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Latest Reports

  • Keswick Market - April 2019 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 ...
    Posted 4 Sep 2019, 03:09 by Stephen Hind
  • Keswick Market - March 2019 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 ...
    Posted 4 Sep 2019, 03:01 by Stephen Hind
  • Dalston Show - August 2019 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 ...
    Posted 16 Aug 2019, 03:54 by Stephen Hind
  • North Lonsdale Show - Ulverston - July 2019 After a period of fine dry weather it was expected that the show day at Lyndal (Ulverston} would continue the trend and that there would be no difficulty in accessing ...
    Posted 7 Aug 2019, 05:29 by Stephen Hind
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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.


North Lonsdale Show - Ulverston - July 2019

posted 7 Aug 2019, 05:29 by Stephen Hind

After a period of fine dry weather it was expected that the show day at Lyndal (Ulverston} would continue the trend and that there would be no difficulty in accessing the allocated pitch for the van on the show field. Unfortunately this was not the case. There had been some heavy overnight rain. and this had left the show field impassable for all transport. Having arrived at the show field at 8.30am, the minor road leading to the show entrance was blocked with standing traffic for approximately 1 mile. Three tractors were fully engaged on towing all vehicles from the road to their allocated pitches. This meant that it was 10am before the display could be set out. The rest of the morning was relatively quiet with few venturing to navigate the mud and wellington boots being a necessary requirement.

The Guessing Box again proved to be the main attraction and particularly for the increasing number of children during the afternoon. As had been found at other shows the knowledge of the scriptures displayed by the children varied greatly with the majority having no knowledge at all of even the well-known stories. Most admitted that they had never read the Bible, don’t go to a Sunday school or Church and had received no teaching from the Bible at school. For many what they heard as they attended the Guessing Box was their first introduction to some of the stories in the Bible and particularly the purpose of the cross. All were given literature suitable for their age and this included either a ‘’Josh and Jade’’ leaflet or a Meet the king booklet. We pray that they might take the time to read what they left with and if need be would ask their parents to read the literature to them if they were unable to read it for themselves. One young girl {either 12 or 13} proudly announced that she was an atheist, although there was some doubt as to her understanding as to what that meant. Sometimes older individuals are attracted to the Box to ‘’try their luck’’. Two ladies in their late teens/early twenties came to try to identify the articles in the ‘’Box’’ While neither of them were believers it soon became apparent that one had a knowledge of the content of the Bible while the other failed to relate any Bible mention of the articles identified.

Barry had the privilege of having a long conversation with a middle aged lady who identified herself as a Muslim convert from Christianity. When she left she accepted the leaflet ‘’For my Muslim Friends’’ This lady later returned for a further conversation. 

During the course of the day many gospel leaflets and tracts were handed out. Those with dogs were offered the leaflet ‘’Man’s Best Friend’’, which pictures a dog on the front cover. This usually generated some interest and on occasion led to further conversation. Many other titles were offered and received eg ‘’Family Matters’’ ‘’Eternity Stakes’’ ‘’Finding the Way at the Agricultural Shows’’ A few Catholics who stopped to talk were offered the booklet ‘’What the Catholic Bible Teaches’’ and/or ‘’St Patrick the Man and Message’’

Barry Cummings and David Johnston

Carlisle Show Report - June 2019

posted 2 Jul 2019, 07:03 by Stephen Hind

We arrived at our position on the Show Field shortly after 7.30 a.m. praying that the Lord would give us a fine day and would bring to the Stand those who are seeking.


W, who lived in Birmingham and was involved with wildlife,  spending time around Shows, seemed to show real interest in the Lord and the Gospel talking to John for 30 minutes and afterwards taking some leaflets and was given a Billy Graham DVD, do pray for his salvation.


S, used to attend church with his Nana, she had a Rottweiler dog which this young man was looking after, they took leaflets including “A Man’s Best Friend”.


 A young lady shared with us about being a Police officer at Workington, her response to the Gospel and Telit leaflets was encouraging.


Paul spoke to an adjoining stallholders explaining the difference between religion and Christianity, they were given John’s Gospel and “God’s Story.”


A lady used to attend church in Burnley, also having a lodge near Keswick.  We explained the need to the born again and gave her “Start Over Again” and “Health and Wholeness”.


L, with her son had just moved from Kendal to Carlisle, she seemed sad, we thought “Start Over Again” was appropriate.


A number of young people came to the Guessing Box including two girls with their Dad from Stockton, they left with a “Josh and Jade” leaflet and Dad with “God’s Story”.


A young man and his mother, a church warden, from Cumwinton, after talking to them, gave them “The Secret of life’s Meaning”.


