The southern masked weaver bird seen constructing its unique nest at Makaranga Garden Lodge, Kloof, South Africa

‘Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.’ Psalm 84:5. Knowing where your real strength lies is a prerequisite to starting to follow Jesus. The journey (pilgrimage) has some unexpected twists and turns, disappointments and yet great joy and a real sense of privilege. All pilgrims are travelling to the same ultimate destination. Thanks for accompanying us on our journey through prayer, giving and communication.

Gareth & Malou Bolton

“Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say, I’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.” John Bunyan (1684)

SCHEDULE

Oct 3-8 Church of God, La Rochelle, France (www.eglisededieu-larochelle.com/?lang=en)
Sun Oct 13 11.00am: All Nations CC, Manor Park, London
Sat Oct 19 8.00am: Men’s breakfast, Highley, Shropshire.
Sun Oct 20 10.30am: Holme on Spalding Moor CF, Yorkshire
5.00pm: Elim Corner Church, York
Oct 25-27 Air Itam CC, Penang, Malaysia
Oct 30-31 Kuala Lumpur

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean seen from our cabin onboard Logos Hope in Argentina. South Africa is straight ahead!

After speaking at 16 meetings during one week of ministry in wintry Cape Town, we are now spending a second week in milder Durban. Included among the many ministry opportunities will be two visits to GNCR (Good News Christian Radio) to record a number of programmes to be broadcast later.

Thanks for your interest and support. God bless you,

Gareth & Malou Bolton

www.amentrust.co.uk

SCHEDULE

Sept 2-9 Ministry in Durban, South Africa
Sept 10 Arrive in UK
Sept 12-21 Oak Hall in Amalfi, Italy
Sun Sept 22 New Barn Christian Fellowship, Kent
Sept 22-27 Dorset with Mum Bolton
Sun Sept 29 AM: Cliffe Community Church, Kent
PM: Oak Hall Church, Surrey

A special OM mission event in Cape Town entitled “Friends of OM”

Onboard MV Logos Hope, these two teenage Argentinian girls opened, read and studied the Bible with Malou and Saya for the very first time

We received a warm and attentive response to the gospel from these friendly prisoners in a dimly lit Argentinian prison

We received a warm and attentive response to the gospel from these friendly prisoners in a dimly lit Argentinian prison

 

 

We celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary by spending two days visiting the spectacular Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina

Greetings from cabin 559 onboard Logos Hope in Mar del Plata, Argentina, where it is wintertime and cold outside. I have about 20 attending the preachers’ workshop who are preparing to deliver their message to the group and to camera, a challenging experience especially when most of the 16 different nationalities represented have English as their second or third language. Later, I will meet with each one individually for a feedback session. Meanwhile, Malou is getting alongside different ones and sharing with me in the chaplaincy work.

Thanks for your partnership,

Gareth & Malou Bolton

www.amentrust.co.uk

SCHEDULE

Jul 24-Aug 18 Mar del Plata, Argentina
Aug 18 Leave Logos Hope
Aug 19 Fly from Buenos Aires
Aug 20 Arrive in the UK
Aug 23 Depart UK
Aug 24-Sept 2 Cape Town, South Africa (missions mobilisation)

With Uncle Alan Greenbank, former secretary of the Open Air Mission, in West Hoe Park, Plymouth. (Archive Photo c. 40 years ago)

 

Some of the young participants of a Vacation Bible School (VBS) run by SIKKAT, an AMEN partner in the Philippines

Gareth recently spent a week with Oak Hall in Lake Bled, Slovenia, a beautiful country adjoining Austria that was part of former Yugoslavia. One highlight was meeting with a lively, growing local church. This was particularly significant in a country that has the 5th slowest growing evangelical population in the world. Teaching through the book of Jonah to 40 folk each night was a joy. We have now arrived onboard MV Logos Hope after a 13 hour overnight flight from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, where it is currently wet, cool, dark & wintertime! More news next month from the ship.

