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Pics – just in time! 28th November, 2011

Posted by Scotty in Church, CRM, Leadership.
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So at our Tuesday staff meeting last week we got our new Staff Pictures taken for the website.  I’m so glad that we did them when we did.  At some point in the next day or so I head off to to barber to get my head shaved.  The nurses recommend it as being “far less traumatic” to shave your head as opposed to watching it fall out in clumps.  That would definitely make for some interesting staff pictures!

Anywayz, here are the pics we took this week.  What a great team don’t ya think:

Brian & Kellie Ingraham

Scott Burns

Monica Burns

Andy Ashworth

Kirsty MacIntyre

Ruth Weller

In the next photos I upload, I’ll be bald just like Brian & Andy!

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Furlough Dates 21st May, 2011

Posted by Scotty in CRM, Furlough, Travel.
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So, we finally booked the flights for our first “furlough”.

Furlough is the technical term for “a period of time that missionaries spend back in their homeland doing missions motivation and mobilization in what is often called deputation.”

We’ll arrive in Portland Mon July 11th and fly back to Scotland Thurs August 18th

Looking forward to seeing you!

50PC: Update 8th January, 2011

Posted by Scotty in Blessings, CRM, Support.
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What and encouragement The 50 Person Challenge has been so far.  We’ve just hit the first of the two goals and managed it very evenly… we’ve reached the equivalent of 50 between us, which is a huge increase over the last couple of months.  Now let’s see which of us gets to 50 first!

It Arrived!!!! 21st October, 2010

Posted by Scotty in Challenges, CRM, Mission, Travel.
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Finally, after all the waiting and plan-changing… the visa came!  So Mon and I are both flying out on Saturday morning!  I can’t believe we only have 1 day left here, it doesn’t feel real.

I’m exhausted.  I spent the day meeting with friends and saying goodbyes… that sure ain’t fun.  I just keep reminding myself that before we know it we’ll be back to visit.

This is one of those “Whatever the cost” seasons.  God has called us… He has made the path clear… the time is now… and the cost?  The cost is leaving behind friends and family, a church that we love, our first home, and most of our commonality.  We feel our hearts being torn as we say goodbye… but we know that God’s plan is the best thing for our lives.

As Mike Tatlock reminded me… we don’t have to grieve the loss of relationships… only the loss of frequency!  I’m glad the relationships don’t have to end.  And anywayz… now we get the joy of hosting them in the better land!

Whatever God wants | Whenever He wants it | Whatever the cost!!

Homeward Bound 18th October, 2010

Posted by Scotty in CRM, Travel.
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My flight is booked… AGAIN.  I fly out from Portland at 8.15am on Saturday (October 23rd) bound for home.  It feels surreal to be doing my “last week in America” all over again.  I was ready to go, got myself unready, and now I’m re-readying myself.

We’ve been here for an extra 5 weeks and we find ourselves with the same dilemma:  Mon’s visa still hasn’t arrived!!!?

We booked my flight last night, because I have to leave.  My visa expires on Saturday, so I have to leave.  We’re hoping and praying that Monica’s visa will come in the next couple of days so that we can leave together.

Either way… I’m leaving.  And it feels weird.
I’m ready and I’m not.

Either way… God’s in control.
I’m ready.

Friends: the Aanderud’s 4th August, 2010

Posted by Scotty in CRM, Friends, Life.
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In January, when we headed down to California for our CRM orientation training we met a couple that we instantly fell in love with: Danny & Christy Aanderud.  Danny grew up in Germany where his parents were missionaries, Christy in California with her dad as the president of CRM.  It didn’t take us long to be sitting around a table in hysterics as we laughed at how much we had in common.  Danny & Christy would start to bicker and Mon & I would look at each other and laugh as we witnessed one of our own disagreements played out in front of our eyes.  They understood us… and we understood them.

On top of that, they are in the support raising process getting prepared to move to London by the end of the year.  Over the last 8 months we’ve been in regular contact processing the joys and frustrations of support raising, sharing philosophies of ministry, and doing whatever we can to support and encourage each other as we move towards life as full-time missionaries.  I am so glad that we got to spend time in Malaysia with this awesome couple (who will probably be our first visitors when we get to Scotland!!).

Life and Ministry is all about the people.  One of the greatest privileges of being in ministry is the people:  those we get to minister with and those we get to minister to.  We’re so thankful to be heading to Scotland to an amazing team… sent by the amazing people at Grace Chapel… made possible by an amazing team of intercessors and financial supporters… and spurred on by amazing friends like Danny & Christy who are walking a parallel journey.

Every day I thank God for the awesome people He’s surrounded us with.

Danny & Christy… we love you!

First Things 27th January, 2010

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Right now I’m sitting in a training room in the CRM headquarters, halfway through “First Things”, the New Staff Orientation and Support Raising Training.  It’s an intense week!  Saturday was an all-day spiritual retreat… and this week we are at the office 8am-5pm covering all the details of Purpose, Vision, Values and Structure of the organization, as well as a lot of hints tips and helps for raising support.

I’ve been struck by a couple of things over the course of the last few days:

  • God’s calling upon my life is clear!  I have had to share, share and share again what I am going back to Glasgow for.  Numerous times I have had the others declare their excitement at what God is going to do through me!
  • I’m thankful for God’s provision.  Over the last 4 years I have been truly blessed.  God has brought so many people around me who love and support me, providing for me emotionally, spiritually, prayerfully, practically and financially.  It’s overwhelming!
  • God will provide!  I have an unusual degree of faith in God’s provision.  God has called me, and He will give me everything I need to do His work.

I can’t wait to get back to Scotland!  It will break my heart to leave here, but I can’t wait to be there continuing the work had me doing before I left to attend Multnomah.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU!

Thank you for being with me Mon and I on this journey!