Dan Gillies was with the believers in Fort William for two weeks in the gospel during November. A community hall was used in the Plantation area of the town. Six unbelievers came on the first night and five on the last night, with ones and twos in between. One older man crossed the loch by ferry to attend and wanted to come back but was prevented by high winds. Good contacts were made on the doors; one young man fighting a drugs habit asked for a Bible saying that he had never seen one and that someone had told him that its message changes lives. This was a follow up to the tent campaign in July when unsaved folks were present most nights. Please pray that God will bless His Word and that another opportunity for the tent next summer will be possible.
Also during November Ian Jackson held a gospel campaign with the assembly in Culloden. Response from the community was disappointing, but several unsaved contacts attended over the three-week period. The believers were greatly encouraged by the powerful and clear gospel preaching as well as practical ministry given when no unbelievers were present. We look to the Lord for fruit amongst both the unsaved and the saints.
Stephen Grant intends to have two weeks gospel meetings in Scalloway, Shetland, commencing on 4th February, DV. The assembly was encouraged by Stephens visit last February, both by the support given by other assemblies and by seeing a number of local folks coming to the meetings. Prayer greatly valued that God will bless His Word to both adults and young people.
FIFE AND TAYSIDE
In November once again the assembly at Tayport had four weeks in the gospel, with Robert Eadie and Samuel Mayes as the preachers. Interest was slow to begin with, but over the period around thirty unsaved folks attended the meetings, some on several occasions. Among them was a group of about ten teenage lads who usually gave good attention to the serious preaching of the gospel. Tracts were distributed throughout Tayport, Leuchars and Guardbridge. Pray that these efforts will yet bear fruit for eternity.
In west Fife, Alastair Young again visited several schools in and around Cowdenbeath during November, reaching into some new schools in addition to those which have received regular visits in past years. The assembly in Perth has also been able to expand their school work recently and now have access into about 24 primary schools in that area. Through these efforts, and others elsewhere, large numbers of children, and many teachers, hear the gospel message. May that Seed sown bear fruit also.
Armagh Gospel Hall: W Fenton and M Campbell hope (God willing) to commence in the gospel (preferably in a portable hall) in early January.
Charlemont: T Topley and H Milliken were in the fifth week of gospel meetings at 20th November. Quite a number of local people have attended with some showing a real interest. Prayer valued.
Lurgan and Bleary: The Ayrshire Bible Exhibition visited Lurgan Junior High School for a week at the end of October, during which time over 600 pupils heard the gospel clearly preached and were informed of their need of salvation. This is the second visit to this school and the staff were most appreciative and complimentary of the exhibition. The assembly at Bleary enjoyed the fellowship of the visiting brethren.
Lurgan Gospel Hall: Gospel meetings continue into the sixth week at 20th November. Large numbers are attending and one young man has told that he was saved one night in the meeting.
Newtownhamilton: J Baker had two nights of very much appreciated ministry with this border assembly.
Annabane Gospel Hall: The assembly at Gransha have continued an outreach Sunday school work in this hall for many years. Some parents and a number from the district are attending the present series of gospel meetings which commenced on the 19th November. Speakers are A Davidson and E Johnston. Prayer appreciated.
Ballywalter: The assembly at Bethel Hall request prayer for gospel meetings planned to commence on Sunday, 14th January. The meetings are to be held in a portable hall with Aaron Colgan and Clifford Law responsible for preaching the gospel. The assembly is small and looks to God for blessing in salvation with the result being a strengthening of the assembly.
Ballywillwill Gospel Hall: R Pickering and N Emerson concluded five weeks of gospel meetings on 10th November. The interest built up over the period, and many unsaved heard the message of salvation faithfully presented each night. Some showed a good interest.
Temple (Carryduff, Ballynahinch Road): J Rogers and D McGarvey, in a large portable hall, are much encouraged with the interest being shown in the good numbers attending including quite a number of locals. The gospel is being simply and clearly presented each evening with a deep sense of the presence and power of God in evidence. The meetings are continuing into the fifth week at the beginning of December. Blessing in salvation is expected.
Co. LONDONDERRY & Co. DONEGAL
Gortade: The assembly had six and a half weeks of encouraging gospel meetings with A Caldwell and D McGarvey. The attendance was good, including a number coming into the hall for the first time. It pleased God to work and bless in salvation. D McGarvey had to leave the series after four weeks of preaching due to commitments elsewhere.
Omagh: The Annual Conference was held on 4th November. Good attendance with profitable ministry from JG Hutchinson, J Wishart, D Oliver, G Woods, D Gilliland and J Lennox.
BELFAST & DISTRICT
Cregagh Street: Gospel meetings continue into the sixth week at 1st December. The vast area has been well visited. Some locals have come but the general response has been disappointing. There are unsaved present each evening and there has been good help to preach. The good seed has been faithfully sown. Mr J Martin had to leave the meetings due to illness whilst his son Wesley continued, helped by P McCauley.
Whitehouse: Gospel meetings continue with R Shannon and R Reynolds. J Walmsley had to return to Venezuela. Good attendance. Pray for blessing.
Ballymena (Cambridge Avenue): J Grant had ministry meetings from 27th-30th November on Discipleship. Good interest and attendance. Very challenging and instructive. Much appreciated.
Ballywatermoy: Gospel meetings are due to commence on 4th February with M Radcliffe and J Rodgers.
Bushmills: J Fleck had a very well attended week of ministry on Jonah. Practical and instructive.
Glengormley: From 13th-17th November R McKeown had well attended and challenging ministry on "The Judgment Seat of Christ".
Kells: J Allen had ministry from 4th-7th December. Subject: "Men and their Ministry - Haggai, Zechariah, Nehemiah and Malachi".
Larne (Craigyhill): J Martin and W Martin are expected for gospel meetings in the third week of January. Prayer valued.
Lisburn (Wallace Avenue): Ministry meetings were held from 4th-8th December with S Jennings on Revelation 1-3.
Portrush: Gospel meetings are due to commence on March 4th with I McClean and D Scott.
ENGLAND & WALES
Birmingham, Northfield: D West gave a series of "Studies in Ecclesiastes" at Quarry Lane which were appreciated, and thought provoking. There was good support and interest from other assemblies.
Broadwas on Teme: The Saturday evening series of ministry each month continued in November with help from D Dalton. A profitable time for those present.
The Friday Focus Bible Teaching Meetings conducted by C Lacey are also held at Broadwas each month with saints coming from far and near. Another series is also held over at Wollaston, Stourbridge.
Redditch, Batchley Estate: S Downs spent a weekend with the saints at Foxlydiate Crescent giving ministry to help and encourage the assembly. The assembly continues its work around the estate in the gospel, and by going into many local schools.