In September, Roddy Macleod bid SASRA farewell after seventeen years as a Scripture Reader.
Roddy started work as a Scripture Reader with SASRA in May 2006 with a strong sense of calling. That sense of calling turned out to be crucial as the months and years went by.
Roddy’s first posting was to Pirbright Training Centre in Surrey, where he followed on from Nick Wilson and before him, Jim Downie. He recalls:
Roddy was honoured to be able to visit wounded soldiers that came to the rehabilitation centre at Headley Court. It was at the time when the war in Afghanistan was raging, with horrendous injuries, but their resolve to make the most of their circumstances was an inspiration to him.
Roddy visited hundreds of churches throughout his service with SASRA, where he shared about the importance of the mission. © SASRA
After nine years of incredible opportunities at Pirbright, Roddy and his family moved to Fort George and Kinloss Barracks, Inverness. Here, the dynamic was different, presenting him with different opportunities. Roddy spent much of his time circulating around the troops in their work areas, rest areas and the cookhouse.
Roddy joined the outreach team at the Edinburgh Tattoo rehearsals many times, where he sparked up gospel conversations with participants. © SASRA
After nearly eighteen years of ministering to troops, Roddy is moving to the Isle of Lewis to work for the Hebrides Alpha Project, a Christian residential set up for people with addictions. We are extremely grateful for Roddy’s service and wish him and the whole family the Lord’s blessing in this new chapter of their lives.