Newsletter update is later than usual simply because we decided
some months ago to renovate our home rather than moving home, as
originally planned, and the work was considerably more time
consuming and life disrupting than we could ever have imagined.
Each and every room has existed for months as
if it had just been ransacked as joiners, plumbers,
electricians, joiners, tilers, pavers, painters etc came and
went from day to day. Even finding the computer was not always a
simple task. As we near the end of the year we finally see the
end in sight and I pray that by New Year's eve when the team and
family gather to give thanks for the year all will be finished.
Prayer Ministry training.
November saw the beginning of the
annual prayer ministry school and the students, aged
between 18 and 60+ are potentially the best group we
have had over the years. The basic training course
consists of approx sixteen evenings.
Anne Galway and Mollie Regan
completed the training for potential prayer ministry
team members at Green Pastures Church, and now that the
new team has been selected from those who attended the
weekly training course, further training will be given
on an on going basis.
The husband of our prayer ministry
leader has been in hospital for two months having a
faulty heart valve fixed and this has necessitated his
wife standing down from weekly prayer ministry duties.
Another very experienced team member (8 years +) had to
stand aside for four weeks to have small surgery
attended to, so Linda and found ourselves doing more
prayer ministry duties over this period than would be
usual. On top of the home renovations this has made for
an interesting schedule. As the year draws to a close
normal service is beginning to resume.
Christian Restoration in Ireland has
been involved with Lifeline ministry in Dublin for
nearly four years now. (see previous Newsletters)
In November Linda and I were invited to a celebration
evening in Liberty Church where I had the honour of
presenting several young men with their certificates for
completing six months of the Lifeline course.
It was during this evening that one
of the young men from a previous group proudly
asked me outside to show me his newly purchased
van which was used to work in the building trade
with his father. This was his first ever
'legitimate' occupation and was the evidence of
the great change Jesus had worked in his life.
In the front window was his Bible for all to
see. He plans to get married in April and Linda
and I will be proud to be amongst his guests. A
life truly transformed by the King of kings.
Several weeks later Linda and I then spent three full days at the
Dublin Lifeline Centre discipling and ministering to the young
men who are currently residential there. The centre exists to
allow young men who are drug addicts the opportunity to
come in off the streets and stay at the centre to get
help from Jesus. This is still my favourite line of
ministry and it is not difficult to love the leaders and
residents of this centre. Two new men came in off the
streets while we were there and Linda and I were given
the privilege of praying with them as they asked Jesus
to be Lord and Saviour.
On November 10th Linda and I held a
one day 'Marriage as God intended' seminar at Green
Pastures, attended by approx 60 people. This is much
needed teaching in the Body of Christ as many
Christian marriages are not functioning as God intends
them to and the damage from separations and divorces is
enormous. It is our heart to concentrate more and more
on this area of ministry.
On January 13th the new 900 seater
Green Pastures church opens and the team will be active
in the preparations for that.
Pastor Jeff Wright has asked that
I begin a new Friday evening teaching programme to
continue indefinitely. When I did this earlier in the
year the weekly audience was between 200 - 250 people.
With church growth since then, and the new church
capacity this should prove to be an exciting
opportunity. Plans are underway for a one year
residential discipleship school in the coming year, but
more of that nearer the time.
||The weekend after the
official opening I plan to lead a team down to
'God's garage' in County Tipperary to teach and
minister to the believers in this beautiful part
of western Ireland.
This is a venue that we
always look forward to as the faith, the
commitments and the fellowship we see is truly
We truly give thanks to God for
His mercies, His grace and His favour throughout this
May God's richest blessings be
yours in the coming year.