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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Wesley Campbell tells his story of meeting the Queen and the King of Kings

�God has been good to me�

Wesley Campbell pictured with the two Royal Maundy purses.

Wesley Campbell pictured with the two Royal Maundy purses.

The large tent at the Knocknadona �Key 2 Life Gospel Campaign� was packed to capacity on Thursday 22nd May to hear local man Wesley Campbell speak of his meeting with the Queen and also of his meeting with the King of Kings. In conversation with Faith Mission Director Trevor Matthews, the sprightly 94 year old told of his great pleasure in accepting an invitation to St Patrick�s Cathedral in Armagh on Maundy Thursday (20th March) where he received Royal Maundy purses from the Queen in recognition of his long and exemplary service to the church and the community. He then went on to tell of his meeting with the King of Kings and Lord of all, when at the age of just 10, he become a Christian on 26th October 1923 during a Gospel Mission at Beanstown Mission Hall led by the Faith Mission Pilgrims. Although no children attended those meetings (due to the large number of adults attending), his father, who on that occasion had cataracts and was unable to see properly, asked the ten year-old Wesley to accompany him to the Mission along the dark country roads from their home at the Water Works, where his father was caretaker.

The retired Commercial Traveller, who is a lifelong Methodist, is a member of Magheragall Methodist Church. Born on 2nd July 1913, his full Christian name is John Wesley, named after the founder of Methodism. Wesley went on to speak of a full and great life in which he was a Faith Mission Prayer Union member for over 80 years; Sunday School Superintendent for 25 years; and member of the Disabled Christian Fellowship for 32 years as well as being an organist, singer and preacher.

Explaining that he was near the end of his earthly journey, Wesley said that nothing would give him more pleasure than knowing that someone would come to know the Lord as a result of his interview. �God has been good to me�, he said; and concluded, �If you don�t know God - you don�t know what you are missing�.