14th October 1886 “The Faith Mission started” – so read the words in the diary of Glasgow businessman, John George Govan.
14th October 2011 marked the beginning of the 125th year of Faith Mission work.
We have so much to celebrate in this anniversary year, recalling the amazing faithfulness of God and His rich blessing upon 125 years of what has been essentially rural evangelism.
Scores – even hundreds – of young people have been trained, prepared and equipped at The Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh and moved out to serve the Lord in a complete diversity of churches and mission fields throughout the world.
The last 25 to 30 years have brought many changes, not least the development of camp and conference centres throughout Great Britain and Ireland. There are now three in Great Britain, three in Ireland, with a fourth presently being built at Durrow in the Irish Midlands. The opening and dedication is scheduled for 16th June 2012. Around 1000 children and young people attend camps every summer. Many have come to Christ and this is presently one of the most fruitful aspects of FM work.
The work of evangelism continues apace with new thrusts recently into the Glens of Antrim and South Fermanagh. A small team visits the Glens on the first Saturday of each month and others visit regularly two days a week. Many homes have been visited through a programme of door-to-door visitation; thousands of the “Green Glens of Antrim” booklets have been distributed; Bibles have been given to individuals who promised to read them; various forms of outreach have been held at events and fairs; children’s work has commenced through personal contact with “Bags of Hope” and the start of a club. The team has been well received, finding the people warm and friendly and some very open to speak about spiritual matters.
Invitations are increasingly coming to FM staff to conduct evangelistic outreach and missions for the local church. Participating with Christians in efforts like these to reach people for Christ is our privilege.
The highlight of the year is always the EASTER CONVENTION at Bangor, Co Down. God has been pleased to wonderfully bless this event. Many have known deep spiritual blessing and heard God’s call to Christian service and ministry. This is the 88th Convention!
One of the distinguishing marks of this Convention is the remarkable percentage of young people mingling with more mature people. Up to 300 young people attend “Youthmix” and a full programme is arranged for all ages.
YOU ARE WELCOME!
David Legge was converted as a child and soon sensed the call of God to preach. He served as Assistant Pastor at Portadown Baptist Church before taking up the Pastorate of the Iron Hall Assembly in Belfast for 9 years. Now living in Portadown, David is involved in an itinerant ministry of evangelism and bible teaching. He is married to Barbara and they have two children.
Paul Mallard from Birmingham, studied theology at Cambridge, taught for five years, and then pastored two Evangelical churches in Chippenham and Worcester. Now back in Birmingham, Paul is Associate Pastor at Monyhull Church and Director for the Midlands Gospel Partnership. Paul is married to Edrie and they have four children and two granddaughters.
Victor Maxwell is President of Acre International. A missionary for many years in Brazil, he continues to minister to pastors and churches in the Amazon. Victor has also pastored several churches in the UK and USA and is the author of more than 20 books, biographical and devotional. He is married to Audrey and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.
John Shearer trained in The Faith Mission in the mid 1960’s and worked as an evangelist for a number of years in the Midlands of England. He was a Baptist Pastor on both sides of the Irish Sea and recently retired after 20 years as Senior Pastor of a Baptist Church near Edinburgh. He is married to Jan and they have two children.