Monday, 22 December 2008

This week we have had a stomach bug... well all of us except Bethany however she managed to escape is beyond me. The bug has thrown us out of sorts but we are all much better now.The only good thing about being not well is as you can see from the photo we watched Little House on the Prairie and played with lego!

Last Monday was the Girls Brigade Nativity play and it went very well.Bethany was Ceasar Augustus and Lydia was Mary.
We also have had our nativity play in Gorgie yesterday.
It was great fun. Jonathan is dressed up as Frankincense, just in case you couldn't work it out!

Now all the meals have ended and parties at Gorgie are over, we are concentrating on Christmas for ourselves. Tonight we are off to a party at Caroles house so that should be fun... after the dentist. (yuck)!
Jonathan's toe is still not mended yet and he is now on to his fifth antibiotic so hopefully he will get a chance to rest it over these days and see a big improvement.
I trust you have a great Christmas day with your families. Enjoy it! Remember the real reason for this season.
Now all the meals have ended and parties at Gorgie are over, we are concentrating on Christmas for ourselves. Tonight we are off to a party at Caroles house so that should be fun... after the dentist. (yuck)!
Jonathan's toe is still not mended yet and he is now on to his fifth antibiotic so hopefully he will get a chance to rest it over these days and see a big improvement.
I trust you have a great Christmas day with your families. Enjoy it! Remember the real reason for this season.

Yesterday at the nativity we were speaking about a Christmas cracker... inside comes a joke, normally twee but fun, it really is fun to live for Christ. There is also a free gift inside a cracker... not exactly something you can't live without but nonetheless it is a gift, of course Jesus is our free gift from Heaven to a manger, to a cross. There is also a hat... a crown shape reminding us that the King of Kings wants to be part of our lives. No matter who you are, He is interested in you! Make time for Him this Christmas. That is what I will be trying to do... join me?
Speak to you soon! With love Elizabeth. xx

Monday, 15 December 2008

We have been practicing very hard in Sunday School for our Nativity play which will be shown next Sunday. Yesterday we were really glad to have Mark and Rhonda Beattie come in the morning and share with us their plans for going to Russia as Missionaries. They stayed for lunch... leftovers from our Christmas party on Friday night.
We had just over 40 at it.
This past week the coffee morning also ended this session with a Christmas dinner!

We are turkeyed out and it isn't even Christmas day yet!

On Wednesday we had a good time with the homeschool group in Gorgie Mission. I did over an hour of games with them so by the next day my legs had seized up... another sign of my age! Then they had loads of crafts and songs and stories so they all had a great time.
Lydia has got herself a little tummy bug and is not feeling very well today. Hopefully she will recover soon as she is Mary in the Girls Brigade nativity tonight. Bethany is Ceasar Augustus!!
We had the privilege of Stuart staying with us last night on his way back to Skye from Norfolk. We had a blast and while he was here we looked up the house we had claimed as ours in Skye on the estate agents website. It had a big taken sign across it. Small disappointment for a few minutes led to the absolute knowledge that our God is in control and we have no doubt if that is the one that is for us it will be ready for us at just the right time. Not ours but His! Perhaps He has somewhere else in store.It is great that we are not in control of these things. Hudson Taylor said "God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply" He will supply the house... without doubt! Trust Him these days for your lives. So often we as Christians miss out on so much as we are so self sufficient. We need to be much more reliant on God and then we will see great things that He can do!
God bless you this week as you prepare to celebrate the birth of our Saviour. Love Eliz. xx

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Here we are!

Every other post is entitled "I've Returned". So here's another one.
In the intervening days much has gone on in our lives. Wilma, my sister who is a missionary in Greece came home for a few days and us girls went to visit "Granny" in Fort William. We had a good time and spent some time with My Gran who will be 99 in February.

My brother Neil and Sister in law Kath came for one of the days while we were there so we had a lot of fun.
Gorgie Mission's evening service folks had a nice meal out. It is good as a fellowship to get together and spend some time.
We have spent a lot of time with friends.

We went with the homeschool group to Holyrood Palace. It was great and I am not ashamed to say something of that size in Skye would be great!!!!! I don't fancy the dusting though!
The girls had a big haircut too. Done by the professional hairdresser..... me! If a hairdresser saw it they may have a heart attack!

