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A Decade Of Publicity

Pastor James McConnell's reputation as a great preacher soon began to spread far and wide and by Christmas 1983 the church was being besieged by a deluge of journalists wanting to know why so many Roman Catholics and terrorists were getting saved and joining the church. Indeed four times over the next year the Whitewell ministry was featured on national television while also making the headlines in local and international newspapers.

Just like the Messiah, who was questioned vigorously by many religious authorities, Whitewell also underwent huge examination from established laymen and media alike. Yet, it has to be said that this publicity had no adverse effect on he Whitewell congregation. They remained a faithful, humble people and are, to this day, the same regardless of a greater swell in attendance.

God was truly working, demonstrated by the fact that no less than 66 people came to Christ after one particular Sunday night service. That marked the beginning of an awesome period of soul winning, where the Holy Spirit threw down all kinds of challenges to the people of Whitewell.

Out of darkness God had brought light and unity to a land which for so long had known nothing but division,

"And that he might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity". (Ephesians 2:16)

Despite adversity, God had built a church truly of Jesus "without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing" a church that had felt the human sins of the world. One thing since its earliest days had known nothing else but the Bible, he Blood and the blessed Hope.