In J.R.R. Tolkein’s tale, The Hobbit, a company of dwarves led by Thorin, the heir to the throne, embark on a quest to reclaim their home in the vast caves of the Lonely Mountain. Now housing a greedy dragon, the dwarves have little hope of re-entering the mountain and defeating the dragon unless they enter […]Read More The Hidden Door
I returned from New York City in December 2014, just days before Christmas, having completed a four-month internship programme with Metro World Child. I arrived back in my home city with little idea of what would happen next; having felt that the season I was in was not yet over. Having been asked to be […]Read More The Catalyst for Answered Prayer
New York City: the place where dreams come true! At least, it had been a long-time dream of mine to visit. I longed to see the bright lights, sense the electric atmosphere, and drink in the multicultural flavours available on every street corner. For me, to visit New York City felt like a dream; an […]Read More Adventure Awaits: Anticipating Adventure
The morning of 28th December 2011 felt like any other. I was enjoying a few days off work between Christmas and New Year, and had savoured a longer lie in bed that morning. However, on rising, I was shocked to discover an unusual lump in my left breast. Understandably, it shook me a little, but […]Read More Adventure Awaits: Embracing Challenge & Change
(I recently shared an abbreviated version of this blogpost in A Modern Day Epidemic) In my late teens and early twenties, I was plagued with sickness after sickness. Nothing serious, usually just the flu. But I would catch it often, sometimes up to four times in one year. These bouts would floor me and leave […]Read More Adventure Awaits: Facing Opposition
In J.R.R. Tolkein’s novel, ‘The Hobbit’, we follow the journey of Bilbo Baggins, a small, unassuming fellow who enjoys his home comforts and relishes his food. He lives a quiet life of routine and respect until the wizened wizard, Gandalf, comes knocking on his door and invites him on an adventure. Gandalf had been tasked […]Read More Adventure Awaits: Essential Tools for the Journey
A number of years ago I had the opportunity to visit Montenegro as part of a short-term missions team. My local church in Scotland was partnered with a church in the Montenegrin capital city, Podgorica, but our work was primarily with three Balkan refugee camps in the eastern town of Berane. The first team that […]Read More Making Way for Miracles
I was sat comfortably, as it happened, in my economy seat onboard the British Airways aircraft that would take me back to Germany after a fortnight of reunions and precious time with family in Aberdeen over the Christmas period. The flight roster was quiet, gifting me an entire row of seats to myself. The safety […]Read More Are You Sitting Comfortably?
I was challenged by the book of Jonah this week as I read of his response and subsequent actions following God’s call on his life. You may know the story already – Jonah is called by God to go to Nineveh and declare God’s judgment on the people for their sin, however Jonah chose instead […]Read More His Plan or Mine?