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Latest Reports

  • Penrith Show - 28 July 2018 Once again the rain descended on Penrith Show as it did last year. Ron Marston and I were joined by Joy Emerson and friends, we appreciated their help and ...
    Posted 2 Aug 2018, 12:00 by Stephen Hind
  • North Lonsdale Show - 25 July 2018 Unlike last year`s show date which brought record amounts of rain , this years show benefited from unbroken sunshine and produced record temperatures. This resulted in a corresponding  increase in ...
    Posted 1 Aug 2018, 08:03 by Stephen Hind
  • Keswick Market - 18 July 2018 Ron Marston and John Heron attended.It was great to attend Keswick Market on a lovely warm day. Keswick was busy with many visitors to the Convention many called to ...
    Posted 1 Aug 2018, 08:01 by Stephen Hind
  • Cumberland Show - 16 June 2018 Present: David Johnston, John Heron.As the weather forecast predicted, Carlisle Show day was a rainy time. Although it rained, we had many young people at the Guessing Box and ...
    Posted 1 Aug 2018, 08:00 by Stephen Hind
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Penrith Show - 28 July 2018

posted 2 Aug 2018, 11:59 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 2 Aug 2018, 12:00 ]

Once again the rain descended on Penrith Show as it did last year. Ron Marston and I were joined by Joy Emerson and friends, we appreciated their help and fellowship.


Many young people called at the Guessing Box leaving with a “lolly” and children’s booklets, not forgetting the parents who accepted leaflets i.e. “Family Matters” and one such couple, the lady was a Vet and he was a GP. Another couple with the children said they would attend Church in the Barn.


Many farmers stopped to talk, two had won prizes, one with the Dairy Cattle and the other with his Sheep. The leaflet “Faith in Farming” was good to give to these farmers.


A couple called along with the girls, not forgetting the Alsatian dog, Mother had lots of questions about Suffering in the World and religion. After quite a long chat they decided to go but not before we gave them booklets including “God’s Story.”


Some young people from Germany accepted “It Just Happened”. At one point a number of people were standing around the Van including a Christian Police Officer and two support officers who accepted “What’s the Point”. We also had a chat with the Show President and his friends.


A lady who had been helping on a nearby stall asked what the literature was about when we told her it was Christian, her opposition was soon evident as she scorned belief in the Bible and God, she left without any help but we had spoken and left her “Good Reasons why the Bible was true and God was real.”


In contrast, we visited another stall where a number of ladies were promoting their business, one saying I believe in God and go to Church and said she thought it brought real meaning to your life. “N” was not so convinced and asked many questions. What a privilege to share the Gospel with this young lady, we encouraged her to speak to her step-father who attended church . We gave her a gospel fob which is a 5 minute recorded Gospel message. Please pray as she listens and reads the booklet that this will be a real turning point in her life.


Although the attendance at the Show was disappointing as a result of the wind and rain, we were blessed to have had the privilege of introducing so many to the Gospel – thank you for your prayers.



John Heron.

North Lonsdale Show - 25 July 2018

posted 1 Aug 2018, 08:03 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 1 Aug 2018, 08:03 ]

Unlike last year`s show date which brought record amounts of rain , this years show benefited from unbroken sunshine and produced record temperatures. This resulted in a corresponding  increase in attendance both of adults and children . The  “van” was fortunate in that it was situated close to the public`s entrance from the car park .

Visits to the  “van “ started early when two boys (brothers ) aged around 9 – 10 appeared at 8.30 to try their skill at the Guessing Box .While all the display materials had at that time not been unpacked , it was a privilege to share with them some of the Bible  stories linked to the objects in the box .They were followed by 40 to 50 other children during the day, all anxious to try their skill and display their knowledge(or lack of it )of the scriptures .

