...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
I would like to begin by thanking everyone who has prayed and supported me over the past year or so as I began the process of becoming a full-time children’s worker here in NI. In March, I started working full-time under our Mission Board and I am very thankful to the Lord for His goodness and for making the path clear and plain to this point.

On the 20th April I had my sending forth service. It was a very special night in my own Christian walk, and I am grateful to everyone who took the time to come and attend the service. I want to thank the Mission board too for the kind gift that was presented by Mr Mervyn Preston, and also to my own church in Rasharkin for the presentation of flowers by two of the children in my Sunday School class. It was a night where the Lord’s presence was truly felt; the word of God spoke to my own heart and many others testified to hearing a message from the Lord. Rev. Mercer spoke on Daniel 11.32, ‘but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.’ He elaborated on how important it is for us all to know God, for it is only through Him and knowing Him, that we will be strong and do much for Him.

As of February, I have finished working in the job I had previously been in for eight years. I am thankful to the Lord that He provided the means whereby I was able to leave that place of employment and focus more on Children’s work full-time. Because of this I have been able to get into more schools, especially around the areas of Ballymena and Ballymoney, to take assemblies and after-school Bible clubs. I have been able to get into eight schools so far, some as a one-off, others on a more regular basis. In one school just outside Ballymena I was able to go in for nine weeks which was a real opportunity to build up a relationship with the children and to be able to talk with them about spiritual things. The children are always a lot of fun, especially the P1s and P2s who really are not afraid to say what they think of you, whether it be kind or not! These school visits are such an opportunity to reach with the Gospel, children who may never come out to a church meeting. I would ask you to pray that these doors would continue to be opened as we come into the new school year in September, and that more opportunities will arise to go into new schools as well.

During the Easter Holidays I also had an opportunity to reach children around my home village of Rasharkin with the valuable help of my own church. We had a special Easter Bible School on the first Tuesday of the holidays in the local primary school, with the hope of reaching more children from the village as many would not come to the church. We printed out invitations and had a night of outreach around the village to spread the news about the meeting. We had around 30 children attend, 14 of whom we had never seen before at our own Children’s Meetings, so it was a real answer to prayer and an opportunity to reach them with the Gospel. We had an hour-long meeting, time for crafts and activities, and then finished up with some juice and biscuits. I am hoping that this may become an annual meeting and also perhaps to have a meeting during the Harvest Holidays too, if it is in God’s will.

Summer, of course, marks the beginning of a busy time for Children’s work and outreach. I have the joy of taking part in 13 Bible Clubs and Missions over the summer months and into the Autumn period. It will be a big work load this summer, but it is comforting to know that the Lord does give strength. I have been praying, and would ask that you pray also, that the Lord would save at least one child from every Mission, although we know that He can save much more beside. My hope and prayer is that many children will come to accept Christ as their Saviour. I would ask you to pray too for the various workers behind the scenes who put a lot of effort and work into the Missions for many weeks beforehand.

Again, I just want to thank you all for your prayers and support. It is comforting to know that God’s people are holding the ropes in prayer. I do hope that by the end of this Summer period I will be able to come back and tell of the great things that the Lord has done.
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