Karen Burns & Rhonda Glass
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1v7
We are very conscious that many of you who pray for us have been through sad and difficult times since our last prayer update. We want to assure you of our prayers in these days. As Nahum 1v7 says, may you truly know the goodness, strength and tender care of the Lord as you trust in Him.
We were really delighted to be able to get up home for Christmas and spend precious time with our families, after not seeing very much of them over the past year. We came back down to be greeted by a further lockdown. We aren’t sure yet when churches will be ‘permitted’ to meet again. We are really thankful that folks from church have kept well. Emer, our pastor’s wife continues to be in charge of the Covid ward in Castlebar hospital. This has been very traumatic in recent weeks. Please pray for continued protection for Emer and for Paudge. We would ask you to keep praying for Michael. You may remember he had started attending meetings in July after seeing a poster on the church building about finding real peace and lasting hope in Christ. He has hardly missed a Sunday meeting or Thursday midweek since. This dear man struggles terribly with depression and has been hospitalized twice recently. He really appreciates the love and care of the church but desperately needs a touch from the Lord. Above all, please pray for his salvation. One of our members Trisha has been sharing the Gospel over the past while with another young man called Michael. It would seem the Lord is opening his heart. Please pray he would be brought through to salvation in Christ.
We miss meeting with the ladies for the Thursday morning Bible study. In times when face to face contact with people is so limited, it has been a blessing to be able to meet up for ‘socially distanced’ walks with some of the ladies. Pray for good Gospel use of these times and for meaningful conversations. We had a couple of walks with Erika in the past few weeks. She always wants to talk about the Bible but doesn’t seem to have trusted Christ personally yet. Siobhan is another of the Bible study ladies. She has become a dear friend over the last couple of years. As she lives on her own and is allowed to be in a ‘social bubble’ we have adopted her into ours. As part of our ‘meet ups’ we are doing a book study on what it means to be “in Christ”. Pray that she will abandon all her many religious efforts and come to trust Christ ALONE. Siobhan is facing tests in hospital in Galway over the next few weeks. Please pray for a good outcome.
Sometimes the Lord gives us unexpected opportunities to share the Gospel. One came recently in the form of a Whats App message from our hairdresser Ana. Ana is a Jehovah’s Witness. We first met her nearly 20 years ago when she came to English classes. Last week she sent a link via text to some Jehovah’s Witness articles. By way of response we were able to share very directly what the Word of God says about how to be saved. She seemed very grateful to hear personal testimony of what the Lord means to us. Please pray for further conversations and that this lovely girl, her husband and two little boys will be brought to repentance and saving faith in Christ.
The bookshop is currently closed and as yet we have no idea when we will be able to open again. We have been grateful for some orders through the Good News 4 U Facebook page. Pray that the Lord will use the Gospel presentation running on a screen in the shop window 24 hours a day. Lots of people are out walking these days and we pray that many will stop and read as they walk past the shop. Last week we posted off 70 Bibles to Dublin for use in a hostel for homeless people. We are so grateful to those who have supplied these Bibles. Please pray that the Lord use these copies of His word to bring eternal hope to those who are in a desperate situation. The fella who got it touch was once on the streets himself and in a terrible state, but the Lord saved him and has given him a burden to reach others who are where he once was.
As ever we are so grateful for your continued prayers, support and encouragement. It all means so much. We’ll leave you with a lovely quote from Spurgeon: ‘It is well there is one stable Rock amid the billows of the sea of life. O my soul set not your affections on rusting treasures but on Him who abides ever faithful to you. Found your hopes on this Rock, which, amid descending rain and roaring floods will stand immovably secure. Trust all your concerns to Him who will never leave you.’
With our love in Him,
Karen & Rhonda