Why would Ireland need missionaries?
The Republic of Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Known for their generosity, hospitality and love for life; many think the Irish have it “all together”. With a population cresting 4.8 million Ireland is traditionally a Catholic nation.
As of 2016 census, only 78% now consider themselves to be Catholic and of that less than 10% attend any sort of mass regularly. Over 35% of those ‘Catholics’ also consider themselves to be atheist or agnostic. Less than 1% of the nation would call themselves born-again believers with an active relationship with Jesus Christ. The rise in Agnostics rose by 132.4% and Atheists rose the most by 320%!
We have been told that the Republic of Ireland is the least reached English speaking country in the world. With atheism’s massive growth comes an increase in depression, despair, hopelessness and suicide. Add to that a struggling economy and you have a nation that is seriously in need of hope.
The Lord, however, has not forgotten them and He is moving powerfully in this country. Young and old, people are hearing the gospel and responding. Broken people are seeking counselling and hearing about Jesus in a life changing way for the first time.
Bruce and I have felt God calling us to the Celtic peoples for years and now are responding by partnering with TEAM on a long-term basis to Ireland. Our focus will be two-fold: first, we will be joining the present missionary and local Church communities, who have long been laboring there in counselling, discipleship and evangelism. Second, we will by God’s grace seek out those He is calling to Himself through discipleship to help them become disciple-makers and plant more churches.
God has given us this prayer for the Irish:
Roman 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."