John Woodside (Dundalk)
– Give thanks for the community evening carol service on 3 December and pray that many who came will have been challenged by the message shared.
– Pray for a group of Malaysian students attending worship, including some from non-Christian backgrounds.
– Pray for the faithful nucleus at worship and a few newcomers looking in.
– Pray for wisdom for long-term ministry needs and opportunities for the congregation in community of 40,000 people.
Andrew and Beulah McMullan (CEF)
Andrew and Beulah report:
> We realise that many homes today may not have a Bible to read, they have never read the wonderful promises and words of encouragement that God has for each one of us. What an opportunity it is as we visit the schools in Co Monaghan to distribute the Christmas calendars which Child Evangelism Fellowship have produced. Each month contains a different Bible verse. This is God’s Word into homes in Co Monaghan. Please pray that God will give us opportunities to give out the calendars in new schools this year and that they will be accepted back into the schools which gave them out last year. Pray that as children and adults read the verses on the calendar that God will give them a desire to read more of this wonderful book.
At the end of September we started a Good News Club in the Community Hall, Smithborough on a Thursday night. We have also taken over a GNC outside Ballybay which was run fortnightly on a Friday evening by the local Faith Mission Workers. We thank God for the boys and girls who come along to both these clubs and for their attentiveness listening to God’s Word. Please pray that as they listen God will speak through His Word and that they will put their trust in Him and grow in their faith.
David and Wilma Murphy (Co. Mayo)
The Murphys report:
> David has spent the last three months living and working in Mayo, Pastoring the Church in Charlestown and doing a secular job supporting young people with autism in the community, while Wilma and the rest of the family have continued to live in Mayobridge, traveling down at the weekend to Mayo whenever they can, to spend time together as a family and keep up their involvement in the Church. The purpose of this is to help secure a mortgage and buy a suitable house for the family to move to Mayo long term.
> This temporary separation of us as a family has at times not been easy but we are thankful to God for the strength and grace He has given to us over the past months.
> David has been enjoying his job and found it useful in making contacts within the community.
> The work in the Church has continued to “plod on” with David preaching a series of sermons on Paul’s letter to the Philippians which has been encouraging and well received by the congregation. At the Midweek on Wednesday evening we have been studying basic Christian beliefs as well as spending time together in prayer.
> It has been heartsome to see the perseverance and faithfulness of the other stalwarts in the church. Attendance on Sunday would be around 10 or so and 6/7 on Wednesday nights.