Ledbetter's IRELAND UPDATE
Vol X, No. 2
Folks, THANK YOU for faithfully praying for us, and our labours here in Ireland!
weather has been bright and mild in comparison to the winter, and as always, we
look forward to Summer. If the heat where you are during the Summer is just too
much to bear, may I recommend a few weeks of soul-winning under the "Irish
Sun" (it rarely gets above 70 degrees)? You won't regret it! There are
always opportunities for folks to "take a break" and come over and
help out with our Bible Clubs, and Soul-Winning! Amen!
of the men at the Annual Men's Retreat!
year's annual Men's Retreat was the best! In spite of a whole bunch of
troublesome battles, and imagined losses, you would have thought you were back
at Ephesus hearing Paul, Silas, and Luke preach if you had been with us! Our
theme this year was being Mighty Men of Faith, just as David's mighty men
were in 2 Samuel! During the two-day get-away we climbed a very steep 2,500 foot
mountain; we preached; we prayed; we ate; we played American softball (Amen),
and drew closer to Jesus! The folks who were able to attend are THE best you
could preach to, and I thank God for them!
Annual Mission's Conference. Every March we dedicate the entire month to
Missions, and God has for the second year in a row brought us a Missionary
family for us to consider supporting as a church. They are Missionaries to
France, which is our Samaria, and our hearts were broken for the French nation
as Brother Yann Juoan (pronounced 'Jew-on' with a French accent) preached and
presented his field of service! We now have three missionary families that we
support as a church in Blarney, and the folks in Mallow are wanting to by faith
start supporting missions as well!
of a family. Just a word about the attendance in our churches. We work very hard
at witnessing, praying, preaching, training, and loving these dear folks here in
But as was brought home to us again recently in February, with a family leaving
church in Blarney, the battle is over commitment to God's word. As most people
who soul-win know, people want fire insurance, but will not surrender their bad
attitudes, and past problems to the One who bore not only our sins, but also our
SORROWS! This has been the case with both churches - we have some strong
soldiers, but we also have many carnal folks. So, the work of the Gospel here in
is not just getting folks to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved (which
is hard enough), but also to get them to follow Him faithfully with all the
heart, and never look back! Pray for more folks to not only lose their sins at
the cross, but also lose themselves! AMEN!
Recently, I have been dealing with 21 year old Pauline . After more than 8
weeks of talking with her, she has a profession of salvation, but due to a lot
of problems in her life, I am not sure she has fully surrendered to the cross.
There is a big problem in her life that all of us need to pray gets removed.
Also, Denis up in Mallow got gloriously saved Feb 4th, at
our weekly Bible Study in the home of Ann ! He is a truly different
person, and we can't stop rejoicing for God's work in his life! I also was going
door-to-door in Mallow in March, and met a man mowing his grass. He turned out
to be 82 years old, and was not well. I begged him to let me finish the grass.
His wife came out and thanked me profusely. I finished the lawn, and then got to
spend over an hour with them giving the Gospel, and watching God's word work
deep, especially in the man's heart! Pray they get saved as I visit them again
soon! Also, let me tell you about an Irishman
named Kevin , who was saved several years ago on the streets in New York
City. He knew God wanted him back in Ireland,
and has returned, and is working alongside us reaching the Irish!
Ain't God good?!
Visitor. In March, we had a visitor from one of our supporting churches in Texas
named Mrs. Dale Carter. She came and spent three precious weeks with us helping
out in Bible Studies, special music, soul-winning, and just being a blessing to
my family and I! Pray for her as she seeks God's will for her life!
List - the Most Important Part
These need to get saved: Barry, Mary, Richard,
Ann, Mary, Honour,
Pray for these to grow: Pauline, Denis, Peter, Marlene, Kevin, Ken, Pat,
Dennis, Emmet, and John