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Bible Class

Andy and Gillian Shanks

Stephen Grant

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At the end of day one at the national ploughing championships we are so thankful for the encouraging day to proclaim a great message. By the grace of God about 7500 bags have been given out along with other Literature and a lot of good conversations with people from all over Ireland. There has been much to rejoice in today.

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Jamie McIlree

Stephen Grant

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We have had meetings in Australia this month, where as well as visiting different  assemblies in the area, we had the opportunity to have a series of gospel meetings and a series of Bible teaching meetings with the assembly at Gowrie Junction. It was a personal encouragement to see an evident interest and responsiveness to the Word among the believers there. 

The believers in Luanza, Congo, have just contacted us to tell us that the village is "living in terror," after more attacks in the area. Our friend Jean-Claude, who is a doctor there, has been working to remove arrows from the backs of those caught up in the trouble. Sadly, Jean-Claude has just had a serious motor bike accident and may need to travel to South Africa for surgery. 

We received notification this week that my passport has been stolen from embassy in London where it had been submitted with my visa application. We now need to start the application process all over again and would appreciate your prayers for a better outcome this time round.

Seed Sowers, Birmingham

Stephen Grant

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SEED SOWERS BIRMINGHAM

The next Seed Sowers Distribution is being held from 22nd-24th September, in Birmingham. We hope to distribute 20,000 Scripture texts across two areas of the city, followed by Gospel meetings. 

As well as spending time in Distribution, we have planned three sessions of ministry from Colin Lacey, commencing Friday evening.

Accommodation etc is offered free, looking to the Lord to provide, but we ask those who come to be exercised about how they can help.

If you are able to join us, please go to forwardinhope.com/seedsowers and complete the form, or by phone on 07779034886. If you can't join us, do please make the effort a matter of prayer.

Andy Mullan.

Catrine Gospel Meetings

Stephen Grant

From Paul Jenkinson

The meetings in Catrine have been going well with great support from the local assemblies. Each evening a good number of unsaved have been in attendance.

Last Thursday evening was exciting. After the meeting two ladies made professions, one in her 70s the other in her 40s.

Please pray for them that they will grow and be a witness to their families.

Ian Robertson and I have decided to continue these meetings this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday each evening at 8pm.

Please pray that God will continue to move.

If you live local feel free to come along and support.

God bless

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Brian and Debbie Howden, Angola

Stephen Grant

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Dear Friends,

We return to Angola tonight and would really appreciate prayer for the work that is before us both spiritually and practically. We arrive at Camundambala on the 10th September D.V. The consequences of Ruth Hadley’s home call will take some time to settle as adjustments are made, but it is the Lord’s work and He will continue to build His Church as He promised.

Shortly after our arrival at Camundambala we are anticipating some workers from Brass Tacks (Paul Dodds, Phil Kennedy) to come and move the building of the new school classrooms forward, also two containers from Medical Missionary News with more supplies for the building project are expected shortly. Later in October we are looking forward to welcoming back Jonathan & Ruth Singleton and Alex Trivonov, then Huw Collings and Danny Mathie are hoping to come and help with the building work too. We are really grateful for those who are prepared to give of their time and come and help the work go forward, and their families who make that sacrifice too. So there is a lot of practical things to oversee as the building work recommences and we would appreciate prayer for visa applications and the safety of all engaged in this work.

As we commence a new phase in the work we believe it is a good opportunity for the School to begin to become more independent from missionary input on a daily basis.  Eventually the scaffolding of missionary support has to be removed and the School stand on its own and this is a good opportunity to start this transition. This was something that Ruth discussed with us shortly before she passed away. She had done a tremendous work in the School and she was uniquely equipped to do this with her immense experience in Angola, her knowledge of the culture, her background in teaching, her love of the people, her great ability in both Portuguese and Chokwe and so the list goes on.  Replacing her or taking over what she did is not possible, none of us on the field are qualified or competent to do this work. She was a unique and amazing person but the School has had all that input over the years and the Lord in His wisdom and sovereignty has taken her out of Angola into His eternal presence and rest. She has left a good head and deputy and we are confident that they will keep up the good work with their team of teachers. So in the light of this we will continue to support the school logistically and try and meet the needs that they cannot provide with educational supplies and the maintenance of the current vehicle and the repair of one which needs to be put back on the road for the use of the School. We would appreciate prayer that the day to day overseeing of the practical needs of the school doesn’t hinder the School Head, Deputy and staff from developing and taking on responsibilities which they are capable of. I will continue to teach years 5 & 6 using the PBS Bible lesson material and maintain a presence in the School at other times as well but seek to equip and encourage the nationals to move the School onwards.

We are really looking forward to recommencing Bible classes with the Camundambala young people. We have three groups already, on Sunday evening, Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, and a fourth group wanting to start so locally there is much to encourage. These young people are all at different stages in their walk with the Lord and it involves a lot of pastoral care but these are the future of assembly testimony and we pray that many will go on for the Lord and become pillars in the local assembly.

Since being in the UK many of the young people have been in contact with us using social media technology and it has been good just to be able to maintain contact with them. This has proved important during the results of the recent elections in Angola. The governing party has once again won a big majority and there is widespread distrust of the authorities and the results. This has caused many to become bitter, angry and resentful and we have had to continually point them to Romans 13 and encourage them to keep praying rather than resort to the more radical methods that many of their fellow countrymen wish to do! So please remember the political situation in Angola in prayer.

We would also appreciate prayer for the overseeing of the Emmaus work in Angola. This has been something that Ruth Hadley was responsible for and although we have had a lot to do with the Luanda and Saurimo operations for many years through the work of the Angolan Literature Fund we now have to oversee this work nationwide. Yet another call upon time and energy and one that demands travel if it is to be done properly. We are grateful for the continued support of the Lord’s people for the Literature Fund, without it there would be no literature available for the people.

The print rooms set up by the Angolan Literature Fund although operated by national believers still need supervision as machines develop technical difficulties and this is very trying for all concerned. We would welcome prayer for this aspect of the work as it has a knock on effect in the literature supplies available and is another demand on time.

I am looking forward to recommencing monthly visits to Caiaza for Bible teaching, praying that not only will the few assemblies in that area be encouraged but also be fed with the sincere milk of the Word and be able to grow thereby. I have also monthly visits to Mukonda, two hours from Saurimo, planned starting in October, a good number of assemblies plan to gather once a month for Bible teaching morning and afternoon. Please pray for wisdom and help from the Lord to teach the Word in Chokwe to the many who will gather.

It is a very real concern to us that as we seek to meet the overwhelming social needs that are increasing with the economic crisis in Angola, along with the care of the lepers food program, the School and numerous daily demands that we don’t loose sight of the whole purpose of missionary work, and our being in Angola. The command is still “Preach the Gospel and make disciples, teaching them all things that I have commanded”. It is Debbie who deals with the daily requests and demands that we face living among a people in deep poverty and genuine need, and as a result gives me the time to preach and teach. So please pray for us as together we seek to serve the Lord and maintain the focus of preaching the Gospel and teaching the Scriptures and still reach out in compassion for the needy.

We are thankful to the Lord for the fellowship we have enjoyed with the assembly at Helions Bumpstead over the weeks. My knee operation went well and I am confident it will be fine on the rough uneven ground and deep sand of Angola. We have had some precious times with the family and have memories that we will treasure as we say our good byes once again.

We are looking forward very much to having Alex and Laura with us for Christmas, it will be a special time for us and them as Alex shows Laura where he spent his childhood years. We are hoping to return to the UK briefly in February 2018.

Thank you for standing with us in prayer, we increasingly realize our fragility and dependency on the Lord, events in the last months are a timely reminder that it is His work that we are involved in and it is in His name that once again we go.

Yours through grace,

Brian & Debbie

Paul Thiessen, Mexico

Stephen Grant

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The month of August was very encouraging  foe the small assembly in Zapopan.  The first week of the month we held our summer children’s meetings.  Over 100 different children came during the week as well as about 15 parents. It was most encouraging to see a good number of teenagers among them.

The week was followed by the annual Sunday school program.  About 20 Sunday School students recited verses about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.  Brother Ricky Sawatzky closed the evening preaching a simple, clear gospel message to the 135 souls present in the hall.  We thank God for so many who came and we pray for the salvation  of their souls.  We hope these efforts will help build up the Sunday school classes which begin this coming Lord’s Day.  Several of the Sunday school teachers at present came to us as Sunday school students and were saved.  Now they form part of the assembly and we are grateful. 

Paul Jenkinson in Uganda

Stephen Grant

It's been challenging but very encouraging time here. We arrived and commenced a week of gospel meetings in the small assembly just outside Kampala, doors/street evangelism during the day and speaking in the evening. I was challenged especially by 2 young ladies in the assembly. One girl had a new baby wrapped on her back and was out 3 full days reaching her neighbours, another girl recently saved who is married to a Muslim man and heavily pregnant was out almost 2 full days teaching the community. As a result of the hard work of the assembly and answered prayers each evening a good number came in and some responded to the Gospel and we thank the Lord.

Sunday past we travelled very early to an all girls school to speak at their leavers assembly, approx 500-600, great opportunity for the gospel, we returned back to the assembly for the final message and baptism. 9 had requested baptism over the last 3-5 months. What was lovely, after the gospel message 2 of those that attended for the first time professed faith in Christ and as we moved out to the tank and shared a short message on baptism they heard, understood and asked Allan to be baptised and I had the privilege to see these 2 baptised the same day.

Today was a very exciting day, as you may know we shipped the old Ayrshire Bible exhibition out to Uganda and it arrived safely in May. Today we went to St Marks college, Namagoma, Central Uganda. This school has around 1900 pupils (teens) The school were honoured to host the first ever Bible exhibition in Uganda. Every teen received a copy of Johns Gospel. The excitement of the pupils can't really be described. There is a very strong Pentecostal influence in Uganda so these kids have many questions. We saw around 450-500 pupils today, I fly home tomorrow but the school have invited us back which is great. There certainly is potential for the Exhibition to be used for many years to come and reach many kids in many schools. Thank you all for your prayers, please continue to prayer for Uganda. May God be glorified.

Gospel For Scotland Edinburgh Outreach

Stephen Grant

From Monday 14th to Friday 18th August we will be focusing our effort around the main tourist sites in Edinburgh. Our exercise is to distribute postcards with an image of Edinburgh and gospel text around the Royal mile, Princess Street, Holyrood Palace, Princess Gardens and other sites.

There will then be some down time until the crowds head up the Royal Mile for the Tattoo commencing at 9pm. Obviously, we would like to reach as many people as we can with the postcards. The focus however will be when the Tattoo ends. We have ordered 30,000 specially designed canvas shopping bags.
These are blue and white with a map of Scotland with John 3v16 on both sides and the website details and will be packed with a postcard.

We cannot distribute these before the show due to all bags being searched and the potential security risk, however as people leave, they need to all exit by the same exit and we will be able to reach many people with the bags. As you can imagine we will need to have a large number of 2-3 man teams scattered all around the Castle area in order to distribute as many as we can. It will be after 11pm before we will be finished each evening, so please bear that in mind if you plan to get involved.

Everything distributed will be pointing to www.gospelforscotland.com. This will be specifically designed for the work and will feature images of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. We have also had a professionally shot video of the city and sites with a gospel message voiceover. This has been done in a variety of European and worldwide languages to bring the gospel to all.

We are looking to run the days to the following programme:

2.30 – Meet at Gorgie Gospel Hall for briefing and prayer
3.00 – Team 1 into the Edinburgh for postcard distribution
5.30 – Dinner. Can bring food back to hall or can make own arrangement.
7.00 – Prayer and briefing of team 2
7.30 – Postcard and bag distribution
11.00 – End

The aim of our exercise is to distribute as many bags and postcards as we can over the week and to mobilise and exercise believers young and old in the Gospel.
If you are interested in being involved in any of this work please feel free to contact us.

Graeme Paterson – gjpaterson@btinternet.com, 07721 052007
Stephen Grant - stephenpaulgrant@gmail.com , 07528 540477

Cardy Gospel Outreach

Stephen Grant

We have had a good week with the Cardy Gospel Outreach. From Monday to Friday we averaged over 200 children each night at Strangford College. The children came at 6.30 until 8.30. We divided them into two groups and had one group in the playing fields while the other was in a children's meeting. After an hour we swapped the groups.

On Friday night we had a large number of children and parents who heard the Gospel. This annual work is done by the Christians of Cardy Gospel Hall.

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Paul Jenkinson

Stephen Grant

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Just a brief update on the roadside advertising, May 2017 marked one year of this advertisement on the M77, we are delighted that the billboards are in good shape, no vandalism and no council complaints.

We thank the Lord we secured the lease on this spot for another year.

To give you an idea of the traffic flow per day, taken from U.K. traffic data site. They estimate 42000 vehicles pass these billboards daily.

Thats potentially in excess of 15million views every year.

Our website has been receiving a great number of hits as well as daily hits on the Facebook page.

The small trailer is out most weeks and has been touring around central Scotland.

We are looking for new locations around the UK, it can be very difficult to persuade landowners to rent an area for these trailers to go up.

Please pray for the continuation and growth of this work and may souls be won for Christ.

God bless.

www.hopebytheroadside.com

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David Street Gospel Hall, Liverpool

Stephen Grant

The holiday children's outreach in David Street, Liverpool is going
well. 60-70 children are attending each day, along with parents and
grandparents. The children are learning stories from the Gospels along
with the verse "O taste and see that the Lord is good." They also
enjoy the games which involve candles, water pistols, and party
poppers. All great fun! The team of young people helping with the
outreach are very enthusiastic, and are making the most of witness
opportunities.

Please pray
* that parents may realise the Gospel is for them too
* for safety on Friday when we take the children on a coach trip to the beach
* for the Lord's blessing on His word.

Tim Coltman

Stephen Grant

The WW1 presentation has continued to be busy over the last few months, having visited many groups and had great opportunities to reach out with the Gospel.

Recently we visited a new group with 90 people present.

The presentation was very well received and all present took both of the Gospel leaflets away with them.

From September onwards we will be very busy especially in November, with many groups contacting us asking for us to visit.

We have also taken over 25 bookings for 2018 and look to contact more groups with a view to visiting them.

Please continue to pray for this great opportunity to share the Gospel through the presentation.

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David Street Gospel Hall, Liverpool

Stephen Grant

Monday to Friday this week, there is a children’s holiday outreach in Liverpool. Believers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the South of England will be helping at the children’s week, which has taken place at David Street Gospel Hall for the last 15 years. Around 40 to 80 children turn up each day, accompanied by mums and nans. This year’s theme is the five senses – sight / hearing / smell / touch / taste. We will be teaching the children ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’, along with several Gospel narratives. The week concludes with a coach trip to the beach.

 

Please pray for:

·      John, Graham and Jeremy who will be speaking to the children each day

·      Good attention and behaviour from children and parents

·      the Lord’s blessing as the word is preached.

Tayside Christian Youth Camp (Juniors)

Stephen Grant

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Kitchen team from TCYC Junior Camp get a welcome break as the campers are out on their day trip. All campers having a fantastic time. Very blessed with the weather and a brilliant group of leaders and helpers. Pray for Dave Bremner as he speaks to the campers, and the leaders as they lead quiet times. Campers are listening well and asking good questions. Please pray for continued safety and a time of blessing for everyone involved.

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Shetland Christian Youth Camp

Stephen Grant

SCYC 2017 has certainly been a bumper year.  The blood, sweat and toil invested in completing the extension was a small thing when you saw the meeting room full of children hearing the gospel.  The increased size of the meeting room was needed as each week was full to capacity, with an extra dorm needed in weeks two and three to accommodate even more campers.  It was great to see children from certain areas in Shetland who have not been before. Our prayer is that they will tell friends and family who will come next year.  All told there were 265 campers over the three weeks.

Jeff Rodgers made his debut at the camp and took the meetings in week one, he was a late replacement and did a great job.  Brian Anderson from Lerwick took the meetings in week two.  Its good to be able to use local speakers when they are not overworked with other camp responsibilities.  Finally Graeme Paterson made a welcome return to Shetland after some years away, he was glad to learn lots of new ideas which he can now introduce at TCYC.

There were many leaders and helpers who travelled from across the UK to help us, without their help we could not run the camps and so we are indebted to these young Christians for their sacrifice and hard work.  As you can see from the pictures the Lord answered our prayers in great weather with plenty of opportunities to go to the beach and be outside.

The bookshop reported bumper sales of Bibles which is always encouraging, especially from campers who initially were not interested, but as the week progressed decided that they would like their own Bible.  Allowing them the chance to purchase (albeit at a discounted price) is a good way to help children appreciate the value of their Bible. 

We are so thankful for three great weeks of camp, many children having heard the gospel and so we pray the Lord that He will bless the seed sown.  We leave eternity to declare the results.

Cardy Gospel Hall

Stephen Grant

There is a sense of excitement and expectancy as our annual CGO week starts on Monday, running each evening until Friday.  This is the 14th year and in previous years there have been over 200 children each night with a large number of parents on the final night. 

As you can imagine it takes quite a few leaders and helpers to manage such numbers. We always appreciate the invaluable help from neighbouring assemblies and this year quite a few leaders are travelling over from Scotland! 

Please pray that:

  • our speaker Stephen Grant will be given help each night.
  • the children and parents will listen well and God will bless with salvation. 
  • the leaders and helpers will be given wisdom as they interact with the boys and girls. 
  • there will be good weather!!!