The Lords Work & Workers
Jack Hay has been encouraged in his own area with attendances at special events arranged over the Christmas period. Invitations were distributed around Comrie to come and hear the gospel on Christmas Eve and the response was gratifying. Particularly encouraging was the presence of the mother and father of a brother in the Lord. This was the only time they had come to anything like this except when they attended their sons baptism several years ago. Similarly,?when preaching the gospel in Perth on Christmas Day, it was again encouraging to see the mother of a young sister present. She had never been in the hall before. Pray for their salvation.
Here are some excerpts from Michael Cordiners recent newsletter. The office continues to be open for a couple of hours each day for the "Drop In". This has worked well as a place to follow up contacts made at the soup kitchen and to hold small Bible studies. Recently, getting access into local schools has enabled us to share information about the work in which we are involved. At one primary school in Broughty Ferry it was a joy to be able to tell a few hundred pupils how God is able to save anyone. Continue to pray for the work done through the Jiffy Truck. We have had some wonderful conversations over the past year and many individuals have opened up and seem that step closer to salvation. Pray also for those who have been through rehab centres in an effort to come off drugs. "Dan", "Mac" and "Andy" who have all trusted Christ as Saviour need to be remembered, with others like them, as they move on to a new phase in their lives away from the relative security of a rehab centre.
Faskally House, Pitlochry
Over the winter months opportunity has been taken to make some significant improvements at this valuable facility for furthering the work of the Lord as it now enters its sixteenth year. A full programme of different events is again planned for this year. Six Midweek Breaks with teaching from the Word of God, Families Holidays at two different times, many weekend retreats, and several weeks of Camps in the summer will all take place, God willing. As in previous years many will hear the gospel and many will be challenged and encouraged from the Scriptures. Please pray that the Lord will bless with salvation especially the many children and teenagers who enjoy coming. Colin and Alison Connell continue to manage the facility and are pleased to answer enquiries on 01796 474411. The support of many of the Lords people in many ways is gratefully acknowledged and greatly valued.
Scottish Postal Bible School: The work of the Scottish Postal Bible School is being continued by those who shared it with our sister Christine Pollard who was called home recently. The new contact for all correspondence is Mrs Jean Stott, 179 Bennochy Rd, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5TT; Tel 01592 200765; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jean along with Elizabeth and Sarah MacKenzie will appreciate prayer that this work will continue to bring blessing to many throughout the country.
N. IRELAND & EIRE
Ahoghill Gospel Hall: Ministry Meetings were held from 23rd-27th January with L Craig on "The Feasts of Jehovah". Helpful teaching.
Ballybollan Gospel Hall: M Penfold had Ministry Meetings from 20th-24th February.
Ballintoy Gospel Hall: R Plant had two weeks of childrens meetings which commenced 30th January. Good numbers and interest.
Ballymena Gospel Hall (Cambridge Avenue): R Plant had a very well attended week of childrens meetings with plain messages and very good attendance.
Ballymena (Harryville): D Gilliland had excellent meetings from 16th-20th January. Large numbers attended. Very challenging ministry and teaching.
Ballywatermoy Gospel Hall: Ministry Meetings with S Jennings were held from 30th January-2nd February. Subject - "Lessons from Deuteronomy". Unfortunately, Mr Jennings became unwell and Mr P McClarty kindly completed the week. Profitable ministry enjoyed by the assembly.
Bushmills Gospel Hall: Gospel Meetings commenced on 12th February. B Glendinning and A Steele are responsible. Pray for interest and blessing as they continue.
Carnlough: The Annual Missionary Conference was held on 14th January in the Community Centre. Large numbers attended in this excellent venue. Those reporting on their work for the Lord were B Watterson, S Patterson, J Kelso, S Harper and R Cunningham.
Carnlough Gospel Hall: L Craig had Ministry Meetings from 13th-17th February on Philippians.
Clonkeen: L Carswell had several ministry meetings in the week commencing 30th January.
