Robin writes, “Friday 15th November brought me to the point of taking that step of faith to serve the Lord full time. We may not know what the future holds for us as a family, but praise God we know Who holds the future. “At your feet I fall, yield you up my all, to suffer, live, or die for my Lord crucified.” (Unknown). This is a quote that I read in Streams in the Desert and it has become very real in my life over the past few months as I prepared to be launched into the unknown.
Many friends and family gathered in Magherafelt Independent Methodist Church to celebrate with us, marking the occasion of entering full time Christian Service. Our minister, Pastor Noble Maxwell, chaired the service.
It was lovely to have the Men for Missions UK President, Jeff Jones, and his wife, Moira, with us from Wales. Jeff opened the service in prayer. Stephen Williamson brought greetings from friends around the world who could not be with us in person. Donald Coulter brought the closing message from God’s Word. It was a very encouraging and challenging Word for everyone, and especially for me. We also had Nigel Davison who sang two challenging pieces. To close, I brought words of thanks with the theme of family. My family, Church family, OMS family and MFM family. It was good to see so many dear friends, who have stood with us over many years, gathered in one place. Charlie Forsythe (OMS Prayer Group, Moneymore) closed in prayer and gave thanks for the supper provided by the ladies of the church.
We, as a family, want to thank you for your love, prayers and support over the past years and would covet your prayers as we endeavour to move forward in the will of the Lord. Yours in His Service, The Sloss Family”
Andrew’s commissioning to full time service in the Republic of Ireland with OMS and Calvary Mission took place on Sunday, November 10th at Armagh Baptist Church. The service was attended by family, friends, work colleagues and church members. Greetings were brought by Paudge Mulvihill on behalf of the Calvary Mission Network, Stephen Williamson (OMS Ireland Field Leader) and Donald Coulter (OMS UK Executive Director). Following the act of commissioning, which was conducted by Pastor Ian Grant and the Elders of Armagh Baptist Church, Andrew recounted how The Lord had saved him and subsequently led him through Bible College and into ministry with OMS. The service concluded with a stirring missionary sermon by Pastor Ian Grant. Afterwards, tea and sandwiches were provided, and there was much rejoicing that another member of the church had obeyed God’s call to missionary service.