...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
I would like to first of all thank everyone who has supported me over the past year, both prayerfully and financially, as I began my work for the Lord amongst the boys and girls in Northern Ireland. Looking back to January the journey before me seemed quite daunting, however I can say that the Lord has given me help and has been very gracious to me over the past year, to which I am very grateful.

I have had the privilege over the past year to travel all around the country, and into the south of Ireland, to share with the congregations the work I hope to do amongst the children. I am around two thirds of the way through my deputation meetings and it has been a real encouragement personally for me to hear fellow believers praying for the children in their own congregations and communities, and also to meet those who are burdened for the children’s work. My hope for these deputation meetings is not only that people will support me in the work, but that there will be a renewed vigour in each congregation for this important part of God’s harvest field.

I have had the opportunity over the past year, especially during the summer months, to take part in several Children’s Missions and Holiday Bible Clubs. I was asked to take six missions over the summer and into the autumn period, in Kesh, Rasharkin, Mullaglass, Omagh, Ballynahinch and Londonderry. There were certainly plenty of miles put on the car! However, it was all worth it, as many boys and girls, from the youngest to the oldest, were reached with the good news of the Gospel. I am grateful to the Lord for every opportunity that was given over those summer months to speak a work for Him, and it is a comfort to know that His word will not return unto Him void (Isaiah 55.11).

I would like to share with you, for your encouragement, how the Lord worked especially in the Church in Londonderry. The children’s work in Londonderry had been small, and the past summer was the first time in a while that there had been a Holiday Bible Club. However, the Lord truly worked in the hearts of both the children and their parents, and there were over 50 children on the register for that week. I know it was a real encouragement to me and to the congregation of Londonderry, and showed to me, and hopefully to you as well, that the Lord can build up a work from very small beginnings. It certainly taught me to not despise the day of small things (Zechariah 4.10).

I was also able to get into a couple of primary schools during their first term, which was a great chance to reach children who may never come out to a church meeting with the Gospel. I was able to take an assembly in my old primary school in Rasharkin and then take a SU meeting in Garryduff PS. My prayer is that there will be more openings into both these schools, and into others, especially for the moment around the Antrim/North Antrim area.

Prayer Requests;
• Continued help with the remaining deputation meetings
• Sufficient funds raised to enable me to commence my work under the Mission Board to reach the boys and girls with the Gospel
• Help and guidance for Children’s Meetings/Missions booked for the incoming year
• More openings into schools for assemblies, SU meetings and after school clubs

I would thank you all again for your continued prayers and support over the past year. Hopefully 2019 will be a year where we can say that ‘the LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.’ (Psalm 126.3).
It’s hard to believe that we are in the last month already, time is going so quickly! Here is a short update on what we have been doing over the past month.

- Patrice and myself are still able to have a booktable ministry in Kakamega town once a week. Here we continue to make some good contacts and give invitations to the bookshop and Bible study that is held in the bookshop.

- The Bible study continues each Tuesday and God has been blessing us each week. After the study we always give time for the listeners to ask some questions, the questions are always insightful and the students show that they are understanding what is being taught. Our numbers range between 15-20 each week. Pray that God continues to put it in the hearts of the students to keep coming.

- I mentioned in the last letter that we were planning a trip to a couple of other churches. One of which was Kisii. Patrice and myself along with another young man from the Bible Study made our way to Kisii on 6th Oct. It was our plan to visit a church in a place called Homa Bay, stay the night and then on the Saturday move on to Kisii. Unfortunately, the car radiator pipes had sprung a leak and instead of going on to Kisii we had to turn around, leave the car to a trustworthy mechanic and then take the public transport home.

Although the trip was not totally in vain, the visit to Kisii did not happen. However, Mr Patterson and Patrice plan to visit there before the month is out. Pray that they will have a blessed and beneficial weekend there.

- I will stay here in Kakamega instead of going to Kisii, this will be to continue the Discipleship course in Nyaporo which began on the 14th of October. The course is divided into topics. Each topic was, in theory, to be covered in a week. It seems that so far, each topic will take three weeks instead. It is good to take time with these things though, we would rather the truths were dealt with in detail rather than rushed through to get to the end of the course.

Of course, I am speaking through an interpreter which is neither the ideal or the fastest. So possibly when the course is taken over by Patrice, it will move along smoother and therefore quicker.

Please continue to pray for this course. Those attending have been attentive and keen to be taught. The numbers are gradually increasing which is encouraging for us, 32 were present at our last class.

- Each week, on the Wednesday, we have opportunity to go to Nyaporo again for the prayer meeting. It has fallen on me to speak at that meeting and then a time of prayer follows. We have also been encouraged with our time there. The topic over the past three weeks in the Discipleship Class has been on prayer. Pray then that the believers will be challenged and encouraged to use this means of grace and grow together as a church fellowship in this area.

- The bookshop is doing well, Rachel helps now and again when needed. You may, or may not, have heard that Rachel is just over 20 weeks pregnant now. A few weeks ago we were able to get a scan in town at the local clinic. So we are glad that everything seems to be going well and we would of course appreciate your prayers that that would remain the case.

So, we continue to thank God for His help and guidance over the last month. We are ever reminded that what we do here cannot be done by ourselves, we need His help on a daily basis. We also want to once again thank all of you at home for your continued prayerful support and for those of you who have sent messages or emails. We have been greatly encouraged.
No doubt our next update will be in person. Remember us as we travel back on the 1st December and God willing we will see you soon after.

