It is truly exciting to have a front row seat on what God is doing in Ireland. Continually, we meet so many people who have been praying for Ireland, have become burdened for the state of the country or feel God calling them to go into the difficult field that is the Emerald Isle and share the life-giving, life-transforming message of Jesus Christ. Our Lord told us to in Luke 10:2, "So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields" (NLT). This is something we do daily and ask you to pray with us and we are overjoyed to give this praise report. Last evening, fourteen members of Christ Church, as well as the head minister, attended a 411 Discipleship training conducted by our very own e3 National Director Andrew Clements in Kilkeel. Everyone loved it and another training has been set for next Thursday for more members to attend. It is our prayer that several people will help Andrew lead the training. In order to reach the whole of Ireland, we will need many more partnerships like this. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer...our ever-faithful God is answering them!
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). …
Being missionaries, it is easy to say we're doing enough in our overseas work in Ireland and Poland, but God says we are to make disciples as we go, where we are at, baptizing and teaching them to obey. Our desire is to be used of God in our Jerusalem (Tulsa, OK), as well as in Ireland and Poland. We've had the privilege of training over 300 people in the Tulsa area and 11 churches. Recently, we began a partnership with Southern Hill Baptist Church and P61 Ministry to take the gospel and make disciples in London Square Apartments. In the past two months, we have had six professions of faith, two homes open up for bible study and today we had the privilege of baptizing Adam and Kimberley. May God continue to give the increase as we seek to advance His Kingdom.
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…