Lynda McAuley, Child Evangelism Fellowship missionary (CEF) from Dervock tells us about her work with the Mission.
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done…
That they might set their hope in God. Psalm 78 v 4 & 7
Lynda writes: The Lord, in His grace, saved me when I was twelve years old. I thank Him for saving me, keeping me; for His faithfulness and care. I thank the Lord for guiding me over these past years and I praise Him for leading me into full time work with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). I began as a Candidate for full time work with CEF in August 2014. During the months that followed I completed the Children’s Ministry Leadership Course at the CEF European Headquarters in Switzerland and then returned home for a year of practical training with Stephen and Grace Chambers, the local Directors in North East Ulster. Throughout this time I was seeking the Lord’s guidance about where He would have me to serve Him on a full time basis. In December 2015 I was accepted as a Missionary Designate for County Mayo on the West coast of Ireland. There are a number of faithful Pastors and missionaries serving the Lord in County Mayo and for some years they have been praying for someone to come to work among the children. In January 2016 I commenced a time of Deputation and I am praying that over the months that follow the Lord will touch the hearts of those who will partner with me in ministry in Co. Mayo by praying and giving.
During this time of preparation for full time CEF work in County Mayo, it is lovely to also remain involved in some ministry among the children of North East Ulster. We are so thankful for open doors into Primary Schools for Good News Clubs. On Tuesday afternoons I enjoy going into William Pinkerton Memorial PS with Rev. Moore from Dervock Presbyterian Church for two Clubs. From Wednesday – Friday I am involved in Clubs with Stephen and Grace Chambers. Wednesdays see us in Castleroe PS for two Clubs, on Thursdays we travel to Garryduff PS and on Fridays we have the opportunity to go into Bushmills PS. I also enjoy doing a weekly Good News Club in Derryekeighan with Mrs. Hannah Dunwoody whose husband ministers in Dervock Reformed Presbyterian Church. We would value your prayers for the Club in Derrykeighan. Numbers attending are quite small and we are praying about changing the day on which it is held to make it suitable for more boys and girls.
As well as teaching the children I also have the opportunity to be involved in work among the teenagers through the Youth Challenge section of CEF. Junior Youth Challenge, for those aged between 11 and 15 years of age, meets on the first and third Tuesday nights of the month. This season we are studying the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments still have so much relevance for us today in the 21st Century. They show us our sin and send us to the Saviour for forgiveness; and for those trusting in Christ, they also help us to live to please God. Senior Youth Challenge is for those anyone aged 16+ and meets on the second Monday night of the month. It is an opportunity for fellowship and teaching. We welcome local ministers, CEF missionaries and missionaries serving with other organisations to come and share. We trust that it is a place where young people can be edified in their faith as we fellowship together and also a place where we all can be challenged to use each day of our lives wherever the Lord has placed us for His Glory.
On the last Monday of the month, I join the other CEF workers from all over Northern Ireland as we meet together in Belfast in our National Office. We really enjoy spending the morning praying together. We pray for one another and for the boys and girls and young people across our province. We also remember our faithful volunteers who serve the Lord through reaching the children. Meeting together also provides us with the opportunity to discuss new plans for the future.
I thank you so much for your prayerful interest and support at this time.