Current needs for prayer:
- Please pray for the team in Bingham & Magdalene to be faithful to the work God has for them and that they would not lose motivation.
- Pray that the committed group of 17 people would grow as they aim for a launch date of Easter Sunday 2020.
- Pray for the salvation of those in the community that they have built relationships with.
- Pray that the Lord would provide a youth worker.
About Bingham & Magdalene
Bingham and Magdalene are two small neighbouring schemes in Edinburgh that are home to many Scottish people as well as many ethnic groups that are moving into the area. This area has a strong sense of community with locals being active in community gardens and neighbourhood activities. However, these neighbourhoods have some complicated problems.
In the 2012 Index of Multiple Deprivation, the area was ranked 45 out of 6,505 in Scotland, where 1 was the most deprived area in Scotland. The scheme ranks at the lowest index for employment, health, and education, and at the bottom 14% in crime.
Bingham and Magdalene have no gospel church at all and many are perishing without the good news of Jesus.
Hope for Bingham & Magdalene
In 2016, three elderly men sat in a Brethren church located in Bingham praying that God would send someone to revive their dying church. Paul McLoughlan, a 20schemes church planter, was the answer to that prayer when he walked through the door. Paul had been exploring the area with the hope of planting a gospel church. This meeting led to the transfer of the building and establishment of a church-planting team. In January 2018, the plant completed a refurbishment of the old Brethren building which now functions as both a cafe and a place for the community to meet. The team is now led by church planter, Gerald White (whose family is pictured below). We have seen many people saved by Jesus in the schemes of Bingham and Magdalene!