Ledbetter's Ireland Update
WE HAVE ARRIVED IN IRELAND!!!
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they
sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto... IRELAND.
from the Emerald Isle called Ireland!
Yes, we made it to the land of our calling, and we have never been more
excited about what God is doing, and going to do in our lives than now! Here's
a run-down of recent events: Christmas was a time of preparation for our
upcoming move, and we enjoyed every
minute of it! Our shipping container was packed up in just two hours on
December 29th, with the help of the precious people of my sending church, the
First Baptist Church of Caldwell, New Jersey, pastor David Bulka! Sunday,
January 9th was truly a great day, where I was allowed to preach "just
one more time in the States," and then all the men of the church gathered
around my family and I to pray for us and the new ministry in Ireland,
and officially sent us on our way! What a day! We then left from John F.
Kennedy Airport at 7 PM, January 13th, and just 6 1/2 hours later we were in IRELAND!
PRAISE GOD!!! With the help of another Missionary already in Ireland,
I was able to hit the ground running
and began setting up our "shop" by ordering a telephone, setting up
a bank account, getting supplies, and learning all I could about this new
place called Cork, Ireland!
The city of Cork is located in the very South portion of the island of 3 1/2
million people. Truly there is nothing to compare to the things that we
experienced those first few days here! Basically we felt like we were
dreaming! It took two weeks of looking, but praise the Lord, I finally
obtained a car (they are very expensive here)! We next received our container
on January 27th, and boy did we have fun unloading that baby! From that time
until now, we have been meeting our neighbors, door knocking, handing out
tracts on the street in downtown Cork, preaching in a Missionary friend's
church, and just settling in to our new life and ministry here! We look
forward to seeing people here born into God's family, and trained in God's
We thank the
Lord for the following new churches that began financially and prayerfully supporting
us: The Calvary Hill Baptist Church
of Pacolet, SC, the Victory Baptist Church of North Bergan, NJ, and the Bible
Baptist Church of Conroe, TX! Let me also take this opportunity to publicly
thank the Lord for the Bearing Precious Seed
ministry of First Baptist Church of Milford, Ohio, for all the New Testaments,
and John and Romans booklets that they provided for Irish seekers. I also want to thank the Lord for the Fellowship
ministry of Fellowship Baptist Church, Lebanon, Ohio, for their gift of 115,000
Gospel tracts (wow!) that were FREELY given toward seeing Irish sinners come to Christ! Hallelujah!
specifically 1) for our neighbors, the Walsh's, McMahons, Reirdons, and the many
others to be saved, and 2) that many doors would open in our neighborhood to
witness, and 3) that we could get a Bible Study started in one of the homes
soon! Truly we love and pray for you all! Do Pray for us, and keep writing!
OUR NEW ADDRESS!
We have an address in Ireland that you can write to us directly! It is as
Craig Ledbetter (or Nita, Sharon, Joel, Ruth, or
Cloghroe, Co. Cork
Our telephone number here, including international
digits is: 011-353-21-831667
Remember that all support should be sent to us via
our Mission Board address below:
c/o Word for the World
PO Box 849
Rossville, GA 30741
For those of you with computers and modems, my electronic mail address on CompuServe is 72633,2410