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Why Ireland?

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As we seek to develop a mission strategy for Ireland, I thought I would take a minute to answer the question: "If you could serve anywhere in the world, why Ireland?  Isn't Ireland already mainly a Christian nation?"  Our initial thought was the same, and then we visited Ireland after a mission trip to Africa.  We began to talk with people about the spiritual state of their country and we found that most people we talked with wanted nothing to do with their Christian heritage.  We found this interesting and after returning home, we did a little more research. 
 "Research published in 2006 by the Evangelical Alliance Ireland (EAI) shows that the number of evangelicals tripled from 10,000 in 1980 to 30,000 in 2006. However, evangelicals still make up less than 1 percent of Ireland's population. More than 60 percent of evangelical churches have started in the last 25 years; 40 percent in the last 10. Nearly half claim no denomination.”[i]
We began to talk with e3 Eur…