Leslie and Mabel Brush have been working part-time with Tartaraghan Presbyterian Church as community outreach workers since February 2019.
Their role is to help the congregation develop the connections they already have with the community and seek to establish new ones through a mixture of visitation, events and meetings.
Leslie started visiting all the homes initially within a mile radius of the church with a “What’s On” leaflet and gospel booklet; this has now extended to two miles. He started “Men @10.30”, an informal weekly outreach with activities, refreshments and a Bible slot and leads Bible studies with individuals in their homes as opportunities arise. Mabel started a fortnightly Women’s Bible Study which is a great encouragement. She visits those connected with our congregation who’ve just had a baby, providing them with a “baby pack”; this gives her the opportunity to make contact particularly with those who rarely attend church. She also got involved in "TLC" (toddler group) and "Family @ 4" building relationship with families who have young children.
Tartaraghan is a rural area which has seen great change due to nearby ongoing housing developments at the Birches.We want to reach out to people, whether they have lived in the area for many years or are newcomers, to share the greatest news they will ever hear. Our passion is to see people come to know God personally and to follow him by living in obedience to God's Word. We are thankful to be part of a growing church with plans for a new church building being progressed. We want those who attend Tartaraghan to see that they are loved and valued by God and by his people and to communicate that to others.
Leslie and Mabel are both originally from Co Tyrone - Leslie from Aughnacloy Presbyterian Church and Mabel from Clonaneese Presbyterian Church. They have three grown-up children. Alongside their part-time roles in Tartaraghan they continue to work with The Faith Mission, mainly managing The Faith Mission Centre at Portadown.
- Praise God for all the opportunities to share the gospel and for answered prayer.
- Pray for the congregation of Tartaraghan to deepen in their love for God and concern to reach out to others.
- Pray for fresh vision to see the mission field on their doorstep.
- Pray for wisdom and love as they communicate the gospel and seek ways of connecting with local people.