...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
It was with sadness that we learnt of the sudden home call of Rev. Noel Kelly, who with his wife Stella, founded the Emmanuel Christian School and Church in Nsaalu, Uganda. Rev. Kelly, who was eighty years of age, passed away in hospital on 12th July 2022.

On behalf of the Free Presbyterian Mission Board, I would like to convey our Christian sympathy to his wife Stella, their son and daughter and the entire family circle. We assure them of our prayers at this time of mourning. We sorrow but not as those without hope.

We thank God for Noel’s labours, along with his wife Stella, to pioneer the work at Emmanuel. They sowed those first seeds in ground which was hard and barren and God was pleased to bless their labours as the work grew, step by step. Souls were won to Christ amongst the young and old.

I am reminded of the words of the Saviour in John 4:38 when I think about the start of the witness in Emmanuel. “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”

Despite all of the challenges, these two pensioners left England, to start a work for God in Uganda and we have the privilege today to take that work forward under the name of the Free Presbyterian Church.

I know that Noel and Stella faithfully continued to support and pray for Emmanuel School and it was their delight to hear that the work was progressing and that souls were coming to Christ. The seed sown by them is still bearing fruit unto the glory of God.

Rev. Kelly has been taken from this scene of time to his eternal reward. He rests from his labours, but his works do follow. May the Lord continue to add lively stones unto the foundation which he laid.

Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Rev. Ian Harris – Mission Board Chairman
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