(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). During our five days in the harvest the team was able to pray for 122 people, shared the gospel with 167, trained 55 believers (in addition to the members of Transformation Center), 90 people wanted to know more about following Jesus and 65 of them received a Gospel of John and 30 provided contact information to be followed up with.
Returning to Twinbrook was an incredible blessing. For whatever reason, I was really touched by that area of West Belfast last May. God truly blessed me by allowing me to revisit Christine whom I had met in May. Seeing her lovely face answer the door and walking into her apartment again, reminded me afresh how much I truly love doing this. Although things are moving forward, Christine and her son are still going thru rough times but talking with and praying for her, I believe, blessed us both. She hugged me so tightly as we said good-bye..she wouldn't let go; it felt like we were old friends.
Robert and I also met a man named Brendan who has had a past of drug and alcohol abuse but is now in recovery. Quite some time ago, Brendan found his mother after she had committed suicide...it was a turning point in his life. Although he is no longer using drugs and alcohol, when asked about his spiritual beliefs he said his "higher powers that guide him" are his mother and the Virgin Mary. After Robert and I spoke to him, and shared the gospel, he stated that he is very open to finding out more about Jesus and being corrected if his beliefs are wrong. Please keep both Christine and Brendan in your prayers. Both of them have touched my life and heart in a profound way. - Lisa
The times they are a changing!
It's interesting to see how people respond differently, in different areas and in different generations. We had the opportunity to speak to many young people, as there was a college in the area of downtown Lisburn. One commented, "our generation doesn't believe in God." But while they had been exposed to many athiestic arguments, most had never been exposed to the gospel. As we shared with them, you could see that some were challenged by their preconceived notions of what they thought the gospel was and how it could possibly have anything to do with them. Many, unfortunately, did want anything to do with the gospel, as they saw it only as a tie to religion. There is also a high rate of drug and alcohol abuse among the youth. We did meet one young lady who was very interested in the gospel. As we approached her we asked if we could pray for her in any way, she said she was good. We then asked if God could do a miracle in her life what would she want God to do. She responded that she would like to see her mother freed from alcoholism. She was very emotional and she allowed us to share the gospel with her and when we asked if there was anything preventing her from putting her faith in Jesus, she replied, "No!" We were able to give her a Gospel of John and the contact information of the church. Pray that God the seed of the gospel would take root in this young lady and that God would do a work in her mother as well.-Tony
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“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Well, we are settled in Houston. The move from Tulsa went very smoothly as even our cat, Munchie, has adjusted well. Although it was difficult saying good-bye to friends and family, we know that God has wonderful things for us here in Texas and we look forward to continuing the work that He called us to so many years ago. With that said, we decided to hit the ground running and have already met with NPLHouston and church planting team members; we're looking forward to working alongside them to reach Houston for Christ. Houston is the 4th largest city in the nation and with the economy booming, an average of 200+ people move into the area every day! Also, Houston ranks highly in being on of the most ethnically diverse city in the country. There is so much opportunity here to reach the world by just stepping out our front door.
A lot is happening...As of this writing, we have our team from Canada on their way to County Mayo (Republic of Ireland) to share Jesus and serve the …
Thankful as we look back and ahead... Once again as we close another year, we look back with praise and thanksgiving to all that God has brought into 2018 and look ahead with praise and excitement at what He has planned for us in 2019.
Lisa's New Role: This fall, Lisa was made a Senior Trip Leader and starting in January, she will be the Implementation Director for Ireland. So what does this all mean? Our plan is to be in Ireland about 3-4 times in 2019, and Tony will focus on training leaders and Lisa will take over a larger role in team development and overseeing implementation of the country strategy.
Trainings/Outreach We continued to train churches and equipped them for both local and global ministry. The opportunities that exist in Houston have us very excited as it is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation and we are actively raising up teams to reach Unreached People Groups in the area.
Plans for 2019: The new year is fast approaching and will be filled with won…
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…