Dr David Allen with Rev Murdo A. N. Macleod

Trinitarian Bible Society Meeting in Portree

Date: Monday, 12 September 2016
Author: Rev Raymond A Kemp

On 25th August a good number of people from throughout the north end of Skye met in Portree Free Church (Continuing) hall for a meeting which had been organised on behalf of the Trinitarian Bible Society.  

Rev Murdo A. N. Macleod (Snizort) chaired the meeting, which commenced with the singing of Psalm 119:9-16. Rev Raymond A. Kemp (Kilmuir & Stenscholl) then led in prayer. Dr David Allen (Senior Deputation Speaker of TBS) was then introduced and was invited to address the meeting. Reading the Scriptures from Acts 28:16-31, Dr Allen chose the words “with all confidence” from the final verse as the basis of his comments. He said that the apostle Paul’s confidence was in three things: the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (vv.23,31), the Kingdom of God (vv.23,31) and the Word of God (v.23). 

Dr Allen thanked those in the Free Church (Continuing) who had prayed for him over the past year since he took seriously ill, and then spoke about God’s amazing providences towards the Society in the provision of a new building for its UK headquarters.  

It was however the variety and progress of the translation projects in which the Society is engaged and on which Dr Allen reported that proved a topic of conversation at the meeting and for days afterwards. A revision of the German Bible, updating the 1912 Luther Bible, has been completed and will be printed this year, God willing. Work is continuing on the Mongolian Bible and 35,000 copies of the Spanish New Testament have recently been printed, many of which have already been distributed, including in South America. The Farsi New Testament and Psalms have been published, and work has now commenced on the Minor Prophets (Farsi is spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and parts of Saudi Arabia). The Nepalese Bible has been printed, work on the Mandarin and Mongolian translations is at an advanced stage, and it is hoped that the Turkish Bible will be printed later this year.

Dr Allen asked one thing of those present – not their money but their prayers.

Worship was brought to a close with the singing of Psalm 12:5-8, after which Rev Calum Smith (Bracadale & Duirinish) pronounced the Benediction. A bookstall with Bibles, greetings cards and other publications from the Society was available.

In his visit to Scotland Dr Allen also spoke at meetings hosted by the North Uist & Grimsay and Cross (Ness) congregations.

We pray that the Lord will bless the Society in its work and that He will continue to uphold Dr Allen in his labours.