We both spent some time speaking to people.  Paul was encouraged to have the opportunity to talk to people he knew as to how God had changed his life.  Please pray Paul’s testimony would impact their lives.


We left thanking the Lord for much seed sown and no rain!


Paul Clatworthy and John Heron

Appleby Horse Fair 2019 Report - Northern Ireland Team

posted 29 Jun 2019, 15:27 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 29 Jun 2019, 15:29 ]

On Wednesday the 5th of June the team began to assemble at our home on the Seven Mile Straight in County Antrim. The mini bus arrived from Ballinasloe in the Irish Republic and several other vehicles arrived, Kathy had come from Greystones outside Dublin. Joe came from East Belfast and lan from Co.Tyrone. It was wonderful to see the team gather with a sense of eager anticipation. We got everyone bedded down for a short night before the early morning departure on the Stena line ferry to Cairnryan. The crossing was smooth and pleasant and it was good to meet with some people on board who we had witnessed to at the Horse Fair in Ballinasloe last October. 

The weather was perfect for the drive to APPLEBY and soon we were looking at the beautiful scenery of the Eden Valley. The little town was already crowded with visitors and Travellers by the time we arrived, but we managed to wriggle through the crowds to reach our parking place at The Wild Rose Caravan Park. Once we had allocated everybody to their caravan spaces it was off up the Hill to see who was around. It was great to meet Billy again at the gate and to see how busy the hill was already, “We opened up last night to clear the roads,” Billy said. as we greeted one another. 

After a good night's rest we had breakfast together, a little time of prayer and then off again. We dropped off Pat and Mandy to help at the Cumbria Gospel Outreach stand in the town and took the rest up the hill and turned them loose Armed with lots of tracts, CD's and DVD's to distribute among the living wagons. Some went to the market field and some to the flashing lane while others moved around the living wagons. People received us warmly and with pleasant words. Many said how they were glad to see us again at the fair to serve the Lord. It was good to meet many Gypsy believers and we tried to encourage them. The team members all had on their polo shirts with the logo “Jesus Loves YOU” and one man said, “You lot are like mosquitoes, you are everywhere I turn, I can't escape you.” That was great to hear, it meant the profile was being raised among the crowds. Some of our team were there for the first time and it was all a revelation to them. Youngest team member was Matthew, who was just seven years old; he had come with his mother and father. Boris is from Germany and Katerina is from Macedonia. The three of them were an asset to the team and young Matthew's enthusiasm was a spur to us all. Saturday was a wet day and this curtailed us somewhat but still many opportunities to witness were to be found. In the evening it cleared up and we returned to the town to visit the revellers. Several of the team stood in the main street singing and playing music while we distributed literature to all who would receive it. In the yard of the King's Head pub I met a young man who was well under the influence of alcohol, he told me that his father was an evangelist and he had professed faith but had backslidden badly. Please do pray for M to return to the Lord. 

Sunday morning was fine and we had our morning meeting on the hill in the open air. Brother Joe Mitchell preached and I shared a bit as well before we had a breaking of bread service. There was a time of prayer and many were the requests that were called out. After the service I had a long talk with a reporter from Radio Cumbria who had listened to the entire service and recorded much of it. 

A highlight of the fair was the visit of Ramon, a 95 year old French Gypsy who survived the Holocaust. We were amazed at his energy and vigour as he addressed the people assembled. Later on Billy asked for us to deliver him back to where he was staying. 14 different taxi companies had been approached BUT all refused to come to take Gypsies. What prejudice still exists. How glad I was to take Ramon and his friends back and to tell them that there is someone who really wants to take Gypsies and every other sinner who comes to Him. There is no prejudice with JESUS. All are welcome at His cross. 

We had a great evening at Kirkby Stephen again with the friends at The Gospel Hall and it was thrilling to see the hall packed to capacity. The ladies gave us a great supper afterwards too. T and G asked for prayerful remembrance after the service. 

All too soon it was back on the road towards home but as usual we stopped here and there to share the Gospel with all we met. Castle Douglas was visited again and there I met P, all the way from Cavan in Ireland. 

I said to Billy Welch, “Well Billy, maybe this will be my last time to organise a group like this as I am getting too old.” His reply was interesting, “We have got so used to you coming, the Appleby Fair will not be the same without you, people look for the blue polo shirts and Jesus Loves YOU logo, and somehow it blesses them just to know you are there. 

SO......I hope to return again if the Lord tarries and spares me. 

