A story of God's direction, finding community, & living on mission for Jesus.
In January 2010, the Booth family had just settled into a new home in rural Aberdeenshire in the north of Scotland. For some time they’d been open to the possibility of an international move but had never pushed it or pursued opportunities. When they bought their “dream house” in September 2009, George joked with Gillian to “pick a room to die in ‘cause we’re never moving again!” Little did they know that God was at work and in February 2010, an opportunity with George’s work in Houston presented itself.
They kept a journal of the guidance that God gave over the following weeks and in April 2010, they committed to the move, at complete peace with the decision and clear that God’s hand was in their move. They put their “dream house for life” on the market and Gillian went for a walk in the woods that afternoon and prayed that God would further affirm the move. 5 hours later the house was sold and the Booths were on their way to the US of A!
The Booth family arrived in early August 2010 and attended the closest church to their home. They had been active in church life and ministry for 20 years and saw this move as a chance to take a step back and invest more time in the adventure of American life and all the excitement of an international posting.
But God had different plans and at the end of August, another Scottish couple who they had just met, suggested they check out Church Project, a new church that had began meeting in January of 2010. From the moment they walked into to the dimly lit warehouse on Timberloch, they knew they’d found their home church. Immediately they started attending a House Church and sought to get involved in the life of what was still a church in it’s infancy.
In October 2010, Jason Shepperd called the men of the church to a Sunday night gathering where he shared the vision for Church Project . He called each man to step up and play their part in the life of the church. George clearly recalls an immense sense of the Spirit’s prompting and, with tear-filled eyes and a shaky, thick Scottish accent, he explained to the small group of men that he’d sensed God was up to something, but only in this moment did it become clear that God had moved he and his family for a higher cause than moving freight!
Today, George is living out his calling to pastor the people in his community as a House Church Pastor. He & Gillian are seeing on a daily basis the divine plan of God for their lives and that God is still not finished with them yet.
CHRIS SHEPHERD, PETRO STUDIOS