Ben is a student at Johnson Bible College and is interested in perhaps moving to Ireland someday to church plant. We are glad to have him with us. He is a photographer, so we are planning on getting his expertise on some new photos for the website as well as pictures for an advent devotional book. Please be praying for him as his wife and two children (with another on the way) have stayed back in the States for the ten weeks he will be here.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Kayla Badger has now started teaching English as a second language at the church on Monday nights. She had one person come to the lessons on Monday. It is a woman from Italy. Kayla quickly improvised so her formal lessons became more conversational. She said they had a good chat and the woman seemed interested in all what is going on at the church. Very encouraging and exciting.
Tiffanie Swain and I had an idea of doing a paint night at the church. A group of people come together and learn how to paint the same painting. Tiffanie just went for it and planned the whole event with very minimal help from me. It was great. We had 13 people show up, seven who had never been to the church before. Kayla Badger helped fill paint for people and I took pictures. Everyone seemed to have a great time painting a picture of sea turtles. There were all levels of painters (and non-painters) there and Tiffanie did a great job instructing everyone on how to paint this picture. It was a lot of fun and everyone seemed like they wanted to come back and bring friends. Thankful it was a success. Tiffanie is planning on having future paint nights once every month.
In the beginning of May, Stephen and Luke went to a two-day church planting conference put on by the Association of Related Churches Ireland (ARC). It was in Newbridge near Dublin. They went over topics like church accounting, budgets, fundraising, marketing, excellence in cleanliness and work, small groups, and family ministry. Luke and Stephen came away with many ideas and also were able to network with different church planters across the island. They were thankful to Elevate Community Church (in Limerick) who gave them free tickets to go. They felt it was very valuable.