Reflections

I Love Taiwan Mission Camp: Rachel Walker

 

In July two representatives from COSY (Church of Scotland Youth) attended the annual international mission conference in Taiwan. It is hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, who were celebrating their 150th birthday. Sarah MacDonald and Rachel Walker spent 3 weeks exploring what mission is; sharing stories and experiences of God’s grace with people from over 40 countries including Canada, the US, Germany and Fiji.

I Love Taiwan Mission Camp: Chloe Binnie

Every year the Church of Scotland has the opportunity to send a young person to participate in the ‘I love Taiwan’ Mission Trip. This trip is set up by the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan and invites delegates from all over the world to join together in Taiwan to share in faith together and culture. It is also a chance for international and ecumenical delegates to learn about Taiwanese culture and history. During the trip you are encouraged to share and communicate with the Taiwanese people in order to achieve an insight into life in Taiwan. This year I was fortunate to have the chance to take part in the trip.

CIS International Conference India: Jamie Lockhart

During November 2012, following an invitation sent from Church of South India (CSI) to Church of Scotland, I was selected to take part in CSI’s international youth conference in Chennai, India. The event, titled ‘Fest-Zoe’ (Festival of Life), took place between 12th and 17th November, and was attended by 100 delegates from India, Nigeria, Japan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Scotland. CSI had sent out invitations to all of her partner churches throughout the world and this had resulted in 10 international visitors being present. The Church of Scotland’s World Mission Faithshare Grant funded the trip with CSI covering local costs...

India: Amii Dickinson

Ensuring I had everything in my bag for the flight the next day it all suddenly felt real. In less than 24 hours I would be on a plane for the first time ever, travelling for 20 hours to the other side of the world with a boy I’d never met before. His name is Jamie and he is from Falkirk. We were the lucky individuals chosen to go to India for a youth camp. Flying was amazing and I couldn’t sleep a wink the whole way due to excitement...

Czech Republic: John Urquart

The Camp is set up by young Czech Christians for other young Christians from all over the world. The camp is based in the Vrchlabi region of the Czech Republic, which is a remote mountainous area. This year there were a variety of Nationalities including: Czech, German Polish, American and Scottish, people, although the camp was an English speaking camp the langue was mostly Czech for the non timetabled activities and English for those whose first langue was not Czech. The purpose of the visit was to see how other young Christians live in similar situations in Europe...

Sabeel International Young Adult Conference: Nicola Whyte

I visited Palestine and Israel as a participant in the 7th Sabeel International Young Adults’ Conference, “Challenging Oppression on a Donkey: Christ, Resistance and Creative Discipleship”. This conference, involving participants from 14 countries across the world, aimed at highlighting the reality of the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and facilitating both theological reflection and subsequent activism on the part of participants...

Starpoint Festival Hungary: Hannah Pickles

The visit to Hungary was with my fellow Scot, Nicola Whyte. We went to the Csillagpont Festival which was for Christians from all over Hungary. The plan was to camp but the rain was so bad that we ended up sleeping on the floor inside for the week. Despite the weather being bad, we battled through to enjoy the weeks events... 

Czech Republic: Hannah West

My visit to the International Youth Camp in the Czech Republic was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life! The run up to actually going on the trip was filled with panic as I tried to get everything organised in time, and what a relief it was to finally get there! We spent five days at the camp in Herlikovice and then three days sightseeing in Prague. Most of the people there were Czech, but as well as myself and John representing Scotland, there were two girls from Poland and a couple from America...

Taiwan: Lynsey Martin

For several years now, Church of Scotland youth representatives have attended the I Love Taiwan Mission Camp. This is an annual event run by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan. It is both an international and ecumenical event which aims to bring together youth from all over the world in order to share stories of faith and life as well as to build relationships between youth...