We have had a Thanksgiving party and one of the girls from Girls Brigade came with her mum and they are coming back to our Christmas party this week. It is all go now for Christmas.
Today we have been to the GB carol service. It is sad to see that so many organisations are suffering from the lack of girls and boys being committed enough to go and to keep going. It is a lesson for us that we remain committed entirely to Jesus and we show Him to be worthy of our commitment. Blessings, Eliz. xx

Monday, 10 November 2008

MAF Sunday!

Sunday: Had a great and informative day with the Mission Aviation Fellowship representative at Gorgie. It is amazing that these Christian pilots make such a difference by flying their planes in to some of the remotest parts of the world. He told us a story about a lady who was the first Christian in a village, one of the MAF reps had gone out and was told to go and visit with this lady. He entered her mud hut and saw she had nothing. No furniture or ornaments. He asked her about being the first Christian in the village and what that was like, she looked around and said, "I owe it all to Jesus". We in the western world are so comfortable and often we thank only ourselves. She was grateful for the very little she had in this worlds goods because she was rich in Jesus.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

A good Week!

This week has been full and varied!!! On Sunday evening we met up with a friend who is working with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Northern Ireland. Another home Missionary! It was great to hear of the work amongst boys and girls that she does. She also does ladies' meetings. They have the title, "Inward, Outward Beauty".
The Coffee morning on Tuesday was the first in November obviously and the epilogue was on making Christmas His Story! I know I am early but we are being bombarded already with advertisements on toys and gifts.
Even some baking was done... even if it does look a bit yucky!

On Thursday evening, Marian and Lindsay came over to do the study on A mum after God's own heart. I am learning a lot from this study like commentators think that Daniel, Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego were probably between 14-17 years of age! I have a mental picture of them being about 30's or 40's. The study made us think of the parentage of these young boys and it asked us to think what we would like for our children to do in that position.

Last night we were out with Gorgie Mission for a meal. It was a beautiful dinner and we enjoyed it very much. The girls have been staying the night with their Auntie Nora and this morning have gone of to Dobbies garden centre to see the Christmas displays. Now it is time for me to get ready for Sunday school. I don't have to do a children's talk as tomorrow a man from mission aviation fellowship is coming to speak at both meetings and has some pictures to show the wee ones about his work. I'll let you know how it all goes!!! Okay I am off. Keep praying for your Missionaries both in this land and abroad and may you have a great week!

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Old? Friends!

We have had a great time away on our Missionary journeys. We met up with Johnathan and Janet again. They are settling well into their new post in York. It does take a while to get to grips with a new place, the people and culture and such like are different no matter if you just move a few miles or if you move hundreds of miles.
Stephen and Cynthia are doing brilliantly in the work in Norfolk.

They have really found their ministry niche and are very happy. We were able to see Stephen at work when we went to the holiday Bible clubs he was having in a local town called Diss.This is the church that it was held in.
Our girls very much enjoyed the fun and then we got to see the action when we went to the family night. This winter Stephen who is a mechanic is reaching out to the local community by doing free winter checks on the locals cars. What a brilliant way of using your God given talents for ministry.
We girls have been all go since we got back. Yesterday we were at our friends birthday party. The girlies had a blast. Today we went to see our old neighbours in Penicuik after church. It was great seeing a couple of the families and spending some time having a chat. This morning at Church actually another old face turned up. A fellow who used to come and stay in a caravan at the camp centre in Cork where we lived and now he and his young family are at the Bible college here in Edinburgh.
Tonight we have spent some time with another old friend from Faith Mission days. She is now working with Child Evangelism Fellowship. It is always great to see the way God leads and guides people to where He wants them to be. Is god leading you today? Is He in control of your life? He is just waiting to be asked! Make it today. Love Elizabeth. xx

Friday, 24 October 2008

Away again!!

Hello did you think I had disappeared??? Well I had. It has been a busy old time and I have been feeling a wee bit under pressure so something had to give. Just fancied a wee chat though so here I am. Perhaps I will try and keep it updated just every so often for a while.
The girls are off at One way club tonight which they love. We have had a day in the house as we girlies are suffering a wee bit with the cold. We have a few days off starting today. We are going to spend tomorrow around the house and then we are heading to York for an overnight stay to see Johnathan and Janet and then we are going to spend some days with our great friends Stephen and Cynthia and their kids Matthew and Emily. I am so looking forward to seeing them and finding out about the work they are involved in around the village they live in. They are seeking to use the opportunities that are there to tell people of the great freedom that is found in Jesus.
The Church is going on without us as you would imagine and we are grateful that we now have one or two folks on whom we can call to take over while we are away.

