Most of the time, when we tell people we go to Ireland to share the Gospel, they are generally confused at first because most believe missions is mostly needed in countries where there is "abject poverty." However, as I have recently told someone, the most abject poverty there is in the world, is a life without knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, no matter one's nationality. Human brokenness is everywhere and when people come to Ireland with us, they see first hand how desperate Ireland is in need of the Gospel.
In September, our team knocked on roughly 1200-1500 doors, spoke to around 600-700 people and encountered sickness, suicide, crime, para-military involvement, domestic abuse, divorce...a wide range of human brokenness. 106 of those people opened up their lives to allow us to pray for them, 64 Gospel presentations were shared and Andrew has 25 people who would like for someone to call back.
Some of the messages Andrew has received in the past couple of days:
"Yes, thank u keep me update Andrew I can't wait I feel like your friends have give me a new less off life thank u again I'm so excited"
"Hi Andrew I live in Twinbrook. I work in a school in Poleglass and one of the girls from work was telling me that some American Christians had called to her door and said they were really lovely people...I'm not walking with God right now but you and whoever you are going round the area with are welcome to call in for a cup of tea when you're about...it would be nice to meet yous"
Just a couple stories from the our team. Tony and I encountered one woman who was clearly a victim of domestic violence and as we prayed for her she wept, clung to us and hugged and kissed us when we left. It was heartbreaking. Another team member spoke with someone who informed them that there had been 16 suicides in the area in the last 17 days. One person was given their very first bible every and wept upon receiving it. Andrew and Tony shared the Gospel with a pub manager and she offered her establishment as a place where people were welcome to come have Bible study as well as being provided with complimentary coffee and tea. So, we have now a pub of peace! Today, 2 people met Andrew at the Pub to study the Bible! Please pray for them and for this place to be a neutral ground for others in the community to gather and learn to follow Jesus.
Karen sharing in someone's home
Pastor Nick Serb of Transformation Centre and Tony sharing a laugh, discussing our personal journey and discussing missions in Ireland at Sunday night's Cafe Church
WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
* Join us each Monday to Pray & Fast for Ireland * Pray for the strongholds in Ireland to be demolished * Pray for more laborers to join Andrew in follow up work * Pray for the Pub of Peace in West Belfast to be a light in that community * Continue to pray for the seeds that were planted * Continue to pray for the church plant in Dundalk that is meeting every week!