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Latest Reports

  • Keswick Market - January 2018 The day began with rain!! It was good to have our new display at the back of the Stall with a Lakeland view and John 14.v.6.A lady ...
    Posted 16 Feb 2018, 02:47 by Stephen Hind
  • Keswick Market - Autumn 2017 Autumn - Ron Marston and John HeronEach Saturday on Keswick Market is a great opportunity to share the Gospel with so many who have never heard this message of Amazing ...
    Posted 16 Feb 2018, 02:42 by Stephen Hind
  • Keswick Market - January 2018 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 ...
    Posted 16 Feb 2018, 02:28 by Stephen Hind
  • Keswick Market - December 2017 We were just a few days off Christmas so we expected a quiet day on Keswick Market!!! True some of the usual traders were missing, but there were still lots ...
    Posted 16 Feb 2018, 02:26 by Stephen Hind
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Keswick Market - January 2018

posted 16 Feb 2018, 02:47 by Stephen Hind

The day began with rain!! It was good to have our new display at the back of the Stall with a Lakeland view and John 14.v.6.

A lady stopped to talk and we shared the Gospel. On asking which tract she would like, she said “I will take both “Find Your Way Around Lakeland” and “The Purpose of Life.” John discovered he knew her husband who was brought up in his village and a little while later she returned with her husband. Pray that the seed sown would be a blessing to them.

A young couple ‘R’ and ‘W’ from Sedgefield stopped twice to speak, ‘R’ was really interested and spent quite a time listening as we explained how to be saved, we were pleased they took “God’s Story” and a Billy Graham DVD – “The Value of a Soul.”

Yet again we spoke to a young couple, ‘A’ from Spain and ‘R’ from Hungary both now living in Keswick, a real joy to see them listening as we told the Way of Salvation. They took the booklet “On the Right Track” (John’s Gospel and Romans) along with “God’s Story.”

A couple were passing by pushing a pram with baby Twins, the Mother accepted “Family Matters”, the Father was nominally Catholic. Pray that this couple from Durham would find Jesus rather than religion.

Another couple passing with baby in pushchair, he was a policeman, he remembered seeing the Van at Appleby Gypsy Fair when he was on duty there,, he was quite sceptical saying he had seen so much in the forces. His wife listened well, was brought up in N. Ireland in a Presbyterian church. Pray the seed sown in this couple’s lives will lead them to Jesus.

As we came towards the end of our day of witness, the Market Manager asked us to finish early due to high winds developing.

We praise the Lord for the opportunity to give much literature away and the privilege to speak to so many in depth about the Saviour, not forgetting many Christians who visited the stall, some from Scotland and others who were staying at Bassenfell Manor from Northumberland. We value your continued prayer as we continue the work at Keswick into 2018 God willing.

Jim McCallum and John Heron

Keswick Market - Autumn 2017

posted 16 Feb 2018, 02:42 by Stephen Hind

Autumn - Ron Marston and John Heron

Each Saturday on Keswick Market is a great opportunity to share the Gospel with so many who have never heard this message of Amazing Grace.

Our first visitors were from Durham, they told us they had never attended Church, as we talked to ‘A‘ and ‘C’ about the way of Salvation and explained how to know Jesus, they happily took leaflets and the Billy Graham DVD – “The Second Chance.”

A second young couple from Nantwich stopped to chat again never attended Church but were so open to listen as we shared the Gospel, again they also took a Billy Graham DVD.

We had an interesting conversation with ‘D’ and ‘T’ from Whitehaven along with their 3 children who had a go on the Guessing Box, they were so interested we felt it right to give them “God’s Story.”

‘D’ and his Wife from Bradford, shared many family problems and before they left, they took leaflets on “10 Reasons to Believe” and “God’s Story” which explain what God has done for us with a challenge of our response to God’s love.

Our next visitor was a young lady from Indonesia who was working as a Mechanical Engineer in Dundee, we spent some time explaining the Gospel and gave her a DVD “Second Chance” and “God’s Story.” John said “Send me a text when you give your life to Jesus” and also told her he was speaking at Perth 2 weeks later. At 7.30 a.m. on the Sunday morning in Perth, this young lady sent a text asking where the church was, she caught a bus and came to the church and praise God gave her life to Jesus.

Erica who is a Christian and her boyfriend were visiting from Belfast and she is seeking to share her faith with him and we encouraged him to read some booklets and listen to the Billy Graham DVD.

