Posts Tagged ‘children’

Easter Book Launch of Novel: “Ricky the Runaway”

March 19, 2015

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Lord willing I hope to launch my fourth book “Ricky the Runaway,” which centres on the adventures of a twelve-year-old boy who runs away from home because of a well-known problem in our society: bullying at school.  The introduction to the novel reads…

“Set in the early twenty-first century, this is a story of how fervent prayer can create the winds of change in lives, blowing them safely to rest in that harbour which is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Each short chapter leaves the reader in suspense as the story moves from one situation to another, exposing many problems which are well known in our world: bullying, the exploitation of migrant workers, parents who are not listening to their children and children who have become a danger to society because of neglect and lack of love, guidance and discipline.

Ricky runs from one danger to another, revealing how ‘running away’ from situations at home, work or school is rarely the answer to our pressing problems. Meanwhile, not one person in his family is left untouched by the power of prayer in the lives of ageing distant grandparents who have become estranged from the family. Even anonymous souls, like a nurse in a hospital corridor, are affected by what is happening in the lives of the family. Written against an Easter background, “Ricky the Runaway” is about finding “that which was lost” and discovering love, forgiveness and lives made new by the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The venue for the launch, which will take place between 3.15pm and around 5.15pm on Monday 30th March, will be Richhill Recreation Centre, in the large committee room. (Disabled access) Parents, children and all interested parties are welcome to drop in anytime (and for as long as they wish) between those hours. Simultaneously I hope to have an Easter bookmark-making craft for anyone interested. (All materials free) Light refreshments are available for all – as well as small Easter eggs for the children while stocks last!

Normally retailing at £6.99, the book will be on special offer of £5 at the launch.

The dedication reads:

“This novel is dedicated to the memory of my beloved parents, Jack Hutchinson (1926-2011) and Ella Hutchinson (1929-2014) of Woodview, near Armagh in Northern Ireland. As parents and grandparents in a million, their gifts of love and encouragement to me are still so real, reaching even beyond the bounds of this life. I feel in my heart that they would have been overjoyed with the knowledge that young people, for whom they had a special affinity, would have been reached in this special way with the love of their Master.”

Acknowledgment: I wish to thank my daughter, Sarah, for her wonderful artwork on the covers of “Ricky the Runaway.”

May the Lord bless the proceedings on Monday 30th March next. I look forward very much, to meeting old friends – and greeting new ones!

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The Suffering Church as Isis Advances

September 16, 2014

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On this beautiful September day in Ireland, I thank God for the freedom that I have to worship and serve Him. Yes, we may have personal problems in our own lives – health and other concerns. We may be disturbed by sleepless nights… but when I think of others in that part of the world which is over-run by the organisation “Isis,” my own concerns seem miniscule in comparison. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as IS (Islamic State) have “swallowed up swathes of Iraq and other areas like a pervading darkness,” it has been said. In just one day, tens of thousands of Christians have fled from towns and villages, with nothing more than the clothes on their backs…  I read these words just now: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8v35-39)… Please pray fervently for all those who are in this terrifying situation as the UN has withdrawn and missionaries are now on their own.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6v2)

“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” (Hebrews 13v3)

The Greatest Gift of All – A True Story

December 24, 2010

My Aunt Frances adored her children. There were five of them altogether – four girls like ‘steps of stairs,’ and finally a boy, all born in the 1940’s and 1950’s. She encouraged them educationally and when it came to the Christmas season, she ensured that each one wakened up on Christmas morning to a beautiful gift. This was quite an achievement, given that post-war times were hard and money was scarce in most households.

In those days she lived in a small town house, and I know (from experience) that under such circumstances it can be difficult to find extra storage space for those gifts we want to surprise our loved ones with on Christmas morning! Anyway, one particular year she bought many lovely gifts for her children, including a little iron and ironing board for one of the girls, but where would she hide them? At the time my parents, siblings and I lived in an old country house (where my aunt had lived previously) and although lacking in many modern conveniences, we had a little bit more space to hide the Christmas gifts and so my parents agreed to keep them for my aunt until Christmas Eve. As a child I loved Christmas, but somehow I recall that Christmas Eve was a busy, often stressful time – especially for women.

That year (as was the tradition for many years) it had previously been agreed that my parents would drive over to my aunt’s house with my cousins’ presents on Christmas Eve. When it came to the evening in question they did go over to visit her, but with all the activities and conversation – they completely forgot the real reason for their visit. They didn’t even think about those toys until they were back at home, preparing to go to bed and heard a knock at the door…

There standing in the cold December night was Aunt Frances with her bicycle, having cycled the entire distance from the town to our country house! In those days most people didn’t have a telephone in their homes (never mind a mobile ‘phone) and so, the only way she could get those essential gifts was to cycle out to us. That night my father packed my aunt’s bicycle into the car boot with the toys and drove her home, and then, in the quietness of the night while the children slept, she carefully laid out the surprises for the morning.