Ronnie McCracken MBE 

Appleby Horse Fair Report - June 2019

posted 23 Jun 2019, 13:58 by Stephen Hind

FRIDAY


Paul and I arrived with the Van in Appleby on a bright morning.  The Methodist Church kindly gave us permission to park in our usual position just at the roadside footpath where hundreds of people pass each day.


The first person we spoke to was a Security Officer who was happy to accept our “Eternity Stakes” leaflet.


Two young ladies from Southport stopped to talk when we shared the Gospel with them they left us with literature including the “Purpose of Life.”


Pat and Mandy and other members of the Team from Northern Ireland joined us when it was such a joy to renew fellowship with these faithful helpers and also Tony a friend from  the Methodist Church.


J, a professional photographer from Southern Ireland called to speak as we had met him last year, we soon learnt he was not a believer, while talking we commented that so many had little understanding of how to become a Christian.  John had the joy of sharing and explaining the way of salvation. He called later when Anne from the Team shared her testimony with him. We encouraged him to pray the prayer in “God’s Story.”


M, was not sure Jesus was the only way to God.  We said Jesus didn’t give the option of being only a prophet.  This seeking lady left us with helpful leaflets.


There were a few folks who showed little interest in contrast to a young lady from Southern Ireland with her daughter who was really seeking who had a Catholic background.  We gave her “What the Catholic Bible says” and “God’s Story” explaining the need for New Birth. This lady was listening well to the message, please do pray her interest will result in salvation.


Many children came to the Guessing Box and what a joy to share the way of salvation with them and their parents, with the help of the Flippa Floppa and Optical Illusion cards.  Many children took the Josh and Jade leaflets and Children’s DVD’s.


The day ended with heavy rain and people sheltering under the Van Canopy.



SATURDAY


Saturday began with heavy rain until 11 a.m. when the rain was lighter encouraging more people to come into the road by the river with their horses.  We spoke to visitors from around the world including Germany and Hungary.


I,  a smart young man from Southern Ireland  spoke to John but didn’t believe Jesus was the Son of God and other unusual ideas.  Tim who lives in his area was able to answer many of his questions.


Two lads from Nottingham, sheltering in the Church Porch from the rain chatted and we gave them “Eternity Stakes.”


S, a young man from London filming the Travellers, spent some time listening to John sharing the Christian message which he had no knowledge of but was so open to the message and happily took “God’s Story.”  We suggested he could become a Christian at the Fair.


A couple from Devon who have attended the Fair over the last few years came to talk to us again and we shared the Gospel but it was good to welcome both of them to our Evening Service.


T and E from the Midlands were not sure they could believe all of the Bible but still accepted a New Testament and “God’s Story.”


T , asked for Prayer, after 25 years away from the Lord – what a joy with the Northern Ireland team to lead her back to the Lord.


S who was with a TV team when we explained that true Christianity is a relationship.


JN from New Market had lost his wife, speaking to him of forgiveness he found this difficult to accept but we gave him helpful booklets which we trust would be a help to him.


A young man from Newcastle came asking for helpful literature such as “Start Again”, “How to be Happy”,  “How to Stay Alive”. John sensed he was seeking and asked him if he would like to chat in the van and after a long talk sharing how to be saved, how God could take away guilt and fear, after careful consideration he looked at the prayer in “God’s Story” and asked the Lord into his heart, then leaving to catch the train home.  What a joy to learn for the first time, he had attended an Evangelical Church on the Sunday morning. We left with joy in our hearts after meeting so many souls and families with children having taken booklets and DVD’s.


The weekend finished with Ronnie McCracken and the team sharing Testimony and Singing and Ronnie preaching.  We were encouraged to see the Church full and people who visited us at Appleby attending. We praise the Lord for His help and blessing as we begin the Summer work with the Van.




Keswick Market - April 2019

posted 29 Apr 2019, 00:59 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 29 Apr 2019, 00:59 ]

On this beautiful Easter Saturday, we were so blessed with the sun shining all day when thousands of people travelled to Keswick to enjoy the wonderful scenery.

We had the joy of sharing the Gospel with many families using the Flipper Flopper for the children explaining the Easter message of the Lord dying for us to cleanse our hearts from sin making us clean to enter Heaven.

A mother with two young girls spent time with the Guessing Box, the older girl asking if she could have a Bible and what a joy to see a young lady leaving carrying her Bible. This young lady was one of many young people who left with the Gospel message to take home after having a turn at the Guessing Box.

Two of three young people stopped to chat, one being `K` who was searching for the Truth asking why Jesus. What a privilege to share how unique Jesus was in his Birth, Death and Resurrection, he took “10 Reasons to Believe in the Christian Faith”, “Christ rather than Religion”, `K` also told us his Father was a Minister, he was happy to take a good leaflet from our Daily Bread – “First Steps.”

