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Latest Reports

  • Dalston Show - August 2017 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 ...
    Posted 23 Aug 2017, 10:39 by Stephen Hind
  • Keswick Market - August 2017 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 ...
    Posted 23 Aug 2017, 10:13 by Stephen Hind
  • North Lonsdale Show - Ulverston - July 2017 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 ...
    Posted 23 Aug 2017, 10:03 by Stephen Hind
  • Appleby Show - August 2017 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 ...
    Posted 23 Aug 2017, 09:51 by Stephen Hind
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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

Keswick Market - Spring 2017

posted 16 Jul 2017, 08:21 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 16 Jul 2017, 08:22 ]

Another wet day at Keswick. Five girls on holiday from Seattle, U.S.A., were talking about their travels but knew little of the Way of Salvation although they did have Christian friends, they accepted leaflets and a DVD.

A lady from Liverpool not attending church but had a friend who was Born Again, took the leaflet “Alive”. Folks from Albania chatted and took “Reason to Believe”.

A family from Consett went to the Family Service at the Gospel Hall – they took a number of leaflets after their daughter had a go at the Guessing Box.

B, from Cockermouth and his Mother, asked for the leaflet “Breaking Free”- they said we don not know how to be saved. What a joy to explain the Gospel with the help of the ‘Y’ Jesus booklet. Although the rain fell, we were encouraged as we spoke to many dear Christian friends, one beiong Maurice from N.Ireland who had helped at the Gypsy Fair at Appleby.

April, 2017.

Another month soon goes by but so does the rain!! A dry day. J and Max had many questions having had some association with J.W’s about the Trinity and the New Birth. We suggested they just read the Bible for a month without Watch Tower literature. Max said I think that is a good idea, pray they both find the Lord in His Word.

Alan from Cornwall, asked for a Bible and “Right Track” for a lady who had recently been saved.

Two ladies from Sunderland had a long talk with us as we gave them ‘Y’ Jesus and a Billy Graham DVD. After explaining the Gospel, J said my partner will be very interested. It was great to have David Metcalfe join us for a while – he had the joy of talking to a Sekh gentleman and giving him a Bible and sadly his friend showed little interest.

Anne from N.Yorkshire told us she had always been a Christian. We held her bag and dog whilst she searched the Guessing Box – she left us with ‘Y’ Jesus.

Two girls said we do not believe the Bible, her Mother was an atheist – we gave them “10 Reasons to Believe in God”.

Family from Welwyn Garden City were not believers – their daughter was Down’-syndrome – we shared the Gospel and gave them ‘Y’ Jesus and “Staying Alive”.

Ben and his Wife took 5 titles of 10 “Reasons to Believe” and a DVD. This couple were really seeking although their parents did not believe.

Fiona spoke to us saying she was an atheist, she accepted “10 Reasons to Believe in God”. Phoebe attended the Free Methodist Church in Lancaster – we encouraged her and teenage friends.

May 2017

Another Saturday has arrived with the sun shining when it was good to have Bert McKaig, a friend who visits us at Kirkby Stephen on occasions.

A from Whitehaven, a Freemason, said surely all the money we give and good works will get us into Heaven – we told him it was all Grace and not works.

Mike a Romanian, told us he was a believer, we encouraged him in the Lord.

A Mother and daughter from Essex listened as we shared the Gospel of how to know Jesus.

A Chinese couple listened – they had never heard the Gospel before pray they will read the literature and be saved.

Bert had a long talk to a Biker although a hot day he was dressed up in leathers – it would be great to hear of him coming to the Lord and clothed in garments of salvation.

A couple now living in Staveley having moved from the South and were open to the Gospel. We talked to Stuart for 10 minutes although he was adamant he would not take a leaflet.

A young man who had been brought up in the Muslim religion had changed his name to Daniel having seen Jesus in a dream and now fully trusted Him for salvation, he and his Wife now living in the North East. We were so encouraged to meet this dear couple and see them living for the Lord and attending church.

We appreciate Deborah Wright calling to help at the stall when she is able. A Hungarian lady called at the stall with her 11yr. old son who was searching the Guessing Box when Deborah was there. After talking to her she agreed to meet for coffee, they met on a number of occasions and Deborah had the opportunity of sharing the Gospel and led this dear lady to the Lord. Along with her son they are attending a local church. While listening to his Mum praying and thanking the Lord for Deborah, he said to his Mum if it hadn’t been for me going to the Guessing Box, you would never have met Deborah. Praise the Lord.

John Heron

Appleby Show 2016

posted 12 Sep 2016, 06:32 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 12 Sep 2016, 06:33 ]

After a number of years of Appleby Show on a Saturday, it was back again on a Thursday but we were disappointed to see the rain falling and after a few attempts to reach our designated position, we arrive at our place on the Show field. Due to the rain, attendance was down, nevertheless, we had some profitable conversations.

One of our first visitors was K, a teacher from Merseyside, who was on holiday at Greenodd with her husband and three boys in their teens. They went to church only occasionally, the boys had been taught Evolution at school and were doubting God. We explained that it wasn’t credible to believe that nothing made everything and were able to give Mum and the boys “10 Reasons to believe in the Existence of God” and other tracts. K said “I wish we had met you a few years ago “- do pray this whole family will seek the Lord the young people remembering their creator in the days of their youth

Ron met friends who he had spoken to at the Gypsy Fair and gave the couple a DVD and bookmarks.

We were encouraged to meet Christians from Kilwinning who called to say how encouraged they were to see a witness at the Show, we also knew some of their friends and family.

A lady who we both knew was happy to talk and accept a tract.

