...striving together for the faith of the gospel
Greetings from South Australia. As many of you are aware, when our family initially came out to Australia it was for an intended three year period after which I would return to Ulster, however at the start of October the congregations in Lock and Port Lincoln met to issue a call to me to be their minister. The Lord gave us a heart for the works here before we had arrived and that has only intensified during the time that we have spent here and therefore I have gratefully accepted that call.

Everything having been approved by our Mission Board and Presbytery and therefore this Sunday (5th November) I am to be ordained and installed as the minister of both congregations.

Please pray for the services as the congregations come together on the Lord’s Day, ultimately that the Lord’s word would be preached with power, producing fruit in lives, and that the Lord would bless the work in the days ahead and enable me to be a faithful minister of the gospel.

In practice many things will be the same, as I have been serving in the role of a minister for the last year and a half but it is significant for the Lord to have placed us in the work by His call.

It will also be a significant time for Australia in general as all four of our congregations (Kingston, Lock, Perth and Port Lincoln) will have men particularly called to the respective works.

I still need to secure another visa enabling our family to remain in Australia beyond next April and therefore I would ask you to pray to that end. As things have tightened up since our arrival here, this is a little more complicated than when we first came out. However, so far, the indications are good and we trust that if it pleases the Lord, He will open the door.

Thank you again for your continued, and much needed prayers for us.

Thank you for your prayers as we saw how God undertook for the General Election of the 8th August and we were thankful for the peace that prevailed. Regrettably all is not over for the country politically, as we are still in election mode! We now have a repeat presidential election on the 26th October. The political temperature continues to rise and the animosity between the dominant parties is increasing; sadly some lives have been lost on the streets.

In the days running up the elections we are going to be subjected to street protests by the opposition, who's candidate has decided not to stand. He and his supporters believe that this election will not be free and fair.

We do ask you to earnestly pray for Kenya at this time.
Please pray for some Scripture Union bookings that we have recently acquired through the help of the Rev Gary Goodes in a school near Randalstown, commencing on Thurs 11th October.

Please pray for an up and coming Harvest service in a school in Belfast at the end of October (recommended to us by the Rev Paul Foster).

We have also so much to praise God for... with these new openings and over 130 bookings secured, to date, in various primary schools... with the promise of even more speaking engagements as the year progresses.
Please pray for peace and stability in Liberia during the presidential election which will take place on October 10. These are historic elections, since this is the first time since the end of the civil war in 2003 that there will be a transition of power from one elected president to another. Also, there were 15000 UN peace-keeping troops in the country during the last two elections in 2005 and 2011, but these troops are now gone. Security is in the hands of the Liberian National Police and the Armed Forces, although we have heard news reports that some ECOWAS troops may be brought in as backup.

With 20 presidential candidates, it is quite likely that a run-off election in November will be necessary, so keep us all in prayer for the next month or two! So far, the only problems we have experienced have been delays on the roads because of rallies at various party headquarters. Last night, it took me 2 ½ hours to get home instead of the usual ½ hour! However, there has been a bit of violence in outlying areas, and some candidates are rumoured to be saying already that they will not accept defeat, so we are really praying that things will remain calm.
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.
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