Every year Generation provides funding for various kinds of mission work undertaken locally, nationally and globally.
This year as part of our global mission focus we partnered with Abby Morrison who took some time out of her gap year to volunteer in Colegio San Andres in Lima and through a Tearfund project in Tanzania.
During May and June of this year, Abby spent seven weeks at Colegio San Andrés working with the English department. The school, founded by Free Church of Scotland missionaries John and Jane Mackay in 1917, appeals to many Peruvian families for its academic performance, international links and its strong Christian ethos.
Encouraged by her time at the school Abby said, "For every pupil in the school, Bible teaching and worship is part of the daily schedule. Lessons are often taught from a Biblical perspective, equipping children with a good knowledge of the Bible and the Christian faith."
"I spent a lot of time with the pupils, helping them to increase their fluency in English through a range of classroom activities and generally through practice with a native."
"I was also given the opportunity to help at a camp that Colegio San Andrés runs for some of the secondary students. It was great to see the teenagers learning more about the relevance of the Bible in their lives while having fun at the campsite."
While in Lima Abby stayed with a Peruvian couple who minister in a local church. Their hospitality, as well as the church's, made an obvious impact on Abby, "They were a real God-send. Their walks with Christ as individuals and as a couple, as well as their faithful ministry to their church (of mainly first-generation Christians) and the surrounding community encouraged me greatly."
"The church welcomed me with open arms and taught me so much about the freedom found in Jesus, having a living faith and truly loving God. I was very thankful for Catriona Macdonald – a fellow Scot who works as a secondary teacher in the Colegio – and her faithful support during my time in Lima. It was a real comfort having somebody who truly understood my new experiences and the challenges that accompanied them."
From Lima Abby then travelled to Tanzania to work with Tearfund to assist the local church in their community.
"We spent the first half of our trip volunteering in a school run by the Diocese. We spent our mornings in the nursery and primary school. We tried to encourage the idea of learning through play and generally letting children be children."
"Despite the language and cultural barriers, we managed to develop a connection with the children as their teachers, their ‘wazungu’ (a Swahili word for white people!) friends and as their day-time mums (wiping noses, cleaning cuts, drying tears...)."
"For the second half of our trip, we moved to a more central town to allow us to visit projects run by a local self-help group. The group is called PAMOJA, meaning together in Swahili. Its name beautifully encaptures the ethos of the group."
"For many of the PAMOJA members, becoming part of the self-help group marked a real turning point in their lives. We visited many different projects – from mat weaving to beekeeping, salt making to pot moulding. Members use their skills and resources to make a living for themselves and to contribute to the group savings (available for members to loan to support their personal/familial development)."
"It was a privilege being able to visit these projects and to see first hand the life-changing work that God is doing through Tearfund in rural communities in Tanzania."
Grateful for Generation's support, Abby said, "I would like to express my thanks to the Mission Board for the substantial donation they made towards my trips. It was very generous and I am extremely grateful."
Abby grew up in the outskirts of Glasgow and is a member of Dowanvale - a Free Church of Scotland congregation in the west end of Glasgow.