We are no further forward with the house in Skye except that we have seen it and like it and now it is the waiting game!!! I'm not so good at that!
Anyhow I hope you are well and I will be in touch again after our break.
Take care, love Elizabeth. xx

Tuesday, 23 September 2008


I think the summer has arrived! We even went to the beach yesterday us girls...mind you it was a little chilly! One of our most lovely spiritual men in the Mission passed away peacefully yesterday. He will be a great miss to us and we were very sad for ourselves but so glad for him. Doesn't it make a difference when you know that someone has died believing in Jesus and that now they are with their Saviour. I was trying to imagine a little bit of the reception he would receive from the company in Heaven. Eye has not seen neither has ear heard what God has prepared for those that love Him! What a difference! Ok I am off just now but no doubt you will hear from me again. Love Elizabeth. xx

Friday, 19 September 2008

Maybe Today?

I have just spent the greater part of the day under a bunk bed trying to find Polly pockets back parts!!! Anyhow I have done a clean sweep of the room and I am pleased with the results. The week end is upon us and the blurry of girls going to clubs has begun once again. Tomorrow morning I am meeting Nora, my sister and we are going to the Farmer's market. Not really wanting a farmer but hoping he has plenty of nice to produce to buy.
"Maybe today" is a quote that many people have had on their mantlepiece down through the years. A reminder that we must continually be alert because Jesus is coming again and who knows but maybe it is today. Revelation talks about this second coming but one of the passages that I love about His return is found in 1Th 4:14-18. 14: For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
1Th 4:15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
1Th 4:17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
It is a great encouragement for those of us who have received..make sure you have trusted in Him and no matter whether He should come back or take you from this life you will be ready to meet Him.
Hope you have a good week end. I will be in touch again.
Love Elizabeth. xx

Thursday, 18 September 2008

A morning off.

Jonathan is doing school with the girls this morning and I am having a wee rest! Always necessary if you ask me. We are getting back into the routine of things and although we are still not starting the regular meetings till October there are plenty of things to keep us occupied. Yesterday we went to visit a not so well member of the congregation. We were supposed to be bringing cheer to him but it was definitely the other way around. I bribed the girls into good behaviour with a promise to the trampoline centre if they were good at the house we were visiting. All went in their favour and we arrived at the trampoline centre and no one else was there so we all had a go. That is an image you may struggle to get out of your mind!!!! Then we went to visit Nora and Davy, (my sister and brother in law). We had a good day as you can tell. The girls are enjoying being back at school and working very hard. Today they have Alba and Sara coming for lunch and a play while I chat to their mum Marian. It is a hard job but someone has to do it huh?
I haven't been taking many photos hence the absence of them but will try to remember to keep getting the camera out. So for now here are some of the holiday snaps again!

Hope you are knowing Him in all your ways and giving to Him the reins of your life.
Until next time, Elizabeth. xx

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Back to Work.

I think this is a lovely picture of a baptism we were at in Greece. It reminds me of the fact that no matter where Jesus wants us to go He is there holding out His hand that we may take it and hold on to Him.
Well back to getting Sunday school sorted in time and such like. Find it difficult to get it all sorted out in time sometimes. Not from the lack of time I have but sometimes just hard to get around to. Laziness I guess. This is when you know you should be organised and not leave it till the last minute.
The funeral went well and Jon is glad it is over and the responsibility of it.
We are off to some friends from the church for lunch tomorrow which is very nice.I hope you are all ready for another meeting with the Lord and that tomorrow you may really get a fresh touch from Him. No matter where He leads you to or wants you to go through remember He is holding out His hand and wants you to hold on!
Take care, Love Elizabeth. xx

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Returned Again!

project in hand

Us beside a statue of Alexander the Great

Jonathan being taken for a mystery trip by a neighbour called Costas

No Tower Bridge hasn't moved, we were in London too!

Hi we are back from our holidays...all of them. We have been to Greece to see my sister and brother in law. Wilma and David Lyttle who are Missionaries over there. We had a great time although I think God would really have a sense of humour if He called Bethany there to work as she didn't like the heat at all.
We then had a few days in London with an old friend of Jonathan's called Daada. He is a Liberian fellow married to a northern Irish girl with 4 children living and working with the London City Mission in King's Cross. God would have to give me a seriously big sense of humour to be called there. It was so busy and noisy and I really knew why God has called us to the Isle of Skye!
Lydia was more interested in the squirrels than the Tower of London!

