By Robert Little

At the Faith Mission Convention in Bangor 2019 I announced during my report on the Monday afternoon that I intended to start a monthly youth meeting in the Dungannon area of South Tyrone. For many years there had been a monthly Saturday night youth work at the Lifeboat Fellowship called ‘The Barn’ just outside the town but it had sadly declined in numbers and was no longer taking place. So plans were put in place in late spring to revive the work and provide somewhere for the young people to go to on the third Saturday night of each month.

Invitations were printed and distributed at various events including band parades, youth camps and open-air witnesses, announcements were made in local churches and school scripture unions, news was effectively shared on social media and of course, much prayer was offered to God to bless my plans.

The first meeting took place in September; I didn’t know what to expect but to God be the glory almost 100 young people turned up to worship God, listen to his precious Word and to enjoy a time of food and fellowship afterwards.

I am so grateful for many things; to the local churches that organise transport to run their young people to the meetings, to the lifeboat Fellowship for their superb facilities, to the ladies who help with the catering and to the men who help with car parking etc and to all of you far and wide whom I know are praying for ‘The Barn’, I simply could not do it without you!

Some of our young people with former Northern Ireland footballer Stuart Elliott who recently shared his testimony

I have ran six meetings so far with an average attendance of 128, unfortunately due to Government restrictions on social distancing I have had to temporarily suspend the work but we all look forward to recommencing again as soon as possible.

The way I look at it is this; for every young life that comes into the Barn there is one less young person wasting their life away in a nightclub drinking the devils buttermilk, sitting under a bridge taking drugs or even sitting at home, alone in their rooms being tempted to watch filth on the internet.

It has been a joy to get to know these young people and there is so much potential in every single one of them, they are all precious in His sight.

The devil hates the Barn, it is a direct attack on his kingdom and he knows it so please continue to pray for us and all these young lives and that God will call many of them into his service. If the Coronavirus has taught us anything it is that life is very uncertain and unpredictable. However, God is the same yesterday, today and forever and when all is said and done there is only one thing worth doing, and that is serving the only Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ.

Pray our young people will realise that and will apply the Words of the Lord in Matthew 6 to their hearts:

Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

 

Robert Little works in the West Irish District