Greetings from Ireland, in Jesus’ most mighty name! Let me first off say THANK YOU to so many who write and e-mail us with words of constant encouragement and blessing! We are blessed with so many friends and fellow-labourers in the harvest! Thank you for taking the time to write us!
New Discipleships. It is most exciting when the Christians here are busy soul-winning AND discipling the new converts! Martin is busy teaching his new believer, Adrian the Discipleship course we teach here, and both men are going very well at it! Kevin is also busy training a gentleman named John, who has just started coming out to church in Blarney. John hails from South Africa and got saved about 15 years ago, but never grew. But, boy is he hungry! He is a real blessing to everyone!
Status of the Priest who comes. The priest continues to come out to church both in Mallow, AND in Blarney! He also attends two additional Bible Studies during the week as well! That’s FOUR meetings he comes out to every week! Wow! He is not saved yet. But everyone is quite aware that God is working in his heart and mind. He knows he will lose an awful lot when he decides to follow Jesus only – “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” (Luke 9:23,24)! Please keep him lifted up in prayer!
Salvation of Joseph. Joseph came out to church in Blarney many years ago. He heard the Gospel, and then ran. The pressure on the Irish when they even just “try” and see what the Bible says, is unbelievable. Well, he came back to church. And after a few weeks now, Joseph finally quit running and came up to me after Sunday morning preaching, and said, “You told the truth. There is nothing more to do than surrender to such a Saviour. And last night that is just what I did” (Saturday night). He says he is ready to get discipled as well! AMEN!
Answers to Prayer. A 20 year old, Brian, who got saved 3 months ago, is back in flight! If you remember from our last prayer letter, he got pressured (and I mean pressured) into putting away his Bible, and not coming out to church anymore. But Brian knew he had something eternal called SALVATION because of that Bible’s message. And now he is starting up discipleship, and ready to pay the price – like a good soldier of Jesus Christ! Thank the Lord!
Need for helpers. Pray that the Lord of the Harvest would send forth more labourers for Irish souls here. I know most every missionary would ask the same request, but we need help to spend the necessary time it takes to win these folks, and train them, and enable them to reach the world. Would you ask God if YOU could “come over and help us”?
Pray for upcoming events – There is always a lot on our plate. But soon, we will be in high gear with our annual Men’s Retreat in May, a big soul-winning push also coming in May, Holiday Bible Clubs in June and July, Youth Camp in August, and then there is the normal activities and such! I sure would appreciate all your prayers for these opportunities for growth and service! The Bible Institute is going well with its 5 students. Keep these in prayer too!
· For us to be able to buy property and begin building our own church building in Blarney soon! PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
· For a massive harvest of souls – this country is lost folks – lost! No amount of religion can save them. Please pray that all our plowing and planting would very soon bear much fruit!
· That the following precious people would repent and be saved: Tadgh (the priest), Brendan and Catherine, Mary, Richard, Robert and Ann, and Isabella.
· That God would raise up strong, faithful, surrendered leaders in our churches in Blarney and Mallow.
· That the church people here would really GROW for God.