SERVING IN: Scotland, Europe
MINISTRY FOCUS: Social Justice
Bob and Melissa are high school sweethearts from Texas. Melissa graduated from UT Arlington. After Bob graduated from Bible College in Pensacola, Florida, they moved to Japan in 1985 with their three young children. In Japan, they lived in Nagoya for nine years conducting various community events from plays and cooking classes to Christmas programs, and established two churches. In 1995 Bob and Melissa and their boy/girl thirteen year old twins moved to Scotland, leaving their eldest daughter in university in the States. In Scotland, they lead a church, His Family Church, in the local community, and have renovated an 1800s baronial mansion, Overtoun House, located in the west of Scotland, as a safe house for women offering them hope and counselling and life skills training. The team in Overtoun House work together in/for the community as well as help with the Overtoun House Tea Room and other projects.
Bob and Melissa’s family now includes, along with their three adult children, two spouses and seven grandchildren. Three grandchildren live in Scotland and four live in Minnesota. The two of them love the people and the country of Scotland!
We are starting this letter with celebration! In August 1985, we left Texas for a 36-hour trip to Japan with three children, ages 9 and 3 (twins). What an adventure! Little did we know that the adventure would continue for 35 years! Now here we are having just celebrated 25 years in Scotland-see our March newsletter. And we ARE NOT stopping! We are mid 60s YOUNG and have adventures awaiting in the future! Glory!!!
This month we’ve spoken with missionaries around the world. Their feelings are mixed, but mostly they are feeling the same loneliness that the rest of us feel. Forced to stay at home – some countries would allow freedom then take it away the very next day. Other countries are keeping folks in a five-mile radius of home. Missionaries are movers – they GO to the villages; they GO to the “garbage dump” to help people. But for now, they are home finding creative ways to GO.
Here we are heading into June with things easing in America concerning CV19, but not easing in most other countries of the world. As Bob and I talk with missionaries everywhere, we hear the worry in their voices that people aren’t being reached, that the people they work amongst are hungry or afraid or are dying. These are difficult days!
Due to the “shelter in place” around the world, Globe had its first-ever virtual Globe 180 retreat. What a great three days! We had guest speakers with the opportunity for questions and answers, and we also had breakout rooms for prayer, fellowship, and for the youth. “Coffee rooms” were also provided for friends to get together for a blether (a chat). Time zones around the world were online. Bob and I were a bit sad to see it end – it was saying good-bye to family and friends.
I hope this finds you all safe and at peace as you practice “shelter in place.” Bob and I flew out of Scotland not knowing that they would close the airports two days later. Wow!! We are now in Texas with family until further notice. We’ve been calling and encouraging many of our missionaries around the world during our time here. Please continue to lift them up!!
In Scotland, we are mentoring young couples, most of whom are not believers, and Bob is mentoring “older” gentlemen in our area. Both are going great! The men and women in His Family Church are starting studies from books donated by the Kendrick Brothers. They are good studies!
This month we are celebrating 25 years in Scotland! What a journey! Ups and downs, joys and tears and yet, all glory to God who brought us here and has taken us along His great path! Wow!!
A new year, a new adventure! Combining our current adventures with future adventures, we now walk into the adventure of Globe Member Care! In 2019, we wrote stories about serving missionaries and of what member care means to Bob and me. The adventure unfolds! We continue to minister in His Family Church in Scotland and to oversee Overtoun House.
We are thankful for what seems negative, but GOD protected us! Three times in six months (two of those in two weeks!!!), our car in the States broke down. All three times, it was in the day time, it was sunny, we were safe on the roads, we were given free rental cars, and we met some really nice tow truck drivers! This is still a matter of prayer: we returned to Scotland with our car being towed from Ohio to Texas, still not repaired. Yahoo!!
Recently, one of our Globe families in Asia, were going through a huge challenge. As we spoke with them, they
reminded Bob that the first day he contacted them, the wife was totally shaken and had just said, “Lord, I need
someone to talk to.” AS SOON AS she prayed that, she received a text from Bob asking if we could talk!! God
knows! He cares! This is member care!
We want to start this newsletter with a celebration. August completed our 34th year as missionaries! What a life we have led! Living in Japan first, then moving to Scotland! God has truly blessed us! Not just living in two amazing countries, but He has given us the opportunity to travel to other countries to minister and even to relax! It’s been a good life! And we AREN’T STOPPING!
This month we participated in a table top sale for the community centre His Family Church meets in. Our church raised about half of the income in the sale. It was a fun day of games and talks and laughing!