Leonard Mullan (1918-2004) was born the year WW1 ended, and the Spanish Flu pandemic began. He grew up in “Carnlough by the sea”, from whence he would eventually go to Japan to serve the Lord. He was saved in meetings held in his parents’ home, taken by Messrs Joseph Stewart and David Craig. This is a recording made when Mr Mullan was 85 years old, saved for 73 years! The record of his and his wife Agnes’s 37 years in Japan are told in Mr Mullan’s autobiography The God of My Life. Mr Mullan wrote a poem reflecting on the challenge of leaving Carnlough to serve the Lord in the Far East:
Japan or Carnlough! Oh which shall it be!
Inviting voices now are calling me;
Where shall I turn, the lamp of life to burn;
Where shall I live, the Light of Life to give;
Japan! where many perils be,
Or peaceful Carnlough by the sea?
But, Carnlough ’tis to thee that I belong,
The sentiments that tug my heart are strong;
Place of my birth, what other place on earth
My heart can touch, or stir my thoughts so much?
The scene of my nativity,
I love thee, Carnlough by the sea!
Yes, Carnlough was the place I always meant
To settle down, and live with heart content,
But God has changed the plans I had arranged,
And is Japan my goal in God’s great plan,
Where I should preach salvation free
Instead of Carnlough by the sea?
My God, Thy will be done, Thy way is best.
I’ll go where Thou dost send me, east or west.
I’ll take Thy word to those who never heard,
And spread the fame of Jesus’ saving Name;
That they may rise and come to Thee,
While Carnlough lingers by the sea!
Before giving his testimony Mr Mullan read: Heb 2:9 4:12-13, 7:25, 9:27, 10:12, 12:29, 13:20-21 (Message preached in Glengormley, Northern Ireland)