In Christ,
David and Rachel

1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
The November 2018 edition of Missionary Vision is available in the gallery section. This edition includes a report from the painting team in Kenya, and an update on the Precious Children’s Home in Nepal. Also included, is a report from the United Children’s Camp and an update from the Chairman.

Click Here to view the magazine.
The week beginning 15th October marked an important week in our calendar as it was the week of the Agricultural Show in Kitale. On Monday and Tuesday we prepared our exhibits, materials and literature, before transporting everything to the show. Monday and Tuesday afternoon brought torrential rain and we wondered how we would survive at the Show if this was the pattern for the weather for the week.

On Wednesday morning we set up the tables in the tent and in front of the tent we added an arrangement of flowers and this year and some "maridadi" around the table. In the afternoon the weather switched to scorching sunshine. At the end of the first day we decided that we should use a second table in the tent to separate English literature from the Swahili and we also decided to sell Bibles at a reduced price calling it a "Special offer for the Show".

The was a good turnout on the Thursday but Friday was our busiest day, we had hardly time to stop to drink a cup of coffee. Saturday was a family day and again there was a very good attendance.

We were grateful to our Kenyan brethren who assisted us each day, without them we would never have managed, and it was a joy to watch and listen to them sharing the gospel with their own people. Shadrack, a pastor at Bikeke assisted us on Wednesday along with Charles our compound worker who worked mainly outside at the agricultural exhibit but encouraged people to visit the tent. On Thursday Pastor Andrew worked along with us. On Friday, Andrew came again along with Jared from the Bikeke congregation who is very interested in evangelism. Later, on Friday Pastor Patrice arrived from Kakamega and helped us on Friday afternoon and on Saturday as well. Also, on Saturday Stephen Macharia and Joseph Methu from Kitale came to help.

On Saturday afternoon we began to pack up at around three thirty and by seven o'clock everything had been transported back to our compound. In all we sold 23 bibles and distributed approximately 15,000 children's tracts, not counting all the English and Swahili tracts and leaflets. In addition to the tracts we distributed flyers advertising the Book Shops in Kakamega & Kitale, the LTBS radio broadcasts on Imani Radio, Kitale and MMUST FM radio, Kakamega.

We also offered many people “The Farmer's Friend” information leaflet and scriptural message, a tract, a flyer and a children's tract. We, again, offered free literature to Pastors and this time 20 pastors filled in the request form for free literature from Revival Movement Association. Pastor Andrew is going to contact all those who signed our visitors’ book.

Many Sunday School teachers gratefully received the colourful children's tracts for their classes. We also had the pleasure of sending two bags of tracts to Turkana in the northern frontier region of Kenya with two retired missionaries who were going there to attend a conference.

A representative from Rift Valley Radio offered us air time for the LTBS radio programme and we were able to speak for a few minutes live on Imani Radio which had an outside broadcast unit at the Show.

Malcolm was approached by a representative of the “Smart Farmer” Magazine, a national farming magazine in Kenya to write an article for them on the show exhibit.

In conclusion, we had a very profitable time at the show having made many contacts and distributed much literature. We look forward to keeping in contact with these people and where we can to offer spiritual help.

To all those at home who prayed for us, we thank in the Saviour’s name, for we felt that there were those who held on the ropes in prayer as we laboured in the heat and noise of the show. Even the Kenyan brethren were feeling the heat and exhaustion! Click Here to see more photos of the show

“The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” Psa 68:11

Greetings from Kakamega! As I write this we’re in our new apartment enjoying the shelter from the tropical thunder and lightning outside. We spent our first week getting orientated in Kitale with the Pattersons and also met up with a couple of local pastors (Andrew and Patrice).

On our first Sunday we were able to visit a church in Bikeke. It is a small church close to Kitale but there is a faithful witness there and it was enjoyable to worship with them and give a word of testimony to them.

During that week in Kitale we had opportunity to visit the BCFC School with Margaret Russell. Well we thought it was just going to be a tour but it turned out that each classroom would sing to us. Then they wanted to hear our voices, so we then greeted each class too. We learned very quickly that you must be ready to speak on demand here…so always be prepared! Later that day we testified to the secondary school students and had a time of prayer with them.

After getting things organised in Kitale we then moved to Kakamega which was about a three hour drive. Here we visited the shop where we would be attending the Bible studies.

In Kakamega I am alongside Patrice and we are getting along well. He is busy with finding opportunities to minister in the Kakamega town area. We were able to set up a book table in town, not necessarily to sell books but to advertise the bookshop (which doubles as a kind of library for folks to study) and to advertise the Bible study. We were encouraged by two new people who came to the study as a result of the book table, so we hope to continue to do that as much as possible.

A door has been opened to go into the university and speak to the students. There are a few believers among them who are keen for Biblical teaching and are seeking to be witnesses on the campus.

If you remember, we asked you to pray about housing for us after the lease on Kathy’s house ran out. Well, we are pleased to say that we have moved into a new apartment about 15mins out of town. So we are thankful to God for the answer to prayer and providing us with this apartment for the remainder of our stay.

Rachel has been in the bookshop and will continue to organise some things there. It is no small task! So, while I’m out and about with Patrice, she will be there with a local lady call Josephine. Then she has me to look after too which is a full time job in itself!

I hope that gives you a bit of an insight into our lives here so far. Things have been busy for us and, Lord willing, that will continue. There have been many encouragements even over our short time here already and we have enjoyed the experience over these three and a half weeks.

We want to thank you again for your prayerful support, we are greatly encouraged to have a faithful people at home who continually seek the Lord on our behalf.

God Bless,
David and Rachel
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