Student Blog by Amber Renteria

 know that we are back in the states now and everyone has settled in at home, but Amber had written a great blog about her experience in Scotland, so I wanted to make sure it got posted.  Amber feels called to go back to Scotland in the future, so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  =)  


Scotland is amazing and I love it here. Ive learned alot about myself and still have more to learn.  The people are so desperately in need of God.  Their faces show desperation and longing for something they do not know and I want to do something about it.  I just kept asking God why I was here and he kept saying, “The people!”  But I would say, “I know that”! and he would say, “No you don’t because if you did, you would be doing something for them.”  I realized my mind was focused on my own self!  I realized my fault and God asked me what I was going to do, and my reply was, “why have you brought me here?!”  I sat for a while thinking and praying, hoping I would know what to do.  God impressed upon my heart, “Love them as I do”. 

God has been revealing to me things that were never brought to my attention before. God had revealed something to me through another person on my trip and I sit here still praying about it and I just keep getting conformation and I pray this is what God wants, not me.  I could go on about all I have done and how my heart has changed for the people and the ministries here, but I want to share another thing with you that has helped me see how amazing God is, and how I need to change my heart to be like him!  

Ephesians 3:8 “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given to me.”  

This helped me completely humble myself before God and not see myself as better than anyone else.  Before this trip, when I thought of people “lower”, I thought of children and the homeless.  But being around all of them made me realize that I am not above anyone.  That we are alike in Christ and all fall short of the glory of God.  I need to be completely humble. I need to lay myself down and pick up my cross and follow Jesus.

My question is why do you go to church? Is it because it is routine? Why do you love? Is it because its what you have done? Well I encourage you to to break out of routine and search for God and really ask what he wants you do to.  I had to! I got my awnsers. Yes, more than an awnser was given. I have been seeking his face and when you do, you find yourself in an amazing place! So I would like to encourage you to seek God, because when you truly ask him “What is it that you want me to do?” the doors will open for you to just walk through. So yes, Scotland has been a great experience, I have seen so many new faces and making new friends, and now I am at the place where God can use me . It is all about HIM!  When this trip ends I will not be the same and even though hard times come upon us all I know that Gods arms are where I can rest easy! I love Scotland and the people! 

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