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 wonderful church that has focused almost entirely on reaching the world, both locally and globally, for Jesus. We are thrilled to have this new opportunity!
So what will change as far as us and e3? Absolutely nothing! Tony will remain as the Strategy Director for Ireland and we will continue to lead trips to Ireland. This move will help us both to concentrate 100% on ministry, and Lisa will be able to take a larger role in developing and implementing Ireland strategy. It is all very exciting and something for which we have prayed. We will be moving over the summer and will keep you informed via our blog, Mailchimp or Facebook.
For those of you who already partner with us financially, we ask that you prayerfully consider continuing your support to help us advance the Ireland strategy. God is moving in a big way all over the island! As you all know, we just returned from leading a trip back to Lisburn NI. God used our incredible team of 15 Americans to go out into the streets and share the Gospel...we had 5 people profess Christ, 2 of those people attended church with us and 10 homes asked for someone to come back because they had further questions. And this is only the beginning....
Part of our team on the streets in Lisburn
For those of you who have not yet partnered with us, would you prayerfully consider becoming a monthly partner to reach Ireland for Christ?
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…