I was touched by this true story of a mother’s love for her children after hearing it from my own mother just recently, for I could also see some spiritual parallels. The miles that she cycled may not seem much nowadays for modern day cyclists who possess high-powered mountain and racing bicycles, but I am certain that my aunt possessed neither. Also, in her youth she had had an accident in which her legs had been badly injured, so that cycling may possibly have caused her some discomfort. What trouble she went to, for the sake of the happiness of her children!  In the Bible, a mother’s love is referred to in Isaiah 49v15, because it is normally one of the most unselfish and self-sacrificing of all the relationships between human beings. “Can a woman forget her suckling child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.”

Therefore we learn that it is possible for even a mother to be lacking in love, but God’s love for us transcends all loves. In 1John 4v8, we learn that “God is love,” and in Romans 5v8 we are told: “But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” At this time of year gifts (large and small) are on our minds, but surely the Greatest Gift of All is that which God gave to us at Calvary? “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3v16&17)

If my cousins had refused those beautiful gifts on Christmas morning, how heartbroken my aunt would have been; having gone to so much trouble over them. Jesus, the perfect Son of God having humbled himself to die on a cross has paid the ultimate price for our sins at Calvary. Today He still stands with outstretched arms, offering His gift of salvation to “whosoever will come.” All He desires is that we acknowledge our sin, repent of it and ask Him to come into our lives, so that He can make us “new creatures.” (2Cor. 5v17) Will you trust Him today? It is a decision you will never regret – for I have proved it in my own life! Remember tomorrow may be too late, for no one knows what tomorrow holds, and some day soon He will return to receive “His own.” (Matthew 24v44). Oh that you would be ready for His return and that you would know the joy of His presence in your life today!

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6v23) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Eph.2v8&9)

May Ladies Meeting in the Failte Centre Balbriggan – Re. Child Evangelism Fellowship

May 12, 2010

Lord willing, a ladies meeting will be held in the Failte Centre, Balbriggan on Friday 21st May, 2010.

I had been feeling burdened about having this form of outreach in the community for some time and then just last weekend as I was walking alone in the beautiful countryside behind our home, I felt the Lord’s leading on this. Such meetings, I feel, fulfil a need in this and other areas.

First of all, it will be good to renew old acquaintances and for those who already know each other to have fellowship.

Secondly, it will be an outreach to the area in which it is held and perhaps further beyond. Balbriggan has mushroomed in population in the last few years and there are now many new nationalities living there, including immigrants from the continents of Africa and Asia, as well as those from Eastern Europe. Jesus said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16v15) And so, for those of us who are Irish Christians we have “all the world” on our very doorstep these days!

Thirdly, I would hope that this meeting and others would create awareness of the lives of others in their work for the Lord. This in turn should lead to increased prayer for the individuals concerned and practical giving to the Lord’s work.

I look forward to this first meeting of its kind, when Ms. Attracta Hanna will give her testimony and tell us about her CEF work with children in many areas of Dublin, including Mulhuddart, Finglas, Clondalkin, Ballymun and Crumlin. She is also involved in door to door work in Darndale.

I hope to bring along copies of my children’s book: “God Made You, God Loves You, God Saves You;” all profits from the sale of these on the night will go towards the work of Child Evangelism Fellowship in these areas.

May the Lord bless our meeting together on that evening and above all, may something be achieved for the extension of His Kingdom!

Details of Child Evangelism Fellowship can be viewed at this site:  http://www.cefireland.com/controller.php

God Made You, God Loves You, God Saves You

February 4, 2010

“God Made You, God Loves You, God Saves You” ISBN: 978-0-9557155-2-5 Published 2010

Retail Price: £6.99 (Sterling) €7.99 (Euro)

“This full-colour children’s gift book has been produced for a wide age range. The lovely contemporary photographs of creation will especially appeal to the very young, while subsequent pages will speak to all who have reached that age of understanding. Covering creation, the fall of mankind and the flood, it then touches on some Old Testament characters, who in faith looked for the coming of the Messiah. The death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ are comprehensively dealt with, while His invitation: “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6v37), is extended to each reader in a personal way. May readers of all ages be touched by its timeless message!”

One day my daughter came home to say that she was in a shop when she heard a tiny boy singing…

Good News! Good News! Christ died for me. Good News, Good News, if I believe…”

Everyone in the shop stopped to stare – and listen. In the summer of 2009 many other children and their stories crossed my path and one day the Lord spoke to me: “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19v14). It was then that I knew what He would have me do, with the result that my first children’s book was born! This Children’s Bible study takes us on a journey from Genesis to Revelation. It features full colour photographs of creation, Irish and international scenery, in addition to photographs, illustrations and object lessons which give the ambience of Bible times. My desire is that the Lord would use this little book, wherever it may travel and to the hearts of all who read, for in the words of Jesus… “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” (Luke 18v17)