Looking forward to another day in Edinburgh with the Gospel for Scotland team. 8,000 people attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo show each night in August at Edinburgh castle. Many are from other countries. Yesterday was hard to describe. Over 30 Christians working together, most of them “young” and yet open and brave in their witness for the Lord Jesus. The weather was poor yet 12,500 John 3:16 bags were given out in the Royal Mile area of Edinburgh. The bags were everywhere you looked. If you can’t be with us today then please pray for the good seed of the Word of God as it saturates the centre of Edinburgh again today.
I leave for Brazil on the 15th of August to visit my uncle James Crawford who is 93 and who has served in Brazil for over 65 years. I hope to see the Alexanders and the Renshaws and my cousins some of whom I haven’t seen for a long time. No doubt I will be kept busy but I value your prayers that I will keep well during my visit and I will be a help to the believers I contact
Please pray for annual Holiday Kids Club at Hope Hall, Bridge of Weir.
For the past four years we have come to the city of Moses Lake for a two week event that includes a Vacation Bible School each morning for two hours, a separate Teen program in the mornings and afternoons, and then gospel meetings each evening. We use a 40x80 tent for the activities and live in caravans and tents in the nearby park. God has blessed the work and provided consistent positive feedback from a number that have come. This year so far there are four teens (16-18) that have told us of their having a clear understanding of the gospel and a confidence before God that their sins have been dealt with by the Lord Jesus at the cross. Each day we have close to 100 teens and kids that come for the VBS, and then the teens remain for the gospel and are accompanied by a number of other adults.
Myself and Tom Hoy share in the preaching at night, and I take responsibility for the Teen Class in the mornings. We have a team of 16 younger workers helping during the two weeks, ages 18 to 30, and do a book study with them early mornings too. Having them with us really makes the two weeks worthwhile
Pray that we would have wisdom to know how to maintain the contacts that are made, and know how God would have us proceed in the future.
As I write I am with brother Ross Vanstone and around 60 believers (young and old) in Lethbridge, Southern Alberta, Canada to help the local assembly here with a Seed Sowers distribution and Gospel Tent meetings. 38000, John 3:16 texts and meeting invitations have been distributed in the town and surrounding areas. Every morning in the first week, after a session of bible study, the teams were organised and for the rest of the day covered the area with great enthusiasm and efficiency. Ross Vanstone lived here for a few years at the end of the 1990’s and saw the Lord work and an assembly established. It has been some years since there has been a gospel effort in the area so the Seed Sower distribution is an extra joy for the christians here. The local believers have thrown themselves completely into the work with many taking a week of vacation to be involved. The Seed Sowers came from all over Canada and the USA and the joy of fellowship as we laboured together was a real highlight of the first week.
The tents meetings have now begun and have been greatly blessed by the Lord right from the start with extra seats having to be obtained to accommodate all who are coming. People have attended from both Lethbridge and the surrounding area. There are many unbelievers attending with the usual mix of problems but they are listening with great interest. Most nights there is 100 or more in the tent and afterwards many stay to discuss the gospel and ask questions. This includes a large number of ex Hutterites who have been converted and left the colonies and are currently seeking a place for fellowship. They particularly love to hear the gospel and are enthusiastic in their “Amens” etc during the meetings. We visited a colony about 2 hours away last week and a family from there have slipped away and attended the meeting on one occasion. This is a big thing for them as any involvement with christians outside the colony could bring real trouble for them. The Lord is clearly working in the meetings and the assembly here is greatly encouraged by the big numbers showing genuine interest in the gospel. Please pray that the Lord will grant us the joy of hearing of real conversions soon.
Several of the Seed Sowers here are asking if they can visit and join a similar Seed Sowers effort in the UK next summer. If you are interested in similar distributions in the UK please visit www.seedsowersuk.org and plans will be posted on the events page.
Week 1 of SCYC finished on Friday and we are thankful to Lord for His blessing. The campers all aged between 9 and 10 came from across Shetland and enjoyed a great week. Gordon McCracken spoke on God’s promises and the children enjoyed learning how they can trust God in any situation. A basic point but so relevant when many children are often let down by family. There was a great spirit of unity amongst all the workers and everyone worked well with each other. Please pray for the seed sown in their heart and gospel which has now gone into homes through these children. A new batch of campers has joined us today along with some fresh leaders and helpers, 97 children under the sound of God’s word. Please pray for this camp and for Adrian Fergusson as he speaks to them.
SCYC Week 1
Today is the first day of the first week of the Shetland Camp, with 94 campers mainly from non Christian homes coming under the sound of God's Word. Gordon McCracken will be leading them through various lessons focussing on God's promises. We are thankful for a great group and leaders and helpers who have come from different assemblies across the UK.
This is the biggest camp yet owing to the two extra dorms which have been created to accommodate the increased demand for spaces at the camp. Please pray for this week, for many of the campers this will be the main interaction with Christians this year.
After over a year of prayer and planning, the Lord made it possible to reach one of the local tribes with the gospel. They are a nomadic, hunting tribe, and have been responsible for many of the atrocities carried out in the areas we visit. They listened respectfully to the gospel, accepted Bibles and literature, and were happy to discuss plans for us to educate their children. Please pray that ongoing discussions with the authorities will lead to the school starting soon, and that the light of the gospel will bring lasting change to the tribe.
