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Doug Atherton27 May 2019

A waste of time?  Two and a half hours we sat - stationary on the M62 at junction 10. I watched as a large incident vehicle, 2 fire engines, 3 ambulances and what I considered to be a disproportionately large number of marked and unmarked police vehicles noisily sped past us on the hard-shoulder. It didn’t take a member of MENSA to work-out that there had been an accident up ahead and the eastbound M62 had become no more than a four lane car park.  The longer I sat, the more irritated I became. “Why would God allow this to happen on today of all days?” I asked myself.

Doug Atherton13 May 2019

The ‘call to prayer’ resonated from the local mosque. It was 6.12pm on my watch as I watched with interest as the locals, without question, query or comment, unravelled their prayer-mats and, looking eastward, prostrated themselves. I was impressed by their devotion. Then the Spirit of God quietly whispered to me: Whilst the sailors called upon their gods, Jonah slept! The thought came like an arrow piercing my heart. The storm raged, it should have been Jonah praying, calling upon his God, but the man of God was asleep.

Doug Atherton29 April 2019

"Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen." - Benjamin Disraeli

Donald Coulter15 April 2019

The OMS Portglenone Charity shop is an amazing resource for raising much needed financial support for worthy missionary causes in Colombia, Haiti and Ireland since its opening in June 2016.

OMS Portgleone Shop

It is situated in the lovely rural and welcoming town of Portglenone:

Donald Coulter1 April 2019

The OMS Portglenone Charity shop is greatly used of God to raise very necessary funds for evangelical Christian projects in Colombia, Ireland and Haiti. It has also given towards ministries in Ecuador as well.

I have the privilege of visiting the shop most Thursday morning especially for the prayer time between 10.00am to 10.30am in the Upper Room:

Donald Coulter18 March 2019

One of the projects the OMS Portglenone Charity Shop supports is Ministry in Ireland. It has provided funds for printing literature being distributed in N Ireland and also gives financial support towards Ministry in the Republic of Ireland. In addition to this it also raises funds for projects in Haiti and Colombia:

Donald Coulter4 March 2019

OMS Ireland are carrying out a survey to ascertain spiritual questions Irish people are asking. There will be two different surveys. The first is a larger questionnaire to find out the attitudes and opinions of Irish people. This will inform us on how to formulate the second questionnaire.

Doug Atherton18 February 2019

Five for 41. The statistics were enough to secure me a standing ovation and a much-coveted place on the Lord’s honours board. The electronic scoreboard reflected the magnanimity of the victory as England clinched the deciding Test and, with it, the Ashes by an innings and 50 runs. My team-mates and I were near overwhelmed, barely holding back the tears of joy, as the ecstatic crowd enthusiastically hailed an unforgettably glorious and epoch-making occasion.  Everyone who loved me was there to witness my success. My father looked particularly proud, and why not!

Doug Atherton4 February 2019

Recently, my wife Deb and I were enjoying a coffee in a quaint little coffee house in the picturesque market town of Abergavenny in Monmouthshire. As I was enjoying my hazelnut latte my eye was taken by a quotation by the English Romantic Poet, William Wordsworth, written on the wall adjacent to where we sat: “Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.” I found myself admiring The Great Poet’s words and giving mental ascent to their wisdom.

Doug Atherton21 January 2019

In 1977 Bonnie Tyler had a hit with her romantic love-song Lost in France. A short while ago I was lost, but it certainly was not in such an exotic location as France. I was lost in Abertillery! It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? My somewhat embarrassing predicament was not made any better by a very friendly and, I’m sure, well-meaning pedestrian whose directions, sadly, sent me up a very narrow blind alley. It was so frustrating! I sat in my car, a preaching dead-line looming, reflecting upon just how much blind alleys are such ugly monuments to somebody’s stupidity!