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A Visit To Scotland

Todd Williams - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

BRETHREN,

Thought I would give you a brief report on our visit to Aberdeen, Scotland. We arrived in Warsaw last night without my luggage, but it arrived today. THANK YOU LORD!

When we arrived in Scotland on Friday evening April 4th, faithful Janusz, as always, greeted us at the airport and helped us get to the Skene Hotel – quite a hotel. On Saturday we spent most of the day with Adam, former student of the Bible Institute in Warsaw, now "Handyman" in Aberdeen. In the evening he invited us to his apartment, where his Ukrainian wife Sweta fixed supper for us.

Janusz was the one who invited Adam to the "Bible Institute" to improve his English years ago in Warsaw, but he never became a member of the church. Due to the fact that he couldn't find work, he moved to Aberdeen. He kept his apartment, and several of us, including Nicole and Lukasz, stayed in that apartment when visiting Warsaw. The story of his conversion is quite interesting. When in Aberdeen, he made contact with the church and came to know the Gaunts. Rachel, was a former HIM worker in Ireland, and later married Russell Gaunt. They have three children. While driving somewhere, with Adam sitting in the back seat, they asked him if he was a Christian, to which he remarked that he couldn't be a Christian because he was a recovering alcoholic. They wondered what that had to do with anything, and he said, “Well they serve alcohol during communion in Warsaw,” to which Russell said, “We use grape juice.” Adam then said, “I guess I can become a Christian,” and so he did. Since then Adam has been faithful and participates in a lot of activities. He is quite a musician and plays and sings with a Barber Shop group. It was a joy to meet with them during this brief period. 

On Sunday, Royce taught the Bible class and I preached. Ian Storrs, the minister, was kind enough to drive us to St. Andrews on Monday. I think we saw the sun maybe 15 minutes during our time in Aberdeen, so plenty of rain. 

A side note . . . of the 200,000 plus people in Aberdeen, 20,000 plus are Polish. The church is working on expanding their work with this group.

At this point we have a lot of people to see in Warsaw, and that is exciting. Please note the picture. We were at the Gaunt's home, with Rachel to the left, Adam Dyda, Royce, Gerd, Lucky, and Russell.

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