A girl from Newcastle tried the Guessing Box with her partner and 2 friends and were pleased to accept a DVD and “God’s Story” after talking to us for some time.

We also had a good talk with a young lady from a nearby stall and also a local lady who spoke to us, leaving with leaflets and DVD’s to take home.

December - Jim McCallum and John Heron

A real cold Winter’s Day.

‘W’ from Durham came across to us taking “10 Reasons to Believe” including “Christian Faith” and “10 Reasons to Believe in the Existence of God.” We had a long talk and as it was near to Christmas, we gave her “Why Christmas” and explaining how to be saved.

We gave many Tel-it Christmas Cards and Calendars out which were well received .

We gave another “Why Christmas” to a couple from the Philippines, the lady had turned away from the Catholic faith, they are now living in Keswick.

Zoe said she was a Christian and a Buddhist. We had a chat and explained the change New Birth makes in a person’s life, she accepted a number of leaflets.
Jim had the joy of giving a Bible to a girl from Burmuda.
Please pray that the Booklets, Christian leaflets and Calendars which were given to many people and God
will bless His Word and our witness.


Keswick Market - January 2018

posted 16 Feb 2018, 02:28 by Stephen Hind

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.

Robert McGibbon

Keswick Market - December 2017

posted 16 Feb 2018, 02:26 by Stephen Hind

We were just a few days off Christmas so we expected a quiet day on Keswick Market!!! True some of the usual traders were missing, but there were still lots of visitors from all over the country; from Suffolk, Essex, Manchester,  Newcastle, Doncaster, Glasgow, Inverness........ the list goes on and the people who come to the stall, vary as much as their home towns. We gave away 120 Calendars with texts which were gladly received.  We also gave away booklets entitled, " Bethlehem Road," which were left over from the Carol Service from our Church at Maryport. We found that there were some 100 or so Christmas Tracts in the boxes left from the week before which we gave to people who called by.  

The task as ever, entailed talking to people who stopped for a chat, some who wanted to witness to their own salvation and others who wanted to share their problems about their beliefs and others problems of 21st century living. One lady who claimed not to be very religious spoke of her distress in the recent death of her husband, yet she willingly took a tract.  There were both young and old and a number who concerned us who said they believed yet never went to church.

Lots of children tried the guessing box and Tom demonstrated the flipper flappers. One lady who was an actress performing at the Theatre by the Lake,  chatted  for a long time. A pastors son with his mother, from  South Yorkshire started by playing on the guessing box, but the young man soon demonstrated his in depth knowledge of the Bible. They went away with a flipper flapper and instructions how to use it to tell people about the Lord Jesus dying to save people from their sin.

There were so many contacts made, and we don't know the outcomes of the messages given, we just know we are a link in the chain of the Lords Servants who will be used to bring some to faith in him.

We can give thanks for the materials used and the servants who create and publish the calendars so that people will read the texts and be challenged throughout the year. Then there are the tracts and other literature which can lead to the joy of eternal life.

Dear fellow believer do you see the great opportunity for sharing the gospel there is on Keswick Market?  How about calling by any Saturday and help out for an hour or even more, but above all please pray for us, either on your own or within your own church fellowship. 

Tom O'Donnell and Robert McGibbon.


Dalston Show - August 2017

posted 23 Aug 2017, 10:38 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 23 Aug 2017, 10:39 ]

The weather once again was intermittent, showers mostly but with thankfully dry spells. At times in the morning , we did have to put covers over the tracts to protect them from the weather. It faired up just after dinner and we started to get people stopping at the van.

A lady whom i met at the Cockermouth Show a few weeks earlier, stopped by. She had taken a Gospel of Mark at that time and had promised that she would read it, She attends church but still has to make the decision to follow the Lord. Please pray for her that she will trust Him.

We had quite a number of children throughout the day who came to use the guessing box We find this is always an attraction for most people whether on the shows or on the market. The children try to discover what the objects are, by touch only in the box. If for example they find a toy lion, we ask them to tell us a bible story that includes a lion. In this time, we have the opportunity to talk with the children and their parents and give them literature.

People were happy to see the Gospel Van and we were given much encouragement to continue in the work One young couple arrived and talked about the work of CGO; it was surprising to learn that the lady came originally from Dalston. She is a teacher and they were now living in Leeds. Her husband had just got a job as trainee Engine driver based at York They were both Christians and said that they would be attending Morton Park Hall the following morning.

