During the past sixteen months, our lives have changed in so many ways. Moving to Ireland may seem like the biggest change, but really, the physical move feels much less important than the work God has done in our hearts. Working with a small team to establish a Bible-based, Christian church unlike anything else available in town has allowed us to be involved in God’s work like never before. Learning to share our faith freely and naturally—without scaring people off—opened the door to rich, meaningful, eternal relationships. Continue reading
“One day, you’re going to wake up and think, What am I doing here??”
I’d been warned by my friend and minister Foree, that even though living in a foreign country is exciting, and working to share the Good News about what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus is important and meaningful, some days it’s hard. This past week included a few of those days. Continue reading
We love to hear from friends, family members and co-workers about how their lives are going. The pictures on Facebook of proms and weddings and graduation ceremonies (from Kindergarten to college) in the past few weeks help us feel connected even though we’re 4,400 +/- miles away. Very often, when we talk to friends over email or Skype, one of the questions that comes up is, “How is life in Ireland?”
It’s beautiful. A friend who recently visited Ireland named her FB picture album “Fifty Shades of Green.” And it’s true! Even in the cold, wet, winter months green covered the fields. Now that spring is sliding into summer, the trees and vines just add to the beauty of the landscape. Continue reading
“Clean” is about as spiffy as our car could claim. It’s a 2004, with plenty of miles and it’s well broken in with dents, a missing armrest and an assortment of scratches. BUT it runs, it’s a five-seater, it’s paid for, and the little beater gets brilliant mileage.
But here’s a confession: In the six-plus months we’ve owned our Picasso, keeping it clean hasn’t made our to-do list… ever. We make sure to remove any trash every few days because we often collect people for worship service on Sunday. But that’s about it.
Perhaps I should be ashamed of the constant, light coating of mud that covers the bottom half of the vehicle, but I can’t bring myself to care that much. This is Ireland. It rains almost every day. It’s going to get dirty again as soon as we hand over a few euro to have it cleaned. Nah, the dirt on the outside of the car doesn’t bother me.
The inside, is another story. Continue reading
Once known as the ‘land of saints and scholars,’ today Ireland is a state of spiritual famine. In this video produced by OMS (One Mission Society), some of our co-workers here share about this country’s extreme need to know God and His Word. Prayer is one of the greatest needs and it’s one you can fulfill no matter where you live.
If you want to know more about how you can support the work of sharing Jesus Christ and the Bible with Ireland, please sign up to become one of our prayer partners by filling out the form on the right of the screen. Thank you for your prayers. God bless.
Sometimes people from the United States ask what the biggest differences are for us here in Ireland. In many ways, our lives look much the same as they did before we moved here. But there are certainly a few differences…
Where we live:
Our house is a 4-bedroom, 2-bath home. It’s on the larger side in comparison to some Irish homes, but certainly nothing that would be considered extravagant. We’re in an estate (subdivision) that is about 40 years old, and there are plenty of houses that look very similar to ours. No thatch-roof (bummer).
January 8th, I attended my grandfather’s funeral. Papa’s funeral was really the celebration of a life well lived. As a Christian, I know this world is not home. Heaven is. Even so, many tears fell while hugs turned into soft sobs. The tears weren’t for his loss of life. No, we know he gained a brand new life the moment he went home. Continue reading
This past Sunday evening we participated in a carol service with Calvary Church Westport. What a lovely experience! It was my (Erin) first time to sing in any sort of group other than congregational singing… so I was a bit nervous! Not Jacob, he was thrilled to join the singers up front. (I think he’s destined for a life in the spotlight!) Continue reading
Several times during the first couple weeks after we got our new-to-us car I questioned its merits. Before the car, we felt healthier because we’d been walking everywhere. Without a car, there were no arguments about one another’s driving habits. And I felt a lot less fearful when we rode in experienced drivers’ cars.
Suddenly, we had the freedom to go wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted, and getting there took a lot less time. BUT, driving through our new town took significantly more mental energy. Continue reading