...striving together for the faith of the gospel
Thank you for all the prayerful support over recent months. We certainly knew much of the Lord's blessing in Mourne, Ballymena, Ballygowan, Mount Merrion, Ballynahinch, Comber and Newtownabbey throughout each of the weeks of mission and Holiday Bible Clubs held during the summertime. The attendances were high, the behaviour was good, and the Lord's help was very tangible night by night. May the Lord do a work of saving grace in many of these young lives.

With the schools all back again, we have been working hard to get as many bookings as possible for school assemblies and Scripture Union classes. To date, we have been able to secure well over 100 with further bookings promised for the terms that lie ahead.

We are pleased to report that although we lost one of our schools last year (due to government closure), the Lord has opened up another school in Bangor where we have now received several assembly bookings for the first time. Please pray that these assemblies will go well and that we will build up a good relationship with the staff of this new school.
Rev Park is leading a small team of workers to Uganda to build a play area for the children at Emmanuel Christian Academy. Rev Park is joined by his two sons, David and Andrew, and Nigel McAuley and Hugh McClenaghan – all from Hebron FPC. During the trip they will also install some IT equipment including a projector, screen and PC. Work is underway and progressing well.

Please pray for the team that they will be kept safe, that the work will be successful and that they will be a blessing and encouragement to all at Emmanuel.
Dear praying Friends, as I come to the close of my first week here in Nepal I would like to thank you all for your prayers for me in these past days and weeks. I truly have felt the hand of God leading and guiding me. As he encouraged Jacob so he has encouraged me with the words "Behold I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest" Gen 28 v 15a

I have taken a few days adjusting to my new surroundings and to the heat. It is the time of the monsoon rains so every afternoon there are storms which cool things down but then the heat comes again and it becomes sticky. Pray that the Lord will help me adapt to this new environment.

I have commenced my language classes this week, pray for safety as I travel on public transport. My classes are in the Thamel area of the city and finish at 1.30pm when the rains come, pray that God will keep me safe as I travel around. Today my bus took a detour to go and fill up with all of us on it, pray that god will help us adjust to all these little changes. Pray to that he will give me an ear to hear this strange language and loosen my tongue to speak it.

Please remember some books that were posted for the library, pray that they will arrive safely and that Paul won't have to much trouble with the customs and getting them out. Many times it's in customs where the problems are. Pray that God will over rule in these matters. The tracking system says they have arrived in the country but we have heard nothing from them.

Since being here last November I noticed that some new people have started to attend the meetings, pray that God will draw them to himself and encourage them in the church. Another encouraging development is that one of the young people who grew up in the orphanage has gone on to a bible college in India. Pray that God will help him with his studies and that this course will be a time of blessing and preparation for him to return and take up the labours in his home country.
Next Tuesday, 8th August, 19 million Kenyans will go to the polls in their general election which comes around every five years. The race is very tight and tension is high. Campaigning is now over and we wait for polling day and then the dreaded announcing of the results! Neither parties, the ruling one nor the opposition, want to concede defeat.

Kenya needs the prayers of the Lord’s people at this anxious and volatile time in the life of the nation. We as believers are the salt of the earth and as such we can have such a preserving influence upon the country as we supplicate the Throne of Grace for God’s restraining hand to be upon all Kenyan leaders at this time. Please pray!

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
On 14th July, 2017, ten people from Ballymena FPC in Northern Ireland are travelling to visit the work in Liberia for two weeks. Their visit is planned to coincide with our annual summer activities with the children, including a Vacation Bible School at the Paynesville church that will be held July 17-21.

Because we have extra help this year, we plan to divide the children for the first time into a junior group and a senior group. Juniors will be studying the life of Ruth, and Seniors will be studying the Five Solas of the Reformation and the life of Martin Luther. Please pray for the team as they travel and adjust to a new country and climate, for the missionaries as they prepare for their first big group of visitors on the mission compound in Dwazon, and for the Vacation Bible School and other special activities that are planned while the visitors are here.
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