On Mondays we want to introduce you to some of the individuals who have been supported by the Bonar Trust since it started. Hopefully this will give an insight into the importance of the trust and how the money supports gospel work across Scotland.
Scott Hamilton lives in Edinburgh and was supported by the Bonar Trust from 2013-15.
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a staff-worker with UCCF working closely with Christian Unions in Edinburgh. My role is working closely alongside the committees to help them make decisions as they CU’s run events across the campus giving students the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus. I write Bible studies for groups that meet in halls of residence and I help maintain good relationships with church leaders across the city of Edinburgh.
What ministry training are you undertaking/did you undertake?
I studied part time at Cornhill Scotland in Glasgow whilst working as an apprentice for Chalmers Church in Edinburgh.
What lead you into training for gospel ministry?
Two things were really instrumental. I had a real desire growing within me to pursue a life of gospel ministry and there were others much older, wiser and with much more experience who were encouraging me to undergo training and development. I think both are crucial for me.
How did/does the support of the Bonar Trust help you in your training for gospel ministry?
The Bonar trust graciously enabled me to train at Cornhill, pay travel expenses and also pay general living costs. Without God working through the Bonar trust I would never have been in privileged position of seeing Him working in the lives of individuals across Edinburgh or in my own life to shape me for gospel ministry.
If you have completed you training, what do you do now?
I’m still enjoying training for gospel ministry as I share the gospel with students across the city of Edinburgh
Give one great challenge and one great joy of working in gospel ministry.
I remember one girl who studied music at university feeling conflicted that her joy was also her study. I have from time to time felt that same dryness with God and the Bible. It’s so vital for me to regularly spend time in God’s Word for my own personal growth and nourishment. I have also seen young men and women give their lives to Jesus and then go on to share the gospel with others. It’s a real joy to see these students so overwhelmed by the truth of the gospel that they can’t help but share it with others. Witnessing this has been a real joy.
If you would like to give to the work for the Bonar Trust and support more individuals like Scott, you can find all the information here.