...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
On the 26th July we had an encouraging visit from The Morrow family. Mr Raymond Morrow is a third year student at the Whitefield College of the Bible, and belongs the our Aughnacloy congregation. With a burden for the Roman Catholic people, he was encouraged to come and spend three weeks in Spain and see the work first hand.

Not knowing the Spanish language limited him in what he could do, but he, with his son Rueben, gave out tracts in four different towns, in Cortijos Nuevos where the church is, Beas de Segura where I live, Orcera and Hornos. All were covered with Gospel literature and also some good conversations were had with folk as they sat out on the street enjoying the cool of the evening. He also accompanied me to the book table at the local market in Beas de Segura and Cortijos Nuevos. Raymond also took one of the mid-week meetings and afterwards we all enjoyed a delicious Bar-b-que laid on by the folk who lives in Siles.

July is not the greatest time to visit our area because the heat can be quite suffocating. Some people think it must be wonderful to live in the sun, but when you can’t get to sleep at night because of the heat, it can get quite exhausting. Raymond is a hands-on type, and helped us fix a leak in the shower, repair the back door of the van, and cleaned the inside of the double glazed window between the kitchen and the church which had been steamed up for years. All this work was very much appreciated, and our congregation here in the mountains of Spain will be remembering him in prayer.

Please pray that the Lord will help our brother Morrow with the last year of his Whitefield training and that he will know the Lord’s guiding Hand upon him, to lead him to where he should labour in the future.

Thank you one and all for remembering us here in south eastern Spain. Please continue to pray for us as we continue trying to spread the gospel message in this corner of the Lord’s vineyard, and that we would see the church grow through the salvation of souls and the Christians being built up in their faith.
The Youth Council team have been in Liberia for the past two weeks to help with the work among the children and to run the annual Vacation Bible School in Monrovia. Jonathan Storey and Elizabeth Edwards arrived a few weeks earlier and the remaining six team members arrived on 22nd July. They assisted with a lot of preparation for VBS and helped with the annual Games Day on July 26th which is Liberia's Independence Day. VBS began on Monday 29th July, with almost 160 children attending. Please pray that these young souls will be touched by the Word of God.
On Wednesday 3rd of July Rev David McMillan, minister of Armagh Free Presbyterian Church, travelled out to Uganda for a week to visit Emmanuel Christian School. Rev McMillan travelled to Uganda in the company of Mr Alastair Hamilton - treasurer of the Mission Board.

The trip was the repeat of a journey that Rev McMillan and Alastair had commenced together last year on 23rd April. On that occasion Rev McMillan took seriously ill at the door of Terminal One of Dublin airport experiencing cardiac arrest. Rev McMillan’s life was saved that day as a result of the swift response of both Alastair, who administered CPR, and the airport Paramedics with their Defibrillator programme.

This year when Rev McMillan and Mr Hamilton commenced their journey to Uganda from Dublin airport they met again some of the same Paramedics. The meeting had been arranged by Alastair and Mr Gerry Keogh, the Chief Fire Officer at Dublin airport who commenced the Defibrillator programme there in 2003. The meeting afforded Rev McMillan the opportunity to thank the Paramedics for saving his life, in person. Rev McMillan and Alastair also gave small gifts of appreciation to the Paramedics and they spent a very interesting and informative time over a cup of coffee talking through the events of that very significant day in April 2018. Rev McMillan also had the opportunity to hold the portable Defibrillator that was used to restart his heart. He is one of twenty eight lives to be saved by the airport’s Defibrillator programme in the last sixteen years. Click here to see more photos

Rev McMillan is deeply thankful to all the staff and Paramedics at Dublin airport whose labours were instrumental in saving his life and also to Consultant Cardiologist Mr Jonathan McGuinness and his team at the Mater Hospital in Dublin who carried out a double heart bypass operation on him, just four hours after taking cardiac arrest.

Rev McMillan is so greatful that the Lord had the right people in the right place at the right time. He said, ‘I couldn’t have got through that whole experience without all the love and care of my wife Roberta and children Ruth and Matthew and their spouses William and Emma. I owe so much to my friends Alastair Hamilton and Revs Ian Harris and John Gray for all they did to look after me when I first took ill: I will never forget that. The love and support of my congregation in Armagh was such a blessing to us as a family and also of the wider Free Presbyterian Denomination’.
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we look back over the first six months of the year, we thank God for giving us many opportunities to hold Gospel missions, and speak to unsaved people, on the doorstep, of their need of Christ. In January we commenced our meetings for the year in the town of Rathfriland. These meetings were held in the local High School and were very well attended, with a number of unsaved coming along to hear the Word of God.

