On a mission to make and grow disciples

The Week the World came to Glasgow

Posted by Alan Mcknight on August 27, 2014

71 nations and territories; 22 sports; 1 city; 10,000 gospels and hundreds of gospel conversations! That about sums up a week at Harper Church during the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
We are located right next to many of the Commonwealth Games venues which made our church a natural base for gospel mission during the games. There was a team of 50 people drawn from the church and around the UK. We worked with our partners from Gospel Literature Outreach (GLO); Open Air Mission; and Mad Ministries to deliver a week packed with puppetry; circus skills, open air preaching; gospel distribution.
It was a tremendously encouraging week, largely because many people were very open to talk about the good news of Jesus as they went about soaking up the atmosphere and the sun (well at least for the first half of the Games). There was George the older man who knew he wasn’t a Christian yet still prayed and worried about his future; Lawrence just back from volunteering in Africa, shocked by the suffering and looking for answers; Zacharias who believed that God would just forgive him, because he’s a loving God; Ian, who wouldn’t take a gospel, but listened to the preaching for an hour; and Robert the left wing Palestinian protestor who had been brought up in a Christian home and yet renounced the faith. So many people; so many stories, such great gospel need and such a great Saviour.
Throughout the week we had ‘live prayer’ operating at the church premises. We had a team of people praying each day while the mission activity was going on. Gospel workers out on the streets would text prayer requests back to the prayer team who would pray through issues as they came in. This brought a great freshness and urgency to our prayers.
The need is great in our cities and the big thing I learned across the week is that there are many people who will happily stand in a busy street and talk about their lives; their thoughts; their feelings and their beliefs. There is no shortage of need, ““The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” There are almost 600,000 people living in Glasgow, pray for us in our mission to make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ that Christ the King might receive the glory he is due, or why not come and join us!
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