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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – June 29, 2023

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – June 29, 2023

Background to the Journey

By Jodie Montgomery

Idlewild’s Choir and Orchestra, every couple of years, goes on tour with the hope of sharing the good news through music. My husband is in orchestra. He has traveled on mission trips to Cuba where he has been thrilled to play cello for worship services, sometimes very impromptu, in areas where people treasure the good news in every form. These trips have hard aspects to them, but hubby Scott always returned with a smile about a gospel connection made. This year’s choir and orchestra trip was to Scotland and Ireland. Scott hasn’t ever traveled to Europe.  He signed us up to go. I am now a roadie.

Steve Kirby’s brother, David Kirby, wrote daily devotionals for our “mission” in Europe. Day One of the devotional reads, “Congratulations: you’re a musician-ary (musical missionary)!” As a roadie for the group, I got a firsthand glimpse at the music to be shared. I was thrilled to see the list of pieces for the trip. The selections were pure worship music, the attributes of God and the gospel message put to melody. I was excited about the voice our church was taking on tour.

Kirby also wrote, “Scotland like much of Europe has abandoned Christianity. Once a hotbed of Protestantism under the great Scottish Reformer John Knox, many kirks (churches) in Scotland are now silent.” Our first night in Edinburgh, our group gathered in a former church building that is now an event center named for a fairy, Ghillie Dhu Restaurant. The “facility” had been transformed into a large dining hall and extensive bar. However, the structure continues to look like a cathedral designed to remind us that there is a God that would reside with humankind. He awaits our cries for help and the acknowledgement that we need a Savior. Night one, we sang His praises in His former house with joyful appreciation of one another and a shared faith not based in fairies, but in His promises.

Acts 17:29-31 “Therefore, since we are the descendants of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by human skill and thought. So having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now proclaiming to mankind that all people everywhere are to repent, because He has set a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all people by raising Him from the dead.”

Note: Missionaries are encouraged to be open to receive any hospitality offered. I was not open to haggis or blood pudding. My husband Scott was. He is the better guest.

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