Before we began putting everything away in the boxes, we were able to talk to a Christian young couple she had just lost her mother and asked us to remember them in prayer so we returned back home along the muddy track to the road home arriving back to Warcop we pressure hosed the van down ready for the next show. Despite the rain we continue to pray that there will be showers of blessing in our County.

Ron Marston and John Heron

Penrith Show 2016

posted 9 Sep 2016, 01:18 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 9 Sep 2016, 01:19 ]

Amazingly 12 months has passed since we last attended Penrith Show, once again we were blessed with good weather.

A retired gentleman we met last year came to the stall with his Wife and Daughter and her children. We were able to talk about the Lord and gave the daughter “God’s Story”.

We were again met by a stall holder who we have talked to the previous year. A said “have you come to save our souls”, his daughter had had the traumatic experience of being in an airport when there was bombing again we gave a DVD and “God’s Story” – pray for this family that contacts in the past and again this year will bear fruit.

A couple from Barrow said they never went to church, we talked about the purpose of life and they accepted a tract of that title.

Many people we met were from up the Eden Valley, one couple whose father we knew was happy to talk and take some tracts – pray this young couple who have never heard the gospel, will be reached for the Lord.

A retired gentleman- K - who had worked all his life in the borders, stopped and talked, we sensed he wasn’t happy with God – sadly he had lost all three of his wives to cancer, you can imagine how he felt. He knew a number of Christians in the past that we knew. We felt although he was so hurt with such loss, he listened as we shared God’s love, he took a leaflet to help him and point him to the Lord and left us after talking 45 minutes.

Some young mothers and children who were part of the travelling community came and asked for a Bible and we also gave them tracts for their friends who were not Christians and a DVD.

Other visitors came and children from the North East and even a couple from Iceland, not forgetting others from the south of the county. All were pleased to accept the tracts we gave them. Please pray for some who refused to take tracts. Again we were encouraged by a visit from the Emerson family who attend the Church in the Barn.

Once again much seed was sown in the hearts of young and old – would you water it with your prayers?

Ron Marston and John Heron

Appleby Horse Fair 2016 - Ronnie McCracken

posted 9 Sep 2016, 01:00 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 9 Sep 2016, 01:07 ]

On June 2nd seventeen of us set off from our home at 06:00 am en route for Appleby, we boarded the Stena line ship in Belfast and after a perfect crossing landed at Cairnryan. The weather was outstanding with brilliant sunshine all the way. On arrival at Appleby we went straight to the “Wild Rose” caravan park, which was our base for the next days. This year the caravan park was closed to visitors but the owner was pleased to let us in to stay there again. The park was very quiet indeed unlike earlier years. Once the team had been allocated their sleeping quarters we then set off to organise the Coffee shop in the town and soon had everything cleaned and ready to welcome visitors. Then it was up the hill to see our friend and brother Billy Welsh. What a welcome he gave us once again and assured us that the weather was going to only get better each day. Billy asked me to conduct a morning service in the camp among the Gypsies the following Sunday.

Next morning after breakfast we had a time of prayerful intercession before going into Appleby where some of our helpers were detailed off to look after the shop, some went to the street to invite people in for coffee, some went up the hill among the living wagons and others went to help at the Cumbria Gospel Outreach literature stand. It was great to see our team members with their Tee shirts proclaiming “Jesus Loves You”. These are worn for a dual purpose, first and most importantly as a witness but also as a form of protection in case of any trouble. Actually there was a rumour that there was going to be extensive violence this year between rival gangs. Reports said that the bodies of two young people who died from drug abuse had been exhumed by rival factions and decapitated! The police had a very strong presence and in fact took out exclusion orders against some people that not only kept them from the fair but even out of the county. Whatever the truth of these rumours we wanted to be sure that our team members would not be threatened or harmed in any way. The Tee shirts identify them as being with us and we are assured that no one will harm “the holy people”. In the event there was no violence of any kind and all passed off peacefully with everybody in good humour. The rumours did however keep some people away from the fair so numbers were down this year as far as Gypsies were concerned. It was great to meet again with people who have now become friends.

The B.B.C. were doing a documentary for the World service and I spent more than an hour being interviewed. In the providence of God the lady doing the interview turned out to be JEWISH! She was deeply touched and shed tears before the interview was over. In fact she and her husband asked if they could accompany me around the wagons to listen to how I approached the people and record more of what was said. I am not sure of how much of the material they will use BUT the Lord had a purpose in this meeting.

Once again vast amounts of literature were distributed together with CD’s for the non- readers and lots of DVD Bible lessons for children. Our “Talking Key Chain” that had a five-minute Gospel message was also popular with many people.

The days passed very quickly indeed and soon we were back in Kirby Stephen for the closing service at the Gospel Hall. It was a blessed evening, the whole group sang, Peter, from La Hinch in Clare, shared his testimony and I gave a closing message. There were several unsaved present at the service and the Lord was surely working in hearts. After the service the ladies served us a wonderful supper for which all the team were very grateful.

Next morning we bade farewell to Appleby and set off up the road, as usual we stopped in Penrith to distribute tracts in a housing estate and then when we entered Scotland we stopped at Kettleholm to visit every house in the village. At the very first door a lady engaged Tim and I in conversation and after some minutes asked us to pray with her. Please do remember Dorothy in your prayers. This was one of those Divine appointments. Several other people were really spoken to and all took the literature. Then it was into Lockerbie where we visited many homes and in fact almost stayed too long as we had a fast run to make the ferry in the evening! We wanted to not only reach out to the Gypsies but to touch others as well.

One thing is certain and that is, without OUR very faithful supporters we could NOT manage to do such an outreach to the needy and lost so I want to say THANK YOU to you for kindly supporting us in this venture once again by your gifts and prayers. May the dear Lord Jesus bless you in return for your kindness and generosity.

Yours in His glad service,

Ronnie & Pat McCracken



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