First, I want to thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We hope and pray that it will be a blessing to you and will motivate many to pray for our ministry and for the souls of the people in Ireland.
It began with my being in the USA for the final seven days, helping my parents prepare for their move to Florida in January. After trying to sell many of their things on Craigslist, we ended up donating some and getting a large dumpster. I enjoyed my time there, but it was sad leaving my parents and friends at our sending church. During my time there, I realised that once my parents move from New Hampshire to Florida, aside from our sending church, I will really have no more direct family connections to New Hampshire. Our home church also spoiled me by purchasing two suits, shirts, and shoes; it was a very big surprise and blessing. When I got back to Ireland, things were going well. The preachers who filled in were a blessing, but everyone seemed glad that I was back. A week after I returned, we headed to a Youth Rally in Dublin, where the teens played games and were challenged by one of the younger missionaries to study their Bibles. We ended up having four visitors during the month of November.
On the 3rd of December, we had a 10-member choir from International Baptist College in Romania come and do a concert for our church. We used this as an evangelism opportunity and advertised for the concert throughout Limerick City and online. Since the building we meet at is small, we needed to rent a hotel. I was able to find the best price at one of the nicest hotels in the city, close to our church. When the tour group arrived, it was a busy day. We headed out to the city, and they sang on the street while fliers were handed out. We then ate pizza, got to our cars, and made a quick trip to the Cliffs of Moher. They were hypnotized by the beauty of the cliffs, but we needed to hurry to the hotel to prepare. We arrived at the hotel at 6 p.m., with an hour to set up, change, and practice. At 7 p.m., people arrived, and the concert was much better than I had anticipated. We had seven visitors come to the concert. To all the visitors, we gave away packets with a Christmas book, an ornament, a Gospel tract, and chocolate. For the children, we gave them candy canes with a Gospel candy-cane story attached. It was a great blessing and encouragement to our people. In the middle of the month, Kelly came across a lady who was trying to find a home for her chickens. Kelly had saved money her grandmother had given her years ago for this purpose and was able to purchase the 45 chickens and the needed supplies to fix an adequate coup with fencing. Near the end of the month, we had a visit from our friends, the Judds, who showered us with gifts from First Baptist Church WMS in Hammond (Pastor Wilkerson) and personal gifts as well. In addition to that, Calvary Baptist Church in Woodsville, New Hampshire, sent Christmas gifts for our children. We have really been overwhelmed with the prayers and sacrifices of all of our supporting churches, in addition to the faithful support. On Christmas Day, we had a morning service; in addition to our family, there were five others who came out. Then we had an older single man come to our home for Christmas dinner. It was a great month for our family. We praise the Lord for the thousands of Gospel tracts that were handed out, hundreds of people who heard the Gospel, 67 visitors, 7 professions of faith, 1 man baptised, and 1 who finished the discipleship programme in 2019. We are looking forward to what will happen in 2020.
We continued our Saturday outreach in Limerick during November and December, but we really need more people to come out with us. Please pray that the Lord would motivate and give them a burden for the souls in their own country. In December, we were able to give out many of our Christmas tracts called “What Would Be Like If Jesus Never Came?” While I was in the U.S., I was able to go out soul winning with a church member I had never met. We knocked on many doors, planted the seed of the Gospel several times, but even though we did not lead anyone to Christ, we found two men who said they were believers. They were both from outside the New England area and recognised the spiritual deficiency in the Northeast. The men were excited to see people out preaching the Gospel and promised to visit the church.
Please pray for these needs:
1. New building
2. Co-laborers in Limerick
3. Protection over the ministry.
Last, I want to give my sincere thanks to those who pray for our us, for those who send cards, gifts, emails, and messages online, and for those who faithfully support us prayerfully and financially. May the Lord bless you.
In the campaign for Irish souls,