The Lords Work & Workers
Approximately twenty-five schools in Perthshire are now regularly contacted by believers from the Perth assembly, recently assisted by Gordon McCracken, Jack Hay and Graeme Paterson. Please pray that this work will continue and that children will be converted to Christ.
A number of believers from Perth Gospel Hall are spending considerable time visiting their neighbourhoods with invitations to the meetings. For some this is their first experience of this work, some undertaking it all day, with others joining after work. The response has been mixed, with some people genuinely interested and some only interested in getting rid of the callers on their doorstep. The third "Christianity Explored" group is planned for April, with a desire to reach new contacts with the gospel.
Tayside Christian Youth Camps
Over fifty teenagers attended a recent mini camp at Faskally House. In three sessions the subjects covered were Signs of Life, Christian Continuance, and Christians and Sin. Some young people expressed their appreciation of the very plain teaching and the challenge it had in their lives. Please pray that many young people of Scotland would come to a deep and real commitment to our Lord Jesus.
At the end of January and into February, the assembly at Plains had the Ayrshire Bible Exhibition for two weeks, during which over 600 school children from Primary years 6 and 7 and Secondary year 2 attended. The exhibition was well received by the children and by the staff from the schools who accompanied each class. The schools represented were some of those in the area in which Graeme Paterson has a continuing work of Bible teaching, taking assemblies, after-school childrens meetings, classroom work and counselling.
The assemblys regular childrens work continues on a weekly basis with healthy numbers attending. Some mothers who bring their children sit through the whole gospel address. Before Christmas the local school asked if they could have their Christmas service in the Gospel Hall. So the pupils and teachers walked through the village to the hall led by two Police Officers because of the amount of snow blocking the footpaths! In addition to all the school pupils, there were some 30 adults at the meeting. The school was happy to leave the whole service to Graeme who was able to preach the gospel freely.
During the winter Graeme and Jim Paterson held Gospel Meetings in the Hall. A good number of visitors came, but due to the problems associated with the heavy snowfalls and low temperatures the meetings had to be stopped early. Prayer would be appreciated for the ongoing work in the gospel at Plains.
The assembly at Overtown was encouraged by the visit of Gordon McCracken in March. As on previous occasions a number of schools in the area were visited with the gospel - a great opportunity for many children and their teachers to hear the Word of God being presented. Good attention was given to the messages.
Blair Martin had a gospel series with the assembly believers at Gourock who were encouraged through the faithful preaching. Although large numbers did not attend, pray for those unbelievers who did hear the message of the gospel.
Ahoghill: The Annual Missionary Conference was held on 1st April. Speakers: J McMaster, B Howden, E Johnston.
Ballymena (Harryville): Special Gospel Meetings at "Moores Concrete" premises and car park at Woodside Road, Ballymena (site kindly granted) commenced on 6th March and are continuing. Speakers: J Rogers and L Craig. Good numbers are attending including many local people. Prayer valued that blessing soon will be seen in salvation.
Ballybollan/Clonkeen/Crosskeys: These three assemblies have combined for a special series of Gospel Meetings in a portable hall at Gaults Filling Station, Largy Road (site kindly granted) which started on 27th March and are continuing. Speakers: N Fleck and T Wright. Prayer and interest would be valued.
Ballymoney Gospel Hall: Ministry Meetings with M Radcliffe were held from 28th March - 1st April on "The Life of Peter".
Clough Gospel Hall: At the end of March G Woods and R Reynolds have been encouraged with consistent attendance from believers families and a number of people from the locality over three weeks in the gospel. The saints are looking expectantly for blessing in salvation as the meetings continue.
"If the Lord will..."
Ballywatermoy: Gospel Meetings are commencing early in May (DV) in a portable hall in Cullybackey with W Martin and D McGarvey.
Special Gospel Meetings are expected to commence in a Tent at Logans Fashions, Cloughmills, located on the A26 Frocess Road, 10 miles from Ballymena. Speakers: W Boyd, R McKeown. Interest would be appreciated.
Armagh Gospel Hall: Gospel Meetings, now in their 8th week, have had good support from many local assemblies and God has blessed in salvation.
Ballykeel and Dromore: S Wells had helpful ministry meetings.
Banbridge: Gospel Meetings with M Radcliffe and D Gilliland ended well with blessing in salvation.
Craigavad: L Craig had a much appreciated week of ministry with this assembly on "Truths for young believers".
Newry: T Stevenson and K Newell had well attended Gospel Meetings in Rostrevor in connection with the Newry Assembly on each Tuesday evening of March in the Community Centre. These were probably the first assembly meetings in the town for 50 years.
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Aughrim: The Hall was packed to capacity for the Annual Conference. The teaching was both challenging and encouraging, with U Crothers and N Emerson both ministering from 1 Thessalonians.
Killykergan: A Nesbitt (Dromore) and A Steele (Ballymena) are expected for Gospel Meetings commencing on 10th April.
Magaherafelt Gospel Hall: The assembly commenced a series of Gospel Meetings on 20th March. A Colgan is being helped by local brethren T Craig and S Redfern. Every home in the town is being visited with invitations and newly published literature produced by our brother Colgan. Prayer is valued for this effort.
Magheracorran: The small assembly was greatly encouraged by having a full hall for their Annual Conference. Spiritual and profitable teaching was given by S Gilfillan, M Radcliffe, S Patterson and D Gilliland.
Monaghan Gospel Hall: The Annual Conference on 17th March was well supported and ministry was given by D Gilliland, S McBride, T Meekin, T McNeill, WJ Nesbitt and J Hutchinson.
Clogher: The Gospel Meetings in this town are continuing. Good numbers are attending, including some of the townspeople. The surrounding assemblies have also given good support. The meetings are being conducted by B Glendinning who was to be accompanied by N Coulter, but brother Coulter was unable to take part due to illness.
Kilmore: (near Castlederg). The Gospel Meetings are continuing here with D Gilliland and D McAllister. Excellent numbers are attending including many not accustomed to hearing the gospel. Local assemblies are lending their support by both prayer and attendance.
Enniskillen: The assembly enjoyed four evenings of Bible Readings conducted by Sam Jennings in mid March, and a week of ministry in early April by Walter Boyd, with instructive teaching based on the journeying of the Children of Israel from Mount Sinai.
Newtownbreda: Wesley Martin and Stephen Gilfillan preached the gospel faithfully for seven weeks. The district was well visited and some interesting contacts were made. Attendance was good and support from neighbouring assemblies was encouraging. Many heard the gospel and the assembly continues to look to the Lord to give the increase.
Parkgate Avenue Gospel Hall: Gospel meetings are continuing with D McGarvey and P McCauley. Local visitation proved responsive, with good numbers of outsiders attending most nights. One young person was saved during the first week of the meetings. There has been encouraging support from local and other saints. "Brethren, pray for us."
The assembly at Datchet (Berkshire) had another Seed Sowers distribution in March, and soon expects to have covered the whole of the large town of Slough which has a population of 120,000. Pray that this may bear fruit in the salvation of souls. Graham Paterson has been with the assembly meeting at Spencer Bridge Road (Northampton) with the Ayrshire Bible Exibition. Around 1,250 school children and their teachers were expected to hear the gospel through this two-week effort. Stephen Grant had an encouraging week of gospel meetings with the assembly in Pamber Heath (Hampshire).
Over a weekend in March, Bert Cargill took three profitable meetings in Bicester on the creation/evolution issue. Each contained interesting and challenging facts, and ended with a clear gospel application. Large numbers attended, over 100 on the first night, including many unsaved. The messages are available at www.hebrongospelhall.org.