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Latest Reports

  • Keswick Market - 20 October 2018 It felt like just another day on the market but each time we go we are amazed at the people who visit this Lake District town and the places they ...
    Posted 14 Nov 2018, 05:27 by Stephen Hind
  • Keswick Market - 15 September 2018 Yet another fine day. Our first visitors were 3 ladies from Tyneside, 3 generations, Grandmother, Mother and Daughter who had just finished University at Newcastle, none of them were Christians ...
    Posted 14 Nov 2018, 05:22 by Stephen Hind
  • Westmorland Show - 13 September 2018 Unusually the forecast for the Show was good although we did have a few light showers. Barry had an early start arriving at the show ground with the Van shortly ...
    Posted 14 Nov 2018, 05:21 by Stephen Hind
  • Keswick Market - 24 August 2018 It was great to be at Keswick on a fine sunny day and see so many children taking a turn at the Guessing Box and have the joy of sharing ...
    Posted 14 Nov 2018, 05:19 by Stephen Hind
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Keswick Market - 20 October 2018

posted 14 Nov 2018, 05:27 by Stephen Hind

It felt like just another day on the market but each time we go we are amazed at the people who visit this Lake District town and the places they come from, they take back with them the Good News so this goes to many towns and cities in Britain, indeed to many parts of the World too.

Our first visitors to the stall were a married couple of Jehovah's Witnesses from the Preston Area.  The lady came first and picked up several tracts and accepted the calendar I offered, but put the tracts back. never the less, Tom continued to talk with her for some time.  When her husband turned up, he appeared to be more knowledgeable in the Scriptures and I talked with him concerning God, the Creator and Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit..  He rejected my affirmation that God came to earth in the person of Jesus who was born, Emmanuel, God with us.  Please pray for this lady who was open to understanding Gods Word. We pray that the verses on the  calendar will lead her to trust Jesus as her Saviour.

Keswick was extremely busy with it being the school half term holiday. Children came with their parents and heard Gods Good |News and mostly had the same message to take away by means of a tract or a calendar.  One family from Wales stayed for some time and the little girl was glad to have the disc of Mary Jones and her Bible

So another busy day on the market followed by the task of collecting the car and putting everything back in  when we feel really tired.  Please pray for this work. Each time we go we feel conscious of getting older and the task seems harder. we remember how in the Old Testament Moses arms were held up and the Children of Israel won the battle.  By your prayers, we can be strengthened and people can be reached with Gods Word.

Tom O'Donnell and Robert McGibbon 

Keswick Market - 15 September 2018

posted 14 Nov 2018, 05:22 by Stephen Hind

Yet another fine day. Our first visitors were 3 ladies from Tyneside, 3 generations, Grandmother, Mother and Daughter who had just finished University at Newcastle, none of them were Christians so we encouraged the daughter to attend Jesmond Parish Church as she lives nearby, knowing she would meet young Christians, she was really open to the idea and also took “Reason to Believe.”


“S” a middle aged gentleman from Derbyshire who had done research in Lead Mines at Alston happily took “Purpose of Life.”

Yet another couple from Newcastle in their 20’s spent some time listening as we shared the Gospel and encouraged them in the words of the leaflet “Start over Again.”

“Y” a young lady from Notting Hill, we gave her the 1 million pound bill. This lady attended the Unitarian church. After we talked we gave her “Start over Again” and she asked us for “Why Jesus”.

Another lady from Halifax with children listened as we explained the Gospel with the Flippa Flopper and a card and she accepted the “Start over Again” leaflet.

A 10yr. old boy had a great time at the Guessing Box, not to mention the sweets, he took away the “Josh and Jade” leaflets. His Dad was across at the Hotel, John went across to speak to him discovering he was living in Gateshead, he as a former alcoholic and now helping others who were addicted to alcohol and helping them to get back into employment. John suggested that to know Jesus and experience the New Birth would be a blessing and a real help. He took a number of leaflets which would be helpful to him and people he works among and we told him he could contact us if he needed more literature.


Two ladies on a bus trip called at the stall, “A” said “Guess where I am from”, John said Romania which was right, she was surprised John knew many places in her country, she was from a Romanian Orthodox church and her friend from an Indian Orthodox church. What a joy to share the real Gospel to these two ladies who were from a religious background.


Just before the time on the market ended, we met a more local couple from Workington, they accepted “Reason to “Believe.”


It was a day when the sun shone and we trust the Gospel of God’s Son shone into the many cold and empty hearts.


Jim McCallam and John Heron

Westmorland Show - 13 September 2018

posted 14 Nov 2018, 05:21 by Stephen Hind

Unusually the forecast for the Show was good although we did have a few light showers. Barry had an early start arriving at the show ground with the Van shortly after 7 a.m.

