The Cookstown Go Team had twelve members in total (Cassia, Naomi, Rosaleen, Ruth, Daniel, Campbell, Shane, David, Thomas, Hamish, Boaz and Hannah). On the Lord’s Day evening, some of the team, who were able, joined the Cookstown church family for evening worship followed by a lovely supper and hearty welcome from the congregation. Bright and early on the Monday morning, we all arrived at the church building where we received a warm welcome to the team. We enjoyed a time of prayer together accompanied by a refreshing cup of tea before beginning distribution/door to door outreach around the surrounding areas. On this day we focused on giving out invitations titled ‘Is there any meaning to life?’ in preparation for the outreach meeting that evening at Cookstown Community centre. The team was split into two smaller groups on this particular morning with one team heading into Magherafelt and the other heading to Pomeroy/Stewartstown to distribute invitations.

After a filling lunch kindly provided for us, we made our way to the busy Cookstown town centre to hand out gospels and invitations for the mission that night. We are so thankful to God for the opportunities He gave to engage in gospel conversations with the people of Cookstown! That evening, we enjoyed dinner together at the church building before making our way to the Community Centre for the mission service where Rev. David Sutherland delivered a thought provoking and challenging address on the meaning of life. A huge thanks to David for both preparing and speaking at the mission! Praise God for all who attended the mission after receiving a leaflet and pray that God would continue to work in their hearts. The address was followed by a time of Questions & Answers, and we were blown away by the eagerness of folks to ask questions! After a quick pit stop at McDonalds after the meeting, we enjoyed some chill time that evening together.

On Tuesday morning we began the day with a Bible study on the “inseparable operations of the Trinity” led by Kenny Stephenson. This Bible study was a great reminder of the utter greatness of God which is far beyond our comprehension. A massive thanks to Kenny for preparing and leading the study! We all then headed into Magherafelt where Rev. Paul Wright preached in the town centre while we handed out church invitations and gospels. Pray that God would be opening eyes to the truth of the gospel in the town of Magherafelt. After lunch, we went to one of the nursing homes in Cookstown to sing some psalms for the residents. It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to meet all of the residents and chat with them! Pray that God would draw near to the residents, that in their later stages of life they might come to know Christ if they haven’t already.

After yet another quick pit stop to get some ice lollies, we were well-refreshed to continue that afternoon, with one group doing some distribution/door to door work and others handing out gospels in Stewartstown town centre while Rev. Paul Wright did some street preaching. In the evening time, we enjoyed free time and fellowship with the Cookstown church family with some rather intense games of cops and robbers and stuck in the mud with the kids!

On Wednesday we started off the day with the second part of our Bible study led by Kenny Stephenson. This study provided us with both great encouragement and challenge as we began another day of outreach. We then enjoyed a cuppa and a time of prayer together before heading out and completing some door to door work around Moneymore and the surrounding areas. God graciously blessed us with the sunshine as we carried out this work after it had poured nearly all morning!

After lunch we then travelled to another nursing home in Cookstown where we sang some psalms for the residents, and got an opportunity to meet and chat with them also. We then finished off the afternoon with handing out gospels/invitations around Dungannon town centre while both Rev. Paul Wright and Rev. Paul Flynn street preached. It was great to have the Flynn family join with us in Dungannon to help out! Thanks also be to God for the gospel conversations we were able to have in Dungannon and it is our prayer that God would use these for the advancement of His Kingdom.

On the final evening, we enjoyed a lovely barbecue with the Cookstown church family. After filling ourselves with burgers, skewers, meringues and all sorts, we had the privilege of taking part in some rather competitive games of spike ball and Kubb! As the evening drew to a close, we had one last time of prayer together before saying our reluctant farewells and heading for home.

Give thanks to God for providing good weather and for all of the invitations and gospels that have gone out to the people of Mid-Ulster. Pray that God would continue to soften the hearts of those in Cookstown, Magherafelt, Pomeroy, Stewartstown, Moneymore and Dungannon; that they might come to know the love of Christ.

On a final note, we are so thankful to the whole of the Cookstown church family for all of the love, kindness and hospitality we received throughout the course of the Go Team! We also couldn’t forget to thank our amazing hosts for so kindly opening up their homes to us and for all of their thoughtfulness and hospitality! It is our prayer that the church family would continue to shine as a light in Cookstown as they continue to show Christ’s love to the people there.

Hannah McKibben, Hannah studies Theology at university and attends Cullybackey RPC

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