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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Three children's quiz books launched by the Mayor

Lisburn Mayor Councillor James Tinsley launched three children's quiz books in the Cherry Room, Lisburn Civic Centre on Thursday 25th October. The 101 series of books compiled by his brother Colin are entitled Bible Crosswords, Bible Word Searches and Bible Sword Drills.

Former Dundrod man Colin Tinsley, who now lives in Kinallen, was born on 8th May 1972 into a farming family of seven boys. His Christian parents instructed every son in the things of God and of their need of Salvation. During a special Gospel campaign in Lisburn in June 1989, Colin became a Christian at the age of 17. From this moment on, the Lord has given him many opportunities to serve Him. All his Christian life Colin has been committed to spreading the gospel and the Word of God among children and young people. Since the creation of Hope for Youth Ministries in 2005 he has worked full time in this field of service. As well as an involvement with short-term mission programmes in Kenya, USA and Poland he has lived and ministered for longer periods of time with various church groups as far afield as Jamaica and Australia. In the course of his service Colin has visited and spoken at over 300 schools, 120 of which are situated in Northern Ireland. He is also an experienced organiser of Bible clubs, camps and missions. Colin is married to Joanna, a well-known and talented artist from Poland.

Launching the books Councillor Tinsley said that as Mayor he is asked to attend many functions and perform many tasks and said that it was a 'personal privilege to launch Colin's books as he seeks to do something for the Lord'. Congratulating his brother he said that Colin, with support from his wife Joanna, had put a lot of work into the books and prayed that the Lord would use the books.

To a gathered crowd of friends and well-wishers last Thursday evening, Colin gave a brief explanation about what inspired him to compile the books. He recalled that as a child he once visited his mother in hospital and discovered that she had been doing a crossword puzzle. Realising that his mother, a Christian lady, who he describes as 'the best Mum in the world', was unable to answer questions on sport, films etc he came up with the idea of compiling a book of crossword puzzles based on the Bible, which he described as 'old fashioned - but ever new'.

Colin thanked his brother the Mayor for launching the books after which he invited some of his guests to take part in doing some Bible based competitions - Sword drills, crosswords and word search challenges that are contained in his books.

Colin's books will be promoted at Hillsborough Free Presbyterian Church on Saturday 10th November at 8.00pm. The books are available from Christian bookshops, alternatively you can contact Colin on (028) 9753 3716, All proceeds for these books go towards the ministry Colin is engaged in - Children's and Youth Ministry.