...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
Dear praying friends, The first quarter of another year in the work of the Lord is almost over! January was the usual busy month with the opening of the Academy for the new school year. The reporting of students to the Academy was slow due to the fact that so much had slowed down in Kenya as the result of 2017’s political year of turmoil which brought the country almost to a standstill! But gradually most things have returned to normal over the past months and we are thankful for the stability we have and that the campaigning is now over for another 4 years! This year’s rains arrived early and were very welcome after four months of drought. Farmers are busy in the fields planting, but last year’s pest, the ‘army worm’, which destroyed a large percentage of the harvest, is still with us and again a serious threat to food security in the country.

We are thankful to have almost 500 students in the Academy though this is down on last year by almost 17%; and our income is also down by the same percentage! Therefore the academy does still need your prayerful and financial help! We have now concluded the first term with second term starting on the 30th April. Our new Principal, Eric Kamende, continues to be of encouragement to us but his responsibilities are great and he and all of our 60 members of staff really need your prayers. Do pray for increased enrolment, financial provision, academic progress and spiritual blessing! The first term has also had its sorrows with one member of staff being bereaved of her father and sister – at different times, and a primary student who is preparing for her primary exam, burying her dear mother very recently.

During the months of March, the annual Sunday School exams were held and on the 15th & 22nd April we will have 26 special parent’s meetings with children’s prize-giving. After this the teachers will embark on another year of Bible Lessons and Scripture recitation. Do pray much that God will strengthen the teachers and increase the vision and burden of all of the BCFC Churches for this great ministry amongst the children.

I would like to thank you all as you have been praying for the changing situation in Kenya with regard to missionary personnel on the field. The change is still with us! Kathy Walker’s retirement from the field has had to be brought forward by three weeks due to the deterioration in her father’s health. She leaves the Kenya on 24th April. Do remember her father in your prayers. Kathy will be much missed; but we acknowledge the great work she accomplished in Kenya and how the Lord enabled her to serve Him over the past 12 years.

This leaves me as the only full-time missionary on the field! I alone am not the only one affected! But the Kenyan believers, particularly of the BCFC church, are also disturbed as they see those who they have loved, worked with and been their mentors leave one by one! Pray that this will be a time for many of them to rise up and take on more of the responsibility. But it goes without saying that the labourers are few and we need to earnestly pray the Lord of the harvest to send us labourers. Rev McCammon is with us during the month of April. He is assisting with the preaching ministry in Kakamega and Nyaporo; has visited the small group in Kisii and will preach one Sunday in Kapenguria. It has been an encouragement for us to have him. Do pray that the Lord will bless the ‘good seed’ which he has sown during his short time here.

I have just returned from one month’s leave. It was a joy to be able to attend the Easter Convention and be blessed by your fellowship and ministry of the Word. I thank you all for your continued prayers and support but urge you to continue to pray much for God’s provision, financially; that many needs in the work can be met, for spiritual blessing; when souls will be brought to Christ and an awakening experienced by Kenyan believers and a raising up of missionary personnel to fill the great gap which has been left by the departure of missionaries from Kenya. May some at this time hear that Macedonian call, ‘Come over and help us!’
Greetings from Emmanuel Christian School in the Saviour’s precious Name. We have had a very busy start to this new school year, but we thank the Lord for all His mercies and grace.

When I returned to Uganda mid-January, I was delighted to see the progress on our school kitchen renovations which Mr. Andrew Foster had undertaken during the holidays. The work was completed soon afterwards, and the school kitchen staff are well pleased with their improved environment. Thank you to all who supported this project prayerfully, financially and practically.

Some of the practical assistance came from our own secondary students and from Rev. & Mrs. Jonathan Creane who had come over to help us on the Mission Station during the month of January. Rev. Creane was also heavily involved in the regular church meetings as well as in assisting Pastor Andrew in his ongoing studies. His wife Jayne arranged various activities for the children who were on site, as well as helping in the Sunday School. We really enjoyed their ministry and fellowship.

