...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
On Thursday 14th May 2020, Miss Margaret Russell returned home from Kenya, after some thirty-seven years of faithful Missionary service in that needy land. Miss Russell had many arrangements to make and challenges to overcome, in her final few weeks, especially with the restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mission Board, being conscious of all the demands on Miss Russell, felt that it was important to pray that the Lord would open up the way for her to be able to travel home and that He would be pleased to keep her in health and strength as she journeyed. Therefore, the Board held a special online time of prayer with Miss Russell via Zoom, on the afternoon of the Lord’s Day 10th May.

The Lord was faithful, and prayer was answered in a very definite way and every need was met. As a result, Miss Russell flew home on 14th May as had been planned, on a flight organised by the British High Commission, especially for British citizens leaving Kenya at this time of crisis. The Lord led and opened up the way at every stage of the journey, and Miss Russell arrived safely at her home in Tandragee, late that same evening. Then, in keeping with the current requirements for those travelling into the UK, she immediately commenced two weeks of self-isolation.

Rev & Mrs Malcolm Patterson are also currently at home in Northern Ireland on Furlough, and not able to return to the Mission Field at this time because of the coronavirus. We, as a Mission Board, now find ourselves in the unusual position of having no missionaries on the ground in Kenya.

As a result of these exceptional circumstances Miss Russell will be continuing, for the interim period, to manage the administration of our Missionary work in Kenya remotely from Northern Ireland. This is an essential step to enable the ministry there to continue running smoothly at this challenging time.

So, although Miss Russell has returned home, she will not be retiring as a missionary just yet, and her involvement in the work in Kenya will be continuing a little while longer. This arrangement will remain in place until we again have missionaries on the ground in Kenya and the administration work there can be handed over.

We will keep you regularly updated on how this situation progresses. But for the coming months Miss Russell will carry on as a missionary working under our Mission Board and we would ask you to continue to pray for and support her in this additional phase of her Missionary labours in Kenya.
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