Again on that day, we encountered a man who had been at the show at Skelton some weeks earlier and had talked with us while he was there He seemed a bit mixed up. He said he knew about the Bible and had gone to the Railway Mission as a teenager when in Carlisle, near where Debenhams is now. One of his difficulties was why were there were, wars, famines, illness etc. Also he was concerned why a Jehovah's Witness, he knew, would have nothing to do with his son. Was that being a Christian? he wondered . I read to him the story in Luke 15 of the prodigal son and of how he returned and the father received him back into his house. As he listened to the message, we hope he understood he like the prodigal is lost and the Father is looking for him, so the Lord our Heavenly Father is looking for those who will admit their wrongdoing and turn to Him for mercy. He was given a Gospel of Mark, but then he asked if he could have a Bible which he promised to read.

So again the good seed has been planted in those who were given tracts and those whom we talked with not forgetting the people who will have read the message and texts on the van . Whether audibly or inaudibly, they have heard of God's love and eternity will reveal the decisions.

David Johnston Robert McGibbon

Keswick Market - August 2017

posted 23 Aug 2017, 10:12 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 23 Aug 2017, 10:13 ]

Saturday and it was raining again. It seems each time we are on a show or at the market it is wet!

By 9.30 a young man stopped for a chat and to ask for a Bible for a lady had been talking to him about God at work. It seems he was a chef in one of the hotels. In the past, he said, he had been in trouble but was trying to get back to a life he once had. We talked to him about Jesus and the change he can make to give him a purpose to his life and that he needed to ask for forgiveness for the wrong things he had done. We showed him verses in John 3 of Gods love. He took the bible and said he would read it. We pointed him to the gospels to try first. We promised to pray for him. We long that he will come to faith.

Once it faired up we had crowds. A great number came from the north east on bus trips. Some girls came from Jarrow with their parents. They enjoyed their time at the stall and took tracts and booklets with them. Later on in the day, a group of muslim young men came to try out the guessing box. They were part of a larger group of muslims who were meeting in Fitz Park for a charity event. One young man said he occasionally went to a Cof E Church. We carefully explained the gospel message to them and they went on their way.

A family came from Milton Keynes. The children played on the guessing box, we spoke with their parents and again they left with tracts and booklets.

So many people came ; it is impossible to remember them all. A Pastor came with his Czechoslovakian wife who was a doctor.They took some flipper flappers and instructions of how to use them.

Towards the end of the day, a lady came who said she had visited before, but I didn't remember her. The previous time she had been with a friend who had recently been bereaved. She explained she had been given a New Testament called HOPE and had been reading it. We encouraged her to continue reading and gave her a copy of, " God's Story" to help. Please pray for her in her search for the Lord. "The entrance of Your words gives light ." Psalm 119 v 130 NKJV.

We felt we had another busy day working on the Lord's Business.

Tom O'Donnell and Robert McGibbon 19th Aug 2017

North Lonsdale Show - Ulverston - July 2017

posted 23 Aug 2017, 10:02 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 23 Aug 2017, 10:03 ]

As the van travelled south to attend the show the sunshine in the North gave way to rain after crossing Shap Fell .On arrival at the showground in Urswick (near Ulverston )the van safely negotiated the field to its allotted pitch .Because of the rain the two stand alone tables were not set out. The rain increased in intensity until approximately 1PM when the sun emerged . This did result in very little activity on the field . There were virtually no members of the public and a number of stallholders simply did not open their stalls to display their wares . In fact a few decided that there was no future in staying and drove off the field. As traders accessed the field with their vans/trailers two tractors were kept busy assisting the vehicles to get to their pitches . This soon resulted in the grass access roads turning into a sea of mud and wellington footwear became a necessity for the rest of the day .

The pitch for the CGO van was next to that of a hospitality tent occupied by members of a local evangelical church . The weather in the morning “dampened” their activity and in the early afternoon they closed up the tent and left .The reason given was that they would get “foot rot “ if they stayed longer. Water had evidently decided to settle in pools in the centre of their tent . A highlight of the morning for CGO was however to hear the neighbours singing choruses and particularly “Our God Reigns “which was repeated a number of times

Visitors to the show were almost non-existent in the morning . CGO did however have an early visit to the Guessing Box of two 9/10 year old boys . One of whom had a good knowledge of the scriptures and attended the local church .The rain and mud appeared to add to their enjoyment and they were later seen riding up and down through the mud on their mountain bikes .

