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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16 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.

    • Ruth Chipperfield@hotmail.com Says:

      Lovely testimonies and stories. I’m intrigued by your emphasis on the King James Version. Is that because none of the evangelical outreach in Northern Ireland uses an accurate translation in modern English? Would a Bible teacher or evangelist or a publisher whose material is in, for example, the NIV, be boycotted? Or just quietly shunned? Mindful that the KJV is full of words and terms and constructions that are alien to today’s people – children, poorly educated people, those for whom English is not their 1st language, I believe its use publicly is not God-honouring. Also it is most disrespectful to the “souls” one should be leading to the Lord. If Jesus came to Ireland, would He speak in a language 400 years old? I’m very much saddened by this divisive and unloving insistence among some Christians. Must we hide “outlandish words & phrases” instead of the beautiful simplicity of God’s Word in our hearts? “My sheep hear my voice” – but they can’t understand it. To suggest that the Holy Spirit “edits” Scripture as we hear and read it, to make it intelligible is not plausible.
      (The claim that Jacobean English is sooo beautiful, doesn’t impress me; Shakespeare & Milton meet that requirement. Scripture is Truth, not a literary exercise.)

      • readywriterpublications Says:

        Hello Ruth,
        As I write Christian books and tracts, I have many personal reasons for loving my King James Bible. One of these is the fact that (unlike all modern translations) this version is not subject to copyright and I can print and quote large portions of it freely for this reason. I am so thankful to the Lord for the freedom that we have to distribute His Word.
        Throughout the world of course, there are thousands of different languages & I am encouraged to see St. John’s Gospel tracts here in Ireland being printed in many East European and other languages. I also note that many Africans are using the KJV as I have recently read some of their literature.
        The Lord speaks to people by His Spirit, it is true. Indeed there are people who are totally illiterate, who have come to know the Saviour in simple faith. However, I believe my Bible to be easily understood by children and I have very good reasons for believing that its use in today’s English speaking world most certainly honours God more than any other version I know.
        The KJV has been greatly blessed in its use by pioneer missionaries throughout the centuries. Also throughout the English speaking world the King James Bible was also mightily used during all the great spiritual revivals.
        I do not believe it to be “spurious” as a Jehovah’s Witness told me once. Next to the New World Translation, this man greatly preferred the NIV as it didn’t seem to influence his views on the deity of Christ or the trinity, which is very telling. Just one example is Revelation 1v11 in the KJV: I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.” These words are missing from many new versions, including the NIV; there are other omissions, too numerous to mention here.
        Very often we see certain doctrines being promoted by a translation. For example Luke 2v14…
        NASB: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
        NIV: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.
        KJV: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
        As regards “outlandish words and phrases,” I have seen more of these in modern versions than in the KJV. Compare the words of John 9v34 in the Living Bible with those of the KJV and you will understand what I mean.
        You are right… Scripture is truth, not a literary exercise, which is why I look to my Bible for all truth, inspiration, guidance, reaching out to others and for words of comfort and blessing throughout life’s journey. (2Timothy 3v15-17)

  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.

  11. john maxwell Says:

    wonderful calanedrs

    • readywriterpublications Says:

      Hello John, Yes, the calendars are a lovely gift to give to someone as a witness or to Christian friends as an encouragement. I like to bring some with me when I travel – even abroad, as English is widely spoken in most countries.

  12. Kenneth Goligher Says:

    I would like some of the tract ‘PAID in FULL. Do you have this tract in stock?

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