About 500 people packed the Lagan Valley Island on Sunday 26th
March 2006 for the opening night of Mission Real Lives, with
about 50 people unable to be seated in the main auditorium.
Organised by Lisburn and Emmanuel Baptist
Churches, the service
was led by Pastor Robert Murdock of Emmanuel Baptist Church and
the guest speaker was Roger Carswell.
Sharon Baird, Paula Coulter and a choir comprising of members
from Lisburn and Emmanuel Baptist Churches led the hearty praise
and the soloist was Julie Larmour.
In an emotional interview conducted by Roger
businessman Andy Cardy spoke about the tragic
loss of his nine-year old daughter Jennifer. He recalled how he
went hand-in-hand with her to buy a new bicycle at a shop near
the family home and of the time when she rode off on the new
bike - the last time he seen her alive. Andy spoke of the
exhaustive search that ensued that day at farmhouses and how as
the night went on he said, “They knew they were in trouble”.
The Police and the army, with many of his friends taking time
off work, joined in the search for Jennifer. The new bicycle
was found over a hedge and a week later fishermen found
Jennifer’s body in a dam about half way between Hillsborough and
Dromore. Andy went on to explain the impact of Jennifer’s death
on him spiritually and recalled that the Rev. William Beattie
ran meetings in the family home every night and how as a result
of these meetings he was convicted of the dread of dying without
Christ and spoke of his conversion a few weeks later, following
a Gospel Mission.
He said that, “He knew Jennifer was with
Christ, and would not want to come back even if she could” and
went on to speak about his assurance of the joy of seeing her in
Heaven. Asked, “who are you looking forward to seeing the most
- Christ or Jennifer? Andy replied, yes, he was
looking forward to seeing Christ, but he was also looking
forward to seeing his daughter Jennifer. In conclusion
Andy spoke about the
number of people who had heard the Gospel through Jennifer.
Following the interview, Roger Carswell in
his address spoke of four different ways in which people came to
faith: Through a sermon; because they have a relative; a
specific call from God; and because they have a friend. He
invited the 500 strong crowd to ‘Come and See Jesus’.
Come and see him:
- Lying in the manger.
- As a young boy, beginning his ministry.
- Stripped of his garments and crowned with thorns.
- Dying for our sins on the cross.
- Taken from the cross and put in the tomb.
- Risen and ALIVE.
- Ascend into heaven.
He concluded by saying that one day Jesus
will come again and asked the question, “Will we see him
Pictured at the opening night of Mission
Real Lives in Lagan Valley Island on Sunday
26th March 2006 are (seated) guest speaker
Roger Carswell and local businessman Andy
Cardy. Also included is L to R: (back row)
Leaders from Lisburn and Emmanuel Baptist
Churches - Pastor Robert Murdock, Noel
Spence, Stephen Aicken, Allistair Magill and
Julie Larmour - Soloist from Emmanuel
Baptist Church singing “I give you Jesus” at
the opening night of ‘Mission Real Lives’ in
the Lagan Valley Island on Sunday 26th March
2006. Also included is the combined choir
comprising of members from Lisburn and
Emmanuel Baptist Churches.
On Wednesday evening, Roger Carswell
conducted an emotional
interview with John Mosey about losing his
daughter in the Lockerbie Air Disaster.
John Mosey spoke of his daughter Helga as being a lovely
energetic lively child with whom he had a nice relationship; she
loved music and led the worship in their church. Helga took a
year out from University working as a nanny in the U.S.A. and
came home for a week prior to Christmas 1988. John explained
that he acted as her taxi driver for the whole week driving to
various places to meet friends. On 21st December 1988, John
drove Helga to Heathrow Airport to catch her flight to America
where she was to sing in a Christmas Concert. Before the flight
was called he asked Helga to ring her mother Lisa and as spoke
the flight was called. Helga ended the conversation saying to
her mother, “They are calling my flight, I will have to go”.
John was unclear about most of his last conversation with Helga
but can remember saying to her before she left, “Helga, I love
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lisburn,
Councillor Jonathan Craig, pictured with John and
Lisa Mosey at ‘Mission Real Lives’ in the Lagan
Valley Island on Tuesday 28th March 2006. In an
interview with guest speaker Roger Carswell, John
spoke about losing his 19 year-old daughter Helga in
the Lockerbie Air Disaster on 21st December 1988.
He travelled back home and someone rang to ask, “Did Helga get
away” and went on to explain that there had been a plane crash
over Scotland. They switched on the TV and a newsflash came on
showing the disaster scene at Lockerbie and John recalled
thinking how awful it was for the people involved. Then the
flight number came on the screen - Pan Am 103. Even thought he
had helped her check in her bags at the airport, the flight
number did not register. The suddenly it did, Helga’s brother
Marcus, who was 3 years younger than Helga, started screaming,
“No, No, No.”
That evening about 40 visitors from the church came to the
family home, some prayed, some wept and some just sat silently.
John explained that as a Pastor he was used to dealing with
bereavement and said that now, the “tables were turned”. Roger
asked, “Has this destroyed you faith?” John replied, “We have
preached most of our lives – this is when we test our faith and
explained that not a hour has passed that Helga was not in his
thoughts. He spoke of the uncanny peace or as he put it - “The
peace of God, that doesn’t make sense.”
Roger asked, “Why did God allow this to happen?” to which John
said, “God did not create the world that we live in today, it
was sin that made it like that”. Roger enquired, “Have you ever
regretted becoming a Christian at the age of 13?” John quickly
replied, “Never” and concluded the interview by saying that he
loves and enjoys life but focuses on the big things and spoke of
the wondrous assurance that he will see his daughter Helga when
he gets to Heaven.
Andy Cardy One of the guest speakers at
Mission Real Lives
Pan Am Flight Wreckage
Programme of events:
Sunday 26th March at
8.00pm Main meeting - Andy Cardy - ‘Losing a child’
Monday 27th March at
8.00pm Main meeting - Mike Mellor - ‘A Journalist
who over came Alcohol abuse’
Tuesday 28th March
10.30am - 12.00pm: Ladies Coffee Morning
Wednesday 29th March
- International Day
Struggling to meet people and make friends in this
Please come and meet some friendly faces at our
International friendship day.
10.00am - 11.00am: Coffee
1.00pm - 2.00pm: Book Table
- items in many languages. (Most will be free).
4.00pm - 6.00pm: Coffee and
7.00pm: Book table - items
in many languages (Most will be free).
8.00pm: Main meeting -
Professor Andy McIntosh (Leeds University)
Thursday 30th March
- Creation Day
Is Creationism a Scandal? - Two
lectures by Professor Andy McIntosh.
Professor Andy McIntosh (Leeds University) is one of the
highest-ranking intellectuals in Britain and is committed to
the belief that God created the world in 6 days. Come and
hear why he believes what he believes.
2.00pm: ‘The Intricacies of
3.45pm: ‘Genesis, Babel and the
8.00pm: Main meeting - Albert
McDonald - ‘Business and alcohol’
Friday 31st March
Saturday 1st April
8.45am - 10.00am: Men’s
3.00pm: - An afternoon with
Alison Kavanagh and Debbie forest on ‘Overcoming
8.00pm: Main meeting -
Stephen Collier and Michael Ferguson - ‘Christians in
Sunday 2nd April at