Ayrshire: The assembly at Auchinleck was greatly encouraged during nine weeks of gospel meetings with Ian Robertson. Many local people attended the meetings and some professed salvation. The believers also had the joy of seeing four people being baptized on the last Friday of the year. Good numbers from the district also attended that meeting.
The North: The Culloden assembly held a weekend of special meetings at the end of November focused on the subject of the Bible, taking advantage of the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. Tom Wilson was the speaker, and all were encouraged to see excellent attendance at all the meetings and several unconverted folk present over the weekend. This great subject was of interest to believers from other places, and a number spoke of being blessed. We continue to pray that the Lord will use the presentation of His Word to awaken and save some.
The assembly in Avoch was much heartened by the attendance of many unsaved people at their Christmas Service. The meeting was held in the local primary school and was conducted by Douglas Mowat who wove his message around the life of Isaac Watts, the writer of some of our best known carols. The believers had the great joy of seeing a man of mature years trust the Saviour after the service. He had been the subject of much prayer for a long time, and could recall being concerned about his soul as a boy of 12 after hearing the late Joe Merson preaching the gospel. Please continue to pray that others will be saved.
In many assemblies throughout the country such Christmas Services brought large numbers of people into halls which they seldom attend. They were able to hear the gospel clearly preached and further contacts in the various communities have been enhanced. We trust that these will be to their eternal blessing in salvation also, and that tracts distributed and calendars now hanging in many homes will be used to point many to Christ.
N. IRELAND & EIRE
Ballymena (Harryville): The assembly held ministry meetings with D Gilliland during the week commencing 16th January.
Carnlough: The Annual Missionary Conference was held on 14th January in the community centre. Those reporting on their work for the Lord were B Watterson, S Patterson, J Kelso, S Harper, and R Cunningham.
Randalstown Gospel Hall (Clonkeen): The Bible Exhibition was held from 16th-20th January with Graeme Paterson. Many schools were invited.
Kilmore Gospel Hall: Gospel Meetings commenced on 15th January in a portable hall in Magheralin. Speakers: S Nelson and J McCann.
Longford Gospel Hall: J Rogers had a short spell of gospel meetings with this assembly. The Christians worked hard and were greatly encouraged to see quite a number of locals attending.
Tassagh Gospel Hall: Gospel Meetings commenced during January with S McBride and N Fleck.
Banbridge Gospel Hall: The assembly had a very good week of ministry with S Gilfillan on Psalms 113-118.
Kilkeel Gospel Hall: The Boxing Day Conference was very well attended with very helpful ministry from S McBride, P Thiessen, G Woods, J McCann, and M Radcliffe.
Shanaghan Gospel Hall: J Fleck was with the assembly for three nights of very profitable ministry. Subjects: "A Sharer in the Fellowship"; "A Sheep in the Flock"; and "A Sacrifice on the Fire".
Ardstraw Gospel Hall: Gospel Meetings commenced on 8th January. Speakers: G Woods and D McGarvey.
Fintona Gospel Hall: Gospel Meetings commenced on 8th January. Speakers: J Fleck and J Rogers.
Newtownstewart: A large number of believers gathered for the Annual Conference and Bible Reading on 2nd January. The latter was conducted by W McBride, and the speakers who ministered were B Smith, A Nesbitt, W McBride, and D McGarvey.
Purdysburn Gospel Hall: David McGarvey had two weeks of gospel meetings with the assembly. The gospel was presented simply, solemnly and sincerely. It was encouraging to see a number from the locality present as a result of faithful visitation.
ENGLAND & WALES
The assembly in Wallingford put on a Bible Exhibition in October, advertised to commemorate 400 years of the King James Version of the Bible. Around 50 adults and 300 school children came. Stephen Baker was with the assembly all week, and stayed for a second week for childrens meetings when up to 30 children came daily, including some new ones.
Graeme Paterson was with the assembly at Winshill, Burton-on-Trent, for a weeks childrens meetings in the hall. The number of children present was in the mid 20s each evening with a couple of parents also coming in. During the week Graeme went into local schools to take assemblies and spoke to just under 1,000 children, each of whom received a gospel calendar. It is a cause for thanksgiving to see the continued interest of the children in attending the meetings, and that schools continue to give access for assemblies.
Wesley Downs in Wythenshawe has been amazed to see how, through His grace, God has saved to the uttermost alcoholics, drug addicts, bank robbers, and even a witch. The Mill work continues to grow with about 10 people attending, some part time. One man was a believer when he first came but was struggling with his mental health. It has been wonderful to see the change in his life as he has occupied his time and been fed spiritually. Three other men are still lost, yet are willing to listen to the gospel message. Another, an ex-heroin addict and bank robber, continues to give great encouragement in his obvious surrender to the Lord. Prayer was requested for the wife of another man who was a white witch and practising full blown paganism. While giving his testimony recently the man was able to say, "My wife used to be a witch but now she has been saved". What a transformation! The numbers attending the city centre drop-in on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday afternoons have steadily grown, and recently 67 people came through the door. After serving food and drinks, there is a time for gospel preaching to those who are willing to stay; usually 15-25 people do this and it is great to answer their follow-on questions. Recently a regular attender shows increasing interest and has said he knows that he needs to be born again. Wesley plans to develop this work further in the city in 2012. Some have expressed a desire to study the Bible more, so each Sunday we hope that those who have been saved will attend for the teaching of the Word of God. Alternative accommodation needs to be found for this city centre work - prayer would be valued for this and the other aspects of the work in the future.
Jim McMaster in Bensham, Gateshead reports that a steady stream of people from the soup kitchen work come into the Gospel Hall to hear the gospel. Several are showing a deepening concern for their soul, and one man who is blinded by modern philosophy has been earnestly seeking the truth. During 2011, ten of those who attended regularly have lost their lives as a result of addiction or violence on the streets. The Good News van continues to be the focus of this work and is recognized all over the city. The Jail work continues with visitation to the cells on the wings, and there is still much encouragement from the Bible Class. An urgent matter for prayer is about the appointment of a new chaplain - that he will be sympathetic to the gospel and that this important work will not be hindered.
Nitish Patel in Wembley, London, reports that after seeing a few Hindu men saved, they were praying that the Lord would save some ladies too. The Lord answered with a Hindu lady coming in October. "She told us that she started reading the Bible in 2006 after seeing someone next to her on the bus reading a Bible. She bought a Bible for herself and was looking for a place for a Bible study. The Lord led her to Wembley Gospel Hall and she has been attending our Monday meeting regularly. She was in tears when she told us of her joy at finding a place where she can have her questions answered. She had stopped worshipping idols after seeing it was wrong while reading the book of Judges. We believe she is very close to the Kingdom of God and we value prayer that she will be saved soon. Recently a young Gujarati lady from India also joined the Bible class and is seeking the Lord. We pray that she will continue to attend and find salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ."