We have had another blessed week with many exciting things happening.
On Thursday, dad, William and I travelled to Bangor for the launch of the Bangor Worldwide Missionary Convention which will take place in August. There will be missionary themed meetings every evening from 22nd - 26th August in Bangor and Feed My Lambs will be having a stand at the missionary exhibition each evening. As it is the 75th year of the convention, a special meeting will be held at the Waterfront in Belfast on Saturday evening 20th August. Again, Feed My Lambs will have a stand at the exhibition. This is another new venture for us and we pray that it will open up many new opportunities for us.
On Saturday evening William and I shared at a house meeting. This group of people pray very much for us. We had a great time with them and their interest in the work was so encouraging. We didn't know they had planned a surprise for us in the form of a 5th birthday cake for Feed My Lambs! Thank you!!! You can see the photos at the bottom of this post. (Double click to enlarge)
On Sunday evening I was speaking at a Children's Day service in Coleraine. The children did really well and were lovely singers. Throughout the year they had collected money for the children of Kenya and had raised £150. WELL DONE AND THANK YOU!
And now for the BIG answer to prayer. Following a meeting just over one week ago with Samuel Adams of Every Home Crusade/Revival Movement in Dromara; it has now been confirmed that they will print, (or may have already printed) 12000 of each of our 30 lessons! This is a total of 360000 lessons! Not only are they printing the lessons, but they are also shipping them to Kenya for us. They should be on their way very soon and it will take 2 - 3 months for them to arrive in Mombasa, be cleared through the port and then be transported up to Nairobi.
This is such a great boost to our ministry and a great answer to prayer. We have faced many challenges with the lessons over the years. There have been times when it has been difficult to keep up with the demand and there have been times when man has deliberately tried to stop the work...but God has always been in control and now He has done something really great for us.
We are so grateful to those in Every Home Crusade for their willingness to take on this project and we send our appreciation to them.
Please pray that everything will go smoothly with the printing and shipping.
Obviously the course will be moving quicker once the lessons arrive and so the demand for Bibles will increase. Please pray for God's provision.
Also, we now feel that it is essential that we travel to Kenya to prepare for the lessons arriving. We have meetings through June and there is the possibility that the shipment could arrive from the end of July onwards; so we really need to be there during July. The need for a bigger office is now urgent. We need to be there to try and find an office or at least to sort out storage for the lessons. It is just not possible to use our current office for this quantity of lessons. Also, we feel we need to take this opportunity to bring our workers together and go through all of our procedures concerning the lessons and make sure we are all singing off the same page. We want to review how things are done and make sure that we are well organised for such a large consignment arriving.
We believe that God will not give us lessons and not provide somewhere to put them. We also believe that it is now a "must" that we travel in July and not just something we would like to do. Obviously this means that we need a lot of finance in a short space of time, both for flights and travelling as well as the office itself; but God is proving over and over that He is able and we ask you to pray with us.
Please pray for all of these needs but most of all, just thank God for answering prayer. Once again He has proved that when He opens a door, no man can shut it!
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