Following this we went to the village of Killylea just outside Armagh. The local Silver band kindly made their hall, which is situated in the centre of the village, available for the mission. These meetings were a real blessing to all who attended, and we felt the presence of the Lord as we sought to lift up Christ to the people night by night.

From the quiet village of Killylea we then went to South Belfast to hold a gospel mission in Tyndale Memorial Church. As with all of our missions we preceded the preaching with a week of door-to-door evangelism.

As we engaged with the people of the area, on the doors, we observed how the community is changing. There are many foreign nationals from different parts of the world living in and around the village. Whilst doing outreach I met with a young Roman Catholic man from France and had a great conversation with him and invited him along to the mission. He attended at least three times and spoke about his joy of hearing the gospel message. We trust that the Spirit of God will work in his heart and bring him unto Himself. Many students attended these meetings and we leave the end result of the preaching with the Lord.

During April I conducted some outreach visitation for our Ballygowan congregation around their local area for a gospel mission they were holding in their church.

Next I went to Donaghadee to give out tracts and invitations for the church in that community. In both of these outreaches we had opportunity to share the gospel with a number of people; do pray the seed that was sown will bear fruit in the days ahead.

In the month of May we were off to Garvagh to hold a gospel mission in a community hall in the centre of the town. These meetings were well attended by God’s people, and we were delighted that a few unsaved from the area did come along to hear of the gospel of Christ.

In June, Rev. David Smith and I held a gospel mission in a portable hall in the village of Loughbrickland. The meetings were very well attended, and the presence of God was very evident night by night. We decided to run the meetings for four extra nights. We thank God that a great testimony was raised for Christ in this village and many people testified to the blessing that the mission had been to their hearts.

During the Loughbrickland mission I was also engaged in five-day club meetings for Mourne FPC in a local housing development. It was good to be able to bring the gospel to the boys and girls.

At the end of June it was off to the Isle of Man to preach and to do visitation for the little work there in Port Erin. Outreach work was carried out in Castletown, which is a few miles from Port Erin. The spirit of ungodliness is certainly great on the island with many professing to be atheists as we sought to engage with them in the door to door work. Pray for that little group of believers that the Lord will give the increase in the days ahead.

During July and August we will be participating in Holiday Bible Clubs, outdoor five-day clubs and children’s missions.

We would like to thank you most sincerely for your continued support both prayerfully and financially as we seek to serve the Lord in the preaching of the gospel of Christ. Without your support this would not be possible.
The first half of this year has been a different six months for me after stepping aside from the management of the Academy. But, the work of the Academy goes on under new management and still needs your earnest prayers and support. They are now halfway through another school year and are encouraged by the response in the primary department, but the Secondary School still presents many challenges due to lower enrolment. Please do remember them in prayer and with your support. They will be presenting Primary and Secondary classes for National Exams in November. The Academy still presents daily opportunities in the lives of many children and youth. It has been very encouraging to hear reports of six upper primary students seeking help after the Student Lord’s day Service, in order to be saved!

The Annual Sunday School programs of examinations, parent’s meetings and prize-giving were held in March and April. Again, we thank the Lord’s for the ministry amongst the boys and girls in Pokot, Trans Nzoea and Kakamega counties of Kenya. It is encouraging to know that over 1000 boys and girls are taught the word of God, every Lord’s day in these Sunday Schools. I would ask for special prayer for Eunice, one of the BCFC Sunday School teachers, who has had surgery for oesophageal cancer.

During the past weeks I have been able to work on the School Sunday visual aid project. The third year has now been printed and the remaining four years is at the editing stage. I value your continued prayers that in His will this project will be finalised soon and be used of the Lord in the ministry amongst the children.

The development of the work in Western Kenya is encouraging. Do pray for the ongoing ministries of Pastor Andrew and Patrice. As well as Pastoral work they are involved in weekly evangelism and book tables. Remember also Josephine as she works in the bookshop in Kakamega and God-willing, one of our young people, who has commenced a book table in Kitale town. The Pattersons, along with a team of believers, which included university students, had a very successful time at Kakamega Agricultural Show when thousands of tracts where distributed. The gospel is now being preached weekly over the air waves on 3 radio stations. One plants, another waters but God gives the increase. Pray much that God will give the increase when many souls will be born of God.

Personally, I value prayer for my planned retirement in 2020, God-willing. My heart is greatly burdened that God will raise up other labourers, particularly to work amongst the boys and girls in the Sunday School work. There is a great need for a coordinator for this ministry.

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
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