...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
On 14th July, a group of ten people from Ballymena Free Presbyterian Church flew from Dublin to Liberia for a mission trip to visit Rev Dave DiCanio and Miss Joanne Greer who are currently working in the City of Monrovia as missionaries. The group organised their trip to coincide with the annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) which Joanne runs each year in Paynesville Free Presbyterian Mission Church. The team also had plans to assist with joinery work and other practical tasks, including making 18 bench seats and wiring lights for the Junior VBS hall.

The VBS started on the Monday morning and when the team arrived at the church, it was quickly apparent that there were many more children wanting to attend than expected. Two classes had been arranged for juniors and seniors but over 100 extra children had to be accommodated by the Tuesday morning. The team worked to erect a temporary open tent structure for the area outside the buildings and this was used for the reminder of the week. In total, around 350 children attended each day, to be taught Gospel truths. The following week the team also hosted a sports day for all of the children on Liberia Independence Day. Click here for photos in the Gallery

Rev DiCanio has built and launched Free Presbyterian Radio - a new venture for the missionaries in Liberia where they have been granted an FM license and have erected a 150 ft mast and installed a transmitter. This enables the broadcast of Christian radio content eighteen hours per day to the 1.5 million people in the greater Monrovia area. It was a real surprise to hear so many of our own ministers on the airwaves as we travelled across the city. The team were able to be present for the official opening of the station with a live broadcast from the compound.

There was also an opportunity to take a short internal flight to a small Free Presbyterian Mission Church in the interior of Liberia in Charlie Town, Rivercess. This enabled them to see tribal Liberian life and the challenges faced daily by the people in these isolated areas. They were given a wonderful welcome in the simple mud building and enjoyed a local meal of rice and potato plant with chicken followed by cucumber for dessert! Click here for photos of the trip

While it was a really busy time, it was also a time of great blessing, and when the time came to return home, the team left Liberia with first-hand experience of the great spiritual and physical needs of these friendly, welcoming people.
As Joy Gillespie prepares to take up her work in Nepal, a copy of her deputation video has been posted in the gallery section. Click Here to view the video in full. 
A special Sending Forth service was held for Miss Joy Gillespie in Armagh Free Presbyterian Church on Thursday 29th June 2017. Miss Gillespie who has laboured faithfully in Spain for eighteen years is soon to take up a new field of service in Nepal.

A very encouraging number were present for the historic occasion which included many of Miss Gillespie’s family and friends, members of the Mission Board and Missionary Council and also members of several congregations from across the province.

The meeting was led by Rev Ian Harris, the Chairman of the Mission Board, who also read the Scriptures and led in the special prayer commending Miss Gillespie to the Lord for her labours in Nepal. The Missionary to Nepal, Rev Wesley Graham, led in the opening prayer. The minister of the Armagh Church, Rev David McMillan, paid tribute to Miss Gillespie’s surrender to the call of God. At Miss Gillespie’s request Mrs Ruth MacRoberts ministered in song. The Mission Board Treasurer, Mr Alastair Hamilton, made a presentation to Miss Gillespie. Photos are available to view in the Gallery.

The Chairman of the Missionary Council, Rev David Park, brought a very challenging message on ‘the Faithful servant of Christ’ from Matthew chapter 25.The closing prayer was offered by Mission Board member Mr David Aiken.

There was a very good spirit in the meeting and a very generous offering was taken for Miss Gillespie’s support.
We are pleased to report that the borehole drill work on our site has progressed very well, and water has been struck. The drilling rig arrived on Monday and the work commenced, overseen by Mr Eric Graham from our Lisburn Church.

It was a slow process in the early stages, with repeated mechanical issues and difficulties with the drill getting jammed by small stones and shale. By Thursday, the men had drilled about 40 meters before getting to the water table. They are now lining the borehole with slitted pipes to ensure that the walls remain intact, and then they will drill a slightly narrower last section down below the water table.

Meanwhile, some men are building the tank stand which will hold two 5000 litre tanks at the top of the site, giving gravity fed water to the main buildings. Others are building the generator house for the pumping equipment. More photos have been added to the Gallery.

We thank the Lord for His provision and for the success of this work, which will make such a difference to the daily lives of the children and workers at Emmanuel Christian School.
We are delighted to report that the drilling rig has arrived at Emmanuel Christian School in Uganda. Mr Eric Graham from Lisburn is on site overseeing the work, which has now commenced. The foundations for the tank stand are in place and the men hope to start drilling for water on Monday.

Please pray that the Lord will protect all who work on this project and that we will be successful in finding water. Click here to see some more photos.
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