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PRAYER UPDATE AND THANKS GIVING
Please pray for some Scripture Union bookings that we have recently acquired through the help of the Rev Gary Goodes in a school near Randalstown, commencing on Thurs 11th October.

Please pray for an up and coming Harvest service in a school in Belfast at the end of October (recommended to us by the Rev Paul Foster).

We have also so much to praise God for... with these new openings and over 130 bookings secured, to date, in various primary schools... with the promise of even more speaking engagements as the year progresses.
ROBERT MCCONNELL - OCTOBER 2017
PRAY FOR ELECTIONS IN LIBERIA
Please pray for peace and stability in Liberia during the presidential election which will take place on October 10. These are historic elections, since this is the first time since the end of the civil war in 2003 that there will be a transition of power from one elected president to another. Also, there were 15000 UN peace-keeping troops in the country during the last two elections in 2005 and 2011, but these troops are now gone. Security is in the hands of the Liberian National Police and the Armed Forces, although we have heard news reports that some ECOWAS troops may be brought in as backup.

With 20 presidential candidates, it is quite likely that a run-off election in November will be necessary, so keep us all in prayer for the next month or two! So far, the only problems we have experienced have been delays on the roads because of rallies at various party headquarters. Last night, it took me 2 ½ hours to get home instead of the usual ½ hour! However, there has been a bit of violence in outlying areas, and some candidates are rumoured to be saying already that they will not accept defeat, so we are really praying that things will remain calm.
JOANNE GREER - OCTOBER 2017
BACK TO SCHOOL
Thank you for all the prayerful support over recent months. We certainly knew much of the Lord's blessing in Mourne, Ballymena, Ballygowan, Mount Merrion, Ballynahinch, Comber and Newtownabbey throughout each of the weeks of mission and Holiday Bible Clubs held during the summertime. The attendances were high, the behaviour was good, and the Lord's help was very tangible night by night. May the Lord do a work of saving grace in many of these young lives.

With the schools all back again, we have been working hard to get as many bookings as possible for school assemblies and Scripture Union classes. To date, we have been able to secure well over 100 with further bookings promised for the terms that lie ahead.

We are pleased to report that although we lost one of our schools last year (due to government closure), the Lord has opened up another school in Bangor where we have now received several assembly bookings for the first time. Please pray that these assemblies will go well and that we will build up a good relationship with the staff of this new school.
ROBERT MCCONNELL - SEPTEMBER 2017
BUILDING TEAM ARRIVE IN UGANDA
Rev Park is leading a small team of workers to Uganda to build a play area for the children at Emmanuel Christian Academy. Rev Park is joined by his two sons, David and Andrew, and Nigel McAuley and Hugh McClenaghan – all from Hebron FPC. During the trip they will also install some IT equipment including a projector, screen and PC. Work is underway and progressing well.

Please pray for the team that they will be kept safe, that the work will be successful and that they will be a blessing and encouragement to all at Emmanuel.
MISSION PRAYER REQUEST - AUGUST 2017
FIRST WEEK IN NEPAL
Dear praying Friends, as I come to the close of my first week here in Nepal I would like to thank you all for your prayers for me in these past days and weeks. I truly have felt the hand of God leading and guiding me. As he encouraged Jacob so he has encouraged me with the words "Behold I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest" Gen 28 v 15a

I have taken a few days adjusting to my new surroundings and to the heat. It is the time of the monsoon rains so every afternoon there are storms which cool things down but then the heat comes again and it becomes sticky. Pray that the Lord will help me adapt to this new environment.

I have commenced my language classes this week, pray for safety as I travel on public transport. My classes are in the Thamel area of the city and finish at 1.30pm when the rains come, pray that God will keep me safe as I travel around. Today my bus took a detour to go and fill up with all of us on it, pray that god will help us adjust to all these little changes. Pray to that he will give me an ear to hear this strange language and loosen my tongue to speak it.

Please remember some books that were posted for the library, pray that they will arrive safely and that Paul won't have to much trouble with the customs and getting them out. Many times it's in customs where the problems are. Pray that God will over rule in these matters. The tracking system says they have arrived in the country but we have heard nothing from them.

Since being here last November I noticed that some new people have started to attend the meetings, pray that God will draw them to himself and encourage them in the church. Another encouraging development is that one of the young people who grew up in the orphanage has gone on to a bible college in India. Pray that God will help him with his studies and that this course will be a time of blessing and preparation for him to return and take up the labours in his home country.
JOY GILLESPIE - AUGUST 2017
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