The Soldiers' & Airmen's Scripture Readers Association

The Soldiers' & Airmen's Scripture Readers Association

ASR Meg Atkinson MBE

Meg Atkinson with Soldiers

After serving as a SASRA Scripture Reader for forty-eight years, ASR Meg Atkinson MBE left SASRA at the end of 2021. Having joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in 1966, Meg had hoped that this would equip her to join the Police Force. Whilst she was later offered a job at the Lincolnshire Constabulary, Meg declined so that she could study at the Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh. During her Bible College training, Meg felt called into the work of SASRA, becoming a Scripture Reader in 1974. Meg was then based at RAF Lyneham until 2011, having been awarded Membership of the British Empire for her commitment to serving personnel in 2009.

In addition to her ministry in the UK, Meg was also an ever-present at the annual Nijmegen marches in the Netherlands, tirelessly encouraging fellow marchers and flying the flag for Jesus. This was a particularly fruitful area of ministry for Meg.

Following the closure of RAF Lyneham, Meg became a constant friendly face at RAF Brize Norton. Described as a ‘walking morale boost’, her faithful work with members of the Armed Forces was once again publicly recognised when she received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Meg was utterly devoted to getting alongside and befriending troops, with the intention of pointing them to the Lord Jesus through her actions and conversations. She was well known and respected around the stations where she worked, with her sweet-filled ‘morale bags’ being particularly popular.

We thank the Lord for the thousands of gospel conversations and tracts that Meg has shared with individuals over the years and for the many professions of faith that she has witnessed. We give all the glory to God for bearing much fruit through His servant and pray on that He will continue to grow the seeds that Meg has sown.

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