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Should you be interested please contact Gordon on 015395 31507, 07971 123874 or email gordon@421.co.uk.

Latest Reports

  • Keswick Market - September 2019 A lovely day with the sun shining. Two young girls spent time at the Guessing Box taking away Josh and Jade children’s leaflets, as did many other children during ...
    Posted 7 Oct 2019, 09:48 by Stephen Hind
  • Cockermouth Show - August 2019 Although the weather had been poor all the week before, we decided to just use the gazebo for the show to save the double journeys to Penrith. The weather really ...
    Posted 30 Sep 2019, 09:18 by Stephen Hind
  • Westmorland Show – September 2019 The Westmorland show was on a day that rained almost non-stop. But despite the weather and thick mud underfoot, we had great joy in seeing many adults receive tracts ...
    Posted 17 Sep 2019, 07:25 by Stephen Hind
  • Hesket Newmarket Show - August 2019 Hesket Newmarket is the smallest show in Cumbria that CGO attends, Once the van had safely accessed it’s allotted pitch and the display set out, David was able to ...
    Posted 17 Sep 2019, 07:22 by Stephen Hind
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Keswick Market - September 2019

posted 7 Oct 2019, 09:48 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 7 Oct 2019, 09:48 ]

A lovely day with the sun shining.

Two young girls spent time at the Guessing Box taking away Josh and Jade children’s leaflets, as did many other children during the day.

A family from Consett spent time talking, they had attended a Catholic church in the past, they accepted the “Purpose of Life” leaflet.

A lady from Whitby who used to attend church but not been for some time, after speaking to Paul said now she would look for a church in the Whitby area.

What a joy to meet two Bristol University students, they listened so well to the Gospel having never heard it before and said “yes” I understand and what you have told us makes sense. A thrill to see them drinking in the message of the Way of Salvation. We believe this will be a turning point as they took “God’s Story” and other leaflets about the new birth and receiving Jesus as their Saviour.

A lady asked for Daily Bread and “Why Believe in the Bible.” A young man from Pakistan took away “The Purpose of Life” . A young lady from New Zealand talked with us saying her Uncle was a Pastor, she showed real interest.

“L” and “D” a lovely young couple from Scunthorpe, looking at our True and False Poster were telling us what their thoughts were. This couple were real seekers and we explained the ABC of the Gospel and shared the content of “God’s Story”, they also promised to listen to the testimonies on the Billy Graham DVD we gave them.

“C” and “N “ from Morpeth talked and accepted “God’s Story” have first listened to us sharing God’s Way of Salvation.

The last couple we had the privilege of sharing with was “R” and “L” from Whitehaven, we gave them the Daily Bread booklet and “Start Again” explaining the New Birth.

We began our journey home thanking God for answering our prayers in having the joy of speaking to so many people open to the Word – Keep Praying.

Paul Chatworthy and John Heron.

Cockermouth Show - August 2019

posted 30 Sep 2019, 09:18 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 30 Sep 2019, 09:18 ]

Although the weather had been poor all the week before, we decided to just use the gazebo for the show to save the double journeys to Penrith. The weather really does make a difference at shows. Please pray in future for all shows that the weather will be suitable. The weather at Cockermouth was glorious, we felt truly blessed. On our allotted site, we had Reays Coaches on one side and the Freemasons on the other side.

As usual, the morning seemed to pass slowly with not many visitors but by afternoon people were queueing to try out , "Splat the Rat!" This is a game well known in Scouting. A"RAT," fashioned out of tubes wrapped in layers of sticky tape is dropped down a piece of drain pipe and the skill is to hit the rat with a bat just as it drops out of the bottom of the drainpipe. The guessing box still proved popular and all visitors were given literature or a flipper flapper to tell others of the Lord Jesus.

We were able to witness to so many people. Tom accepted literature from the ladies manning the Freemasons stall so they willingly took ours. As before, we met a first aider who impressed us with his bible knowledge. Last year we later met him again in McDonalds and had the opportunity to engage him in conversation about spiritual things. We even had groups of Scouts coming to the stall. Perhaps because of the game. Both Moira and Tom have worked with Scouting so it was a point of contact to begin conversations about the Saviour.

Overall we think it was one of the best days we have had at a show. We can talk about Jesus openly to people, young and old, who don't go to church but they will take home portions of Gods word that they may or may not turn to in time to come. Please pray particularly for these young people growing up in a world that has less and less thought of God. They need our prayers so much.

Tom O'Donnell, Robert and Moira McGibbon.

Westmorland Show – September 2019

posted 17 Sep 2019, 07:24 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Sep 2019, 07:25 ]

The Westmorland show was on a day that rained almost non-stop. But despite the weather and thick mud underfoot, we had great joy in seeing many adults receive tracts. It was a special delight that numerous groups of school children on school trips heard the Gospel message after playing the Guessing Game whilst teachers and parents listened on and were very happy for the children to take the tracts specially written for the young.

