For more than a decade now, Malvern Hill has maintained a partnership with the Heralds Trust ministry in Edinburgh, Scotland. Through that partnership, more than twenty people from our church have traveled to Scotland to serve with the Heralds Trust.
The Heralds Trust began in the 1950s with a group of young Christians who formed a band to play Christian music. Since that time, the Heralds Trust has spend most of its ministry as a proclamation evangelism ministry focused on street evangelism, crusades, and evangelism training. In recent years, the Heralds Trust has also begun to focus attention on church planting and discipleship.
Scotland has its Christian roots in the medieval church from
over a thousand years ago. Protestant Christianity was purchased by many
martyrs and has been a rich part of Scotland’s history for over five hundred
years. Scotland has produced some of the greatest evangelists, preachers, and
missionaries in church history, such as John Knox, Thomas Chalmers, David
Livingston, David Nasmith, Robert Pinkerton, and Thomas Barclay. Today, Scotland has lost its Christian roots and some
churches have not seen a salvation in over a decade. Fifty-five percent of
Scotland claim to either be atheist or non-religious. Less than one percent
claim to be Christian. By these standards, the people of Scotland might be
considered an unreached people group.
Recent proposed legislation might soon make it illegal for hate
crimes against protected groups, including race, religion, sexual orientation,
and transgender identity. By the definitions of this legislation, Christian
evangelism would become illegal.
We are hopeful that a trip to Scotland will be a reality in the near future. A mission trip to Scotland could include: evangelism training, street evangelism in Edinburgh, church strengthening at a church plant, ministry in a local school or youth center, tours of Edinburgh, neighborhood canvasing, and/or prayer walking.
Whether you participate in a Scotland mission trip or not, we encourage you to pray for Scotland and the Heralds Trust.
WATCH A HIGHLIGHT VIDEO FROM THE 2018 TEAM TO SCOTLAND HERE
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HERALDS TRUST