Northern Ireland welcomes TEN
The opportunity to visit Northern Ireland and meet up with supporters and church leaders came as a result of an invitation to exhibit at the Bangor Worldwide Missionary Convention held from 20 – 27 August. CEO Gerry Partridge was accompanied by volunteer Ambassador, Bob Northey who knew the Province well having lived there for 25 years.
Our exhibition stand was open each evening before and after the main meetings and we met several supporters who well remembered us from the days of Eurovangelism. Scores of Convention visitors showed genuine interest in our work across Europe, and many new people signed up to receive regular news updates. We also made useful contacts with other mission agencies. The evening speakers proved to be inspirational in terms of global mission. Their talks are available for free online.
During the daytime we took the opportunity to meet individual church leaders and attended some of the seminars. It was TEN’s first time at Bangor Worldwide and many years since our last visit to Northern Ireland. We felt warmly welcomed, especially by our generous hosts at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bangor, who already support Harvest for the Hungry and also sponsored a special TEN Breakfast on the Saturday morning at which Gerry gave an update on the work and vision for Europe.
On our final Sunday, Gerry shared the vision for TEN at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor and Bob Northey spoke at Lisburn Christian Fellowship, who already support the work in Serbia.
This visit was part of TEN’s commitment to reach out across the UK to engage more closely with our supporters. We certainly hope to be back again soon in Northern Ireland. Our next exhibition location will be in London at the Global Mission Conference 12 – 15 October.
Throughout our visit we posted live on Twitter #WWMC16 and engaged the online community.
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