...striving together for the faith of the gospel
After nine months of furlough in Northern Ireland we made it safely back to Uganda on Tuesday 24th. Thank you for your prayers for travelling mercies. The Immigration check was straightforward with our work permits valid until 2020. We were so glad to exit Entebbe airport with all our luggage safely in tow and be met by Mr Andy Foster. When we arrived at the Mission Station the boarders and some members of staff were there to welcome us and there were new names and faces to get to know as well as many children that we know already. Miss Noreen McAfee and Rev David Park were also there to greet us.

We were very saddened to hear of Rev David McMillan taking ill at Dublin airport, but we are so grateful to the Lord for His gracious Hand upon the situation. The people here were most concerned for our brother in the Lord and we assure him of our continued prayers for his health and recovery.

It is rainy season here in Uganda and we are quite glad of the slightly cooler temperatures as we adjust from Ulster weather! The ministry of the church continues with fewer services during the three-week school holiday. It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to preach the Word of God in Uganda once again. Pray that the Lord by His Holy Spirit will apply His Word to the hearts of all who hear it.

We value your prayers as we settle back in to life in Uganda. Please pray for good health, safety on the roads, wisdom and fruitfulness in the church ministry and the ability to learn Luganda.

Psalm 119 v 105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
1. I am delighted to report that although we are starting the final term of another school year, due to the willingness of a newly appointed head teacher, I have been able to get my first assembly booking in a large primary school that crosses over into West Belfast. Do please pray for this endeavour as we seek to bring the Gospel into this part of the city.

2. At this time of the year we are in the midst of many prize giving and parent’s night meetings. It was very good to see so many visitors and family members along recently at such meetings in Mullaglass, Comber, Rasharkin and Limavady. Do please pray for the last of these services coming up at the end of April in our Banbridge church.

3. I know it still seems a long way off, but I would ask for prayer as we begin now to prepare messages, power point presentations and various work books for all of the Holiday Bible Clubs and children’s missions to be held throughout the summer months. The meetings this year will be held (DV) in Garvagh, Ballymena, Ballygowan, UCC Larne, Aghalee, John Knox (Belfast), Larne, Randalstown and Comber, with one or two others still to confirm their bookings.

4. Again, many thanks for all the continued practical and prayerful support.
As l reflect on the work amongst the children it is with a deep sense of gratitude for all that Lord He has enabled me to do. I can say with the Psalmist the Lord hath done great things whereof we are glad,

Since the beginning of January I have conducted Bible Club Meetings in six Primary Schools. In some of the schools l have had the opportunity to speak to the entire school as the meetings were held during the school day others after school. In some schools l would have two meetings in the afternoon P1-3 then P4 -7.

Praise the Lord for the opening into Darley School again this year at the end of January. It has been very encouraging to see the enthusiasm of the children and to see some trust the Lord. The help and support of Principals and teaching staff has been brilliant. I have also had the opportunity to speak at school assemblies and weekly children’s meetings.

Thank you to all who remember the work not only in prayer but financially your help and support is very much appreciated. Please remember the following meetings in prayer.

Meetings coming up.
* April 9th to 13th - Kingsmills Primary
* June 4th to 8th - Loughgall Primary this is a new opening
* May 14th to 18th - Outdoor Meetings with Mullaglass Church
   Whitecross, Shandon Park Newry and Bessbrook.
* Also weekly children’s meetings, school assemblies and Deputation     Meetings to speak at.

Summer Outreach
* July 2nd to 6th - TBC
* July 16th to 20th - Dromore CWU Hall
* July 23rd to 27th - Sandown Road Camp
* July 30th to Aug 3rd - United Children’s Camp
* Aug 6th to 10th - Ballymena FPC Bible Club
* Aug 13th to 17th - Lisburn FPC
* Aug 20th to 24th - TBC
Could you please remember in prayer a visit of a group of nine young people, headed by Rev. Andrew Patterson from Mourne F.P.C. who are on a Mission visit to our work in Spain. They arrived on the 29th March and will stay in our home until the 5th April. Pray for them as they will have the opportunity to see the false religion, particularly in this part of Spain, which has been practiced for so many centuries. Pray that God would burden these young people´s hearts for this part of His vineyard. We will be covering various villages with gospel tracts, so pray that this literature would be well received and be the means of leading many to the knowledge of the truth in Christ Jesus.
Please continue to pray for the work among the boys and girls. A bit of sickness followed then by several days of snow meant that some of our assemblies and children’s meetings had to be cancelled.

We are now looking forward to the clock changing back, Easter and the brighter nights. With most of our children’s meetings now nearing to a close, please pray for several special parent’s night and prize giving meetings planned for end of March. Such meeting are always a great opportunity of getting parents and other family members in under the sound of the Gospel.

Many of the Scripture Union classes in the schools are now drawing to a close for another season as well. Looking back, the Lord has been gracious, with good numbers in attendance and precious souls being saved. To that end we say with the Psalmist, “… my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.”
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