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.
Simon Attwood lives in Glasgow and was supported by the Bonar Trust from 2014-16.
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m originally from Newcastle but have spent the last 7 years in Scotland after completing an anatomy and physiology degree at Dundee university. I’m currently a UCCF staff worker with the CUs at Strathclyde and Caledonian
What ministry training are you undertaking/did you undertake?
I was on the Relay program with UCCF as a graduate and went from that to train on the ministry associate program at Chalmers church in Edinburgh alongside training at Cornhill Scotland.
What lead you into training for gospel ministry?
I had a lot of investment in my life from UCCF workers I have been under the care of over my time at university. Their example encouraged me to seek opportunities to serve in the years after university. In my time on the Relay program I was asked to visit Chalmers Church as a potential place of further training, after the application and interview progress I was offered a place on the program and decided that it would be a great opportunity to further my skills in ministry and try out potential areas of service for the future.
How did/does the support of the Bonar Trust help you in your training for gospel ministry?
It wouldn’t be going too far to say without the investment of the Bonar trust I wouldn’t have been able to complete my training at Chalmers. The intentional investment in ministry training is invaluable to myself and many others.
If you have completed you training, what do you do now?
I work full time as the UCCF staff worker for Strathclyde and Caledonian Christian Unions, mentoring, training and coordinating students to live and speak Christ centered and intentionally evangelistic lives whilst at university.
Give one great challenge and one great joy of working in gospel ministry.
Challenge – helping students to persevere in an increasingly anti-Christian university culture.
Joy – Seeing lives changed by the truth of the gospel and seeing people drawn ever closer to Christ by getting to grips with the bible for themselves.
If you would like to give to the work for the Bonar Trust and support more individuals like Simon, you can find all the information here.