Kingsmoss Gospel Hall: The Annual Conference was held on 11th February with Ministry of the Word from J Allen, G Woods, I Lewis and A Colgan.
"If the Lord will
Broughshane Gospel Hall: Gospel Meetings are expected to commence on 15th April (DV) and to continue for a number of weeks in a portable hall on the Ballygarvey Road (site kindly granted by Mr U Davison). Speakers: E Fairfield and W Martin. Interest and prayer appreciated.
Kingsmoss Gospel Hall: M Radcliffe and P McCauley are expected to commence gospel meetings on 3rd June.
Ardmore Gospel Hall: The assembly had a week of ministry meetings by a local brother N Emerson. A nice number attended.
Kilmore: Gospel Meetings with S Nelson and J McCann commenced on 15th January in a portable hall in Magheralin and are continuing with interest.
Tassagh Gospel Hall: Gospel Meetings commenced at the end of January. Speakers: S McBride and N Fleck. Prayer valued.
Glenburn Gospel Hall: Gospel Meetings commenced on 5th February in the Gospel Hall with M Radcliffe and D Gilliland with good interest.
Glengormley Gospel Hall: The assembly enjoyed a visit from brother John Grant (Scotland) for the gospel on the Lords Day and a week of ministry from 29th January - 3rd February on "The life of Jacob - the making of a man of God".
Co. LONDONDERRY & Co. DONEGAL
Magheracorran: Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no conference this year.
Tivaconavey: S Maze and B Eadie are in their third week of meetings in the Gospel Hall. This is a county district between Kilrea and Upperlands.
Ardstraw Gospel Hall: For three weeks D McGarvey and G Woods had a series of Gospel Meetings in the village. Many locals were visited and invited to attend.
Fintona Gospel Hall: At the beginning of January, J Rogers and J Fleck commenced a series of Gospel Meetings. Many homes were visited and invitations distributed. Good numbers have attended and the surrounding assemblies gave their support.
Omagh Gospel Hall: The believers who meet at Omagh Gospel Hall started off their New Year with ministry from M Radcliffe. Overflowing crowds gathered for four nights to hear him speak on the book of Ruth.
Banbridge: The Gospel Meetings being conducted by S Gilfillan and W Martin continue with good attendance and encouraging local interest.
Ballymagarrick: With G Paterson, the assembly held the Bible Exhibition, firstly in Ballynahinch High School for three days, and then for five days in the Gospel Hall. Over 700 children visited the Exhibition. The assembly was greatly encouraged.
Ballykeel (Mourne): W Boyd and J Bingham have commenced Gospel Meetings in the Gospel Hall with excellent local response.
Portavogie: D Gilliland was with the New Road assembly for two weeks of very profitable, practical and well attended Bible readings on the book of Ruth.
Lisbellaw: D McGarvey has commenced a short series of Gospel Meetings in the local Gospel Hall. Pray for Gods hand in blessing.
ENGLAND & WALES
John Frost writes that prior to Christmas they were encouraged by the response to various activities at Tottenham. The Carol Service on Christmas Eve and the Christmas Dinner for the homeless gave wonderful opportunities for presenting the gospel to very many unsaved people. Some of them were in the hall for the first time and there was excellent attention and interest shown by all who were present. During the early days of the New Year, gospel calendars in English and various languages were distributed, and these too have been well received. Other works recommencing in January are the "Free Breakfast" on Tuesdays the "Drop-In" on Thursdays and the "English Class" on Wednesdays. Pray that this year many will be saved.
The believers at Belmont Hall, Harrow held their centenary conference in late 2011, with John Riddle and David West giving appropriate and valued ministry, David West remaining for two extra nights. The assembly also marked 100 years in their present building with a series of six gospel meetings when Ian Jackson preached the Word powerfully. The 400th centenary of the KJV was used as a feature of the week. Good numbers of?young people, parents, and other friends and contacts came to the meetings, many of whom had never been in the hall before. The local mayor and his wife attended one evening and listened very respectfully. The assembly was greatly encouraged by the interest shown and look forward, God willing, to reaching others with the gospel in 2012.