...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
Over the summer months many children have been reached with the gospel and it has been encouraging to see some trust the Lord. The Lord has blessed the ministry of His Word in answer to prayer.

The first week in July l was in Derrybeg housing estate in Newry again this year where we had a very enthusiastic group of children. With 18 in attendance they were a little hard to handle on occasions but it when it came to the time for the Bible lesson they sat and listened.

HBCs where held in Mission Halls, Community Centres and Churches and attendance varied from place to place. One church where we held a HBC was greatly encouraged by the number of new children who attended and the interest shown by parents to know when the weekly meeting started.

Again, this year l taught at Sandown Camp where we had a great week with the children. It was wonderful to see a wee boy trust the lord. On the Thursday evening we had a time of testimony and he was first on his feet and said, “the best thing that happened to me at camp this week was l got saved, and all of you need to do that as well”.

The United Children’s Camp was held in Larne again this year and what a great week we had with the children. It has been most encouraging to receive feedback from parents whose children have really enjoyed camp. One wee boy told his dad that as result of camp he has a closer walk with God. What a thrill it is to hear this news.

Thank you for prayers for the Outreach over the summer and do please continue to pray as the work goes on in the months ahead.

I have Bible Clubs arranged in schools at Cortamlet, Mullaglass and Mountnorris and I am waiting to hear from others. Do please pray that new schools will open up. As well as these meetings l have weekly meetings and school assemblies to speak at.

Thanks again for all you support in the Lord’s work.
A special Bible teaching conference was held on Saturday 18th August 2018 at the Nyaporo Church premises. The main purpose of the conference was to strengthen the family life of the members of the congregation in order to realise a healthy church in the future. If a family lives in the fear of God, the possibility for minimal problems in the local church are high.

Looking back we thank God for his blessing and a successful conference. With the attendance of over forty adults and a sizable number of children in attendance, this was overwhelming and beyond our expectations. The presence of Rev. Malcolm and his wife Alison was an immense blessing and encouragement to us. Rev. and Mrs Patterson had a table of tracts which they distributed to those who attended.

Prior to the event, Pastor Andrew Chepto and I with the help of Benson and Wycliffe went out on 17th for evangelism. This gave us opportunity to reach out to many families welcoming them for the event.

On the material day, we had Benson leading, with Peter taking the general oversight role. With a developing theme on "A Healthy Family a Healthy Church", I spoke in the first session from Ephesians 5:22-26 about "The Individual Roles of the Members of the Family". Pastor Andrew spoke next from Acts 20:28 on "The Church of Christ". He emphasized “What is a Church and the diligent use of the means of grace that the Lord instituted for His Church”. In the afternoon I spoke from Job 1:1-5 about "The Lessons from the Life of Job as a pious Family Man".

As we plan and look to the future we hope to have a more organised event next time and prepare enough food for all the participants rather than just snacks and a drink.

We hope to organise a youth conference in the near future.

On Monday of 20th August, Benson and I went for visitation/evangelism. In one home which we visited it was good to hear of how the man of the family and wife, had had a discussion on how they could now apply the teachings.

Another lady whom we visited on the follow-up (she doesn't attend church) was worried of her husband carrying tracts back home, thinking that it was from Jehovah’s Witnesses. This to us was a sign that the teachings, by the grace of God were bearing fruits. It is therefore needful that we keep on praying that God through His Spirit will press those teachings to the hearts of His people and that they may apply to their own family and Church life.

Evangelist: Pastor Patrice Akali
In the earlier part of the summer we have completed meetings in Ballymena, Ballygowan, Garvagh, John Knox, Aghalee, a tent campaign in Randalstown and helped out in the United Children’s Camp in Larne.

The attendance and behaviour throughout these events has been very good with the children listening well to their need of the Saviour. Please pray on that many will respond to the challenge of the Gospel message.

It has been a great joy for me to work alongside many of our congregations in the field of child evangelism. I would like to thank all those who have come along to help out over these past weeks. It is, most certainly, a team effort and such meetings would be almost impossible to conduct without your input. Click Here to see more photos.

Please continue to pray on for the final weeks of children’s meetings in Comber, Tyndale Mem. (Belfast), and Larne.

3rd John v4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” May such sentiments be evident in the lives of the many boys and girls that have been reached this summer for the Saviour.
Thank you for continuing to pray for us, especially over the past 2 ½ years since Alison was diagnosed with colon cancer. The Lord has been good to us and we have now been able to return to Kenya.

The few days before we left we were able to visit family and saying goodbye for a time. We made our way to Dublin Airport on Monday (30th July) and flew out to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia where we were to have a 5 hr wait followed by a further six-hour delay!! We did not know at the time but there was a mechanical problem with the aircraft and another aircraft that was in a hangar had to be prepared to fly the route.

We arrived safely with our luggage in Nairobi later Tuesday evening ( 31st July). We cannot say that all went smoothly with our journey from the time we arrived at the airport and could not see our flight on the screen, but we can say that as we lifted up our hearts to the Lord He undertook for us during each part of the Journey

We stayed for a few days at a guest house in Nairobi with some things to do before moving up to Kitale. We were able to meet with Pastor Patrice who has been helping with the ministry in the church at Nyaporo and his wife Gladys. We also were to visit Judith Collins, a missionary living in Nairobi, who lectured for many years at a Bible College in Nairobi and has established a Primary School at Marsabit in the desert region of Northern Kenya. Judith was able to reminisce about her visits to some of churches in Northern Ireland back in the late 80’s

We travelled up to Kitale Monday 6th August stopping briefly at the Equator on our way. When we arrived in Kitale we were enthusiastically greeted by the workers on the compound and especially by the two German shepherds; Ireland & Sooty.

We are presently getting things sorted out and organized in the mission board house, adjusting to life here and meeting up with those we work with and have got to know.

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/entry permit which has been applied for may come though quickly so that we can engage in public ministry.
• For the Radio Programmes which we have done which were produced when we were in Northern Ireland and go out on Imani Radio & MMUST FM each week.
• For settling back to life in Kenya, good health, for general safety and especially as we travel on the roads.

There are those things we are not to covet but we do covet the prayers of God’s people for the Lord’s work in Kenya and all our missionaries. (1 Thess. 5:17)
Dave McAuley and his wife Rachel will travel to Kenya in early April to visit the work there for three months. Dave and Rachel, from Ballymoney FPC, have both now completed their missionary training with New Tribes Mission and are seeking the Lord’s will for their next step in service.

The Mission Board are happy to report that Dave and Rachel have agreed to visit the work in the Kakamega area of Kenya as we further develop the Mission work there. This assistance is greatly appreciated at this time, as both Kathy Walker and Gillian Gillespie were previously working in that area before retiring from the mission field in Kenya.

The work in Kakamega continues to develop with the bookshop in the town and the church in Nyaporo nearby. Please pray for Dave and Rachel as they travel to Kenya and live there for three months, and pray that the Lord would continue to lead and guide in their lives.
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