We are Brian and Erin Casey. In 2012, God made it obvious to us that He wanted us to go to Ireland to share the gospel (good news!) of Jesus Christ. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a church-planting team in the west of Ireland and to invite people to have a real and personal relationship with Jesus as their Savior.
We spent 18 months serving with Calvary Mission, a non-denominational Bible-based network of churches. As self-funded (“tent-making”) missionaries, we helped with the church plant in Castlebar, County Mayo. Brian helped with the church services by preaching and leading worship, and Erin helped with the children’s Bible classes and led a weekly women’s Bible study. And we both enjoyed developing relationships with people in the community.
We returned to the United States in 2015, when the contract that had been the main source of our income was cut by three-fourths. Because we did not have visas that would allow either of us to get a job in Ireland, we felt forced to return. While we were devastated to leave, we can look back and see how God has been working in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Almost immediately, we got plugged into a church-planting effort in Navarre, Florida, where we served as the middle-school leaders to a fantastic bunch of kids. There we were also able to reconnect in a beautiful way with Brian’s oldest son and daughter-in-law who came to live with us for about six months while they got established in the area. We spent a year in Florida before taking some time to travel and then moving back to Erin’s home town of College Station, Texas. Here, we have reconnected with old friends and have had the delightful opportunity to get to know Erin’s oldest son’s fiancee. So, although leaving Ireland wasn’t in our plans, we can clearly see how God orchestrates our lives for our good and His purpose.
Recently, we have been asked to come back to Ireland to help plant another church in Boyle, County Roscommon. After much prayer and consideration, we agreed to join the ministry team for this new church. Unlike last time, we are seeking partial financial support so that Brian can work with the church full time. Erin will be involved with the ministry efforts and will continue with her writing and book publishing business. Although we know it is common for missionaries to seek financial support, it is something foreign to us, and quite frankly feels a little awkward. But we also know that it could be a way for others to participate in sharing the gospel in Ireland.
We know there’s a common misconception about people who work in ministry. The (false) idea is that people who lead or work in churches are supposed to be perfect… or at least, really, really good. While we strive to follow Jesus’ teaching, we want to set the record straight from the onset: We are not perfect or sinless or better than anyone else. We mess up, a lot. We argue. We get stressed out and busy and worried.
The good news is that we don’t have to be perfect… because Jesus is. We take our mess, stress and sins to Him. In exchange, He offers peace and hope and unimaginable amounts of love. Our desire is for others to know His peace, to find hope in His promise of freedom, and to experience His love.
Brian is a husband, dad and copy editor/proofreader. His passion for Ireland began early in life. Growing up he heard stories of his Irish ancestors coming to the United States during the Great Hunger. As children, he and his sister listened faithfully to “The Irish Hour” and “Thistle and Shamrock” on the radio. His love for the people, the country and the culture of Ireland grew through the years.
The undeniable calling to a ministry in Ireland that Brian felt in 2012 was a culmination of his heart for the Irish and his desire to follow where God leads. While in Ireland, he experienced the joy of putting his Bible education into practice both by preaching during Sunday services and by sharing the gospel with people one on one. He looks forward to returning to that work in Ireland soon.
Erin is a wife, mom and writer/editor and photographer. She’s also the author of Get Personal:The Importance of Sharing Your Faith Story and the children’s adventure series Zany Zia’s Hats to Where. As a student of personal development, her mission for some time now has been to help others experience the best of what God has planned for them. Through her stories, images and words, she hopes to inspire people to see God at work in their lives. Side note: She grew up believing her name meant “princess of Ireland.” Really it just means Ireland. (In fact, her name is the reason Brian agreed to meet her 15 years ago… but we’ll save that story for another time.)
We have a 14-year-old son, Jacob, who is equally excited to renew our Irish adventure.
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