Martha and I want thank all our family and friends for an amazing summer. We had such a wonderful time catching up with old friends and making new friends. We have so many highlights (Patrick and Haley’s Wedding). You have opened your homes and your hearts to us, you have encouraged us in so many ways. We hope to catch up next time with those we didn’t get to see this time. Back in Ireland looking forward to serving God and seeing the great things he will do.
We had a great time at New Life Christian Church in Watertown NY. Very blessed to be able to share our work with such wonderful people. It was great to spend time with Jennifer and Christopher and kids.
The weeks are flying by and our furlough/home assignment is fast approaching, and of course the wedding! Excitement is building as the time draws closer. We are looking forward to the wedding and to getting to know Haley’s family, whom we have not met yet. (Hopefully after meeting us they will still let her marry Paddy!) As you can imagine we are busy finalizing plans and getting things sorted this end. We have been to the US embassy to renew passports, getting doctor and dentist and orthodontist visits in, and a myriad of other details, as well as preparing for visiting churches and groups.
Our itinerary is taking shape, though there are still dates to be scheduled/confirmed.
Please do get in touch if your church/group would like us to come, or if you would like to host an event in your home. Or if you live near any of the places we are visiting and would simply like to meet up, we would love to see you!
We are really looking forward to being there and seeing many of you. We long to hear what God has been teaching you and revealing to you of Himself, and what you are struggling with. Our hope and prayer is that we can encourage your hearts, and be encouraged by you. As we share together we hope that you will be re-envisioned in your own mission to those around you, and that we will return to Ireland in September with renewed enthusiasm for the new things God is leading us into.
Thank you for being a part of this journey, for your thoughts, prayers and support.
Hope you have a great St Patrick’s day. On St Patrick’s Day the world goes green, enjoy this video narrated by Liam Neeson.
St. Patrick’s Breastplate
I bind unto myself today
The strong name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this day to me forever,
By power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;
His baptism in the Jordan River;
His death on cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
His riding up the heavenly way;
His coming at the day of doom;
I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, his shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.