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It’s about three years now since I retired from my post of Healthcare Chaplain to the Dumfries Hospitals. Part of my remit was to teach medical students and student nurses.
I’ve just come across this photograph of “a teaching aid”. I can’t make any sense of it – poor young men and women who had to listen to my rambles…. no wonder they looked dazed when the session ended!
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Revealed: Blogger from the slums of Mexico says Scotland is a dark and Godless country as she tries to influence pupils
EVELYN Galvan Gracianom describes teaching Spanish lessons at Kirktonholme Primary School where she works as an unpaid classroom assistant to help her spread the Church of Christ’s message to pupils.
A BLOG written by a Church of Christ disciple lays bare the sect’s attitude to Scotland – and how they attempt to foist their extremist views on to children.
The blog is written by Evelyn Galvan Gracianom – who the sect have based in East Kilbride 5000 miles from her home in the poverty-blighted Mexican city of Leon.
Her entries give a terrifying insight into the gulf in thinking between the right-wing, gay-hating, evangelical church and people in Scotland.
And it is clear that she herself may have been indoctrinated by the sect after one of their missionaries befriended her family in Leon, a teeming urban sprawl of 1.5million people, 200 miles north of Mexico City.
Statistics compiled in 2010 by Mexico’s council for the evaluation of social development Policy say an estimated 600,000 people in the city live in poverty.
So it’s not suprising that 22-year-old Evelyn has become so devoted to a sect which helped her travel the world.
So swayed is she by the sect that she is convinced that only 600 people in Scotland are proper Christians – out of our 5million strong population.
Worryingly, she nonchantly describes teaching Spanish lessons at Kirktonholme Primary School where she works as an unpaid classroom assistant to help her spread the sect’s message to pupils.
Talking of living in East Kilbride, Evelyn writes: “Even though they are very friendly and nice, they have a really closed minded way to think or at least about God.
“This country was funded as a Christian nation but today the reality is other, most of the people don’t have a firm belief and most of them are either atheist or agnostic.
“There are Catholics, Presbyterians, Mormons, Jehovah witnesses, Baptist, between others.
“But I know thanks to some friends’ research that out of 5.1million people only around 600 are actual Christians or at least Church of Christ members, which is tragic.
“Because a nation that claimed to be Christian a few centuries ago, today is a place full of darkness and emptiness that is in a big need of Jesus.”
She goes into great detail about her routine at the school. Evelyn writes: “Every Monday and Wednesday some of my teammates and I volunteer in Kirktonholme Primary School, we are in different classes.
“On Monday I am usually in the morning with primary four. After lunch I am in a therapy class where I take some kids from different classes so they can learn how to interact with other kids.
“On Wednesday I have a busier day. I start with the kids in primary seven then again I help in language class.”
It appears from the blog that she and a colleague, called Rafael, are left alone with pupils to teach them Spanish – and preach about their extremist religious beliefs.
She says: “I have a Spanish class for the primary four kids, and we have around 30 kids; that’s not all, actually there were about 60 kids wanting to join the class but we only could take 30.
“They all are very receptive and willing to listen and learn. Hopefully at least we can let the kids know who Jesus is, and maybe someday that seed that we have planted can be grown by God.”
Evelyn also talks about a church-led Monday night kids’ club which aims to get children into the sect’s beliefs through football and game-playing.
She says: “We get together in the community hall where we usually gather to worship on Sundays, to have a night where older teens and young adults can come to hang out.
“The purpose to this club is to get to know younger folk and be able to bring new members to the church.
“We just started but we got a couple people already coming, please pray for us and that God blesses this new ministry. We usually have a craft club on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm, along with free guitar classes that one of our church members gives.
“Basically we have some kids and we make some crafts with them, just like the youth club and seventy times 7 club, it’s to give kids a place to go – also it gives us the chance to influence them.”
Also online is her account of how she came to be in Scotland – which will many will find disturbing reading.
She says: “I grew up and studied most of my life in a Catholic school.
“But thanks to God, and for what he had planned for me and my family, we got to the Church of Christ in 2006.”
She reveals her family were recruited by one of the “missionaries” whose ranks she has now joined.
Evelyn writes: “This guy later came back to Leon as an AIMer (Adventures in Mission worker) to work with the church.
“My sister and I started taking Biblical classes in English with some of the AIMers, and after a few months I got more involved in the church and with the members in the congregation.
“After several months, I took the decision to give my life to Christ. And since then I have been a part of the Church of Christ.”
Evelyn was initially reluctant to commit to travelling on the church’s behalf – but she was talked into it and was sent to the city of Lubbock in Texas to be “trained”.
She says: “I started to work and spend time with the AIMers and missionaries that came to Leon, and they encouraged me to think about AIM.
“We talked about it, prayed, saw the possibilities and opportunities that I had, because I wasn’t sure about my decision.
“But as always, God intervened. Through the missionaries and their contacts, I got the support that is required for living in Lubbock during our training time.
“In that moment I saw that God is in control of all situations, so I decided to go to AIM.
“Now I am serving faithfully in East Kilbride, Scotland, with the Church of Christ here.”