I am a refugee, and the son of a refugee. My parents have lived on three continents. I have lived on two. I am one of the scatterlings of Africa and for most of my life, I have had no place to call my home.
For the past fourteen years, though, I believed that I had found my home in the Church of Scotland, and it was a happy, fruitful and productive time. Over the past year, however, this once vibrant denomination has chosen to turn away from fully following the teachings of Jesus, and I have had little option but to pack my bags and move on again.
Whilst my life may be characterised by the absence of a home, the incongruity of it all, is that 30 years ago I discovered my Father in Heaven through His Son, Jesus Christ, by the working of the Holy Spirit. I was raised in a Christian family, and when I was studying Law at university in South Africa, I fell into a ‘good crowd’ of Christian believers. Through their conversation and encouragement, I was persuaded that the best thing that I could do with my life, was to commit it to following Jesus Christ. It remains the best decision that I have ever made. From that day to this, I have known with certainty that I have a heavenly home assured to me by God as revealed in His Word, the Holy Bible.
So I do not define myself by where I live, or my history, or by which denomination I am part of; rather, I define myself in terms of one all important and eternally significant relationship: I am a child of God. He is my Home, my Refuge, my Fortress, my Redeemer and my truest Guide, and my Saviour.
So I seek to follow Him wherever He leads me. God has placed in my heart a desire to reveal Christ and to demonstrate His teachings to the people of the area where I am currently living: Dollar, Muckhart, Glendevon, Crook of Devon, Saline, and the surrounding area. This is now my home and where I minister.
In reaching out to these folk in the name of Christ, I have joined with others to form a new Christian Fellowship. It is called Trinity Church and it is named thus:
- In honour of the One who is Trinity;
- To reflect the three counties that we wish to minister in; and
- To be a ‘three-fold’ community of believers: meeting on Sundays, meeting in small groups mid-week, and meeting the needs of those whom God brings into our care wherever they and we are.