The second annual European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) North Western Conference was held at Chorlton Evangelical Church, Manchester, on 6 March.
Such a conference, organised with the friends at Chorlton, is a relatively new venture for EMF, and was intended to draw attention to gospel mission in Europe.
Pastor Walter Johnston introduced the meeting with a reminder of the scriptural call to missionary work. Martin Leech, assistant director of EMF, spoke on the necessity for gospel ministry throughout the continent, pointing out that Europe is a needy mission field.
EMF missionaries Manuel and Krisztina Lopez Franco had travelled from Spain to be there. Manuel spoke about the church-planting work he leads in Almuñecar, a town of 40,000 residents one hour to the east of Malaga, on the Spanish south coast.
This work, which began in 2002, has made encouraging progress, with a multinational congregation of thirty or more gathering on Sundays. They are in a holiday area and see many tourists during the summer months.
After a break, the focus shifted to the mission field on our own doorstep. István Salánki and Yuriy Vyshnevs’kyy described their respective ministries in London. As with so many towns and cities in the UK, London has a vast immigrant population.
István is minister of the Hungarian Reformed Church, in the Hammersmith area. Yuri leads the Russian outreach work of the East London Tabernacle, in Mile End. They spoke of their evangelistic labours among native Hungarian and Russian speakers, respectively.
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