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MODERATOR VISITS NEPAL
Nepal is a land of towering mountains and breathtaking beauty. It contains eight of the top ten highest mountain peaks, including Mt Everest. However, it is in the list of the 30 poorest countries in the world where it ranks 18th.

I had the privilege of visiting this beautiful and mysterious country in April. I was invited to speak at the Annual Bible Conference. Each day commenced with devotions followed by three preaching sessions, which began at 10am. Each day concluded with further devotions in the evening conducted by local pastors. During the week I spoke on the subject of the “Christian armour” stressing not only the importance of each piece of the armour but the need to put them on. Despite speaking through an interpreter the people listened attentively showing great appreciation for the word of God.

On the Tuesday evening I had the privilege of taking part in the ordination of three men to the gospel ministry. Please pray for them as they go back to their villages to reach the lost. On the Wednesday evening there was a graduation service at which 12 men graduated from the Bible School.

I also visited the orphanage that Rev. Paul Thapa and his wife Mandira opened in 2003. The number of orphans increasing over the years, they have now outgrown their present facilities. A new building is near completion, which is about a 3-minute walk away. The children are well cared for and have a great interest in the things of God. It was a delight to see them sitting through three 2-hour meetings at the conference each day and taking notes. Click here to see more photos. 

Kathmandu is a sprawling city with a population of over 25 million people. I had the privilege of visiting a new established congregation who meet on the edge of the city. They presently meet in a tin building and the pastor, his wife and family live in a small tin extension about 10 feet by 5 feet. While the people have little of this world’s goods, the joy of the Lord is evident in their lives and in their conversation.

I trust you will continue to pray for this and the many other congregations scattered across this land of hills and valleys. Please remember also the Rev. Paul Thapa as he pioneers this works and also carries the burden of the outreach radio ministry.
MISSION NEWS - JULY 2018
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IN PAYNESVILLE, LIBERIA
Our annual week of VBS finished last Friday, July 6th. After the record turn-out last year (350-400 children) when the team from Ballymena FPC was here, we realised we were going to have to actively limit the numbers this year since we had fewer helpers. So we gave out fewer invitations and asked the children to come on the Saturday before VBS to register and get an ID card. We ended up with 121 children registered and about 105 attending each day, which was very manageable.

It was encouraging again to see most of the children giving good attention to the lessons, including some older teenagers who come every year just for VBS. Pray that these older kids especially would soon be saved and would be kept by God’s grace from the temptations that they face daily. We believe that a few of them perhaps are saved and would value your prayers that they will grow in grace and even that they would come to our youth Sunday School class.

We appreciate your help in prayer and the help of several young people from the Paynesville congregation who came along each day. A special thanks goes to Matthew Graham from Mourne FPC in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, who came over to Liberia for two weeks specifically to help with VBS. Click here for more photos

Keep me in prayer as I leave Liberia on 11th July for 7 months of furlough. I will be doing deputation in the USA and Canada this summer and then moving on to Northern Ireland later in the year DV. Also, please pray for Mr. DiCanio and others who will be carrying on with the work here in my absence.
MISSION NEWS - JULY 2018
MISSIONARY VISION MAGAZINE
The July 2018 edition of Missionary Vision is available in the gallery section. This edition includes reports from all of our home missionaries together with a report from REv Park and Rev Brown following their visit to uganda to take part in the Pastor's Conference. 

Click Here to view the magazine.
MISSION NEWS - JULY 2018
VISIT TO CROSBY RAVENWORTH SCHOOL
At the end of June we had a short holiday break over in England. The village we stayed at was in the heart of the north Yorkshire countryside. Although it was a small out-of-the-way place there was however, a little primary school in the village. The Lord laid it upon my heart to go and contact the school to see if they would be willing to allow me to conduct an assembly.

So with a promise from 2nd Samuel 22v45, “...strangers shall submit themselves unto me…” I approached the head teacher the following Monday morning. The Lord graciously intervened and despite a busy end of term schedule, I was invited along to conduct an assembly on the Thursday afternoon. What a privilege it was to bring the message of the Gospel to these children. We were also able to get various bookmarks and pencils from a Bible book shop in Kendal to present to all the children in attendance.

Our intention is to keep in contact with the school and to send them further Gospel literature that is child friendly. Do please pray for these children and the teaching staff who were all very accommodating towards us and most appreciative of the visit.
ROBERT MCCONNELL - JULY 2018
PATTERSONS RETURNING TO KENYA
Alison and I hope to be able to return to Kenya during the summer (DV). We are very thankful to the Lord for undertaking for us during the past 2 ½ years. We left Kenya to come home on furlough December 2015 fully intending to return July 2016 but that was not part of God’s perfect plan for us.

Alison has recovered well from her surgery and course of chemotherapy and her recent scan and scope were both clear however she will have to have regular check-ups. The surgeon and oncologist are both pleased with the progress that has been made. For this we humbly acknowledge the Lord’s goodness and mercy to us.

It is sometimes hard for us take in that we are now on the threshold of returning to the Lord’s work in Kenya. The prospect of leaving home and family are ever present with us but we go to serve the Lord in another part of His vineyard.

We would be greatly encouraged and helped if you are able to pray with us and for us; we cannot do God’s work to God’s glory without the continual prayerful support of God’s people

The following are some points for Prayer:

- For our families especially Alison’s Mum, Malcolm’s Mum & Dad, Philip, Timothy & Sarah.
- That our work permit and all the administrative matters will be in place and sorted to enable us to enter the country and engage in the work of our calling.
- Return journey, settling back to life in Kenya, good health, for general safety and especially as we travel on the roads.
- That we will have a good relationship with those whom we work, and that Christ will be honoured in all that we say and do.
- The work we are involved in
  1. Training of pastors
  2. Radio Ministry
  3. Learning Swahili Language
  4. Translation work
  5. Outreach & Evangelism Programme
  6. Preaching Ministry 

We thank the Lord for His promises; 1Pe 5:7 “ Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

We have been broadcasting a series on the animals and birds that the Lord has created to live in this world and the Lord reminds us of these in Job 12:7 “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee”: This leads us to Matt. 10:29-30 where we are reminded “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” It is good to know that every little detail of our lives is in God’s hands.
REV & MRS PATTERSON - JUNE 2018
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