From February 24-26, the OMS N Ireland Annual Conference was held once again at Glenada Christian Holiday and Conference Centre in Newcastle Co Down.
Each morning began with a prayer time for our OMS work and workers throughout the world, as well as seeking God to minister to us during the weekend.
Dr Robert Murdock, Principal of the Faith Mission Bible College, Edinburgh was our guest speaker. Robert brought four very powerful and challenging messages from the Book of Acts. The first message was on `The Antioch Church’ based on Acts 11:19-30 and Acts 13:1-3, and Robert brought out the following four points: 1. an exciting beginning, 2. an encouraging visitor, 3. a dynamic leadership and 4. an outward focus.
His second message was on ‘The Church God Used’, based on Acts 13:1-5, when he brought out three main points: 1. The Church, 2. The Call and 3. The Commitment.
Robert’s third message involved `the second missionary journey of Paul’, based on Acts 15:36 – Acts 16:13, when once again he made four key points: 1. The Plans, 2. The Problem, 3. The Pathway and 4. The Providence.
His final message was on `The Church at Corinth’, from Acts 18, when he spoke about: 1. The People, 2. The Preaching and 3. The Problems at Corinth.
(All these message were recorded on both DVD and CD and are available for £10 for a set of DVDs, £10 for a set of CDs and £15 for a set of both DVDs and CDs. All proceeds will go towards the support of OMS N Ireland Young Adults).
On the Friday evening, Stephen Williamson brought a warm and moving tribute to our esteemed friend, the late John Herron (Former OMS Missionary to Spain), who organised the technology and recorded the sessions of the Conference over many years. John’s wife, Grace, and daughter, Hannah, were with us over the weekend.
We had encouraging, challenging and informative missionary reports from: Julia Henry: Ecuador, Sharon Thompson: Mozambique, Dean Lappin: Haiti, Dr Chris Palmer: OMS Theological Training, Michael Walsh, Andy Compton, Jonny Pollock, Ciaran and June Loughrin , and Tim Coyle: the Republic of Ireland, Oscar Jimenez: Church Planting in London amongst Latin Americans, Joe and Sadie Law: Mission Possible, Colombia, Christina Bell: Mexico, Ross and Emily Coulter: South Pacific and Donald Coulter: The “Into Every Community 4 Christ (NI)” Initiative and OMS Ministry Ireland.
Many folk commented that they were blessed, challenged and encouraged as a result of attending the conference. Many of our prayer group leaders took away much prayer fuel to pray about over the coming months. Most of all, we praise God for His presence and anointing on all the speakers over the weekend. To God be all the glory.
OMS N Ireland Regional Director March 2017