From Around the UK

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Croagh Patrick Outreach

Located six miles (approx. 9.5km) west of Westport on the Louisburgh Road, Croagh Patrick is one of Mayo’s most famous landmarks. The mountain overlooks Clew Bay and the entire Western coastline of Ireland. In 441AD, Saint Patrick is said to have spent 40 days and nights praying and fasting on its slopes. Throughout the year people of all ages and of all degrees of devotion, climb up the rock path to the summit. Over 60,000 people make the ascent, starting at Murrisk Abbey. The traditional pilgrimage takes place each year on the last Sunday of July with Mass in the summit of the mountain. For the last few years, Men for Missions UK have hosted an evangelistic outreach seeking to ‘reach out’ to pilgrims making the July ascent. They distribute in the order of eight thousand cups of refreshments along with Gospel leaflets. This is a significant physical as well as spiritual effort that requires the transportation of no less than 1250 litres (330 gallons) of water. Please pray for a harvest of souls as a result of the Croagh Patrick outreach.

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Date for your diary: Northern Ireland Young Adults Weekend 2010

Come and be part of this great weekend as we explore ‘Your place in mission’.
Speaker and guest singer: Mark and Olivia Scott, former missionaries to Columbia, Namibia and the USA.
Worship led by Jon Bartholomew
There will be missionary reports from around the world: Indonesia, Haiti, Republic of Ireland, Mexico and the Girassol Charity Shop supporting the work in Mozambique.
Venue: The Faith Mission Conference and Camp Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland.
Date: 22nd – 24th October 2010

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Retirement

On Monday 6th September Rev. Jim Faulkner chaired his final OMS-UK Board of Trustees Meeting, after which he retired from the UK Board.  At the conclusion of the Meeting Wes Lytle (International Board Liason) read out a letter of appreciation from Ed Williamson (International Board Chairman) acknowledgling Jim’s 19 years of faithful service on the OMS-UK Board of Trustees.  Wes then presented the letter to Jim.  Following this, on behalf of the UK Board, Doug Atherton presented Jim with a gift and card, expressing the gratitude of the entire family of OMS-UK for his many years of faithful service and assuring him of their thoughts and prayers for the future.

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New beginnings…

Phil Davidson (Admin, left) left OMS on 13th August 2001 to teach at the Hillcrest School in Nigeria.

Paul Bentley (Personnel) left OMS on 27th August 2010 to marry his fiancee Heather and, in 2011, begin his training for the Anglican ministry.

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New faces…

Helena Daniell (Personnel Manager, below left) became a Christian at the age of ten at Spring Harvest. Before joining OMS UK Helena worked as a radio journalist for three years, reading and reporting the news for various radio stations across the north of England. In 2008 she moved to south Manchester and worked for the NHS in Communications and Marketing on Public Health issues. Helena is engaged to Joe and will be getting married in May 2011

Debbie Atherton (below right) was born in Prescot, Merseyside where she trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse. After bringing up two daughters, Tina and Ruth, she worked as a secretary in the NHS. She is married to Doug (our Executive Director) and ably carries-on where Phil Davidson left off