch Tay. In Glasgow you’ll have a chance to visit Glasgow University – a place straight out of the Harry Potter movies
And in London you’ll get to see the iconic Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, and have a chance to look for the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Castles, kilts, and Queens (and don’t forget haggis!).Close
- "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.”
It will take a couple days before you begin to clearly understand what the Scottish are saying, their accent is thick and they have different words and phrases which take some getting used to. However, it’s a lot of fun and let’s be honest, we all secretly wish the accent was our own!
One of the areas where we serve is incredibly multicultural, so not only will you experience Scottish culture, but also many of the cultures of the immigrant populations as well. You’ll eat amazing food (if you dare) and even get a chance to learn Ceilidh (pronounced “Kay-lay”), a traditional Scottish dance. For the guys, dancing the Ceilidh is a great way to sport your newly purchased kilt (in Scotland, real men wear kilts), and you’ll have a blast doing it!Close
While in Glasgow, you will be working and staying in a church in the community of Drumchapel, which is a poor, rough area of the city. The members of the church may be small in number, but the size of their hearts are big and that’s all that truly matters.
We will also be working with another church in the lakeside town of Dunoon. Dunoon is about as pure Scottish as it gets, so you’ll have a totally legit, day to day experience in what it is like to be a Scot. You’ll really get to know the local teens, have time to hang around town, hike the surrounding hills, and hopefully enjoy a BBQ at the beach. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll become friends. The Scottish are some of the friendliest people on earth!
In all my years leading short-term mission trips, I don’t think I have worked with churches that have been as generous and loving toward our team. They also have a deep burden for reaching their community for Christ that is truly inspiring.Close