Early in the day David had a long talk with a farmer who had travelled over from the Isle of Man to assist at the show. He had no church connections but was very willing to stop and talk and happy to accept a ‘’God’s Story’’ when he left. Barry and John also had some long talks with a number of adults and despite the almost non-stop rain that fell on the show field many appeared to be very ready to accept a tract and/or talk. The rain seemed to generate a spirit of comradeship as all were equally soaked as they trudged through the mud.

So despite the weather and mud it was a glorious day. The joy God gave us was wonderful and I’m sure the public were affected by our joy, especially as we were somewhat bedraggled! What a privilege to be part of that work. The knowledge that these souls are without hope and afraid of death should fill us with compassion and compel us to share with them the wonderful gospel message.

Malcom and Ruth Collins, Barry Cummings, John Heron and David Johnston

Hesket Newmarket Show - August 2019

posted 17 Sep 2019, 07:21 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Sep 2019, 07:22 ]

Hesket Newmarket is the smallest show in Cumbria that CGO attends, Once the van had safely accessed it’s allotted pitch and the display set out, David was able to do his ‘’Good Works’’ for the day by assisting the trader next door (a coffee vender} to erect his Gazeebo.

The morning was quiet, mainly due to the fact that it rained almost continuously and the display outside the van had to be covered with a polythene sheet.

The afternoon saw showers of very heavy rain interspersed with brief periods of sunshine, but despite the weather the numbers visiting the show increased during the afternoon and some of these did speak with those attending the van. A man from Norwich spoke to David about the state of the ‘’Church’’ in the UK. He spoke of a Golf Course being installed in a Cathedral! While he didn’t agree with this he appeared to be more interested in maintaining a ‘’traditional’’ religion rather than having a personal relationship with God. He was however happy to accept some helpful literature including the leaflet’’4 things God wants you to know’’. There were many dog owners that passed by the van who were willing to accept the leaflet ‘’man’s Best Friend’’. At least two of these who after initially refusing the literature, saw the picture {a dog} on the front of the leaflet and then were happy to accept it.

Because of the weather the numbers visiting the show were less than in previous years. The pitch next door to the CGO stand was occupied by a Marquee from the Hesket Newmarket Free Church and it was good to have fellowship with the believers there.

David Johnston and Kevin Roy

Keswick Show - August 2019

posted 17 Sep 2019, 06:51 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Sep 2019, 06:52 ]

The weather for the show at Keswick on Bank Holiday Monday could not have been more different to that encountered at the Dalston Show 2 weeks earlier. Once the morning mist was removed by the increasing strength of the sun, the rest of the day was hot and sunny. This brought out the public in large numbers and it soon became evident that many of those who stopped to talk were not locals but were on holiday from all parts of the UK. Early on we had a visit from two separate families from Portsmouth. One family were believers and worshipped in a church heavily involved in outreach work and church planting. The second family to visit from Portsmouth had no church background and were reluctant to speak on Christian matters. They did however accept some literature when they left. These holiday makers were followed by others from different parts of the UK. Two teenage boys and a girl from Preston were spoken to. They were churchgoers and had a knowledge of the Bible but appeared to place their eternal security on good works and church attendance rather than on faith in the finished work of the cross. R an atheist from Surry had a conversation with Keith. He claimed not to have always been an atheist but did not wish to talk about what had subsequently led him to this decision.

Amongst the Cumbrians who were spoken to were a couple from Penrith. They advised that they belonged to the Catholic Church and on leaving they accepted the booklet ‘’What the Catholic Bible Teaches’’

The Guessing Box was kept busy with children and teenagers, with queues sometimes forming as they waited to take their turn. This did give an opportunity to speak with parents who were with their children. During the day many tracts and pieces of Christian literature were handed out and we look to the Lord that the seed sown might bring forth fruit.

Keith Daymond, David Johnston

Keswick Market - July 2019

posted 17 Sep 2019, 06:30 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Sep 2019, 06:31 ]

We enjoyed a lovely sunny day with many people visiting the Market including some attending the Convention.

Many people passing by accepted leaflets, we also had the joy of sharing the Gospel with many of which were two ladies who were religious but didn’t know the Lord as Saviour, we explained that being a chrisitian was a relationship with Jesus and they accepted a copy of “God’s Story.”

Another two folks spoke to us from Scotland who were visiting friends in Cumbria, their appearance was unusual with much facial decoration but we spent some time talking and gave them “Reason to Believe” and “Health and Wholeness.”

A family from Sunderland chatted and accepted “Reason to Believe” and “Purpose of Life.” Paul had a great conversation with a lady whose parents were Christians and gave her the booklet “God’s Story.”

A Rastafarian man from Jamaica had much to tell us but not seeking God. Praise God for the joy of sharing the Gospel with an Iranian man and also a gentleman from Saudi Arabia, living in London, who showed a real interest and accepted “Purpose of Life”. Many families stopped to talk from many different areas including Glasgow and Italy who took “Family Matters” and “The Secret of Life’s Meaning.”