Barry had taken the opportunity to bring along his “True or False “  display board. This set out a series of 9 statements and  individuals were invited to state whether these were true or false .The statements were :Life has no meaning , Evolution is a theory , Money is everything , There is no God , Jesus is God , Sin is serious , God answers prayer , The Bible can be trusted , Heaven is for good people ,  The views expressed led to many long conversations being held and provided opportunities to state the truths of the Word of God . One lady , happy to express her beliefs correctly identified with true or false  all the statements , but had to admit that she was not perfect . She confessed that she sometimes told lies, but only white lies !  During further conversation it became evident  that she did try to live a “good” life  but that she still had no peace . She left with literature showing  how she could be sure of  peace with God.

A long conversation was held with a middle aged man who early on confessed that he had lost his faith and had turned his back on religion .In seems that in his younger days that he had been “ religious” and said that his best friend was in fact a Christian . His current view was that after life the body was committed to the ground and then was broken down into its constituent  elements . These were then assimilated into further life . On being reminded that life consisted of more than the body and that the soul was eternal .he likened this  to the thoughts of the living which after death went “upwards into the ether”!  He was offered a number  of helpful publications  but refused them .

During the course of the day many other conversations were held and tracts and leaflets handed out to adults and children . The precious seed was sown and we look to the Lord for the increase .

Barry Cummings and David Johnston.

Keswick Market - 18 July 2018

posted 1 Aug 2018, 08:00 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 1 Aug 2018, 08:01 ]

Ron Marston and John Heron attended.


It was great to attend Keswick Market on a lovely warm day. Keswick was busy with many visitors to the Convention many called to say how pleased they were to see a Gospel witness in the Market, some asking for advice to having a similar work in their town.


Many children and adults called to have a go at the Guessing Box.

“J” and “J”, a young couple from Leeds stopped to talk, sharing how upset they were as a friend they were seeking to help had stolen money from them, this couple had not any church background but shared their own thoughts. We were able to share the Gospel about forgiveness and purpose of life, We gave them “God’s Story” and suggested they may like to take home a Billy Graham DVD, having two titles we asked which one they would like to take to which they said could they take both. “J” called back later and took other booklets, do pray that this young couple will soon find the Lord.


“K” from Edinburgh, stopped to talk with her 5yr. old son who sat with his Ipad, she was pleased to talk and listened to the Gospel having a friend who attended church and felt the fellowship and friendship meant a lot to her. We encouraged her to attend church with her friend. Pray her encounter at the stand will point her to the Saviour.


“S” and P” were unsure of Bible truths and God but appreciated us sharing God’s Word.


S”and “C” spoke and accepted booklets.


“S” and “D” came along to the Guessing Box and promised to read the booklets we gave them. They were returning home later in the evening.


“S” and “B” from Switzerland happily took booklets.


Two girls came to speak to us saying they were unsure what they believed, one had attended a C. of E. School – we gave them “Purpose of Life.”


It was a thrill to meet a young couple who were to marry soon had just walked into town from the Lake where they had been baptised.


A couple took a booklet focusing on the Christian message around Gardening, they thought it would be great to distribute it to an “Open Garden ” event which a friend is hosting.


So ended another day of encouragement and blessing.

Cumberland Show - 16 June 2018

posted 1 Aug 2018, 07:59 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 1 Aug 2018, 08:00 ]

Present: David Johnston, John Heron.


As the weather forecast predicted, Carlisle Show day was a rainy time. Although it rained, we had many young people at the Guessing Box and a number of great conversations.


A lovely couple, Z and D, from Newcastle, spent quite a time talking to us, they were the only young people in the church they attended, having never heard the Gospel, we explained their need to be Born Again . David gave them John’s Gospel including 7 steps to knowing God and God’s Story, taking them through the prayer, we encouraged them to attend an Evangelical Church such as Jesmond Parish Church.


“L” stopped to speak to us for quite a while with her two dogs, living on a farm near Corbridge with many arable acres and a good number of sheep, she enjoyed her work as a Nurse. We encouraged her to seek the Lord, she mentioned that her friend was a keen Christian, pray she will hear the Gospel again as we suggested she attend an Evangelical Church which her friend attended.