The afternoon brightened up and visitors did appear as the sun shone .A number of children were attracted to the Guessing Box and it was a privilege to test their knowledge of the scriptures and explain the way of salvation . They all left with literature/tracts suitable to their age and interest . One girl who expressed a deep interest left with a new testament and promised to attend a local evangelical church.

A conversation was held with a gentleman who had recently been bereaved of his wife .It appears that his wife was a Christian and attended church . He however did not and he was now interested in understanding what happened after death . He was happy to accept the leaflet “10 Reasons To Believe in Life After Death “ During the afternoon a number of tracts were given out although visitor numbers were much fewer than in previous years .

G Egglestone, D Egglestone, D Johnston

Appleby Show - August 2017

posted 23 Aug 2017, 09:51 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 23 Aug 2017, 09:51 ]

For the first time in a few years, the sun shone the whole day for Appleby Show encouraging visitors on holiday plus many local people to attend the Show.

Ron spoke to a lady from South Wales who had been praying to see a Gospel witness at the Show, she was so thrilled to see the Van and as travelling around Cumbria she felt God was going to move in blessing in a special way in Cumbria.

A Christian couple from Haltwhistle were looking for a church and we encouraged them to visit Bethesda at Brampton.

A couple from Essex who were Jehovah Witnesses, accepted a booklet, they described themselves as Christians and we explained to them that they were not true disciples of Jesus according to the Bible.

A local farmer along with a friend talked of few people attending his local church and saying the services were not meaningful. We explained the difference between a religious service and a church which was spiritually alive and he accepted a booklet.

A 15yr.old school boy was happy to accept “Reason to Believe” and “The Agricultural Show”, he attended a church school but had little idea how to be saved – we explained the Gospel to him.

K was a 10yr.old who was really bright visiting us with a friend. We talked her through the message of the Flipper Flopper, then she went through it herself telling her Mum the message and asking to take one.

A young lady who was going to be riding a thoroughbred horse in the Show talked about how to become a Christian, she was really interested and left us to go riding with “Reason to Believe.”

We had a long talk to a Christian family on holiday who had travelled from the South and encouraged them, they promised to visit our assembly next time they visit the area.

A young couple with baby in pram who were farming near Penrith, he was asking questions and had seen a friend’s life turned around from drugs and drink to living for Jesus Christ and attending a church in Penrith. We gave them literature including “God’s Story” suggesting they go along to the same church.

Many other conversations were held and booklets given out including a talk with a Stall holder who we spoke to at Penrith and C who was saved at Appleby a few years ago. Pray for opportunities which we enjoyed at Appleby, to speak to many, and others who just accepted a booklet.

Ron Marston and John Heron

Penrith Show - July 2017

posted 23 Aug 2017, 09:46 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 23 Aug 2017, 09:47 ]

Over the last few years the weather has been kind to us at the Annual Penrith Show but not this year with heavy rain forecast.

Our position for the Van on the Showground was changed this year, one side of us being near the Marquee for Penrith Town Band. Until the Band arrived later in the day, we were able to speak to a number of people sheltering from the rain, one was Gerald and his daughter from Dumfries, neither of them attended church and a little sceptical although his daughter was pleased to take “ Eternity Stakes ” and “ Reason to Believe” booklets before she went off to the Horse jumping.

D was attending the Catholic church infrequently but was keen to take a New Testament and “ On the Right Track ” for his wife which is Romans and John ’s Gospel. They had deaths in the family and asked for Our Daily Bread publication “ Living with Loss “.

Joy Lamberton from Church in the Barn joined us for a few hours conducting a Survey and witnessing – we were amazed how many people believed in aliens and some who believed in Heaven and Hell yet not believing in God. Asking people to answer questions on the Survey proved to be a great way of interacting with folks and sharing the Gospel.

We had a long talk to a lovely young couple from the Czech Republic and after sharing the Gospel, we gave them “ 10 Reasons to Believe ” and “ The Existence of God. ” Pray that our time spent with them will be a turning point in their lives.

The Guessing Box was well used, two young ladies working on the Stall opposite promoting a Hotel were intrigued with the Guessing Box – they asked many questions, we felt they were so open to the Gospel that we gave them both a DVD and booklets.