God bless you,

Gareth & Malou Bolton
www.amentrust.co.uk

MV LOGOS HOPE

Jun 28-Jul 23 Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Jul 24-Aug 17 Mar del Plata, Argentina

Sharing the gospel with two German school boys in London as part of an Open Air Mission outreach

A breakthrough as a group of disunited Pakistani pastors are brought together by an AMEN partner and meet with God

Preaching in Temple Baptiste of Bruay-la-Buissière in the north of France

 

 

A large pot of rice prepared to feed c. 500 people after a wedding in which we took part in South India

Tomorrow, (June 1), we will drive to France, a country closer to our home in London than Wales or the north of England yet, according to the 2010 edition of Operation World, while 80% of French people have never handled a Bible, there are 10 times more people earning a living in occult practices than there are pastors and missionaries. At the same time, 300 towns and cities of over 10,000 people have no evangelical presence. While a new congregation is planted almost every week, there is a need for thousands more churches. If you want to know how you could get involved, visit https://fr.om.org/en/

Thank you for your partnership. God bless you,

Gareth & Malou Bolton

www.amentrust.co.uk

Sun June 2 Temple Baptiste de Bruay-la-Buissière, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE
June 1-8 Open Air Mission (London week)
Sun June 9 Wall Heath Evangelical Church, nr. Birmingham (am & pm)
June 11-16 Dorset with Mum Bolton (incl. 96th birthday celebrations!)
Sun June 16 STEPS, Sherborne, Dorset (morning service + evening café church)
June 18-25 Oak Hall in SLOVENIA
Sun June 23 Evangelical Christian Church, Radovljica, Slovenia
June 27 Logos Hope in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA (onboard until August 19)

 

 

 

All the pupils of the school on Fisherman’s Island assembled under some trees to see a drama, sing some songs and to hear a message from the Bible

Greetings from Dubai which we leave in a few hours’ time for India, the 4th and final country of our 7 week ministry tour. We already have a kaleidoscope of memories and feel great gratitude to God for good health and safety plus many excellent opportunities for ministry, whether ‘one on one’ or corporately. Every taxi we rode in the Philippines provided a chance to share the gospel as well to often pray for the driver and leave literature. Similarly, our visit to Sabtang, the remote, unreached island with only a handful of believers, gave rise to some unexpected spiritual conversations. Gareth was usually the silent praying spectator as Malou engaged people in her own local dialect of ‘Ivatan’. Thank you for your interest and encouragement.

In His Grace,

Gareth & Malou Bolton

www.amentrust.co.uk

SCHEDULE

May 1-8 AMEN visit to south India: youth camp, couples’ camp and workers’ retreat
May 9 Fly from Dubai to London (arrive May 10)
Sun May 12 10.30am: Vine Evangelical Church, Sevenoaks
Sat May 18 Melbury Men’s Breakfast, George Albert Hotel, Evershot, Dorset.
May 17-19 Oak Hall Summer Team weekend
May 21-23 Prayer Conference at Oak Hall with George Verwer
Sun May 26 10.30am: Brownhill Road Baptist Church, Catford, London
6.30pm: Cannon Court Evangelical Church, Fetcham, Surrey

Another spectacular sunset in the port of Basco Batanes

 

This warning sign at the airport in Batanes was needed as we experienced two earthquakes during our visit – one in Batanes and one in Manila

 

Lucille, a disabled young lady of 27 with a sad history, listened carefully as Malou shared the gospel to her on the island of Sabtang

 

Our two tricycle taxi drivers who took us around the island of Sabtang also listened to the gospel

 

Our first close up view of Fisherman’s Island which is located off the coast of Papua New Guinea and only reached by boat from the capital Port Moresby

 

Greetings from Lae in PNG (Papua New Guinea), a Melanesian country of about 8 million people. With approximately 830 languages (20% of the world’s total), it is the most ethno-linguistically diverse nation in the world. Last Sunday, at the Lutheran Church, c. 400 were present at their monthly missions service. After an appeal for cross-cultural workers, a number came forward (see below). The church leadership has promised to follow them up. In Batanes, Malou’s birth island, Gareth will speak at OM Philippines’ annual conference and outreach. The island, accessible only by plane, is located in the far north and is known for its natural beauty and typhoons. A neighbouring island, Sabtang, accessible only by boat, has no evangelical church and only a few believers. A small team has a desire to see the gospel being preached there and will visit to pray and seek God’s will. Our 7 week ministry tour includes PNG, Philippines, UAE and India and comprises 12 flights. Your prayers are much appreciated.

