On Soul Winning – and my Recent Visit to “Way of Life” in Tyrone, Northern Ireland

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Farquhar family who have a wonderful stock of Christian literature, including booklets, a vast assortment of tracts, bookmarks, calendars and some books. (CDs are also available.) Many thousands of their calendars and tracts are distributed around the country, having been acquired by such organisations as the Irish Evangelistic Band which distributes tracts and calendars to remote parts of Donegal, Mayo and other locations in rural Ireland. Please note that the Farquhar family (Robert and Eleanor) may be contacted at this address:

148 Blackisland Road, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. BT 71 6NL.

Around twenty-five years ago the Farquhar family started their outreach with some black and white tracts but on my first visit to their home recently I was truly impressed by the sheer volume of Christian resources now available. I was fascinated by the many tracts and testimonies there, which include “This is my Story… A Personal Testimony by converted priest Henry Gregory Adams” and “I had never heard the true gospel, The Testimony of Peggy O’Neill, formerly Sister Aidan, RSHM.”

I have personally distributed some of the tracts (Henry Gregory Adam’s testimony) to two monasteries in the depths of rural Ireland and I hope to use the testimony of Peggy O’Neill to reach nuns in similar circumstances.

One winter’s evening, as I travelled alone by train from a meeting in Greystones, I happened to note that a priest had embarked at a station along the route. As the cold rain lashed down on the platform where he had been standing earlier, I looked at the reflection of his unhappy face in the rainy grey window. Now he was seated not so far away from me and I felt a tract in my pocket, in the knowledge that here was an opportunity, but somehow I felt hesitant about offering it to him. After a while he got up from his seat and I was sure that he was about to disembark at the next station. It was now or never… so I approached him with Henry Gregory Adam’s testimony in my hand. However, it transpired that he had got up from his seat to get a newspaper that someone had discarded! (He obviously needed some reading material.) The priest took the tract from me, muttered something that I couldn’t hear and before long he had alighted at a station before my destination. Quite probably I will never see this man again in my life and more than likely he has never been witnessed to in his life. How I thanked the Lord that I had not missed this opportunity and how I pray that somehow the tract will touch his heart.

This man is just one amongst billions who need to be reached. Christian, whoever you are, wherever you are and whatever your circumstances are – as long as you live upon this earth the Lord wants you to reach the lost. Our opportunities as individuals differ and also may change over the years of course because of many factors, including health and age. Nevertheless, we all, without exception have work to do for the extension of His Kingdom and for the deepening of our own and our fellow Christian’s walk with the Lord too – and this is where that essential element prayer comes in.

My prayer is that the “soul winning” supplies generously made available by the Farquhar family of “Way of Life” and other organisations, will go out  to the glory of our Lord and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave Himself for us. “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” (1Cor. 3v7)

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10 Responses to “On Soul Winning – and my Recent Visit to “Way of Life” in Tyrone, Northern Ireland”

  1. Crystal Sunny Says:

    Weldone for heeding and doing the master’s business. And for the Farguhar family may the peace of the Lord abide with this family and their generations in Jesus name. Wunmi Ategie

  2. Crystal Sunny Says:

    Please I am requesting for tracts for distribution from ‘way of Life’ Dungannon. Pls kindly send me your e-mail address. Best regards. Wunmi Ategie

  3. readywriterpublications Says:

    Hi Wunmi,

    I hope that you received my email. The Farquhar’s address is as above in my blog. Unfortunately they don’t have email, that I know of. Thank you for your comments & I wish you well in your tract distribution. By the way, in which country are you located?
    Kind Regards,
    Elizabeth.

  4. Harry Toye Says:

    Hi, a little while ago, a tall, distinguished, if a somewhat tired looking gentleman, laden with a bag full of Way of Life calendars battled his way on a wet and windy day through our estate in Inse Bay, Laytown, Co. Meath.
    Too my shame, I was too preoccupied on my computer to answer the door, thinking “more junk mail”. Imagine my surprise and delight to discover such a beautiful piece of work inscribed with precious words of life. I felt so guilty that I hadnt answered the door, invited him in for a warming cup of tea and thanked the man for spreading hope and happiness at this blessed time of year.
    If you can please pass on my grateful thanks. Hebrews 6:10
    Praying Gods Blessing on the Way of Life ministry and all the faithful co-workers in Christ.
    Harry

  5. readywriterpublications Says:

    Hello Harry,

    Thank you so much for contacting me. I am uncertain as to who the person who called at your door was, as some organisations (such as the I.E.B.) and even some individuals acquire the “Way of Life” calendars for distribution on a freelance basis, but I’m so glad it was an encouragement to you. I will try to find out who it was and pass on your words of encouragement. The Lord sees all that we do in His Name and for His glory and how marvellous to know that His Word will not return unto Him void! (Isaiah 55v11)

  6. Sandi Robinson Says:

    Hi Elizabeth
    Thank you for your blog. It is encouraging to read of others and their soul winning work with tracts.. I carry tracts everywhere and pray our God will use me to share Jesus with someone. I have an old tract from Way of Life Dungannon, I am delighted to hear they are still producing these. I will contact now to get some when I am in Northern Ireland in July.
    God bless your ministry.
    Sandi

  7. readywriterpublications Says:

    Hi Sandi,
    Thanks so much for your comment. Coincidentally I’ve just returned from N. Ireland (yesterday) where I also took in a visit to “Way of Life” again. The lady there (Mrs. Eleanor Farquhar) kindly took some of my books for distribution too. She had a box of lovely Bibles (KJV’s) for just £2.50 each which were about to be dispatched to London for outreach work. Thank you again for stopping by – it is so good to know of others who have this burden in today’s world.

  8. sdnmsu.wordpress.com Says:

    Hi there! This post couldn’t be written much better! Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I’ll send this information to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Adeola Ojo Says:

    Hi there, do you still have some way of life 2014 calender please. Thanks

  10. readywriterpublications Says:

    Hello Adeola, I will send you an email re. this. I gave out many copies in my local area just before the new year – but will enquire from Mrs. Farquhar whether there are any left. Thanks for getting in touch.

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