Belfast to Congo – October Events

Lurgan and Ballymena host New Irish Arts and the McAllisters.

Last July, the BBC screened ‘A Deadly Mission: from Belfast to Congo’ - an hour-long documentary following the fascinating life of Bob and Alma McAllister who left the shores of Belfast Lough to live as missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The story gripped the nation as it told of God’s faithfulness in the midst of terror, uncertainty and struggle.


'I turned to the rebels and said: you’ve shot one of my best friends. Then they turned their guns at me. The bullets went everywhere.'

Bob McAllister

Bob was shot alongside Hector McMillan in 1964, but even this near-death experience was not enough to deter the McAllister family from following their call to bring good news to the Congo. 

Now, accompanied by his two sons who are both active players in this ongoing work, Bob is preparing to share this tremendous story at a series of events in October. Come and hear how the McAllister family turned tragedy into hope: through film, interviews and music from the New Irish Choir and Orchestra, you’ll be inspired by this amazing story and its legacy today.  


Join us at Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan on Friday 21st October at 7.30pm, or  at Wellington Church, Ballymena on Saturday 22nd October at 7.30pm. 

To buy tickets, please click here. Please note that there is an extra fee of £2.20 per ticket bought online. 

Alternatively, you can phone our Belfast office on 028 9073 0060.

We will also be hosting these events in Londonderry and Belfast in March: tickets will be available for these shortly.