November 27, 2020

Grand Cayman and the Schemes of Scotland…

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Thabiti Anyabwile by matthew 20 schemes

So what does the sun, sand, and glistening oceans of beautiful Grand Cayman Island possibly have in common with the poorest communities of Scotland?

Well, more than perhaps you would think.  God’s church is greater than one community.  God’s church is not defined by ethnicity, national boundaries or cultural heritage.  Rather, God’s church is bigger than that.  It transcends borders.  So when God, in his mercy and infinite wisdom, moves to build His church in the spiritually darkest and most physically needy parts of Scotland then he stirs the hearts of believers on a small Caribbean Island toward that work.  This is how God works, and this is glorious!

Thabiti Anyabwile 1Thabiti Anyabwile is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman.  He is a wonderful brother, an excellent preacher, and more than anything, a blood bought follower of Christ whose heart aches for the lost and yearns for the hurting.  Thabiti knows, lives, and delights in the Gospel and all its wonderful implications.  He knows, as a pastor of a local church, that he is a part of something bigger.  His church is a part of something greater.  They are a part of an unstoppable global movement that is building the Church of the redeemed through the proclaiming of the Gospel throughout all nations.

Thabiti understands the essence of Gospel partnership.  Christ himself tells us, as he prays in the garden in John 17, that it is by our oneness that the world will know that Jesus is the son of God.  It is through churches partnering together to start churches where there are no churches that we bear witness to Christ, and extend the worship of Christ.

This is why we are seeking churches to partner together to build churches where there are no churches in Scotland’s housing schemes.  We are seeking partners to join us in this work.  To send workers.  To commit to share their resources and invest in this work.  To intercede for us regularly.  To come and join us in Scotland’s schemes as we reach the unreached.

Will you join Thabiti as he stands with us to build healthy, gospel centered Churches in Scotland’s poorest communities?  We need you to partner with us!  We pray that God will raise up churches and individual believers to partner with us.  We trust that he might be calling you to do so.  Give online today at or contact us to begin the conversation about how we can partner together to reach Scotland’s schemes.

About the Author

Matthew Spandler-Davison is the founding pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church in Bardstown, KY. He is originally from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and served in leadership of a local church in Aberdeen prior to moving to the USA to pursue an internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., and theological studies at Southern Seminary, Kentucky. He serves as the Executive Director of 20Schemes in the USA. Matthew is married to Tracy and has two daughters.

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