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The Gilmour's Yearly Update


Have I not commanded you?

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,

for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9


Therefore, we do not lose heart.

Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary,

but what is unseen is eternal.


1 Corinthians 4:16-18

Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So, they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.

Acts 6: 6-8



Hello brothers and sisters, our friends in the Faith.

We are thankful that we can write to you, knowing that you care about us and want to know more about what God has called us to, where He has us, and what He has been doing, in, through, and for us.

Your prayer, written & spoken encouragement, and financial support, is vitally important, not just to God’s mission, but to us as a family in two ways, firstly it brings us comfort to know you have our back, and secondly it holds us accountable, spurring us on to good works, knowing that you care about how everything is going.

It has been one whole year since our last newsletter and our summer appeal, so please allow us to bring you up to speed on what has been going on.

God bless you.

Lots of love from Stuart, Lynsey, Indie, and Hiromi x x x x


Bathgate (West Lothian)

The Lord Provides

Last summer we made an appeal for financial support to help us survive a summer without income, so that we could focus on the mission, instead of looking for jobs and struggling to get by. We can humbly and joyfully say, that through your support God provided us with enough for us to get through to September with the ends meeting. Praise the Lord!


Adapting to curve balls

There were a number of ideas and plans for reaching people in Bathgate, and as is common, to quote our famous Bard, “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley.”

Lynsey was struck down with a long-term mystery illness in May, which we’ll get back to later. This hindered our efforts in Bathgate greatly, but it did not stop them, and we take some comfort in knowing that despite not doing all the wonderful things we would have liked to, that there is a good chance that the results of what we did do, are likely the same as if we had done all those things.


What is Truth? Bathgate End of Season 1

We did persevere with What is Truth? in the new venue of the Foundry for a while, but it seems interest diminished, which was slightly disappointing, but as with Glasgow (which we’ll talk about later), there was a sense that this was the end of Season 1 for WIT? Bathgate anyway.


Connecting and staying connected with Bathgate’s pastors, missionaries, and free grazers

We met with a couple of local ministers, one who leads a church which God is using greatly to reach those in relative poverty, in around the West Lothian area, the other who runs a number of initiatives, one of which is a Role-Playing Games club. Needless to say, there could be important connections with them for the future. We still have relationships with key Christians in the area, and we all continue to wait on the Lord’s leading, on what if any plans He may have for all of us.


All in all, God did what He set out to do

So, in reflection, the aim was to make connections with new people in Bathgate, connect with former members of the Raven, and reconnect with some old friends who were in the Livingston music scene. God did all three, in October we organised an arts event, called Show and Tell.

As a result, we have found favour with key players in the music and arts scene, reconnected with old friends, and made connections with Christians with similar vision.


Church planting with support from an established Church?

A new development is that a church in West Lothian have a desire to church plant in Bathgate, and are looking for people to lead it, we and they have agreed to pray about that. The positives are that they do not want to do it themselves, they just want to support those who are called to lead it.

The pastor has been a spiritual support to us for the last couple of years, in prayer, and the occasional catch up, there is also an interesting web that connects them, us, and many of the people already mentioned. We’ll see…




What is Truth? (Glasgow and Bathgate)

www.whatistruthscotland.com

www.facebook.com/whatistruthscotland

Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So, they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.

Acts 6: 6-8


What is Truth? Is a step closer to engaging with Christ for people who attend any of our arts events and hang outs.

An opportunity for anyone who is willing to have a civil debate and discussion around the subject of truth, to meet us in a pub, for a drink, maybe some food, and have a discussion around a variety of topics, that wouldn’t be out of place on an episode of Star Trek, The X Files, or Fact or Fiction.


Glasgow

As mentioned in the Bathgate section, both the Glasgow and Bathgate What is Truth? Meetings have come to the end of their first season, and the executives are discussing whether they will commission a second season.

We expect that Glasgow, has had one season, and maybe it will be picked up at a later date, but there are no plans to resume in the foreseeable future.

The attendance in Glasgow was always small to none, and for the remaining 6 months of doing it, Lynsey and I really, just chatted to the bar staff, and spent some time alone in the bar praying for them. Towards the final month, it was clear time was up. There were a number of obstacles preventing us from continuing, lack of child care on too many occasions, staff changes, and a change of manager. The last effort we made, involved leaving a letter explaining who we are and what we were doing, for a key member of staff to read. Strangely, we received an unusual email from someone referring to What is Truth? and we replied, but the email address was not recognised.

Only recently have we realised that this may have been that very staff member and we have just discussed, moments before writing this, that we will pay one more visit to Nice N Sleazy, to find out before completely closing that door for now. We’ll keep you posted.

Regardless of what happens, we were given a peace, that God had achieved what He wanted through our time there, in the lives of those we met and that seeds were planted and watered to be harvested later.


