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Return from Ireland and Exciting News!

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Twelve years ago, we came on staff with e3 Partners! In that time, we have shared the Gospel, planted churches, trained disciples and help start an orphanage while working in countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, Jordan, India, Nepal, Peru and Uganda. And of course, our recent work in Ireland as well as being part of the NoPlaceLeft network to reach Tulsa OK for Christ.  Being part of the e3 family is an amazing blessing for us! Every now and again, we comment to each other that this ministry is pretty much all we've known as a married couple. On June 3, we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary and if you include the several mission trips we did prior to e3 in 2004 & 2005...well, it really is what we've dedicated our lives and marriage to.  As we continue to serve Ireland with e3, God has opened another exciting door for us with Cypress Bible Church in Cypress (Houston) Texas where Tony has accepted a position as Outreach and Missions Pastor. Cypress Bible is a wonderfu…
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Springing Into Action! A few weeks ago, we had a  time change. We are ready for spring, nice weather and the continued advance of God's Kingdom as we serve in Tulsa and Ireland.  Here are some highlights for the first quarter of 2018.
The Tulsa NoPlaceLeft network put on a Four Fields Intensive Training, hosted by Cedar Ridge Christian Church.  The NoPlaceLeft network is growing and making an impact across the Tulsa Metro area.  Tony was privileged to be able to play a small roll in the training there.On Feb. 23-24 we lead a training at St. Nicholas Church in Dundalk, Co. Louth Ireland.  The first day training was for leaders and the second for the church to learn how to reach their community for Christ.  Several church members came from other areas who will take this training back with them to other counties.There are huge opportunities to impact the Kingdom in the Hispanic communities across the US and Tulsa is no exception.  We've had the opportunity to cast vision with sev…

Missions Vision Message in Lisburn N. Ireland 10-22-17

Giving Thanks! 2017

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Finding words to describe 2017 is almost impossible for us. Things have progressed so quickly, so amazingly, that many times throughout the last twelve months we have found ourselves utterly speechless before God. Churches in Ireland are catching a vision for reaching their homeland, discipleship training is continually taking place, many churches/ministries here in Tulsa are uniting to reach our city and state. Our e3 Team Ireland has grown to include eight North American field staff and the members of our mission teams are falling in love with Ireland and having their hearts broken for its spiritual state, just like we knew they would! We also celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in June by spending a couple days in Venice, Italy after our May trip.

We want to thank all of you who continue to partner with us through your praying, going and giving; we could not do this without you...we truly are grateful for your partnership. It is not too late to make a year end donation or to b…

How Do You Eat an Elephant

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How Do You Eat an Elephant?
One Bite at a Time!
(No Elephants were harmed in the writing of this newsletter) e3's strategy for Ireland is '32 by 32' and while this seems like an impossible task, we know that God is able to accomplish it. We've just returned from our latest expedition, serving with the Transformation Center, a church in Lisburn, N. Ireland, and we feel like we have taken another bite out of this elephant-sized vision. God assembled 16 amazing people to produce our largest and most diverse team we've had the privilege of leading.

Time well spent...
The team was blessed to worship with the Transformation Center on Sunday morning and held a training for the church that evening, Monday through Friday we went out into the harvest (going into the community to share the gospel), serving in the local Lisburn area and also went back to the Twinbrook community in W. Belfast (an area that not many ministries are willing to go to because of their troubled past).  …

Mission Poland 2017

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In addition to Ireland, we are also working to open up an e3 country strategy for Poland.  This was the second trip to Poland and it was a great success.  Matt, one of our country leaders, made arrangements for us to work with his home church in Bedzin.  Each morning at 9 am we would train the trainer and then from 11-1 pm, the trained trainer would train the team (that sounds like a whole lot of training, right).  After lunch we would go out into the harvest (the harvest is anyplace we can encounter people: parks, apartments, neighborhoods, etc.).  We spend most of our time in communities surrounding the church.  We were able to have 129 gospel conversations and 49 of those were people who wanted to know more and continue the conversation at another time.  Four of those were willing to meet and study the Bible.  All in all we were very excited that in one week we could accomplish so much for the Kingdom.  There is a lot of follow up work now for our Polish team now that we have left…

How to be Strategic in Short-Term Missions

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I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Bryan Entzminger on the Engaging Missions podcast.  If you have the time check it out:

http://engagingmissions.com/tonysvendsen2