The Lords Work & Workers
Throughout the country, the Christmas season offered many unique opportunities for making the gospel known. Although it is recognized that many people only attend our meetings on such special occasions as they see it, it is a matter for thankfulness that so many came, and we continue to pray that further contacts will develop, and that Gods Word sown in the hearts of old and young will bear fruit. Many thousands of tracts with a Christmas theme were distributed in towns and villages all over the UK and overseas. Too many of them will have been discarded, but pray that the message they contained will not be forgotten by those who did give them some attention. May we all continue in such efforts, not wearying in well doing, for the promise is that we shall reap in due season if we faint not.
Joe Baxter was with the assembly in Buckie for 4 weeks of gospel meetings in November. Around 12 unsaved people came and heard the gospel and about the same number of backsliders also attended. One lady who came thinking that she was saved discovered that she was not and later trusted the Saviour. About half of those attending came as a result of door to door work which was assisted by a local brother, and many good conversations were held. About sixty different people are being followed up by letter and prayer is requested that God will bless His word.
Ballymena (Cambridge Avenue): D Gilliland had ministry meetings from 15th - 19th January. Subject: "Distinctive Doctrines of the Christian Faith".
Ballywatermoy: Gospel meetings are commencing on 4th February with M Radcliffe and J Rogers. Please pray for blessing.
Buckna: Annual Conference on 26th December. Large numbers attended. Profitable ministry by S McBride, D Gilliland, S Ferguson, P Lancelot, M Radcliffe and J G Hutchinson.
Carnlough: 40th Annual Missionary Conference on 13th January. Reports from J Finnigan, L Carswell, S Patterson and W Webb.
Larne (Craigyhill): Gospel meetings commenced in mid January with J Martin and W Martin. Prayer valued.
Portrush: D Scott and I McClean are expected for a series of gospel meetings, God willing, commencing in early March. Prayer would be appreciated.
Ballywalter: C Law and A Colgan commenced gospel meetings here on 14th January. Prayer greatly appreciated that souls will be saved and the small assembly built up.
Temple: J Rogers and D McGarvey along with the believers supporting the meetings have been greatly encouraged in the nine weeks of sustained interest in the portable hall. Many local unsaved people have attended, there has been blessing in salvation and a number have expressed a desire to be saved. It was intended that the meetings would finish before the Christmas holidays but due to those anxious to be saved the meetings continued over the Christmas week and New Year with a full hall nightly. A deep sense of the Lords presence has been manifested in the preaching. It is the prayer and longing desire that the concerned souls will be saved before the end of the meetings which is expected to be on 5th January.
BELFAST & DISTRICT
Windsor Gospel Hall: Gospel meetings are to commence (God willing) in mid February and are to be conducted by W Fenton and M McKillen. Prayer appreciated that the many university students who live in the area may be constrained to come and hear the life changing message of the gospel.
Dublin: Rathmines Gospel Hall. David Gilliland had two nights gospel meetings in December, on the subject, "Gods Perfect Gift Unwrapped". The meetings were well attended and a number of unsaved responded to the invitations distributed. Prayer is valued for the preaching of the gospel in Dublin.