15 Sep

Alive Belfast concludes with another great word from Harrison Conley

Harrison Conley turned up to the final night of Alive Belfast on Wednesday wearing no socks, but it certainly wasn’t due to hot temperatures in Belfast.  Ever since Harrison and his dad Bayless arrived in Northern Ireland from sunny California last Saturday, it hasn’t stopped raining.  

Notwithstanding; the poor weather failed to dampen the spirits of those attending this year’s Alive Belfast event where thousands came out from all over Northern Ireland each night, and approximately 35 people made decisions to follow Jesus in just five days.  “That’s a great return and very encouraging” commented Harrison before he and Bayless flew back to California on Thursday.

Said Bayless “I’m glad so many people responded to the messages we had prepared. I hope they will go on with God and get added to the church at Whitewelll.”

Conley junior, who is replacing his dad as lead pastor of the Cottonwood Church California, showed just why he’s a worthy successor bringing another powerful message about “lost things,”-  even using the real life illustration of how he’d  lost one of his favourite socks.

 “I have a much-loved pair of socks and thought I’d brought them with me, but I misplaced or lost one of them, so it was impossible to wear them tonight” joked Harrison.

Conley spoke on the parables Jesus taught in Luke chapter 15, recalling the story of a woman who searched the house for a missing coin. He then reminded the packed ground floor at the Tabernacle of how, in the same way, God doesn't give up on us. “When we respond to God and accept His offer of Salvation God is  River-dancing with joy” added Conley, who constantly affirmed God’s copious love for His creation throughout the mission, as did his father, Bayless. 

Maria Gilpin and the Well Band provided some outstanding Christian music on Wednesday evening, while Jill Power brought a spoken word.  Numerous young people gave their lives to the Lord on Wednesday evening, a great conclusion to a most fruitful week at the Tabernacle.  

Finally our thanks to Harrison and Bayless for the excellent messages they preached this past week and, of course,  to everyone else who played their part in helping make this year’s Alive Belfast event a success.