Today we made our way out beyond Aberfeldy to distribute Good News Postcards to homes in the small villages of Dull and Fortingall. Dull has been in the news in the past year due to its unusual and slightly unfortunate name, but it certainly didn't live up to it today as Perthshire continued to enjoy scorching sunshine!
Fortingall is another interesting little place. Within the churchyard lies what is believed to be one of the oldest trees in the world, a Yew tree dating back several thousand years. According to legend, Fortingall was also the birthplace of one of the most important characters in the Bible, the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, who ultimately sentenced Jesus Christ to death by crucifixion.
It is thought that his father was a high-ranked Roman diplomat who had traveled to Scotland on business and married a local woman who gave birth to their son, Pilate, in Fortingall. When confronted with Christ 2000 years ago, Pilate asked the question each one of us must ask ourselves, "What will I do then with Jesus Christ?" It is a question which undoubtedly divides humanity, decides eternity and demands urgency as we consider it today.
It was possibly the hottest day Perthshire has enjoyed for decades, so we made the most of it... we found ourselves melting in Murthly, boiling in Bankfoot and roasting in Redgorton as we distributed several hundred Good News Postcards!
We also stumbled across a small area of houses called 'Nineveh' on the outskirts of Murthly which caught our attention! Nineveh was of course a very significant city in Bible times and was located near modern day Mosul, in Iraq. The prophet Jonah was sent to Nineveh to warn the people that if they continued to disobey God they would face His judgement. Jonah refused to go first of all, but after a dramatic detour which involved being swallowed by a great fish, he eventually made his way to Nineveh. The people of the city heeded the warning and turned from their wicked ways and so the city was spared.
The message of God for us today is similar - if we continue to disobey God we will face His judgement, however because God loves us and sent His Son to die for our wrongdoings on the cross, if we are willing to turn from our wicked ways and trust in Jesus Christ, God promises to spare us (and more than that, bless us with a home in Heaven!)
We've been in four different Perthshire villages in the last couple of days. Dunkeld & Birnam, to distribute Good News Postcards; Luncarty, to conduct a service in Glenhelenbank Care Home; Methven, for the second session of the our Let's Talk series; and Pitlochry with our Good News Trailer for their Gala Day and Football Festival.
We're glad that the sun was shining today for Methven Gala (last year we had to move indoors due to heavy rain!) We had a great day distributing literature, bags and pens and speaking to people about our Let's Talk event in The Little Acorn Cafe in Methven starting this Friday - click here for more details!
We've been out enjoying the sunshine whilst distributing invitations to our forthcoming 'Let's Talk' series in The Little Acorn Cafe in Methven (for more details click here).
Today we covered Double Dykes, Tibbermore, New Fowlis, Fowlis Wester and Methven. We're hoping to also cover Almondbank, Pitcairngreen, Harrietfield, Ruthvenfield & Huntingtowerfield in the next few days.