`E` was sharing with us that she was being Baptised soon, her boyfriend was not yet a believer. We were able to encourage him to go along to the Baptism and also to make a personal commitment to the Lord himself.

A Muslim couple from Leeds talked a while when we explained about Easter – they were pleased to accept tracts entitled “For our Muslim Friends” and “Who is Jesus the Messiah.” Later a Muslim gentleman spoke to us and happily accepted the same leaflets.

`D` from Scotland came with friends, he stayed to talk a while after his friends went away ahead. Not believing the Bible was true and doubting many other Christian truths, being quite aggressive, we explained that we were not promoting ourselves and gave literature away and because we mentioned this, he condescended to accept “God’s Story” – pray the Lord will reveal the Gospel to him.

We had a good time of witness with an African Catholic family at the Guessing Box. The children took tracts and the parents accepted “What the Catholic Bible Teaches.”

`G` and `L`, a couple with their Mother and Father chatted but sadly the Father was not a believer.

`T` a young mother with two lovely girls stopped as we showed them the Optical Illusion cards, they showed real interest and felt they were seeking. They accepted the leaflets “Purpose of Life” and “Reasons to Believe.”

We left Keswick with the sun still shining, would you with us thank the Lord for the joy of sharing the Gospel with so many people, many of whom had never heard the Gospel, the Good News of Easter. Pray that many lives experience the joy of Salvation.

Paul Clatworthy and John Heron.

Keswick Market - February 2019

posted 9 Mar 2019, 04:43 by Stephen Hind

What a brilliant day on the market The weather was superb - warm and dry at the end of February half term week  Many were  having  a last look round the shops before returning home; many others were in  Keswick for just a day trip to enjoy the sunshine.   The children (and some adults too) tried out  the challenge of the guessing box.  There were so many visitors to the stall.  From the many we remember especially :-

a) one chap from the Isle of Wight
b) a family of two children and their mother and father who came from from Japan and who had been living in London while the husband had  been seconded to the Bank of Japan there who found Keswick quiet by contrast with London and even quieter still than Tokyo.
c) A Traveller family whom we discovered were believers. The mother was delighted to receive literature to help her with her Sunday School work.
d) Tom talked with a lady who was a teacher in a Roman Catholic School who seemed very interested in the Gospel and promised to read the literature she received.
e) A young couple who were farmers from Scotland who listened intently while we explained the gospel. 

This list is typical of the variety we meet at the market.
Please, once again, pray for all the people we met and the reading of the flipper flappers, the tracts and booklets will lead to the people putting their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus.

Robert McGibbon  and  Tom O'Donnell.

Keswick Market - January 2019

posted 22 Jan 2019, 07:26 by Stephen Hind

We were pleased the Lord gave us a dry day although very cold.


January on Keswick Market is traditionally quiet but we were surprised to share the Gospel with so many. A special Bus trip from Kirkby Stephen arrived giving John the opportunity to speak to so many people he knew and share the Gospel with some who took leaflets.


A was a Nurse from the Wirral with her Mother, both Christians concerned that her son was not living for the Lord. and needs our prayer.


A gentleman in a wheelchair talked for some time saying he was put off by his Catholic upbringing, he took “Reason to Believe” and later accepted the leaflet “10 Reasons to Believe in Christ rather than Religion”. His wife listened as we shared the Gospel.


A gentleman smartly dressed walked past saying he was brought up in Christian circles but sadly showed no interest. Yet another couple said they were not religious, not believing in God but took “Reason to Believe”.


A couple from Huddersfield with their baby daughter had a bit of banter but we felt they were searching. They left with “Purpose for Life”. They knew Lord Hothfield from Kirkby Stephen area


A group of young people from a church in Stockton said they enjoyed church and coming out and spending time together. We encouraged them to go among the people in the centre of Stockton sharing Coffee and the Gospel with them and they seemed open to this suggestion. 


Two University students from Manchester were really interested and spent some time listening as we explained the Gospel as a relationship giving the “Y” Jesus Gospel booklet. We felt this could be a turning point in their lives.


2 girls talked , one saying she was a pagan and atheist, we said she must have great faith, we encouraged them to consider Jesus rather than Humanism and Buddhism.

A young man from Turkey now living in London spoke and accepted “Which Way”.


We had so many other people who accepted leaflets and spoke. Keith used the Flippa Flappa with children and also used two cards asking them to guess which is the biggest – an optical illusion but a great opportunity to interact with people and share the Gospel.


We left thankful to the Lord that we had so many opportunities to share the way of salvation with people from all over the country.


Keith Dayman and John Heron.

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