From the ends of the earth,

Gareth <>< Malou Bolton

( www.amentrust.co.uk)

SCHEDULE

April 5 Fly from Manila to Basco, Batanes
Sun Apr 7 Word of Truth Church, Batanes
April 10-13 Twice daily teaching at OM’s GEM (Go the Extra Mile) annual conference and outreach
Sun Apr 14 Jesus is Lord Church, Batanes
April 16 Fly from Basco to Manila
April 17-20 With Malou’s family in Baguio
Sun Apr 21 Combined churches ‘Sunrise Easter Service’ at Great Redeemer Christian Fellowship, Manila
April 22-24 Visit AMEN partners: SIKATT & CWTP (based in Manila)
April 25 Fly Manila to UAE
April 26-30 Based in Dubai
April 30 Fly from Dubai to Madurai, INDIA

 

The wonderful pastor’s family with whom we stayed in Santiago, the capital of Chile, after we left Logos Hope and before flying to the UK

‘I am not afraid of failure; I am afraid of succeeding in things that don’t matter’. William Carey (1761-1834)

The end of the coming month will see us ministering for the first time in Papua New Guinea (PNG). A visit has been on the radar for many years. Pray for those involved in lining up our programme that we might maximise the 10 days we spend there. Before that, we return to Serbia where, as well as ministering at the International Christian Fellowship from the book of Isaiah, Gareth will be teaching 2 Samuel, Obadiah and the Song of Solomon. We are very grateful to each of you whether you are moral, practical, prayer or financial supporters.
God bless you all,
Gareth <>< Malou Bolton
( www.amentrust.co.uk)

Sun Mar 3 11.00am: Brewham Chapel, Somerset
Mar 9 Fly London to Belgrade
Sun Mar 10 ICF, Belgrade, SERBIA
Mar 11-17 Belgrade Bible Sch. (HUB)
Mar 18 Fly Belgrade to London
Mar 20 Fly London to Manila, PHILIPPINES
Mar 22 Fly Manila to Port Moresby, PNG (until Apr 3)

Malou teaching a young brother and sister in a pastor’s home in Chile how to use ‘Evangecube’.

Sunset in the Atacama, the world’s driest desert with Jon Helmsdal from the Faroes Islands, the Captain of MV Logos Hope

Feb 1-11 Logos Hope in Valparaiso, Chile (www.gbaships.org/en)

‘It is my chief duty every day to ensure that my soul is happy in God.’ George Müller (1805-1898). After collecting quotations* for almost 40 years amounting to over 38,000 words and 147 pages, this is still one of the most challenging of them all. I am writing this update from our cabin 744 having recently completed a 3 day voyage with OM’s ship Logos Hope travelling south in the Pacific Ocean along the west coast of Chile from Antofagasta to Valparaiso. It has been a privilege to minister onboard and onshore including having the role of chaplains.

May God bless you all,

Gareth <>< Malou Bolton

(www.amentrust.co.uk)

SCHEDULE

Feb 14 Arrive in UK

Feb 16 Couples Dinner Fellowship, Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Westminster, London (www.emmanuelchurch.org.uk)

Sun Feb 17 Ryde Baptist Church, Isle of Wight (https://rydebaptist.org.uk)

Feb 19-23 Dorset

Sun Feb 24 Ichthus Christian Fellowship, Belvedere, London (www.ichthus.org.uk/congregations/belvedere)

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La Portada is a specially protected unique rock formation in the sea off the coast of Antofagasta in Chile
Children from the Logos Hope school watch the arrival of the ship into another port
Our comfortable cabin no 744, complete with portholes, plus one of Malou’s friends waiting on the couch to ‘sing’ in the church later

This gigantic mural greeted the ship’s company when they disembarked in Guayaquil, Ecuador

GREETINGS FROM CABIN #744 onboard MV Logos Hope where we are into the second day of a one week voyage from Guayaquil in Ecuador to Antofagasta in Chile. En route, we are sailing past the entire length of Peru’s coastline. As well as being onboard chaplains, we will be involved with a preachers’ workshop and a brief four session track summarising a history of Christian mission plus other onboard and onshore meetings. We would like to wish you, our friends and supporters, a very Happy New Year.

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Gareth <>< Malou Bolton

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SCHEDULE

Jan 4 Arrive in Antofagasta, Chile
Speak at morning devotions
Sun Jan 6 Onshore church
Sun Jan 13 Preach at LH morning service
Jan 25 Sail from Antofagasta
Jan 29 Arrive in Valparaiso, Chile