Well we have learnt lots about life for other Missionaries these past few weeks and now it is time to return to the work God has called us to here. Jonathan has the responsibility of taking my good school friend, Ailsa's mum's funeral tomorrow. It is a huge honour to be asked but still a big task ahead. It would be great to see the Lord really break into the whole family's life and do something amazing in their hearts.
Well back to work it is...hope you are well and living for Him! See ya! Love Elizabeth. xx

Monday, 25 August 2008

Hello we are back for a couple of days before we head off on Tuesday to go and see my sister and her husband, they are Missionaries in Greece. God has been so good and we are so looking forward to going. A wee bit of sun and fun will be a great thing!
Trust all is going well with you folks. When we get back I will upload all the photos and bore you with my holiday snaps!!! Take care till then and keep trusting in Him.
Love Elizabeth. xx

Monday, 11 August 2008

Where does the time go?

Well the weekend is passed and all the children's clubs and camps are over for us for the moment. We have had some great times and also some hard times but God has helped us to get to this stage. It was great to have 8 kids at Sunday School this morning and 15 adults at the service. God is good! We are having some friends come across from Ireland tomorrow and then on Tuesday we are off to Cornwall for a few days. Will try to keep you up to date with our adventures but may not always be able to be connected. Make sure you stay connected to your life line.. Jesus. Keep looking to Him in everything you do and for everything you need. Have a great time till we chat again! With Love Elizabeth. xx

Friday, 8 August 2008

All Over!

This is a line of some of the kids happy faces!
I have been running!

This was a bad hair day!
Well we finished today at the club with 11 kids...granted 2 of them were visiting and were 1 and 2 year olds! We have had a really good time with them and are really glad that they all came. Everyone of them have come every day that they could.
Today we had a visit from a local Pastor called Justice. He was turning his bus and came across the Mission so popped in. He originally comes from Ghana. He says that it is such a shame that there is such a hardness here in Scotland to the Gospel seeing as the gospel came to his country from Scotland in the first place. He has a real desire to win the local people for the Lord. It is incredibly hard to get folks in to Church and they are very cynical of the things that we tell them. We talk of the heathen far off lands and yet our own country is in dire straits. We need to be Missionaries in our own land... win them for Jesus by showing them the difference He has made in our lives. I see the impact that sin has in families here in Edinburgh and all I know is that because of the grace of God our life is what it is!
Too good to keep to ourselves! With Love, Elizabeth. xx

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Thursday... nearly at the end!

We had our 9 kids again this morn. It is with some sadness that tomorrow is the last morning and yet I have to say we are very tired.
I was hoping to have lunch and the parents stay but it is not working out for them so going to just have a wee picnic with the kids and make the club an hour longer. Would be great if they would come to Sunday School... will pray on for that too happen. Hope all is well with you!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Club went well!

Doing club inside is a really good idea isn't it? We have no problems with the weather inside the hall. Today we had 9 lovely youngsters! I took photos but unfortunately left the camera at the hall! If I had brains I would be dangerous! Jonathan had a couple from yesterday on his phone.
We were helping our friends Johnathan and Janet to load up the lorry tonight as they move to York tomorrow. We will miss them but in this job it is the nature of the work to sometimes move on and where God has called them it is the best and safest place for them to be..... oh and we will see them next Tuesday on our way to Cornwall! They are not getting rid of us for long! Right I hope all of you are well. I must go and sort out the prodigal son. No I don't have one I mean sort out the story for tomorrow! You knew that right? Time for bed me thinks... Goodnight. Love Elizabeth. xx

Monday, 4 August 2008

7 The Perfect Number?

Hi there, Just a wee report to let you know we survived our first children's club for this week. 7 energetic kiddies came including our own 2. We are being Detectives this week. Hopefully will bring home some photos tomorrow. Live for Him, Elizabeth. xx

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Fancy Footwear!

Jonathan has managed to get through the day with having to do the services and all with his sore toe and knee. He looked not too bad with his shirt and trousers and his sandals! He couldn't get his shoes on.
We are preparing for the holiday club starting tomorrow.

We got the wee room ready after church today.... hopefully there will be too many to fit in there and we will have to move into the hall for the whole thing!
We are being Gospel detectives so we are getting our badges and ID's and whatnot ready. Will let you know how it goes! Pray on! With love Elizabeth. xx