...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
At the end of January, we had the annual conferences of our Reformed ministers association in Spain. This time, we held the meetings in the church building in Toledo. We also took this opportunity to have the official opening of the building for public worship. The work in Toledo is still very small, but there are now several people attending the services every week. There is a woman who is faithfully attending both morning and evening services on the Lord’s Day, and is taking a series of studies on discipleship to become a member there. She will be our first church member in Toledo.

With regard to the work in Alcorcon, a new family with three little children has started to attend our evening services after they got in touch with us through our web page. This family lives in a small town in the province of Guadalajara, which is about a one hour drive from the church. After their first time in our church, they met with me and expressed their desire to start coming to our evening services because they are unhappy with the unbiblical practices that they see in the Roman Catholic Church.

In the last few weeks, a middle-age woman from Eastern Europe, with a Greek-Orthodox background, joined us in the social work, and she also came to our evening service last week. She is depending on the town hall for a home and is concerned that she may need to move to another part of Madrid, which means she would not be able to collect the food or come to the services on the Lord’s Day. Please pray for this lady.

As we need more room for services, meetings and other church activities, we are now considering the need to look for a larger site. Following an initial review, we have actually found one that would be perfect for our purpose. Of course, we would also need to sell our old building so that we can buy the new one. We are waiting on the Lord to provide for this need.

As the new work in Toledo is growing little by little, we have seen the need to develop a new Book of Church Order, as the old church statutes are very basic. We have now commenced work on the first part, which is the Form of Government.

Pray for all of these matters so that the Lord will enable us to spread the Gospel for the extension of His kingdom and His glory.
Monday, January 22 saw the first peaceful, and democratic, transition of power in Liberia since 1944, when George Manneh Weah was sworn into office as the new President of the republic. We are all very thankful that stability and security has been maintained through the whole election process; although the original results were contested, the dispute was settled peaceably in court. Keep praying for wisdom and a God-fearing spirit for the new administration and for the citizens of Liberia.

The radio station ministry has progressed in the last few months also. When I last reported on this website in October, I asked for prayer for funds to keep running the station 18 hours a day. We are really thankful to God for moving the hearts of His people to donate towards the purchase of a smaller FG Wilson generator that might use less fuel but can still run the station and provide a minimum of power for the rest of the compound to operate. The new generator was installed last week and is working well, and we still have the old generator as backup or to run when we need more power. Click Here to see some photos

I’m personally very thankful for your prayers for me over the holiday period as I took care of the station while Mr. DiCanio took a long-overdue vacation. We had a couple of mechanical breakdowns on the compound during his absence, but nothing directly related to the station, and workmen were able to come quite quickly to fix the problems. Mr. DiCanio brought back 10,000 business cards to advertise the station and folks from the church have started taking some each week to share with their friends and neighbours. We are also hoping to go out with the church people in the near future to take a card to every household in the communities within reach of the broadcast – or at least to start the process! This job is bigger than it sounds, because there are no house numbers, few street names, and in many cases no streets connecting the houses. Looking at the communities from Google Maps satellite, it’s quite a maze!

The children’s work has been busy over the last couple of months, with the usual year-end activities culminating with the Children’s Day Program on Christmas Eve. In November, I held a first-aid workshop especially for our children’s workers, although several others from the church attended as well. The young people from the Paynesville church enjoyed a day of swimming and food at Duazon in early December, and on another Saturday we took seven children from the Bible Club on a field trip to the airport. This was a prize for getting the highest points for attendance, behaviour, and memory work; the kids were thrilled to watch a plane landing and to tour the airport fire station, both of which were firsts for all of them!
In the Summer of 2017, I received a phone call from the Rev. David Park, asking me if I would go to Uganda for the month of December. Having been there once before, I was keen to repeat the experience and was enthusiastic to see the progress of the Lord’s work in that part of His vineyard.

On the 1st of December, Miss Noreen McAfee collected me from Entebbe airport at 5am and we went to the train station to collect Dr. Nigel Campbell and Mr. Andrew Foster who had just returned from a short trip to Kenya. Dr Campbell had spent the month of November preaching at the Emmanuel Church in Uganda. We enjoyed a time of fellowship over breakfast before leaving Dr. Campbell at a hotel as he had to fly out the next day. To take advantage of our time in Kampala, we went to see about supplies for building work that Andrew hoped to do in the near future in the compound.

When we finally arrived at our destination, it was almost deserted as the school children were on holiday and the majority had left to stay with relatives. Some twenty orphans were all that remained. Unlike our school holidays, the Christmas holidays here in Uganda are the longest.

My time was spent covering the various meetings of the Emmanuel Church as well as taking some daily Bible Studies. The Christmas service on the 25th was the highlight of them all, which proved to be the best attended, with many locals coming in and other family members who were visiting for Christmas. One visitor had come from London and had not planned to stay for the meeting, but when she came with her son and saw the church, she went back to where she was staying, changed her clothes and came back to church. The service was a real blessing to our soul. After the service Julieta, a lady who lives on the compound, made a meal for all, and we enjoyed a time of fellowship with the children who received some gifts. Click Here to see some photos.

There are quite a few houses near the compound, so outreach was also undertaken among the local people, many of whom are Roman Catholics. They were open to receiving a tract and discussing God’s wonderful way of salvation. Pray that the seed sown would find good ground.

Also, Pastor Andrew took me to visit a little Christian woman Elmerida Nanu, whose husband had died of Aids. She herself suffers from the disease. She had not been out at church for a long time, but came for the last two Sunday services during my time there, and also to the Christmas service. Pray that the Lord would be merciful and put His hand of healing upon her. We had a good time of witnessing to her son who could speak English very well. He lives in Kampala but had come to spend some time with his mother over the Christmas period. He is a confessed muslim and could not believe Jesus was the Son of God. Nevertheless, he was open and attentive as he listened how the Lord Jesus was truly God and his only hope of salvation. Pray that the Lord would open his eyes to the truth.

Here in Spain, we have been encouraged with new people attending the services. Please continue to pray for the book tables in the different towns and the opportunity of evangelising in new areas with the literature.
The January 2018 edition of Missionary Vision is available in the gallery section. This edition includes articles on the work in Australia and Uganda, a report on the 30th Anniversary event for Colin and Olive Maxwell, and some information about Mission Field Trips for 2018. Click Here to view the magazine.
Rev. J Creane and his wife have arrived safely in Uganda on 6th January at the start of one month visit where Rev. Creane will be supplying the pulpit at Emmanuel Church Nsaalu, in the absence of Rev. Stephen Miller who is still in Northern Ireland on deputation.

He will be responsible for all of the weekly meetings as well as continuing to assist Pastor Andrew with his studies. Please pray for Rev and Mrs Creane as they take on this work, that they will know the Lord’s blessing, and that they will be an encouragement to the congregation at Nsaalu
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