There was a great attendance at the show, many local children having the day off school to attend the show. We often had 5 or 6 children standing around the Guessing Box waiting their turn which was such an opportunity to share the Gospel with so many children and then leaving them with a sweet and a Gospel leaflet – Josh and Jade. As usual the flippa floppa was well received, one teacher asking if she could have one with the tract “How to have a Best Friend”, to use back at school.


Two well mannered 15yr. old boys asked questions saying they were not sure if they could believe someone they could not see, we asked if they had seen love or we cannot see the wind which was blowing in our faces but we could experience the effects of these things. They showed real interest and they accepted a number of booklets including “God’s Story”, “Start over Again”, “Happiness and “Reason to Believe.”


John had a talk to a lady whose Mother was forced to go along to the Catholic church and therefore had not introducing her daughter to any church, we explained the difference between religion and Christianity.


A Christian lady from Arnside had a long talk to Barry and she was involved in helping a number of people – we offered a number of booklets which would be helpful such as “Help I can’t face Tomorrow” and “Finding Peace”.


John met a couple from Kirkby Stephen who never attend church but work a lot in the community and gave them “Purpose of Life.”


It was a joy to meet so many children from Kendal and Lancashire, some young people who attend our Youth Events at Kirkby Stephen, Isabel staying to help a while with children at the Guessing Box.


Barry talked to a lady who was a Christadelphian who did not believe that Jesus was the only Son of God but she did ask if we knew of any Study Groups.

Visitors attended the Show from as far away as Leicester and Norfolk.


Much precious seed was sown into hundreds of hearts – do pray that little seed will fall by the wayside but much on good ground. As we come to the end of 2018 Show season, we look back with thankfulness to all those who have helped in the work to make a Gospel witness to thousands of lost souls in our County.


Barry Cummings, David Johnston, John Heron.

Keswick Market - 24 August 2018

posted 14 Nov 2018, 05:19 by Stephen Hind

It was great to be at Keswick on a fine sunny day and see so many children taking a turn at the Guessing Box and have the joy of sharing the Gospel with people from around the world. 


Our first visitors were a family living in Israel when we had an interesting talk with them.

Two young ladies from Manchester who never attended church but showed real interest as we spoke of the Lord and they took “God’s Story” along with Romans and John’s Gospel.


A lady was searching in the Guessing Box. John asked her if she was to stand at the Gate of Heaven why should God let her in – Oh I don’t know she replied. It really made her think saying “I will call again later” - she never returned.


Two children at the Guessing Box along with their parents who lived near Penrith but no church connections, we suggested to them to go to the Church in the Barn as there are so many young people in the church.


Another two young people from Alnwick spoke to us and listened while we explained how to be saved and reach Heaven.

We then had a long chat with two African ladies from Liverpool, one of the ladies was a psychiatrist, they took leaflets including “It Just Happened.”

A number of Christians stopped by and one couple said they were hoping to attend Penrith Gospel Hall.


It was good to have Tom O’Donnell drop in and help us for a while, we appreciate Tom making Flippa Floppers Optical Illusion cards which are a great tool in evangelism.


Later a couple from the North East who were hoping to get married mentioned she was a catholic. “F” was a protestant, we gave Dick Keogh’s testimony CD and other leaflets.


A tiring day but one of great opportunity.


Jim McCallam and John Heron.

Appleby Show - August 2018

posted 15 Sep 2018, 08:43 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 15 Sep 2018, 08:43 ]

This year’s Show was held in a new location which proved to be a great place and the day crowned with beautiful sunshine encouraging people to attend.

We met many local folks including farmers – the leaflet “Faith in Farming” was well received as was the title “A Man’s Best Friend” with dog owners.   Many children came to the Guessing Box and were happy to accept  a sweet and the “Josh and Jade” booklet whilst Parents were offered “Family Matters.”  What a joy to see whole families leaving with the message of salvation.

Two young ladies from Darlington who often visited Cumbria, stopped by with their baby in a pushchair, both had occasionally attended church but didn’t know anything about being born again and listened intently as we explained the Gospel, they accepted a number of leaflets.  What a joy to share with folks who show a real interest, pray that the Word will be fruitful.

Two stall holders nearby spoke to Ron and John, “E” said she was an atheist while her friend was more accepting of the Christian message.  We gave them a hand to pack away their equipment after which they accepted a number of leaflets including “Christ rather than Religion”,  “Reason to Believe” and “Start Again” from Our Daily Bread.

We left as we arrived with the sun still shining.  Our prayer is that the light of the Gospel for the first time will shine into many hearts.