The teaching staff reported late January to finalise preparations for the new term and it was also encouraging to see a steady stream of new parents looking for admission. Now that things have settled, we have 330 students in total and over 100 boarders this year. We thank God for the tremendous privilege of presenting the Gospel to these children and young people, and pray earnestly that they might be saved.

Our Primary Seven students all passed their Primary Leaving Examinations well and we are delighted that four of them have opted to continue on in our own High School. Our two Form Four boys also succeeded in their ‘O’ level exams and have gone on to pursue ‘A’ level studies at a nearby Senior School. Pray for them as they get used to this new environment.

Early February saw the arrival of Mr. & Mrs. Barry Stewart from Magherafelt and a four-man work team one week later. While Mr. Stewart was supplying the pulpit during the visit, he was also helping Mr. Andrew Foster and the team to construct a septic tank for the new school toilet and shower block. Simple though it might sound, the task involved long hours of hard labour and all the workers are to be commended for their efforts. Their presence and participation in the meetings was also a blessing and Mrs. Ruth Stewart did a fine job of keeping us all fed and watered!

In between times, we also took receipt of our 300 new chairs for the church. This means that the school children can sit for our morning and afternoon assemblies and it has made it much easier for those who speak in these devotional times too. We are grateful to those who raised funds for the new chairs and for those who have supported other projects which are ongoing at this time.

Adding to our excitement in February was the week-long visit of Mr. Andrew Foster’s fiancée, Hannah. Hannah is a lovely, young Christian and we really enjoyed getting to know her. Pray for her and Mr. Foster as they make final arrangements for their wedding this summer and then return to set up home at Emmanuel.

We were glad to have Mr. Colin Maxwell visiting through until Easter time. He was covering some study units with Pastor Andrew on Covenant Theology, Personal Evangelism and the Offices of Christ our Mediator. He also took an active role in the school assemblies and other meetings. Do pray especially for the church services as we see many visitors in under the sound of the Gospel. There is much ignorance of the true Gospel around and we need to seize every opportunity to share the Good News.

Thank you again for all your prayers and practical support. May the Lord bless you richly.
We have had exciting news in the last few weeks regarding our radio station in Liberia. Ever since we started broadcasting from the mission compound in Duazon a year ago, we’ve been using a second-hand transmitter that we were able to source here in Liberia. The used transmitter is very, very old, and actually is pretty much duct taped together. It has served us well, and will be good as a backup, but it is very risky to continue to trust it. One of the dangers in a lawless society is that, if you have to go off the air for some reason (like a broken transmitter), someone may jump on your frequency and take it.

Several months ago, we heard that a Canadian company called Nautel wanted to break into the African market and would give a good discount if we bought a transmitter from them. So we have been praying since then that enough funds would come in for the purchase and for shipping, and we are so thankful to the Lord and to His people that the required amount has now been raised!

The new transmitter is a Nautel VS1 that broadcasts at 1400 watts. We believe our used transmitter was operating at 1125 watts, but we cannot be certain because we are not sure if the technician’s watts meter was working correctly. Another technician said it was only operating at 500 watts, but that was based only on the amount of electrical current it was using. We do expect the new transmitter to have a clearer signal, although ours has been pretty clean. We’ve been told that people can hear our station close to 40 miles away, but we have not been able to confirm that. We know they can definitely hear it 20 miles out.

We have also ordered a sound processor to compress/even out the audio signal. Programs are produced at all different audio levels, and without a compressor, listeners have to turn their radio volume up and down, which (if you’ve ever had to do it) gets very irritating! So we paid for the processor card from Orban – an Orban 5500. We have been compressing all programs manually with Adobe Audition, but that is tedious, time-consuming work.

The transmitter has now been ordered and is on the way. We’re not quite sure how long it will take to reach here, but we would really value your prayers that it will not get lost or stolen enroute. We have no way to insure it because North American companies normally will not take responsibility for items that are sent into developing countries. We’ll keep you updated!

Please pray also that when the transmitter reaches the port in Monrovia, there will be no delays or problems in getting it cleared through customs. We don’t foresee any issues, because Mr. DiCanio applied for and was granted ‘duty-free’ status for the transmitter. But we still value your prayers for every step.

