Linwood: With good numbers of children coming to the Sunday School from a large housing estate in Paisley, the assembly decided to hold gospel meetings in the estate with Willie Fenton from Northern Ireland as the preacher. Between 70 and 100 children came each evening of the first week and a few adults also. Prayer is valued for the ongoing work in this needy area.
Perth: It is now a year since the assembly in Perth moved to their new premises in the west of the city. During this time the believers have been busy reaching out with the gospel, establishing contacts by regular door to door visitation. As a result some people have continued to attend both gospel and ministry meetings.
A "Christianity Explored" class on Tuesday evenings has been very worthwhile, and of particular interest to those who would not normally come to our gospel meetings, with as many as 30 non-believers attending in a single evening. The reality of the truth of the gospel has spoken to many hearts, and some have been counting the cost of repentance and faith in Christ.
Recently, two young ladies and two teenage girls have professed salvation, all coming from families where there are no other believers. They were contacted through the Sunday School and Junior Bible Class and through believers at work. One lady was at rock bottom when she came to the class, and subsequently confessed Christ as her Saviour.
Gordon McCracken and Ian Campbell have been recent visitors, supporting the Perth assemblys school outreach and conducting meetings in the Gospel Hall. Gordon conducted childrens meetings, and a large crowd of parents and children gathered for the prizegiving. It was at these meetings that one of the teenage girls was first challenged about salvation. Ian Campbell gave three nights of talks on creation, with a clear gospel message at the conclusion of each. These were well attended, with particular interest by young people and believers who dont normally come to the Gospel Hall.
The regular school work continues, with almost weekly opportunities for more believers to take Gods Word into schools in Perth and Perthshire. Please continue to pray with us that many will seek the Lord.
Camps: Please remember to pray for the many hundreds of children and teenagers expected at the Camps planned over six weeks in July and August. Faskally House will again be the venue for Camps from Newmilns, Ayrshire, Tayside, and North-east Scotland. The Shetland Camps will be using their own well-developed site near Sumburgh Airport, and the Fife Camp travels again into the south-east of England. Pray for wisdom and guidance for organizers, for safety for everyone, and for help to preachers to make Gods Word clear and relevant to the campers. Pray especially for spiritual blessing in abundance upon these young people along with their leaders and helpers, that hearing about Christ and seeing Christianity in action may truly impact their lives for good.
Ahoghill: D McGarvey commenced with open air meetings around the village on 31st May and continued until 11th June.
Ballywatermoy: Open air meetings commenced on 21st June for 2 weeks with D McGarvey.
Broughshane: D McGarvey is expected for open air meetings during the first two weeks of August.
Clonkeen: A Bible Exhibition was held in the Randalstown Hall from 17th-21st May, with a very encouraging response. 14 schools involving over 400 children visited the exhibition. Useful contacts were made amongst adults in the town and interesting conversations were held during the evenings. The effort was well worthwhile and the believers were uplifted.
Kells: The meetings with D McGarvey concluded on 28th May. The assembly was encouraged by the large numbers attending including many visitors, and was thankful for the blessing of salvation.
Whitehouse: On 4th May, 1930 the assembly was formed and in the goodness of God has seen eighty years of testimony. D Gilliland had ministry meetings from 31st May to 4th June to praise the Lord and encourage the believers to continue testimony in their excellent new hall. A booklet on the history of the assembly is available from the correspondent Mr Gordon Wallace.
Clare: J Rogers and R Reynolds are in their seventh week of gospel meetings (end of May) in a portable hall. Good numbers, including locals, are attending and interest is being shown. There has been blessing in salvation to the encouragement of all.
Ballywill Gospel Hall: The assembly was much encouraged during the recent visit of J Reece (Canada) when, during two weeks of gospel meetings, there was a great response from people of the district and further afield in their attendance nightly. It was evident that the Lord was working with power in the preaching and signs following in salvation. During visitation a man unable to attend because of illness was spoken to and he, too, got saved.
Ballymacashon: On 8th May there was much joy and challenge when four young people, all from one family who had been saved earlier, were baptised in Strangford Lough at Ringhaddy. Mr L Craig spoke on the ordinance of baptism, and hymns were sung to the praise of the Lord. Many young people were challenged.
Drumlough, Rathfriland: The Annual Conference was held on 19th May and the assembly was encouraged by the good number present to hear very profitable and refreshing ministry by brethren J G Hutchinson, G Woods, J Hay, A Davidson, A Patterson and S McBride. The assembly plans to hold a series of gospel meetings in a tent convenient to Rathfriland commencing on the 7th June DV. Speakers expected are Mr John McCann and Mr Samuel Nelson. Prayer would be valued.
Lisburn - The four weeks of gospel meetings in the large auditorium in the Civic Centre in Lisburn concluded on 21st May. It was most evident that the preachers, Mr David Gilliland and Mr David Alves, received much help from the Lord nightly. Large numbers of people from all walks of life attended, and it was encouraging to see so many who were not saved coming. There was rejoicing that a number professed salvation and this has given encouragement. The four local assemblies worked harmoniously together, and this was also encouraging.
