Scotland Rising Vision Trip (Sam & Brittan Burton)
Organized by: Sam Burton
September 26, 2016
If you are anything like I was, it’s almost impossible to think that Scotland, the nation that gave John Knox, David Livingstone and Eric Liddell to the world was in dire need of Christian Witness; but the simple fact is, my adopted home has soaring long term unemployment, a growing food insecurity crisis, and less than 3% of the people identify as any kind of an ‘Evangelical’ Christian. Wow, that’s one heck of a long sentence. It’s a shocking bit of information, too. And that’s just part of why, after 23 years back in the States, I want to pack up my wife and move back to my heart home. Brittan and I are planning to spend the month of October in Scotland visiting a variety of congregations, Govt. agencies, schools and businesses to identify the very best place for us to base our long term work. And we need your help to make it happen. First, though, we call our project, ‘Scotland Rising’. Our ‘elevator speech’ says our three part purpose is to Change Lives, Transform Communities, and Build Churches. We want to help individuals, families and communities, find or create work, alleviate food shortages by establishing highly productive community and backyard gardens, develop new and support existing food co-ops and farmers markets, encourage existing struggling congregations, and plant sustainable Gospel Churches in strategic locations as opportunities arise. This is where you come in. Before we uproot and move, we want to find the right places and projects to support and endorse. We are scheduling meetings with Churches, Pastors, Elders, Business leaders, Educators, Social Workers and Unemployment Offices. The entire trip, including round trip air fare, will only require $7,500 for the two of us. I know, that’s remarkably inexpensive. It’s just one of the ways Brittan and I KNOW God is in this plan. All donors, regardless of the size of the gift, will receive access to a private Facebook account that will include regular updates, photographs and videos, including at least one ‘Facebook Live’ experience. All gifts $25 and over will receive a signed photo of Brittan and me in front of Buckie Church. All gifts $50 and over will receive a replica Scottish Flag in addition to the signed photo. All gifts $100 and over will also receive a T Shirt in addition to the flag and signed photo. All gifts $250 and up will receive a souvenir Scottish umbrella in addition to the T-Shirt, flag, and signed photo. All gifts $1,000 and up will receive a stuffed Nessie (cuddly Loch Ness Monster) in addition to signed photo, flag, T-Shirt and Umbrella. All gifts will be mailed to donors within 9 weeks of our return from Scotland.