Tent Work: Dan Gillies commenced the season in the village of Thornhill, population around 1600, about 14 miles south of the nearest assembly in Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire. It was the first time in many years that there had been a series of gospel meetings there. Almost every night unsaved people were present and the believers supported the meetings well despite the distance. Around 30 children/teenagers attended the childrens meetings and some teenagers also came to one or two other meetings.
Later in July, the tent was moved to Kinlochleven, about 20 miles south of Fort William where Phil and Anne Kennedy maintain the testimony. They took time off work to help in the outreach, Phil sharing in the preaching every night. Some brethren from further south also came to help for a few days which was much appreciated. Around 30 different youngsters attended the childrens meetings and a few local folks came to the later meetings. One man who attended the tent regularly with his wife professed salvation and has since been attending the assembly meetings at Fort William, requiring a 50 mile round journey to bring him as there is no suitable public transport. He has since been baptised in Fort William, much to the encouragement of the small assembly there.
Immediately after, the tent was at Edzell Woods, near Dans home assembly. Although past attempts to work here had been unsuccessful, the Lord opened up the way for a week of outreach for children each morning, up to around 20 children attending. Some from the Luthermuir assembly gave valuable help. One parent came almost every morning and heard the gospel, and on the last morning 4 mothers came. At the end of the season, praise God for the many who heard the gospel, for at least one soul saved, and for preserving His servants, the tent and the caravan over these weeks. Thanks to all who prayed. Great is His faithfulness!
Ballycastle: The local brethren maintained an open air gospel meeting on the promenade each Lords Day evening during the summer months. At the annual "Lammas Fair", when thousands visited Ballycastle, open air meetings were held during the day and tracts distributed. A Colgan, B Glendinning, T McNeill and J Rogers were helped by visiting and local brethren. Pray that the spoken and printed word will be blessed.
Ballymena (Cambridge Avenue): S Grant and P McAuley are expected, God willing, for gospel meetings commencing on 28th October.
Ballymena (Harryville): A week of childrens meetings was held in Tullygarley Community Centre near to a large housing development. Speaker, G Davidson. There was a good response.
Carnlough: P McMullan conducted a week of meetings for children in the Gospel Hall.
Glengormley: Gospel meetings commence on 4th September with R McKeown and M Radcliffe. Prayer appreciated.
Kells: The assembly held their annual two weeks of meetings for children, one in Woodgreen and one in Moorfields. Local brethren were responsible, with good attendance and interest. J Rogers and A Caldwell hope to commence a series of gospel meetings in Kells in October.
North Antrim: Gospel meetings are to commence on 9th September in Gateside Road, between Portrush and Coleraine in a portable hall on W Neillys farm. W Fenton and M McKillen are the preachers. Pray for blessing in salvation.
Ballyclare: J Fleck had one week of ministry at the end of September.
Larne (Craigyhill): The Annual Conference and Bible Readings were held in Larne Leisure Centre from Friday 24th to Tuesday 28th August. They were well-attended with an encouraging number of young Christians present. A helpful and practical exposition of 1 Timothy was given by J Allen, P Harding, R McKeown and J Baker. Challenging ministry, reports of the Lords work, and the preaching of the gospel continued over the weekend. During the concluding period profitable ministry and teaching were given by D Gilliland, S McBride, J Allen, and J Baker.
Portrush: J Hay had ministry on "Spiritual Nourishment" from 6th to 10th August. The Gospel Hall was packed each evening and there was help to speak with clarity and blessing.
Keady area: Tent meetings continue into the third week with S McBride and G Buchanan. The meetings are being well supported by local assemblies.
Ballyhay (near Donaghadee): Tent meetings are being conducted by B Currie and J Palmer. Encouraging numbers are attending.
Ballykeel (Loch Road, Dromore): D Gilliland and J Fleck are being encouraged by large numbers attending gospel meetings in a portable hall with blessing in salvation.
Portavogie: R Eadie and S Maze are being encouraged in tent meetings in this fishing village with good interest and blessing in salvation.
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Garvagh: M Radcliffe and U Ussher (Venezuela) are in their sixth week of gospel meetings (end August). The meetings are being held in the centre of Garvagh which is Mr Usshers home town. The area has been faithfully visited and although a few from the district attended there was no real sustained attendance on their part. Christian parents were very faithful in bringing their young children.
Portstewart: During July and August the assembly continued with Drive In Gospel Meetings at the "Pits" each Lords Day evening. Large numbers heard the gospel preached faithfully and gospel literature was distributed.
Newtownstewart: J Rogers and A Colgan have been having a series of gospel meetings in a portable hall. Good numbers have been attending the faithful preaching.
Cookstown: The assembly enjoyed a week of ministry in mid-August given by S Jennings.
Fintona: Annual Conference on 15th August. A large company sat under the ministry of the Word by B Currie, R McKeown, W J Nesbitt, S Nelson, T Meekin, and B Glendinning.
Mohill: S Gilfillan and H Milliken rented a room in a local community centre in Mohill for two weeks of gospel meetings. These proved very encouraging with a number of local people attending with interest. They were also given permission to have an open air gospel meeting in an encampment of travelling people. At least fifty people stood attentively to listen.
Monaghan Town: An empty shop has been rented for a gospel effort which commenced on 26th August. Speakers are J Martin and W Martin. Prayer would be much valued.
Clones: The Annual Conference was considered to be a profitable time with Christ exalting ministry throughout. Speakers were W J Nesbitt, S McBride, S Ferguson, D Gilliland, J Lennox, and W Turkington.