It was also good to give a Bible to a family from Goa in India. A lady in a Wheelchair had many questions why so much suffering in the World, we gave her Our Daily Bread booklet on “Worry” and “Why Suffering in the World” and thought this may helpful to her.

Do pray that the many conversations and leaflets given to people from around the world will result in the salvation of some souls.

Paul Clatworthy and John Heron

Appleby Show - August 2019

posted 17 Sep 2019, 06:25 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 17 Sep 2019, 06:27 ]

Although the forecast was promising, we did have some rain early in the morning. On arriving at the Showground we were asked to park in an area which was not part of the main Showground but with some other charitable organisations which was disappointing. We met many people walking past with their dogs who accepted “A Man’s Best Friend”, some local people who John knew stopped to talk.

‘J’, a Catholic lady spoke and took “Purpose of Life” and “What the Catholic Bible Says.” A lady from North Carolina, U.S.A., spoke to us, John commented: “you must be near the Billy Graham Library Centre, she said “Yes”, giving an opportunity to share the Gospel with her.

‘W’ had a long talk but was entrenched in his own ideas and little interest in God’s Word. In contrast, a young man from Bristol working for the BBC, rarely going to Church, was open and seeking for God. It was amazing if he had been the only person we shared with at the Show, it would have made our visit worthwhile. After explaining the way of salvation, he happily took “God’s Story” and some Billy Graham DVD’s. Do pray he will come to know Jesus as his Saviour.

Despite our disappointment in where the pitch was, we praise the Lord for touching lives.

Paul Clatworthy and John Heron

Keswick Market - April 2019

posted 4 Sep 2019, 03:08 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 4 Sep 2019, 03:09 ]

Keswick is wet today not like last week however people still come and talk in between the showers,the good thing about Keswick you don't see the same people each week: yes there are people that we see regularly but they are few. It's great  to meet all these people from many different places and countries throughout the world.

We are privileged to tell the gospel message on the streets of towns and cities in the UK. Here are some we would like you to pray for:

A man who came to speak with me  said he used to be a Jehovah Witness (JW) but had given it up and had gone to different churches in the town of Skipton however he could not find peace or faith to believe in GOD. He  himself picked up a Bible from the stand and said could he have it so that was OK it was NKJV so easy to read. I gave the tract 10 reasons to believe in life after death, but I thought that Tom would be better the me as he has knowledge of JWs and was able to tell him that he was almost a JW, but then they changed emails so let's hope that he comes to believe through reading God's Word and prayers.

Keswick Market - March 2019

posted 4 Sep 2019, 03:00 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 4 Sep 2019, 03:01 ]

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, Namibia 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.

Dalston Show - August 2019

posted 16 Aug 2019, 03:53 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 16 Aug 2019, 03:54 ]

The weather forecast for the day of the show was not good with very heavy rain expected for much of the day. There had already been a considerable amount of rain overnight and some of the roads leading to Dalston were impassable. On arrival at the show field we were advised that the organising committee had just held a meeting and had decided to continue to hold the show with the exception of the horse events. Vehicles which were not necessary as part of a display or trader’s activities were banned from the field and this left the occupants of their stands with the task of carrying their goods and display items from the car park. Tractors were already in use towing other vehicles to their allotted pitches.

Because of the weather the morning was very quiet with almost no members of the public passing the van. One early visitor to the van was a middle aged gentleman who had obviously been giving a lot of thought to religious matters. He questioned first of all, ‘what was the Authorised Version’’ and said he did not want to start reading any religious documentation that was not original and accurate. He particularly queried the beliefs and religious books of the Muslims (Koran), Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons. He was genuinely searching for the truth and went on to raise the issue of same sex marriage and homosexuality. It transpires that he had a married brother who had recently left his wife and two children to enter into a relationship with another man. This had deeply affected him and while he had maintained friendship with his brother he was confused as to how this could happen. During a long conversation the Biblical definition of marriage, the condemnation of homosexual activities and the Way of Salvation was explained. He left after happily accepting some helpful literature including ‘’Pathway to Peace’’,’’4 Things God wants you to Know’’ and ‘’God’s Story’’.

The afternoon saw a slight increase in visitors to the Show and a few children who ventured out visited the Guessing Box between the showers. 

Kevin and Robert had a very long talk with a gentleman (retired Secondary School Teacher} who appeared to have little knowledge of the truths of the word of God. He was not a local but said he was thinking of relocating to the area. He did not attend a church put seemed to put great emphasis on living an upright life. The way of Salvation was clearly explained to him and he readily accepted a Bible and a number of tracts explaining how he could be reconciled to God. 

Because of the continuing inclement weather most stallholders began dismantling their stalls by 3pm and left shortly afterwards.

We look to the Lord that the literature given out explaining the Way of Salvation will be read and the readers led to turn to the Lord.

David Johnston, Robert McGibbon, Kevin Roy.


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