John Heron and Ron Marston.

Keswick Show - August 2018

posted 7 Sep 2018, 02:43 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 7 Sep 2018, 02:43 ]

After quite a wet start to the morning, it stopped raining about lunch time but remained overcast. We had a good position opposite the main ring where most of the shows were exhibiting.  Jane from Whitehaven ably assisted David and myself. 

During the morning it was fairly quiet, although the guessing box was well attended. Lots of parents listened as we talked the children through the items they had picked up. Some came from faith schools, whereas others had no concept of the bible stories. A family from Sheffield visited the van, and I knew their area well, his father was recuperating in Cumbria being an ex-fireman, he accepted a copy of Daily bread as we discussed how precious he was to the Saviour who died for him. His children also took some literature. A couple from Pennsylvania who were touring Britain and who loved the Lord  were delighted to see the witness here . A young man and his girl friend, looked at the texts. He was a local man, who had been touring New Zealand during the earth quake, so we talked about the brevity of life. He took a booklet on the Way of Salvation, and he and his girlfriend listened well. We had a visitor from Manchester and his 2 girls who were at the guessing box. He had attended church many years ago so I suggested he try again and he took Daily bread to read. He was encouraged to find an evangelical church and he promised to go back to church with the children. 

Many events in the ring drew people to us as we were in a prime position.  All in all we had a lovely day together, and can only pray that Lord will use what was done to his Glory and the salvation of souls.    

Keith Daymond, David Johnston and Jane Wong

Keswick Market - Easter 2018

posted 5 Sep 2018, 04:58 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 5 Sep 2018, 04:59 ]

When we arrived at Keswick, the weather was cold and a little wet; after all it was Easter Saturday!  The day proved to be very busy.  People had arrived for the week, some for the weekend, others on day trips and of course others like ourselves who were locals. Indeed we met people who had come from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Nmibia in Africa, USA, France, from the South of England and Scotland. Throughout the day we had a lot of conversations with quite a number of these from people who needed help in seeking God.

Here is a snapshot of those we believe we helped:-

  • A large group of professional ladies who were now resident in the UK from Australia with whom we shared the gospel. 
  • A young man from Coventry who took a Bible and some literature to help reading his Bible. Please pray for him. 
  • A lady whom Tom talked to for a long time who was RC but was searching to find the real God in her life who could give her hope and peace.
  • Another man who told us he had once suffered from cancer and was told he was clear, but recently the cancer had returned and was now in his bones. He was now undergoing chemotherapy. Naturally he seemed sad, especially as it was his 80th birthday that weekend. He told me he had his trust in the Lord so it was a privilege to talk to him and remind him of some of the promises Jesus gives in scripture and to encourage him to keep placing his trust in the Lord.
  • Two other ladies were seeking to find purpose in their lives. we told them to put their trust in God as he has a purpose for each one of us. Easter is all about Christ's death and resurrection to provide salvation to all who will put their trust in him.
  • Another young single Christian lady from Yorkshire, who lived alone, had lost her job some time ago and was finding it very tough.  She needs our prayers.

Tom was busy with lots of children playing on the guessing box. What a blessing this has been to us for enabling us to talk to both the children and their parents of God and the Bible ans His way of Salvation. 

We had a lot of Easter tracts which we had ordered just that week, and we distributed them all on the street to those going past, so once again the seed was sown.

Many people were talked to that day, others would be challenged as they walked past reading the texts on the stall.

Please do your part to pray for the work each Saturday at Keswick Market and /or if you are able, call by for an hour any Saturday to encourage us or, have a go at helping people who come to the stall.

Robert McGibbon and Tom O'Donnell.

Keswick Market - 20 January 2018

posted 27 Aug 2018, 06:39 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 27 Aug 2018, 06:40 ]

A new year had dawned and by the twentieth it was our first turn on the market.  Is this to be the year the Lord will return?   We look to the Lord for his enabling to present him as the Saviour of all who will trust in Him. AS we passed Bassenthwaite Lake, we saw such a beautiful sight. The lake was so still and reflected the hills so perfectly.  We could see the makers handiwork in  God's creation.  We could recall Wordsworth's lines,,,,, The beauty of the morning, silent, bare: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by a sight so touching in its majesty.... so on we drove to the market where we found several stalls empty which is usual just after Christmas. Nevertheless we did have a very busy day.

