Alan & Tricia Smillie along with their two children were sent by Global Outreach Mission to Scotland in August 2013.
They began their work with a calling to help begin a new Church in Arisaig/Mallaig that was loving, hopeful, contemporary and based on building community.
1/ In December 2014 Lighthouse Church began and we are actively involved in coming alongside to help out with God's new generation of pioneers.
2/ In November 2014 the Open Heaven Network began at a service in Oban Baptist Church. By the third monthly meeting in February 2015 people attended from Mallaig in the North to Campbeltown in the South.
Over the course of the last four years we have seen six separate areas organize their own centres with hundreds attending the meetings.
Our intent for the meetings is that "We want to see people restored, churches revived and communities renewed. Open Heaven is a gathering of those who want to worship, listen to God together and be directed by the Holy Spirit to live out Christ in our world."
3/ We make ourselves available as resources in the Christian world to help ministry become a reality. We are flexible enough to keep our eyes on the Father and join Him where He is working.
Teach on developing 'Relational Ministry' through a course on 1 Thessalonians.
Participate or facilitate Church projects that have a focus beyond Church Walls.
Connect intentionally with leaders to mutually encourage and share vision on what kind of leadership will be effective in the West Coast.
A wonderful powerhouse event for the Kingdom of God. Thank you to all the organizers for your hard work to make it happen. A big thank you to Stevie Boyle who took the lead. This was such an encouragement and a challenge - can't wait till the one in April!
Below is a clip of the opening worship song - a capella
Having 300 voices all together was thrilling!
A network reaching out to over a third of the West Coast!
God is bringing restoration & renewal to His Church with a desire to see God bless our communities.
Open Heaven is a gathering of those who want to worship, listen to God together and be directed by the Holy Spirit to live out Christ."
2. Fort William
is the National Flower of Scotland and is part of the sunflower family.
Throughout Gaelic regions the thistle represents bravery, devotion, durability, strength and determination.
"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us"