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International student outreach appointment
August 17, 2012
The Home Missions Board has appointed Reverend James Ross to the work of Service to Overseas Students (SOS) in Glasgow.
It is expected that he will take up this appointment at the beginning of November.
Mr Ross said: “We are so excited to be following God’s call on our lives to share the gospel with international students.
“Having prayed for many years about the work in Glasgow, we feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to be involved in this strategic ministry.
“We would be grateful for the prayerful support of the church as we begin family life and look ahead to future ministry.”
Above: Reverend James Ross and his wife Vickie
Mr Ross takes over from Reverend Finlay Mackenzie, who is retiring from the work at the end of October.
Mr Mackenzie, with support from his wife Christine, has been heading up the SOS ministry for the past 15 years.
Home Missions Board chairman Reverend Derek Lamont said: “James has had a long term burden to work among international students and is keen to see the work continuing to develop after the fine work of Finlay and Christine MacKenzie.
“The HMB crave the prayers and support of the wider church for this important mission work, and for James and his family as they prepare to move west.”
It has been a busy period for Mr Ross – after being licensed for the ministry last month at Dingwall Free Church, his wife Vickie gave birth to their first child Kasper last week.
Mr Ross grew up in the Isle of Skye, and came to faith whilst at Portree High School, becoming a member of Snizort Church of Scotland.
He then went onto study at Glasgow University, Robert Gordon’s University and Highland Theological College, before serving as a youth worker at Dingwall Free Church for four years.
With Vickie, he assisted at Dumisani Theological Institute in South Africa in the summer of 2007 and they have been involved in many Free Church Youth Camps.
They moved to Edinburgh in 2010 so that James could complete his training for the ministry at the Free Church College.
Leviticus 19:33-34: “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
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