The gang's all here in Prague for e3 Europe Regional Mid Level Training
Last week we attended the e3 Europe Regional meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. This wonderful time of training and fellowship was an incredible blessing. e3 Europe Director, Bill Payton organized the entire group made up of e3 Executive staff, as well as e3 missionaries, pastors and trainers either from or working in Romania, Poland, Germany, England, Greece, Ireland and Czech Republic. e3's Troy Cooper, Ray Vaughn,Tom Hall and Rick Preato lead our training sessions which were not only informative but also reaffirming, both of the great challenges that face us in Europe and for the great opportunities we have for God's Kingdom work.
We were extremely blessed to have author Steve Addison challenge us with a teaching from his new book, The Rise andFall of Movements, about how we need to remember that in order to see success in ministry, we must always return to our identity in Christ. If we lose sight of our identity, if we are not putting our relationship with Christ at the center of everything, the ministry and movement will fall. I encourage you to get a copy of his book if you haven't already!
Author Steve Addison sharing about movements
Also, we had time to spend with Andrew Clements, our Ireland National Director, to ruminate over all we had learned and brainstorming new ideas about how we will move forward with reaching Ireland for Christ and the vision of 32 X 32. Hearing from all of the laborers in Europe was encouraging and together we celebrated all that God is doing across the continent! For example, many Romanian churches have several streams of 7th generation church plants, over 1000 refugees from Muslim backgrounds were baptized and trained in the last 12 months, one former Imam is counseling 20 other Imams back in his home country via the internet...These are exciting times!!
We gave the devotional based on Psalm 126 and lead worship on day one
Tony giving brief overview of the Four Fields
With Andrew Clements, National Ireland Director and Andrew Coker who serves in England
Locally, we have been doing outreach in Houston. "C" is a gentleman we met from India who is a non-practicing Hindu. His family is still in India and he works 7 days a week but is searching and open to the things of Jesus. And "P" an unemployed man who is also open to learning more of Jesus.
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Local outreach team sharing Jesus at Willowbrook Mall
Personally, we were blessed to visit missionaries in Uruguay in January to do a Four Fields Training and Vision Casting and have been invited to do the same in a couple Asian countries this autumn and South Africa in early 2020.
Training and fellowship in Montevideo, Uruguay
HOW YOU CAN PRAY FOR US
* Our upcoming trip back to Dundalk, Ireland in July. We've a team of 13 * Our Ireland trip in September (there's still time to come with us!) * Plans/Scheduling for trips to Ireland in 2020 * For "C" and "P" to come to know Christ as their Savior and Lord * More laborers to be raised up in Ireland * Lisa's parents who are settling into assisted living * Lisa's father who will be tested for dementia in July * Logistics for upcoming travel to Asia and S. Africa
HOW YOU CAN PARTNER WITH US
While it has been a blessing to be in Houston it has brought some challenges to support raising. We want to continue the work God has called us to but we can't do it alone. We are starting a new campaign to find 100 partners to support us at $25 per month. This would make up our shortfall and be a huge blessing to the advancement of our ministry. Would you prayerfully consider becoming one of the 100 at $25?
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…