The local authority staff were very co-operative and helpful right through the course of the meetings. The conveners are so grateful to the management who permitted this work to take place. Several of the local councillors attended. At the concluding meeting, in excess of 370 people were in attendance and at the end of the meeting a little Romanian girl told that she had got saved on the previous Tuesday in her own home. To God be the glory. We continue to pray for some who were moved but are still not saved.
Waringstown: S Barr and T Topley have been preaching in a portable hall in this village for some weeks. It has pleased the Lord to move in conviction and conversion. A number have professed to be saved bringing much joy.
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Bellaghy: There was a full hall for the Annual Conference. A Davidson ably conducted the Bible Reading on John 14 with D Gilliland, S Wells, D Alves, A Paterson, and J Martin giving helpful teaching in the afternoon.
Bridgetown: S Higgins (USA) had encouraging and well attended meetings on the subject of "The Believer and his Foundation".
T Wright and S Gilfillan are expected to commence gospel meetings on 6th June in the neighbouring district of Copany. G Stewart, with believers from the Bridgetown assembly, intend having open air meetings each Friday night in Donegal town in conjunction with the gospel meetings.
Drumenagh: The small assembly intend, in the will of God, to have a series of tent meetings on the Magherafelt Road on the outskirts of Ballyronan village. The meetings commence on 26th July. The preachers expected are D Gilliland and J McClelland. Prayer would be appreciated.
Letterkenny: A Colgan was with the assembly for five nights of helpful teaching on "The Sermon on the Mount". Christians came from quite a distance and a supper was provided each night the new kitchen proving to be a very real asset.
Limavady: The assembly was greatly encouraged by their Annual Conference, not only because it was the largest for some years, but also because of the spiritual help derived from the Bible Reading and conference session. D Alves conducted the reading on the first two Psalms, and J Hay, J Baker, D Gilliland, J Wishart, and D Alves gave helpful teaching in the afternoon. Mr Alves also gave a report on the Lords work in Mexico.
Moneydig: S Gilfillan and J Fleck are in their eighth week of gospel meetings (end May). Numbers attending have grown steadily with some of the Christians bringing unsaved friends along. Over twenty young people are there every night, and one boy has professed faith in Christ.
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Tyneside: The monthly series of Bible Readings in 1 John concluded in March. Visiting brethren guided the readings to the blessing of all present, followed by ministry from their own exercise - Colin Hutchison (Song of Solomon), Ian Jackson (John 19), John Grant (Romans 5), and Phil Coulson (Jude). The ministry brought challenge and encouragement to the Lords people. The Easter Conference was held at North Shields. David Gilliland spoke from the Psalms and Luke 24, and Robert Miller spoke from Ruth and gave a report on Israel. The ministry was instructive and devotional, all present being stirred by the emphatic restatement of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and the report on Israel brought to life many places and times from His life on earth.
In Pallion, Sunderland, the believers continue to be encouraged by a steady flow of visitors to the coffee morning - on two separate occasions ladies have come to the gospel meeting as a result. A Holiday Bible Club Week was held in February, with 23 children attending on average. All the activities were centred on stories from the life of the Lord Jesus. In April, Alan Barber conducted childrens meetings with an average attendance of just over 30 each night. The children were well-behaved, showed good interest, and took part enthusiastically in all activities.
Bromborough: Regular work continues amongst children and young people, with the Sunday Special showing a slight increase in numbers. Assemblies in up to ten local schools were arranged through the year when Robert Plant, Alan Barber, and David Raggett have visited for a week of concentrated activity. This has been complemented with David Raggetts Bible Exhibition which has been used in three local schools, with arrangements in hand to visit all other local schools. In February, a Holiday Bible Club was held with good numbers, and led by Philip Armstrong. The weekly activities for girls and boys on Tuesdays and Wednesdays have been particularly encouraging, with over 20 girls coming on a regular basis. The response of the parents has been very positive. It is a real challenge to sustain all these activities.
Over the summer months additional gospel activities have been arranged. Three-monthly Afternoon Teas will take the place of the monthly Coffee Mornings. The first in May saw some new contacts and the return of previous ones, with some attending the Family Gospel Tea the following Lords Day. During July, the 7,000 houses in the locality will be visited using a specially designed leaflet with a prepaid enquiry card. A gospel effort is planned for September/October when the speakers will be Stephen Baker and Philip Armstrong. Please pray for physical and spiritual strength for the local saints and for the Lords blessing.
Staffordshire Living Word Postal Bible School: 19 new students started lessons during the year to bring the number presently on the books to around 73. This is supplemented by "drop in students" whom we try to follow up personally. A new advertising display was used at the County Show where a number of children took leaflets, tracts and starter lessons. LWPBS was also represented at the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Show at the end of May. Panels illustrating the materials and process involved were displayed, workers were on hand, and Emmaus Courses available. Competitions were on offer to passing children, and around 80 were contacted each day. We were encouraged by the number of application forms returned after the weekend.