Lisburn Independent Methodist Church was packed to capacity recently to say farewell to the first family to leave the church for overseas missionary service.
Stephen and Linda Park with their two boys Joel (8) and Oliver (5) are leaving next week to serve in Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda. They are going out as missionaries with UFM (United for Mission).
The couple, who live in Donacloney, shared with the congregation how after trusting Christ as Saviour early in life, they both separately during their teenage years felt the call of God on their lives to missionary service.
Linda studied medicine at Queens University and became a GP in Portadown. Stephen is a graduate of the Irish Baptist Bible College. He testified how the different roles he was engaged in his employment will be of great benefit to him on the mission field.
Linda hopes to use her medical skills and experience within the hospital, while Stephen will be involved in administration but intends to be involved in pastoral ministry and evangelism in the community.
The Service was conducted by Rev. Eric Moore. Rev. Raymond Moore the former pastor led the commissioning prayer, Mr. Brian Hamilton spoke on behalf of the congregation paying tribute to the roles they both played in the ministry of the church and assuring them of the prayers and support of the congregation as they go to Uganda. Rev. Derek Maxwell brought a challenging and encouraging message from the Scripture. Mrs Louise Campbell from Portadown sang two very appropriate solos. After the service the ladies of the congregation provided a sumptuous supper.