I’ve taken over the VCF Scotland email account from Fiona Bannerman who has so faithfully been leading us all for so long. Thank you so much for all you’ve done Fiona!
My name is Jennifer and I’m currently ‘non-practising’ but doing a PhD in Glasgow instead, which I love! I am really looking forward to helping folk co-ordinate VCF related events all over Scotland and would value any ideas you have.
If you would be willing, I would also really like to make a map here of where we are all based and our jobs +/- hobbies/families, partly to remember to pray more, partly to help stimulate ideas for meet-ups. For example, are you in the north of Scotland and like surfing or in the South and like walking, or eating cake? Are you a large animal vet or a researcher or a nurse? Email me back any details you want!
Also, if anyone would be interested in outreach - for example we’ve had VCF presence at various congresses over the last year, sometimes just meet-ups for meals or prayer, sometimes with banners and stalls. Students are always glad to hear of vets willing to give talks too!
Currently I know of an ‘Edinburgh’ group, which Stephen Anderson has started, primarily involving so far those in the Dick Vet VCF and those vets who are based in jobs in and around the university, but if you’re in the Edinburgh/Lothian/Borders region and would like to be involved let me know and I’ll send your details on.
We also have a Glasgow/West Scotland group here - we’ve managed a grand total of one meeting so far, (plus the VCF conference), and it was great.
Are there any other regional Scotland groups out there or would anyone like to start one? It’s a really encouraging thing to do and even if we’re all often rushed-off-our-feet busy it can make a massive difference to people to meet up with other Christians who know what work is like.
So, about myself... I grew up in a Christian family and have been a Christian as far back as I can remember. When I was about 13 I became addicted to Star Trek (just the original series, guys, and only really the books) to the extent that it became more important to me than spending time with God (I ate, slept and dreamt Star Trek...). Turned out it was impossible to break the addiction!
Thankfully and graciously God took it away. Later, about the age of 16/17, I became depressed for about a year, never needed medication etc. but could not see a point in life. I considered various options, including stopping following and believing in God. However, I realised, with absolute certainty that stopping believing was not possible - I knew, more than I knew I was awake and alive and real, that God was real.
I had to choose whether to follow him, or not to follow him. One night I realised, more than before, just how much God loved me - that he had chosen, not only to die for me but to live for me (something which I felt, at the time, was a much bigger sacrifice!). I knew that he had felt my life was worthwhile being created in the first place, despite knowing that in order to have a relationship with me he would have to die in my place.
So I decided I would follow him no matter whether life was good or bad. A while later, as we were approaching Christmas, he healed me of my depression, which was great.
Then I went to university, spent some time singing, acting and studying. Then work at the RCVS Charitable Trust (Knowledge) looking into new grads in practice - their concerns, materials available for them and their employer’s viewpoints. Finally, into small animal practice with a few chickens thrown in for fun. And lastly to Glasgow, to a sheep PhD, which is so much fun! (And a little bit of OOH locuming, but that’s finished now).
So that’s me. Let me know any ideas, prayer points etc. Let me know if you want to organise a meet-up. Let me know where you’re based and what you do so I can pop us all on a map.
Also, for those not yet aware, we now have a growing number of nurses in VCF which is fantastic. If you know of any nurses you think would like to join in with VCF please do encourage them!
Love and God bless,
‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.’ John 15:5-17