Bathgate

In Bathgate, the Foundry, the new venue choice, was not conducive to what we wanted to achieve, and Jim and John just didn’t seem interested anymore, and like Glasgow, we have a peace that God did what he needed to do, and that enough seeds were planted and watered for those who came, that a harvest later, in a different field, or by a different farmer is possible. So, What is Truth? Bathgate Season 1 has also ended.


Online

Reviewing our mission activities, we considered that What is Truth? Is still a good idea, and that it should be kept alive, and that by moving online, we may find that it raises interest, and that the interest raised may justify resuming our weekly meetings. Funnily enough, our latest post, led to someone asking when our next Bathgate meeting is. So, Season 2 of What is Truth? Bathgate may premier sooner than we anticipated. We’ll keep you posted.

Also, our second last post about corporate folks, patriarchy, and other mainstream narratives ruffled a few feathers, to the point where a friend suggested that by asking those questions, we were revealing political ideology. It led to a debate, which was difficult for us, but worthwhile as an exercise in that someone was engaged, questioning, and debating. We believe that, for the most part is productive and good, but a wee flag was raised for us. It appears that the search for Truth is strewn with opposition, accusation, misunderstanding, and potential division. It also encouraged a friend, so that’s great. Please pray for the online ministry of What is Truth? We seek to encourage people to pay attention and ask questions, in the hope that when people genuinely ask questions, they are more ready to receive the answers.



CHuRch for mISfiTs

To be or not to be

This last year did not produce a core group of believers willing to join us on the mission, but with some of the people from West Lothian mentioned in the Bathgate section, and the potential relationship with St Johns Evangelical Church in Linlithgow, there is enough there for us to be praying that God leads the way.

If He wants a church plant, He will have a church plant.

We are open to it and are really just looking for opportunities to use our gifts in preaching, teaching, praying and sharing insight with others, so please pray along with us, for God to provide us with those opportunities, whether that be in a church plant, or elsewhere.



SIC Promotions

www.sicpromotions.com

www.facebook.com/sicpromotions

Sharing is Caring

SIC Promotions is the name we have given to our practical ministry to support local musicians and artists.

If you remember, last April we hosted Denver’s own Vatican Vamps, this was our first step back into the world of arts promotion, and was a truly encouraging time, we followed this up in October with, Show and Tell, an arts event in the Regal Theatre in Bathgate.

There was a pretty low attendance, but a number of positives came from it, and it looks like it could be a good idea to have another.

We’ll keep you posted.



Family

Mystery Virus

In May 2018 Lynsey was hit with a mystery illness, which led to numerous doctors’ visits, an endoscopy, bloods taken for tests on a number of possibilities, ultra sounds, swollen lymph nodes, meeting with a Gastro Intestinal Consultant, considerations of Neurological issues. To this day, the doctors do not know what was going on, but the most likely scenario is that Lynsey had a virus, that affected her mentally and physically, unfortunately the doctors did not know exactly what they were treating, and some of the medication she was given led to more severe mental health symptoms. The whole thing was traumatic, and she is now taking medication daily to help her feel calm enough to sleep at night and is on a waiting list to see a specialist in Complex PTSD.

She still feels a lot of symptoms such as exhaustion, depression, anxiety, and really it has been a year of unsettling symptoms, which has had a significant impact on her ability to enjoy life, which obviously has affected family life, and made everything harder, including the mission.

However, Lynsey has shown remarkable endurance, and we continue to press on, and are hopeful that the PTSD appointments will be soon, and effective. Your prayer would be greatly appreciated in this matter, especially as she is beginning to manifest the same symptoms as she did last year.


Family member in a Coma

Two weeks ago, a close family member went into a Diabetic Coma, we faced the possibility that they might never wake up, that they might wake up but not remember us, that they might wake up brain damaged, disabled, and who knows what. They were in the coma for a week and woke up on Easter Monday. They were delirious, confused, and it was still uncertain what they might be facing, we were hoping it was just the medication they were on. Last night Lynsey and I visited, and they are alive, well, happy, and we and they see no difference mentally, they just need to build strength, and they are due to come home on Thursday. It really has been a very strange fortnight, from deep despair to feeling like it was just a dream, it may as well never have happened. Having said that, it was very traumatic, and it will take a while getting over the image of them in intensive care connected to 13 different devices, with tubes and wires everywhere. Please pray for their continued recovery, and that this experience will be enough to them and us do everything they and we can to prevent it happening again.


Cancer

Two families members underwent surgery for cancer and are recovering, with one needing chemo therapy.


Family member out of work

A family member hit rock bottom last year, after many years of self-destructive behaviour which led to problems with the pancreas, losing their job and living in a homeless hostel. Thankfully they are now in social housing, and doing a lot better, but are desperate for work. Please pray for God’s will to be done, and that if they get a job, that it is a job that is good for them and their recovery.


The Girls

They are thriving, and tiring, very sweet and very wild. Enjoying enjoying playgroup and nursery, and look forward to moving up after the summer.

Please pray for us as we try our best to be the parents God call us to be.


Prayer points are in the newsletter only, and names have removed to protect online privacy.

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