On the 8th of January 2011 an inaugural meeting was held at Derry Hill, near Calne, in the county of Wiltshire for the newly established Wessex Auxiliary. Back in February of the previous year a group of men were invited to a meeting in Salisbury to discuss the possibility of re-stabilising an Auxiliary in the West of England. After much prayer and consideration five willing men were approved by the General committee of the Society and the Wessex Auxiliary was formed in October 2010, with an inaugural meeting planned for early on in the new year.
Returning to the 8th of January, nearly 100 people made their way to Derry Hill. Mr G Buss chaired the meeting, and gave an informative account of the work and a small address to the children there present. Mr David Broom spoke further of the work of the Society and its present situation. After the singing of the second praise the Rev Malcolm Watts preached from 2 Timothy 3 :15 “ And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. In his concluding remarks he set forth his great desire, which so many of us share, that through the distribution of the Bible many would come to hear of Jesus Christ and further believe in Him as their personal Saviour.
God's presence was known and His word was blessed. After the meeting refreshments were served and a time of fellowship was enjoyed.
To encourage the Children a bag full of TBS material, including colouring books, and book marks was made freely available, along with, and much to the delight of the Children, an item of food to take home. How good it was, as is always the case, to see children in the service.
We look back on the inaugural meeting with much thankfulness to God and give Him the praise which He so deserves. We pray looking forward in the will the Lord to the great work that is set before us, praying that God would continue to richly bless the work, and that through the distribution of His word many would come to faith in Christ.