Eventually the sun appeared but despite the many showers, we have made many contacts and shared with so many including children. John visited a stall holder he spoke to last year, he gave a welcome and said “ have you come to save us ” - he happily took “ God ‘s Story ” for his wife we spoke to last year. Pray for him, his Wife and Daughter.

It was a challenge to exit the Showground through the mud. We appreciated the Jackson family allowing us to hose the Van down to remove all the mud before leaving for home.

Ron Marston and John Heron

Appleby Gypsy Fair - June 2017

posted 16 Jul 2017, 08:37 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 16 Jul 2017, 08:37 ]

Once again another Annual Gypsy Fair time arrived with a forecast of a dry day on Friday and rain on Saturday.

As we arrived on the Friday with the Van, we were joined by 10 other helpers from Northern Ireland with Ronnie McCracken and for the first time, some Gideon friends who focused mostly their distribution of New Testaments on the Hill, visiting the travellers in their caravans and around crowds in Appleby.  Nearly 2,500 Testaments were accepted – pray that many who received the written Word would also accept our Saviour, the Living Word.

Our thanks to the Methodist Church for kindly allowing us to park the Van at the entrance to their car park.

Our friend Tony who lives locally and attends a local Church helped all day along with two ladies, Irene and Rhoda from the Northern Ireland team.

Our first visitors were a family from London living near Heathrow, John shared the Gospel with them having a long discussion about how to be sure of Heaven with the 16yr. old daughter.  The whole family grieving as the Grandma had lost her 36yr. old daughter to a rare illness.  We gave them some seats from the Church and the whole family spent the rest of the day near the Van and all accepted a New Testament and other helpful literature.

D and J, a couple in their 40’s talked for quite some time about the way of Salvation having attended an Alpha Course, we left them with “God’s Story” and New Testament.

Last year we witnessed to K who lives in Shropshire, it was a joy when he came to tell us that he had trusted the Lord since we witnessed to him last year, it was our privilege to pray for him.

J, a young lady  from Lancaster called on her way to catch a train, she had never heard the Gospel before but she was eager to listen as we told of God’s way to Heaven, she asked for leaflets and Billy Graham’s DVD.

A young lady had brought a Horse and Trap from Bristol, she was sitting on the seat of the trap with her horse yoked up, her partner was talking to a friend while John shared the Gospel with her for 30 mins., she accepted a New Testament writing in some passages of Scripture to read such as John ch.3, Psalm 139.  Later we learnt her Horse had won a prize and they asked us to take photographs.

Another couple from Devon again came to see us having spoken to Ronnie last year – it was a joy to see them both at the Service on the Sunday night at Kirkby Stephen when the N.Ireland team shared and sang.  Ronnie was speaking and what a great time we had, we know of two men seeking the Lord after the meeting.

 B, a middle aged gentleman had many questions to ask about God.  We left thanking God for so many opportunities to share the Good News.

Saturday was a new day with rain falling.  Tony’s wife Jean joined Jim and I in prayer to ask the Lord for a fine day, as we left the van the rain had stopped – Praise the Lord. Many people told us there was torrential rain all around the surrounding villages.

We also appreciated the help of Ron Marston and Wes Brewer, a young man in Kirkby Stephen assembly.

K, an R.S.P.C.A. Officer, was pleased to see us asking “what have you for us today” – we gladly gave him and his female helper some leaflets we had entitled “It just Happened”.  

Again the family from London took their seats near the van – do remember them in your prayers.

K and D, a young couple from Durham, who had never attended a church listened so well as we shared   the Gospel and they accepted leaflets including “God’s Story.”

M and C from Nottingham had no understanding of the Christian message but they happily listened and took a New Testament and “Reason to Believe” also “God’s Story.”

Pauline and husband came from Aberdeen and as we were sharing the Gospel we learnt Pauline had a friend who was a Born Again Christian – this friend had been witnessing to them and they left us after we encouraged them to listen to their friend.  We suggested that it was not coincidence that we were talking to them and God was speaking and knocking on the door of their Hearts.

We left Appleby about 6.30.p.m.

The team were back later talking to folks around the town and on Sunday morning they took part in a Service with the Gypsies then to Kirkby Stephen for the Evening Service.

We thank the Lord for all who worked so hard at Appleby – much seed has been sown, we look to the Lord for continued blessing.

John Heron

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