The 2017 Stranraer GO Team took place from Friday 25th– Monday 28th August. The team consisted of helpers from both Northern Ireland, and Scotland, with a total of 10 team members – who all got on really well together.
Stranraer was very blessed to have had a team from the RPCNA in June, which had focused on outreach and evangelism. When the GO Team came in August, it had been decided that our time would be best spent encouraging and building up the members of the Stranraer Congregation in the Christian life. Upon arrival, we visited a local care home where the team sang Psalms, and Rev. Steele delivered a short gospel message. The team was then involved in cleaning the church and setting up for meetings on Friday afternoon. On Friday night, there was a showing of the new Martin Luther documentary, which marks 500 years since the start of the Reformation. This was a relaxed evening, to which members of the local Baptist Church were also invited. Refreshments were served which gave members of the team a chance to meet with the members of the congregation.
On Saturday morning, there was a one-off bible club organised where the team members did a story, singing, games and craft for the children. Meanwhile there was coffee and scones provided for the adults while they had listened to Ken Nelson share his story, specifically about how God had helped him through a period of illness in his life. There was a ‘family fun day’ organised for the afternoon with a bouncy castle, candy floss machines, popcorn makers, face paints, bunting, and team games planned for the children. Members from Airdrie RPCS and also Ayr Free Church Continuing (the closest Reformed church) made the journey down to Stranraer for this event and the day was well supported by members of the congregation who brought their children and grand-children (some of whom don’t normally go to church). The evening finished off with a BBQ which gave time for people from different congregations to chat over food.
On the Lord’s Day morning, Rev. Steele preached on the church as a family, a very fitting message given the purpose of the mission team. On Sabbath afternoon, the team visited a local sheltered housing centre, where we sang Psalms and talked with the ladies who came to the service.
On Monday morning, the team visited the town of Wigton, to learn about the great faith of the 17th Century martyrs. This was a very challenging experience, we were reminded of how often we take our freedom in this country to worship God for granted.
Please uphold the Stranraer Congregation in prayer, especially Rev. and Mrs Steele in their work for the Lord. The team would like to thank the members of the Stranraer congregation for their kindness, and for those who hosted the team, but above all we thank the Lord for his provision for us, for safety in travel, and for keeping the light of the gospel shining in Stranraer.
James Gillespie, Trinity RPC (N Ireland)