By Lorna Ferguson
Above all trust the slow work of God, this has become my mantra; and if I am really honest I hope it always is. There has been a recurring theme in my life of God, in his kindness and my frustrating impatience, teaching me what it truly means to persevere. When things don’t make sense, and you can’t always see the way on; trust the One who knows the way through.
Having graduated from Aberdeen University in Politics and International Relations, I moved to Edinburgh to intern with International Justice Mission as. The long-awaited Edinburgh dream was a combination of exciting opportunities, dreamy people, and an endless supply of great coffee shops; as well as equally endless questions of what does community look like after the student bubble? What is church and what should it be? And where do I fit in all of this?
In the midst of these questions I found myself surrounded by some great people, being part of the Order of the Mustard Seed with some of the Cairn leadership team I began to wrestle with what might be next after my year with IJM. Tempted to beetle off to the other side of the world to find myself/do some kind of discipleship year; I was challenged by what it meant to choose to build right where I was. As a total activist, sustained building was never something I was good at (or even hugely thought about it). I asked some questions and at the 11th hour ended up joining the Cairn team as an intern in September and landing myself a job alongside some amazing people at Social Bite’s head office for the other half of my week.
My role as part of the team has been to serve and learn from a team of people who are passionate about the kingdom of God, the role of culture and the church, and what that means for the transformation and flourishing of society. It has been a total honour to be alongside, asking tough questions, and attempting to figure out what might be my part to play in seeing the fullness and freedom of God across every sphere of society in Scotland, and beyond.
Training Hub has been a space to continue these questions of what does it mean to be a disciple, and therefore leader – you see we are all leaders, and you have to know yourself to lead yourself. It has been a space to learn more about myself, what I am good at and the places I need to contend to grow in, and choose to step past fear, frustration and disappointment; knowing that the fullness lies on the other side of it all.