“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”.
Since the last time I wrote, Audrey and I celebrated our Silver Wedding. As we look back over the past 25 years we have a lot to praise our LORD for. We give HIM thanks for two lovely daughters and for His Hand guiding me into Men for Missions along with many other things!
This verse out of Joshua has been a tower of strength for the past 25 years. As a young married couple we tried to keep these words of Joshua close to our hearts as we began our married life together.
‘But as for me and my house we will serve the LORD’
Twenty five years on, yes there have been many mountain top experiences but we also have had many valleys and dark places to travel as a couple. We do give our LORD all the Praise and Glory for keeping us over this past
25 years, and look to HIM for what ever time He gives Audrey and I together.
“In domestic affairs, I am led by Kate (my wife). In all other matters, I am led by the Holy Ghost” Martin Luther
Robin & Audrey celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on the 5th July.
As we look back over the years, all we can say is ‘To God be the Glory’, we praise His Name for the His goodness upon our married life. Over these years we have always had the words that Joshua told the people of Israel in Joshua 24:15 ‘…As for me and my house we will serve the LORD.’ Yes the road has been hard and difficult at times, but I praise my LORD for giving me such a great friend to travel this path on earth with!
Our girls Stephanie & Leanne on the 4th July gave us a surprise party in a hall with many of our family and friends celebrating with us.
None of us knows what the future may hold for anyone of us, but Praise God we know with assurance that it is Him who holds our future in His Hands.
“And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:40-42
Indeed God has answered our prayers for good weather. Over the month of June we saw sunshine and blue skies, yes the temperature may still below average for this time of year but, we here in Northern Ireland are still thankful for the improvement that we have.
As we serve the Lord in wherever He has placed us we need to be thankful for all He has given us. Indeed over the past month He has been teaching me to give thanks for all, even when things are not all what they seem to be. Yes, we serve the King of Kings, and we need to focus on this and stop looking towards man for his portion of thanks.
We need to be like Jesus Christ himself when He was in that place that he called out to His Father, ‘Not my will, but thine be done.’
“Look up not down; look forward not back; look out not in; and lend a hand.” Edward E. Hale
“I will go anywhere- provided it is forward.” David Livingstone
As the summer work begins in Ireland, over the past number of years Men for Missions has had a prayer night in our home in Moneymore. This year was no exception as fifteen people with a heart for prayer gathered in our home to lift up God’s work on this Island of Ireland over the coming months.
The second work team to OMS Headquarters went over from the 28th – 30th May. Glenn Pollock, Edward Lennox and Robin Sloss travelled from Northern Ireland to paint the sitting room and two bedrooms before new carpet would be laid. As usual there was plenty of fun, fellowship and hard work. We began the day in prayer and later on the Friday, when Stephen Davidson came into work we stopped for time around God’s Word and prayer also. On Saturday Martin Brennan from Preston came to join the team. Indeed an extra pair of hands are always useful, with Martin’s help it freed Edward up do a little gardening in the Manchester sunshine.
Glenn hard at work!!
Edward pulling weeds!!
Sitting room before we painted!!
Sitting room painted!!
Glenn Pollock, Robin Sloss, Martin Brennan & Edward Lennox
After two work teams being at OMS Offices in Manchester, a little has made so much of a difference. The house is BIG and there is much more to do inside and out. If YOU would like to be part of the TEAM that makes that difference, then come for those few days or longer and do something for God’s Kingdom in the way of practical work. Please get in touch with the Men for Missions UK office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Men for Missions have planned a few teams for this year and next. If you want a ‘Life Changing Journey’, pray about coming with us on a team.
Manchester HQ : Work Team – Painting inside & out of house.
Croagh Patrick Outreach : 25th/26th July2015.
Ministry Team: Grace Community Church of Roscommon:
25th July-1st August 2015.
Field cost £180. Closing date 8th May 2015.
Helping Hands Project : 5th-20th March 2016
Field cost £350 plus flights, insurance, etc.
Closing date 1st December 2015.
All team members going with Men for Missions MUST fill out
Insurance Form for Banner for work within United Kingdom & Ireland.
Please contact Robin Sloss
MFMI-UK National Director
OMS, 1 Sandileigh Avenue,
Manchester, M20 3LN
Scottish Charity No. SC042930
Tel: 0161 283 7992
Sunday evening OMS Conference began with Men for Missions then the South of Ireland slot before break for dinner.
Ali McClure & Sharon Thompson, Girassol
Both these ladies shared in how Men for Missions helped paint the Charity Shop.
Robin Sloss MFM
Ciaran & June Loughran
South of Ireland
Jonny & Julie Pollock
Anne Baenziger, Dublin
Dr. Bob Fetherlin
Steve Cosslett, Mexico
TLC Charity Shop, Cookstown
Sharon Thompson & Ali McClure
Girassol Charity Shop, Antrim
One Mission Society Irish Conference is under way this weekend (20th-22nd February) in Glenada Conference Centre, Co. Down Northern Ireland. Where we have been hearing missionary report’s from all over the world. Indeed it is lovely to have our President and his wife from USA with us, Dr. Bob & Esther Fetherlin.
Newcastle, Co. Down
Beautiful scenery from Glenada
Dr. Bob & Esther Fetherlin
Daniel Castro, Spain
Bill & Julie Edler funding for Haiti
Some of the people attending the Conference
Thursday 19th February Norman & Faith Lyons (Liverpool) went shopping in Cookstown Co. Tyrone. This is the home of the Charity Shop ‘TLC’ which supports the work of One Mission Society Street Children in Mexico City. Norman & Faith spent some time looking around and talking to the volunteers. They will be able to pray more effectively for both these Charity shops, now when they return home to Liverpool after the OMS Conference weekend in Glenada, Newcastle, Co Down.
Norman & Faith Lyons In Cookstown, Northern Ireland
Karren (A volunteer) talking with Norman & Faith
Lots on sale