It was good to see our brothers and sisters in Luanza again, this time in more peaceful circumstances. Around 10,000 people fled from the surrounding villages, but they are now starting to return. We have had four meetings each day and are thankful for help given. There are many diverse problems and needs among the believers, but the Word of God is so relevant to all that they are going through. We had daily Bible studies with Kikunda and Kombe who are doing well, but prayer would be appreciated as they continue to rebuild their marriage.
In January, the village of Kabulembe was held by rebels, but peace has returned and we were able to gather with the believers there on Sunday. They are building a new hall, but the work has been set back after building materials were stolen.
Lots of progress since last post: spoon drains laid around the whole building, internal and external windows and doors installed
Internal courtyard needs to be paved yet, and 4 more rooms to be tiled. Praising the Lord for the progress and praying that He will send the right people to complete this project.
Please pray for our week of Gospel Outreach.
These pictures are from Tom Merriman who has been working on the school project at Camundamvala after seeing a request for help from Brian on this blog.
Here are the first tiles being laid in the shower rooms and toilets of the new school.
Drainage for one of the toilets and showers
Running the pipe work for the showers - using whatever you can lay your hands on.
This is just a small part of the substantial project which is progressing well with a combination of willing locals and visitors. I contacted Brian and Debbie after seeing the request to assist with tiling mid February, but there’s much more work still to be done after my 3 weeks!
The assembly in Zapopan received a sister who we met years ago as a result of the private school education system. It was thrilling to hear her describe how she came to the conviction that, not only was the assembly the right place, but now it was time for her to take her place in it. Several weeks ago after the gospel meeting Sunday night, a lady came to ask if she had understood salvation correctly. She had been attending the gospel meetings from some months now. Her home situation left her desperately searching for help. She told us that she had found peace with God sitting in a gospel meeting last November, learning how great God’s love was for her, a sinner. She just had not found the words to explain it to us, but was living it. Every blessing brightens the journey as we work for the Lord.
Camundambala Primary School: Thankful for the great progress made with the help of Brass Tacks.
We would value prayer for our flight from Heathrow tonight at 20:20 hrs and the next flight to Saurimo on Tuesday morning. We are looking forward to getting back and getting on with the work the Lord has given us to do for Him.
Shetland has had a double blessing this week with visits from Graeme Paterson and Gordon McCracken. Both visited different schools throughout Shetland each day
The Brae assembly organised an After School Club for Graeme Paterson in Tingwall and up to 26 children came regularly each night which would be just under a third of the school role. Please pray for the prizegiving on Sunday where we hope some family and friends might also join the children.
The Sound Gospel Hall held their annual Super Club with Gordon McCracken in Lerwick where the attendance was very encouraging with the prizegiving night on Friday hosting 85 children and 65 adults. From this there is the hope that 10 new children will start attending Sunday School and a couple have said they would like to attend the gospel meeting.
Following the After School Club Graeme moved onto Brae where a Children’s Club was held and children came from various different villages around Brae. The prizegiving was also on Friday evening where 30 children and 7 visiting parents came. Please pray for the community in Brae which is very hard to the gospel and especially the school where there is an open hostility towards the Gospel.
We pray that this past week of seed sowing in young hearts would yet bear much fruit and that through the Gospel going into homes that whole families will be saved.
The Christians at Holburn Gospel Hall, Aberdeen are holding a Life Explored course in Holburn Gospel Hall on Wednesday’s at 7:30pm from the 4th April. Please pray for the leaders of each group, that there would be those who come with an interest in gospel and that by the end of the sessions there would be those who would put their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Just an update from Ethiopia. We were down at a place called Awassa about three weeks ago. One of the reasons that we were there was a group from a place called Bali is a very strong Islamic area and it was felt that they should come to us rather than us go to them.
Some had travelled 9 hours by foot before catching three buses to reach Awassa. We had a very profitable time with them and it was felt that the effort made was worth while.
There has been limited travel and as a result instead of having a united conference at Ginchi it was decided to have area conferences and we had an excellent response from the assemblies around Addis when about 50 evangelists joined us for a full day of teaching. This was followed by a full day with elders from in and around Addis and we had a very worth while day.
These two days was followed by a youth leaders conference for about 4 days when around 50 leaders attended. During the time that we were together it was good to hear of real interest among young people in so many assemblies around Addis.
One of the Sundays I was at a place on the outskirts of Addis and the hall was packed and they have only commenced in this area two years ago.
Just last weekend we were at Batie and Kamesay. The work in Batie is encouraging and the children sang for us and a number of Moslem girls were a=mong the group with their headscarves on. We then went to Kamesay and in spite of the fact that this was an extra meeting over 200 came for some Bible teaching and it is great to see in two very strong Muslim communities a work of God going on.
We value your continued prayers for Ethiopia as the government is in the process of appointing a new Prime Minister and it is felt that we might hear the result in a short time. Keep praying. The photo is the brethren who came from Bali.