Of all we talked to, we would ask you to pray for the following people:

  1. A man who at first walked past until I asked him if we could help. He came back and looked over the items on the stall and as we talked of people we knew in Keswick, he accepted a CD about the soul. We explained why we were on the stall. Please pray he will listen to the CD and be pointed to the Saviour.
  2. The crowds of children (and sometimes adults) who are drawn to try out the guessing box.  We say this so often BUT it is so useful for getting people to pause and each be given a tract in addition to what we are able to say. 
  3. Tom talked to one particular lady as she tried the guessing box. She explained she was a Roman Catholic and didn't want any literature,Thank you.
  4. Another lady told us she was proud to be a Geordie.  We asked why she was visiting Keswick, which she explained, was for walking in the lovely scenery.  We explained how we had marvelled at the beauty of God's creation as we travelled along the A66. She quickly agreed and showed photos she had taken on her phone earlier that day. As we pointed her to the Bible she said that she thought it was just a book of statistics written by men long ago. She did pick up a leaflet, Finding your way in Lakeland, but put it back.  Yet still she talked with us further so I gave her the tract, Man's Best Friend.. It seemed to be acceptable because of her two dogs which she had brought with her.  Please pray she reads it herself and discovers God's Goodness. 

Lots of people did visit the stall.  Keswick draws people from relatively nearby and from all over the world.  We were satisfied that the seed of the word had been planted but it is the Lord's work to nourish it, not ours.  If you can't help out on the stall, please pray for this work where we get these opportunies.  Also persuade your church.  assembly or fellowship to pray for us too.

TOm O'Donnell and Robert McGibbon.

Silloth Show - 11 June 2018

posted 22 Aug 2018, 13:22 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 22 Aug 2018, 13:24 ]

This year at Silloth we were trying out using the gazebo for a shelter for the stall.  It was needs must because this year the dates clashed and the van was in was being used at Appleby Horse Fair.  It was amazing how we managed to get all the gear in the car boot along with the folded up gazebo and tables.  It turned out to be very busy indeed : people just kept on coming. As ever, the guessing box seems to draw the children and at Silloth they sometimes come alone and sometimes with parents but yet it gives a great opportunity to present the gospel.

Silloth Show is one of the smallest shows we attend, yet it is so well attended with vintage cars, tractors, steam engines and so many stalls selling parts for cars and lots of food vans with burgers and tea, ice cream and pop!  Overall we had a much more important task for the day of making Jesus known.

 As one young man was trying to guess items in the guessing box, and  to recall the items connections with the Bible,  his mother   explained that her son was learning so much but really they were  Catholics.  we had the joy of telling her that we were not there to tell of a religion to follow,  but for to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.

This year we were grateful for the help of Ray who lives and works in Silloth to help with assembling the gazebo and  Pat who also worships at Silloth Mission, enjoyed meeting quite a number of people.

Do pray that each flipper-flapper, each tract given out, and each spoken word will be used by the Lord to draw people to himself,  Please pray for this show and others to be still held this Summer, that Gods Message of Salvation will be clearly sent out and received. 

David Johnston and Robert McGibbon

Cockermouth Show - 05 August 2018

posted 22 Aug 2018, 12:37 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 22 Aug 2018, 12:37 ]

Here we are again at Cockermouth Agricultural Show!  We have been here with the van a few times but certainly not all the 168 times the show has been in existence.  We checked the weather forecast eagerly every day because we were hoping to take the gazebo instead of the van.   By Friday we were sure  it was going to be fine so all systems were "go!"  after a week of rain.  It makes  such a difference to the numbers of people attending the show and in turn the number of people that come by our stall.  We were rejoicing at how good is our God who helps us in the slightest effort we make to proclaim the gospel.

Our pitch was between the Cumberland News stall and Age UK. Most of the time we were busy with children playing on the guessing box and talking to their parents of the good news of the Lord Jesus, sometimes by the aid of flipper-flappers, sometimes by just talking to them of why Jesus came and what he did for us sinners by dying on the cross in our place.

A group of about forty American Ladies who were studying Agriculture in Britain stopped at the stall. The conversations we had with them told us they were believers so they took with them some tracts to use at college and back in the USA. How easily the word can be spread well beyond our shores.

One lady whom I have met at Cockermouth Show before and several other shows, asked for a Bible and with it took several tracts.  She and  her husband have now retired and enjoy going round the shows. What shook me as she left us were her words, !I am not ready yet!" Do pray for her that she will have time to repent of her sin and turn in faith to the Saviour.

We had many conversations that day but one that stands out was with two ambulance women on duty on the field who were from Liverpool.  They went away sure they knew the way of Salvation.

Some might ask why we keep going to the shows and market?  We are very conscious that we are often speaking to people who as yet would not enter a church or even read a Bible.  please pray the Lord will add to His church some who were pointed on the way by reading a tract or listening to what we were able to say to them,

Tom O'Donnell  and Robert McGibbon.

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