...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
During the summer, we enjoyed frequent evangelism in Dublin (street preaching in O'Connell Street) and also at Knock RC Shrine where there were many conversations and much literature accepted. Other places of outreach included the Horse Racing week at Galway and in Athlone, along with activity in several towns and villages enroute. Our recent effort with the Ploughing Championships team saw outreach in the Marquee (which was flooded on the Wednesday of the outreach, due to heavy rain) and many Bible 2018 calendars given out. Best of all, four souls professed faith. Some of these folk were from the Athlone area and it is hoped to see them at the biweekly meetings in that town.

My autumn plans (DV) include outreach and participation in some gospel missions. The first is organised by Bethel FPC in Lisbellaw and also (still in the planning stages) in Garrison in Co. Fermanagh. It is getting increasingly hard to get unsaved people into meetings, but the work of sowing must go on. It is also planned that I will preach and teach for the month of March 2018 in Uganda while the Millers are home on deputation. My own deputation meetings continue unabated round our various congregations. For 30 years, I have been well supported by the Mission Board and an anniversary dinner has been planned by the Board for Monday, October 30th in Dungannon FPC. It would nice to meet some of our faithful supporters there. Thank you again for your prayer and financial support.
This year Nepal has experienced severe flooding in the southern part of the country. As a result sixty families belonging to our churches in the affected areas have had their homes or crops ruined. Our Mission Board has sent financial help to these families from the Nepal funds, to enable them to buy essentials like food etc. Please continue to remember them in prayer. Life is difficult for many, even in the good times – events such as the earthquake and this flooding makes it especially challenging. They must look to the Lord continually for their daily needs.  

Sadly as an indirect result of the flooding one of the leaders, Gaurisanker by name, was killed when an electric cable from a pole struck him. Gaurisanker was due to be ordained in the next few months. Please pray for his widow as she sustains this tragic loss.

The Church in Nepal is deeply appreciatative of the help given at this testing time.
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Work on the new children's home is still progressing and it is hoped in a few weeks the home will be ready for occupation.  There is still some work to be done on the interior, so the official opening will have to be postponed until next year.
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The September 2017 edition of Missionary Vision is available in the gallery section. This edition includes articles on the work in Nepal and Uganda, a notice for a special event for Colin and Olive Maxwell, and some information about Mission Field Trips for 2018. Click Here to view the magazine.
On 14th July, a group of ten people from Ballymena Free Presbyterian Church flew from Dublin to Liberia for a mission trip to visit Rev Dave DiCanio and Miss Joanne Greer who are currently working in the City of Monrovia as missionaries. The group organised their trip to coincide with the annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) which Joanne runs each year in Paynesville Free Presbyterian Mission Church. The team also had plans to assist with joinery work and other practical tasks, including making 18 bench seats and wiring lights for the Junior VBS hall.

The VBS started on the Monday morning and when the team arrived at the church, it was quickly apparent that there were many more children wanting to attend than expected. Two classes had been arranged for juniors and seniors but over 100 extra children had to be accommodated by the Tuesday morning. The team worked to erect a temporary open tent structure for the area outside the buildings and this was used for the reminder of the week. In total, around 350 children attended each day, to be taught Gospel truths. The following week the team also hosted a sports day for all of the children on Liberia Independence Day. Click here for photos in the Gallery

Rev DiCanio has built and launched Free Presbyterian Radio - a new venture for the missionaries in Liberia where they have been granted an FM license and have erected a 150 ft mast and installed a transmitter. This enables the broadcast of Christian radio content eighteen hours per day to the 1.5 million people in the greater Monrovia area. It was a real surprise to hear so many of our own ministers on the airwaves as we travelled across the city. The team were able to be present for the official opening of the station with a live broadcast from the compound.

There was also an opportunity to take a short internal flight to a small Free Presbyterian Mission Church in the interior of Liberia in Charlie Town, Rivercess. This enabled them to see tribal Liberian life and the challenges faced daily by the people in these isolated areas. They were given a wonderful welcome in the simple mud building and enjoyed a local meal of rice and potato plant with chicken followed by cucumber for dessert! Click here for photos of the trip

While it was a really busy time, it was also a time of great blessing, and when the time came to return home, the team left Liberia with first-hand experience of the great spiritual and physical needs of these friendly, welcoming people.
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