a missional family
Our faith and love for God should issue in our loving and serving others. In this sense, all believers are missionaries: we are called to proclaim the gospel of Jesus in the mission fields of our homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods. At Refuge we have also enjoyed hosting a variety of mission groups, and have coordinated mission weeks and prayer walks around our city. Additionally, we have also sent individuals and groups on short-term mission. Furthermore, as a church family, it is also our great privilege and joy to commit to the prayerful and financial support of a number of full-time missionaries. Please read their stories about the work that God is doing in the world, and consider supporting them in prayer and financially.
The Cools family are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Hans works as a missionary pilot and Melissa is a stay at home mum. They are committed to Arnhem Land—the largest Aboriginal Reserve in Australia and home to 16,000—where they will be living in community with Aboriginal people. There are issues with alcoholism, drugs, and domestic violence, but nevertheless the church is growing and Christ is being proclaimed by locals who are being discipled by MAF and other missionary organisations. With roads closed during the rainy season, MAF provides a vital lifeline for bringing in essential services.
Since before meeting each other (in Youth With A Mission in 2008) Hans and Melissa had both felt burdened with the call to missions work. They are very excited at the prospect of stepping into what God has laid on their hearts: to see the people reached in the farthest corners of the world. The Cools have been part of the Refuge family since 2015 and they are encouraged by the support of the church: "God is faithful in the big and the small."
Louise is the founder of the charity New Team alongside young people who hang out on the streets of Govan. She is also involved with other volunteer Christian youth work in that area of Glasgow.
Colin has always had a heart for the Italian people—it was during the time when he was playing professional rugby in Italy that he came to know Christ. Many would think that Italy is a place with a rich heritage of Christianity. The reality is quite different. Religion is like a veneer that covers the culture but never reaches the heart of the everyday person. Less than 1% of the Italian people have a personal, saving faith with our Lord Jesus. With such an absence, Colin has sensed God has calling him to reach the young Italian people through coaching rugby and entering schools to share the gospel with Youth For Christ in collaboration with his local church in Bologna and Italian Ministries. His role will be to plant gospel seeds through building relationships, sharing the gospel and walking alongside those who want to grow in Christ and serve others.