Milford Go Team 2008

26 Jul

Do you know where Milford is? I have to admit that I hadn’t a more precise idea than “somewhere in Donegal” until last week. Milford has the most northernly Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland and probably the most northern evangelical witness on the island. Another experience during the week further highlighted that I’m not a geographer as Luke and myself managed to get badly lost, turning half of an afternoon’s leaflet distribution into a scenic drive! During the week we distributed “4you” magazines in Milford and surronding towns and villages and after a few days I discovered that the term “housing estate” infact means “cul-de-sac” in Donegal. God also provided some oppertunities for us to share the gospel during our Door to Door work and several people were interested in doing a Chrisitanity Explored course which was very encouraging.

Map of Donegal, Blue indicates where we gave out magazines
Chris chillaxing in the flat
Luke in the Jukebox on Wheels
Surely to be expected on a road?
Donegal does have the oddest signs!
4you magazine
Working hard?
Or hardly working?
Avoiding doing a “South Africa”
Me and Luke
Distribution in Downings

Wednesday night was our evening off and we travelled to Rathmullan where we went to a chippy with the alluring name of “Salt and Batter” and after eating (including Charlotte picking the batter off her chicken burger?!) we hit the beach. We were joined by Matthew, Shona, Bapman and his two English cousins Ruth and Laura all of whom assisted the team during the week. Lisa and Esther dominated the Ultamite Frisbee pitch before I showed my shocking lack of prowess with a rounders bat. The week ended probably the best congregational bbq I’ve been at. The food was delicious and the musical entertainment provided by Martin and Mary Crossin was sensational. An apt way to round off a brilliant week.

Maggie had left her shades in Jonny’s car

Playing on the beach

Team plus Willy T, Laura and Ruth @ Beach

Leaving beach

Teaching Mafia to the Londonders

Eating Mr Al Fresco

Laura and Me


Martin and Mary

Rumour has it that they are performing at Castlewellan

The Girls have a go on the harp

The real work of the Go Team was done during the each morning, after Jonny led us in worship we prayed earnestly for the church and people in Ireland, Donegal and Milford. Prayer was the main lesson of the week however we also learnt alot in the apologetics seminars before lunch from Mark Loughridge, Tim Keller and Greg Bahnsen. In the evenings we dined in different houses of members of the congregation and the welcome we received was very appreciated and Mark led us in Bible studies on the book of Colossians. During the Go Team I know I learnt a lot more than I gave and I am very grateful for the chance to be part of this team. Go Teams are a good opportunity to serve but they are a fantastic opportunity to grow spiritually as they push you outside your comfort zone. Pray that the work we did in Milford will be used by God to bring unbelievers to Christ, that it will encourage the small congregation and that each of us will be able to put into practice the lessons we learnt on the throughout the week.

Team: Esther Stronge (Free Presbyterian), Charlotte Hyndman (Newtonards RPC, Team Nutritionist), Lisa Heggarty (Ballymoney RPC), Chris Carson (Ballyclabber RPC), James McCullough (Dromore RPC), Mark Loughridge (Milford RPC, Minister), Luke McCollum (Limavady RPC) and Jonny McCollum (Cullybackey RPC, Team Leader)

11 Responses to “Milford Go Team 2008”

  1. Luke McC July 26, 2008 at 11:16 pm #

    I looked at the map… and burst out laughing!!! What a road trip!

  2. Daniel Ritchie July 27, 2008 at 9:18 pm #

    “Donegal does have the oddest signs!”

    And you wear the oddest shorts :lol:

  3. rob dp July 27, 2008 at 9:47 pm #

    then u havent seen paul wright’s shorts. i guess im just not a surfing shorts type person, maybe ill get there eventually. tho ill never wear jeans. from the look of the map lcoations u were at there was no chance of getting lost :D

  4. James July 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    I actually have a theory regarding flowery shorts on Go Teams. Often people can feel intimidated when a random teenage guy comes up to their house however if you wear ridiculous shorts they’ll just laugh and not be intimidated.

  5. Steelo July 28, 2008 at 1:39 pm #



    Other than that, good report! :-)

  6. James July 28, 2008 at 4:37 pm #

    Typos fixed I think.

  7. jmark August 1, 2008 at 6:42 pm #

    Or perhaps they might prefer Crossin


  8. James August 1, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    Crossing what?
    Better change that in the messenger report too then Steelo.

  9. ruth June 25, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    hahaha hello there, its one of the ‘Londoners’ here…I just searched the Reformed prespyterian church in Ireland and this came up!
    Had a little read of this and remembered what fun you ‘Irish’ were.
    Hope you’re well.


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