Having been born and raised in Aberdeen, there had always been a desire to return to the North East to minister to the people there. I didn’t know if or when this desire would ever come to fruition given our 5 year role within the leadership of Refuge and being so settled with our church family in Glasgow.
However, in January 2018 something shifted, and for the first time Erica and I both began feeling God was opening our eyes to the potential of moving away from our beloved church to help begin something new in Aberdeen.
preceded by prayer
Before doing anything, we pray. For three months, we fasted and prayed once a week, and over that time the desire to begin this new chapter grew and grew. In April we asked the Elders of Refuge to join with us in prayer and to intercede on our behalf to our Heavenly Father regarding the potential of moving. In the months to follow we met and chatted with the Elders and their family’s, before then asking the church to pray with us and for us.
I began applying to some jobs and was fortunate to get invited to interview in May. I was subsequently offered the position for that job but it all felt a bit quick and after prayerful consideration decided to turn the job down. During my time of prayer God reminded of a calling He had given me about five years prior which was to, find the church, live in that community and work nearby. Accepting this job would have meant doing it the other way around, prioritising the job over anything else—so in faith we pursued the church and finding a place to live in that community, and trusted that the right job would come.
We believed that God was calling us to be a part of a revitalisation church plant with Aberdeen Vineyard, and so we began the process of looking for a home in the area that this church was seeking to minister to. We were massively blessed with support to purchase our first property and found a lovely, wee flat just down the street from where, someday, the church aims to meet.
Our maximum offer was substantially less than the valuation of the property, but we serve a BIG God and on August 16th our offer was accepted!
We had found the church … bought our first home in the local area … but, as of yet, had no job—however, God is our provider!
At the end of August, I was contacted following an interview at the University, and offered the position of Careers Adviser. This job was a perfect fit in every way: it’s a 10-minute commute from our new home; it gives me exceptional benefits (which allow time with family and time to invest in the church). It offers me progression in my career whilst being able to provide for the family—truly the perfect job.
…how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Even with all God had done to get us to this place it was still deeply sad to have to say goodbye to our best friends and church family at Refuge. We went through the best and worst times with amazing, godly people and through it all have created deep, lifelong friendships. Saying bye was truly very difficult. On our final Sunday we were blessed with a lovely family service that was a little different as it included a feast together, following an incredible sermon that affirmed the calling that God had put on our heart.
We miss our Refuge family but are absolutely loving this new chapter at Aberdeen Vineyard. We had our first public service in November, which saw about 20 or so people come—almost all of who aren’t in any way connected to a church! As a small team we meet throughout the week to worship, pray and read the Bible together, which has been so refreshing. We are excited about what God has in store next and, given the testimony of His provision for us getting us here, we are full of faith that He will provide everything we need—and more—to make His plans happen!
HE GIVES US STORIES ///
Throughout Advent, Refuge is posting a selection of stories of God’s work in our lives. Each morning of Advent, we will be sharing these stories for the encouragement and upbuilding of the Church—and to testify to His greatness. For the series introduction click here.
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