The past couple of months has been a whirlwind of ministry transitions, big moves, and blaring redirection from the Lord, resulting in a significant ministry update that I, quite honestly, find challenging to share. So, with a heavy heart, I want to let you all know that God has closed the door for me to continue serving in Ireland for now, and resultantly I have officially moved back to the states. It has been an incredible blessing to serve in Ireland for nearly two years. I am unbelievably thankful to have been given the opportunity and the honor of working alongside the church in Sligo, serving in student ministries at the Atlantic Technological University, and serving in the community. As you all know, covid 19 presented us with many challenges, but by the grace of God, that has never prevented the Gospel from going out, and it provided us with unique opportunities to serve our community creatively. I’ve appreciated seeing a community grow in curiosity about the Gospel through the example established in personal relationships, seeing the church grow closer to Jesus through personal discipleship, and sharing in the care of the community as we experienced many hardships together.
Genesis 50:20 has been coming alive to me in a variety of ways throughout this entire season of ministry - “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” God is constantly proving Himself to have intentionality in what appears to be disastrous circumstances. The disaster may try to distract me or trick me into believing that all the good things built by the Lord are crumbling around me, but it only reveals the impressive structure He is constructing that, at first, I couldn’t see because I was so focused on what was crumbling. When I initially set out to serve in Ireland, God gave me Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” The Lord is building and guarding His work in Ireland, and as I step away from it, upon His request, I trust Him to continue protecting the work in His sovereign wisdom, establishing and strengthening more faithful servants to continue the construction. I cannot express how blessed I have been by the encouragement of you, the church, as I have been in Ireland. Your prayers, emails and notes of encouragement, financial support, and many other creative methods of encouragement have been a powerful and constant reminder to keep drawing direction and strength from Jesus. Please continue to pray for the church in Ireland. Pray that God will keep sending faithful servants to Ireland. Pray that these faithful servants are equipped for the battlefield they are entering. Pray that the church in Ireland is encouraged, strengthened, and awakened to the call to serve their community and share the Gospel.
Please pray for me as I get settled back in the states. Pray for healing and refreshment. Pray for growth and strengthening in my relationship with Jesus. And please pray for direction for my next steps in ministry.
Thank you all for your constant support!