SCOTLAND — During the past four years, the number of Church of God congregations in Scotland has doubled from six in 2008 to 12 in 2012. Although small in number and resources, with all the churches, except one, meeting in rented or leased facilities, the Church of God in Scotland is seeing progress and a growing interest in the message of the Cross.
Recently, General Overseer Mark Williams spoke to the churches at the annual ministers meeting. At that meeting, Church of God Scottish leaders honored Paul and Sheila McLaughlan for their pioneer work of evangelism and church planting in Scotland. Certificates were also presented to eight graduates of the Scotland School of Ministry.
“With a population nearing 7,000,000, Scotland is facing a new ‘dark age’ in spirituality,” said Dennis Tanner, a missionary evangelist in Scotland who serves with his wife, Vanna. “Many people in Scotland are more interested in other forms of religion, such as paganism and witchcraft, than in Christianity. Surveys done in 2008 revealed that within a generation or two, church attendance in the United Kingdom would be less than those attending mosques and other non-Christian meetings. It was estimated in the UK that actively religious Muslims would increase from about one million in 2008 to over 1.96 million in 2035.”
“There is hope and light in the darkness,” Tanner said. “The fastest and most exciting growing groups of Christians in the UK are Pentecostal/Charismatic churches. A growing excitement and a desire to worship and serve a God who can change lives, and empower people to live victoriously for Christ, is evident.”
The Tanners would like to thank everyone for their prayers and financial support, which are so vital for the growth and effectiveness of the Church of God in Scotland. The effort to raise a down payment to purchase the building in Elgin, Scotland, is continuing with over 40 percent of the funds already raised. Many churches have responded with offerings from $10 to one offering of $10,000.
Dennis and Vanna Tanner, Missionaries to Scotland
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