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.
Al MacInnes lives in Easter Ross and is currently being supported by the trust.
Tell us a little about yourself
I was born in Canada and moved to Scotland as a boy. I am married and have two young children. I am a designer and artist by trade, but am now training for the ministry with the Free Church of Scotland.
What ministry training are you undertaking/did you undertake?
While I was working as a designer I did some part-time study at the Highland Theological College. I am now a candidate for ministry with the Free Church. I am studying part-time at Edinburgh Theological Seminary while working as a pastoral intern at Rosskeen Free Church in Alness/Invergordon.
What lead you into training for gospel ministry?
I have felt a call to ministry since my teens. It was something I really wrestled with for years, not so much that I did not want to do it, but more of a struggle to know what form of ministry/pastoral work I was being lead into.
How did/does the support of the Bonar Trust help you in your training for gospel ministry?
The help I have received from Bonar Trust has been a great blessing. Life as a student, with a young family at home, can be very financially challenging. The support I have received from the Bonar Trust, and other brothers and sisters in Christ, has made my training possible. It is not only a blessing to receive the financial support, but a great encouragement to know that others are lifting us up in prayer.
Give one great challenge and one great joy of working in gospel ministry.
Honestly, one of the biggest challenges in gospel ministry is the daily need for faith in Christ. Like in every other line of work there is the constant temptation to rely on ones own ability and strengths. There is a daily, constant, need to look to Christ as opposed to self.
With that in mind, one of the greatest joys is to be repeatedly surprised by the goodness of God. As we step out in weakness, he meets us with his strength. We are only at the early stages of ministry and already we have countless examples of how God has met our needs in ways greater than we imagined.
If you would like to give to the work for the Bonar Trust and support more individuals like Al, you can find all the information here.