here’s an update I sent to those who are supporting my Ireland trip:
Thank you so much for your financial support for my upcoming trip to Ireland. I am very happy to report that thanks to God working through you, we already have over 75% of the support raised! Amazing! So please praise God with us, and thank him for his quick and generous blessings. It it very very encouraging to me, and confirms once more that God is doing something in all this.
Thank you also for your prayers and your pledges to continue to pray. God is certainly answering prayer. Will you please remember to pray for our friends Jim and Laura Pettit? They are in process of raising support for full-time ministry to Dublin. Pray that their needs will be raised quickly so they can follow their hearts to where God is leading. I am very excited to be able to go and see where they’re going, and to be a support to them. So please pray that my time will be fruitful in building the ministry that they are working toward.
One other exciting development is that there are plans in the works for me to stay an extra couple days in Ireland for business purposes. My employer (Unum, formerly known as Provident) just started a satelite office in Carlow, Ireland, and there are a few folks in that office that will soon be working closely with my department. So my bosses want me to go pay a visit and hopefully do a little training for them. Plans are still in the works, but if it does work out I’ll have an extra couple days to see the country and people and hopefully establish some good working relationships.
Finally, if I may share a verse I recently came across. In my opinion one of the most amazing verses in scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:21. Indeed, the whole chapter is very rich. But right before verse 21 I was struck by this: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” That is what we’re here for, and what I hope God uses me for in Ireland and here at home: to be ambassadors for Jesus, to call others to be reconciled to God through Him. Please pray that God will do this!
Thank you once again for your generosity and your prayers. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you soon.