A young lady from Workington shared her experience of being adopted giving us the opportunity to give her some leaflets. Her foster Father told us of some terrible things he had seen when in the forces in Ethiopia which had really impacted his life. We spent time listening to him and gave him the helpful leaflet “10 Reasons Why there is Suffering in the World”.


Sab from Peru had seen many different religions including Hindu, we explained the contrast between other faiths and Christianity. What a joy to tell of a Living Saviour.


We left the Show ground in the rain but thanking the Lord for the joy of sharing this amazing Gospel.

Appleby Gypsy Fair - June 2018

posted 26 Jul 2018, 04:57 by Stephen Hind

The time for the Annual Appleby Gypsy Fair arrived with thousands of travellers parking their Caravans in the surrounding Villages and on the grass verges.  Ron Marston kindly took the Van early on Friday morning, the Methodist Church once again allowing us to park at the entrance to the church car park which is a great location. Tony Allison from the church came to help us.  The team from Northern Ireland joined us for yet another year and were there to support us on the Van and also walk around witnessing at the New Fair Field.  We are always amazed at how far people have travelled to be at the Fair.  Nelson a Christian from London came to encourage us.

Many young people were standing near the Van, “A” a 15 year old listened as we shared with her the ABC of the Gospel after which she remarked, don’t speak to my mother, she is not interested.

“V” from Durham who had been Horse riding but sadly had broken her arm remarked that since her accident many of her friends had not been supportive.  What a privilege to share about Jesus, the best friend – she happily took a DVD.

“A” from Hartlepool who managed a pub talked a long time and knew many of the folks we know in the Appleby area.  It was good to see him take the booklet “Eternity Stakes.”

“K” and “N”, two young ladies from Glasgow were so open and listened as we shared the Gospel, asking many questions – we left them reading “God’s Story.”
Ian from Wales spoke for a while as we gave him tracts . 

Saturday saw Jim McCallam and Wesley Brewer joined us, it was also good to have Barry Cummins from Barrow call into the Fair.

“A” a young lady from Newcastle was a Buddhist, we told her she would only find Forgiveness and Peace in Jesus, we gave her “God’s Story” and “Y Jesus” then she asked us for more tracts including “Is the Bible Reliable.”

“M” and “J” from Stanley were upset having lost their daughter of 36 years.  We gave them “Peace of God” and “God’s Story” and they both looked at the prayer of commitment, we also gave them a New Testament.  They left us saying they would attend Church – this was a turning point in their lives.

Ken came to the Van using his walking stick, other people had previously spoken to him and he said “I have never asked Jesus into my life.  When we explained to him the need to receive the Lord into his heart, mentioning John 1:12, he said “Why could I not pray now, he bowed his head as we prayed and he said the Lord has taken away my fear of death.

“G” from Scotland had never been to Appleby before - John asked him about church and 

talked about the Lord when he showed real interest.

A well dressed couple had travelled all the way from Denmark, they accepted “Eternity Stakes” and “Start Again.”

A couple we had met in previous years came and spoke to us for 2 days.  They attended our Fellowship at Kirkby Stephen attending the Evening Service when the team from N.Ireland took the Service.  Talking afterwards the gentleman asked if he could have a booklet with the Prayer of Commitment included in it.  Pray that he will respond and ask the Lord into his life.

We appreciated all the help during the weekend, Ronnie and Pat and the team leaving for the ferry at Cairnryan on Monday.  We also appreciated the Gideon friends who distributed                       over 2000 New Testaments and Bibles and saw a few people profess faith, pray that the good seed will, as promised, bring forth fruit to the blessing of many and the Lord be glorified.  What a joy to see so many working together in sharing the Gospel.

John Heron



Keswick Market - March 2018

posted 7 Apr 2018, 15:16 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 7 Apr 2018, 15:17 ]

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 - 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.


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