Coronavirus Update – Statement from the Committee

The Committee met online on the 25th March to discuss various things pertaining to the work of the Mission. Whilst we still have the usual business to conduct, obviously the Coronavirus situation has dominated much of our discussions.

In the light of Government advice, on 17th March a memorandum was issued to all Staff and Associate workers suspending all normal open-air activity. This includes preaching in the open-air and also distribution of tracts (on the street and also through letter boxes). There is a Government ‘stay at home’ policy currently in force which forbids anything but essential travel (for food, health reasons or work (where you cannot work from home)). We understand the frustration of wanting to share the gospel outside at such a time as this, but we must act in accordance with Government advice and maintain a good testimony. We would not wish to be seen as ‘irresponsible’ at the moment which would bring shame upon the gospel.

However, we are looking to develop further online resources to reach out during such times. Our hope is that staff and supporters to share these widely through social media, emails and messages. We are encouraging our workers to spend time reading, praying, studying and preparing new resources (open-air talks, videos etc.). We have also, inevitably, cancelled the Leeds Team Event, Family Conference and also the Tissington Well Dressing outreach. We will keep other future events under review based upon the latest advice from the Government.

In support of our workers, the Committee’s decision at this time is that we will continue to employ staff on full pay.

We look forward to the time when we can be out once more, proclaiming the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ in the biblical, effective and face-to-face manner of open-air evangelism!

Latest, up-to-date, Government information can be found at:

As believers we look to our Sovereign God and cultivate a deepening reliance on Him.

Those who trust in the Lord
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the Lord surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.’

(Psalm 125:1-2)


26th March 2020

During a time when we cannot be outside sharing the gospel as we would like, we are developing our online resources. We will be posting these on social media at regular intervals and would encourage you to ‘like’ and ‘share’ these.

By doing so, more non-Christians are brought into contact with the gospel online. Even if we cannot (at the moment) reach them outside, let’s try and witness for Christ on the internet.

A video version of our popular gospel leaflet.

Why not like and share it online?



It is with regret that we announce the joint OAM-UBM Training Day will not now take place on Saturday, 21st March.

Many expressed an interest in attending (over 130 bookings) and so we shall be postponing until later in the year. Further details will follow in due course.

Former Evangelist Derrick Cole went to be with the Lord on December 28th, 2019. Your prayer for his family would be appreciated.

Derrick served as an Associate worker from 1991 before being accepted as a full-time Evangelist in 1993. Derrick was regularly in the open-air at Bilston, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. Retiring in 2009, but continuing when he could as an Associate worker once more.

Here is Derrick’s testimony, in his own words:

‘I first heard something of Jesus Christ when at the age of three, I was sent along to a local Methodist Church Sunday School.

I first remember being moved by the message as a twenty year old while doing my National Service in Germany.

From the radio in the Barrack room came the voice of Billy Graham.

I remember pleading with my room mates to leave the radio on so that I could listen.

Five years later and now married, I went along to hear Billy Graham in person at one of his big Missions.

Although an interest in spiritual things was awakened within, my search for meaning in life took me down all sorts of other roads including the occult.

It was through my own children attending Sunday School and my accompanying them to a special service, that brought me again under the sound of the gospel.

However it was not for another nine years that I became a Christian.

I was working for the Probation Service at the time and filling my life with pubs and clubs, though not neglecting my family who were very important to me as well.

I gradually became aware of being a sinner before God and a deep sense of my lost condition came over me.

I found wonderful relief one day when I took myself off to a wood to be alone, and there fell to my knees asking the Lord to have mercy upon me.

I soon felt a tremendous burden to speak to others about God’s amazing grace and have done since.’

We thank God for Derrick’s life and witness.

Amazing Journey through the Bible is our latest children’s tract/leaflet. Although it is designed to complement the Bible Exhibition, it can be used independently to give an overview of the Bible’s message.

These multi-fold tracts can be purchased from our online shop at £6 per 100 (plus P&P).

It is with sadness that we report the home-call of retired Evangelist and Associate worker Geoff Cox. Following a serious accident in his garden, Geoff was hospitalised and, less than a week later, died on Wednesday, 27th February. He is now in the presence of the Saviour whom he loved and proclaimed.

Geoff began as an Associate worker with the Mission before commencing service as a part-time Evangelist in January 2008. He took up the work full-time in July 2009. Following his retirement in late 2016, Geoff continued as an Associate worker leading regular open-airs.

As a Mission we have much to thank God for in the life and witness of Geoff. Please join us in praying for Ruth and the family at this difficult time.