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he set up day for all the Christian organisations attending Clan Gathering

was on a beautiful Friday afternoon, the sun shone the atmosphere amongst all the staff and volunteers was light and airy. The event kicked off proper on the Saturday afternoon with music from various high profile performers including Tim Hughes and The Rend Collective Experiment The Saturday night saw young

Christians from not just across Scotland but from the continent too such is the draw, not just for the music but for the teaching which is of the highest calibre. The main stage arena was jumping,

the music booming and the praises to God rose from every corner of this massive marquee. If only we could replicate this enthusiasm for God in our local churches, imbue a sense of liberty & freedom in the young and not so young alike we would see this nation won for God as those yet to be touched by the Gospel would be challenged and inspired to reach out and taste Jesus personally. The teaching throughout the week

did in fact carry this ethos that it is about the local church changing nations, touching lives right where they are, raising up future leaders, future evangelists and future missionaries for both home and abroad. That said however there was also a big emphasis that there is a great need for support both prayerful and practical and that there is a place in God’s kingdom for everyone, none more important than the other that we all should carry His servant heart.

One of the highlights for me when I wasn’t talking about Mission Aviation Fellowship was a seminar delivered by Shane Clayborne an American Pastor, community outreach worker, evangelist and speaker (busy Man). To say that I was challenged and inspired was an understatement. His Church in Philadelphia USA take

over old derelict buildings, convert them, decorate them and move in homeless families, they have started up food co-operatives, health & well-being clinics, child care, teaching classes; in fact they are now providing for impoverished neighbourhoods the resources which allow people to take control of their lives again. He was saying that we need to

recognise that for the best part people want to be in control, they want to self-sufficient, they want to play their part in their own local community, they want to make their contribution to society and the church must play their part. He concluded that we must mobilise

the church, let each member know that they have an invaluable role to play, motivate and mobilise; if we don’t people will die, die without knowing the love of God. In his parting shot he quoted Billy Graham, “It’s God’s job to judge, the Holy Spirit’s job to convict and ours to LOVE…” This is all that we can do. If we don’t reach out then people lose out. Why not book up for Clan Gathering

2013, go for the day, weekend or the whole week, you will not regret it.

Andy Martin 13 KCOG News July/September12

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