We constantly hear of new people listening to the station. In the last couple of weeks alone, I’ve offered the radio station card to three different people whom I’ve met in taxis or hospitals, only to be told ‘Oh, I know about that station. I already listen to it’ or ‘We already know about it; my husband listens every night!’ These folks told me that they found it just by flicking through the channels.

We also continue to get frequent visitors in church due to the new station, and some of them have returned several times. Thank you so much for your prayer and support for this amazingly effective way of spreading the Gospel and edifying saints.
We are very happy to report that the group of young people, mostly from our Mourne congregation, accompanied by the Rev. Andrew Patterson, visited the work in Spain and were a great blessing. They arrived early on Thursday 27th March in Madrid and stopped off at the Alcorcón church to meet the Rev. John Hanna and his wife Noranna, who very kindly gave us some refreshments. They were shown the church and also the building that they hope to purchase in the near future.

We then left the city of Madrid and headed south to the ancient capital of Toledo, for lunch where we joined Rev. Mark Witte, an American missionary who has moved there in recent years. He works along with the Alcorcón church. He showed us some of the lovely sights and gave us a short history of the power of the Roman Catholic Church there. We then travelled another two and a half hours south east to Beas de Segura and the group eventually got to bed.

After that, each day started with a devotional time after breakfast and then the giving out of tracts. The next day, (Good Friday) we left for Ubeda where we gave out tracts at the Easter Procession. Because of the inclement weather, (it does actually get cold and wet in Spain as some of the young folk were surprised to find out) there was only a fraction of activity there for fear that the images would get wet. We did manage to witness a unique event which consisted of 24 men running up a steep hill, carrying a huge image of the Virgin Mary, weighing 1200 kgs on their shoulders. They then paraded the image around the town, stopping now and again while someone would sing praises to the image.

The group of young foreigners walking around giving out tracts was a real novelty to the Spanish folk, and it was amazing how many tried to converse even though they could not speak the language. Contacts were made in some towns for which we give thanks to the Lord. Another five towns were covered by the distribution of tracts, and I would like to thank the young folk for their help.

We also enjoyed times of recreation, and were able to get a boat ride on the huge reservoir of the Tranco dam, soaking up the amazing handiwork of our great Creator as we travelled through the Natural Park. Click Here  to see some photos of the Trip

The young folk hope to make a video of their experience of this week long trip to Spain. We pray that as they have seen something of the darkness of the Roman Catholic religion, it would speak to their hearts of the great need of this land. Spain has become, in the minds of most British people, just a very popular tourist resort, instead of a land whose people have been held in the most dark superstition for centuries.

May the Lord give us all a fresh vision and burden for this country, and pray that He would move by the power of His Spirit to save many out of idolatry and superstition.
After the minister’s week of prayer in January, we set out to hold a series of Gospel Missions for the New Year. On the 15th January we commenced our outreach work for a two week mission in the meeting house in the centre of the town. Although we were still in the cold and darkness of winter, the meetings were well attended and the Lord blessed the meeting each night with a sense of His presence. We were delighted to see a few unsaved from the area, whom we had visited with, attend some of the meetings. We trust that God will yet draw them to Himself.

On 11th February we commenced a two week gospel mission under our Irish Gospel Mission in Ballymagroarty Co Donegal. These meetings were held in the portable hall that was erected for the preaching of the gospel.
During this mission we had opportunity to do door to door evangelism and preach the gospel in the open air in Donegal and Ballyshannon. Although some nights the attendance was small, we thank the Lord for His blessing around His Word each night.

It was good to renew fellowship with Rev’s Wilson, Robinson and Creane throughout this mission. Pray that God will bless their labours in this area in future days.

On Monday 5th March we began outreach work for a two week mission in Gibson’s Hill mission hall outside Lurgan. I really enjoyed the door to door work in this area; it was great to meet so many saints of God who live in the community.

We also had a number of opportunities to speak to some unsaved and share with them the gospel of Christ.

We thank God for all who supported these missions by their attendance and also by their prayers. Thank you for your help and encouragement.

Do please continue to pray that the Lord will yet bless His word to the salvation of souls in these areas and for our forth coming missions and evangelism in the days ahead.

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