Ireland continues laying block

Housing in Ireland

Housing in Ireland

The team has been very excited with the work they have accomplished the past few days. The sidewalk up to the tower was finished on Monday, the footers or base of the shed was poured yesterday and they are beginning the blocklaying today. They are hoping to get quite a few rows up by the end of today. This team is a very strong team and they let nothing get in their way of finishing the task that was set before them this summer. They have grown so much in the Lord and have been getting along so well with each other it is almost heartwrenching to think that this summer is nearly over. We have only a week and two days left here and we will soon be heading back to Florida for Debrief. I don’t think that fact has hit the team yet with all of the work they have been doing. They truly are a wonderful group of kids! Last Sunday we celebrated Christmas in July with a Christmas feast. They really enjoyed the stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and chocolate cake. It was a lot of fun. With it being Wednesday today, we will be heading into Dublin for church tonight. The team realy enjoys meeting the local people in the church service and it is one of the only times they can get out during the week and talk with people from Ireland. The church is a very diverse church, however with people from Scotland, England, India, the Philippines and the U.S. They do enjoy getting to know them. Monday is a holiday for Ireland and most stores will be closed. This is the day we are planning to see Powerscourt estate with the missionaries from Ireland Outreach. The team is very excited to see the country part of Ireland and will not be expecting the surprise in store for them. We are going to be stopping at some ruins a bit further away from Powerscourt estate afterwards that is in the beautiful fields of Ireland. We wanted to suprise the teams with this. It is so sad to know that our time here is almost over, but we do ask for your prayers. The team has grown so much in the past few days and we pray that they will continue to grow closer to each other and also to the Lord. He has been doing mighty things this summer and the devil doesn’t like it. Please pray for strength for all of us and the endurance to get through the rest of the summer, and finish the project. We have really been enjoying our time here and are hoping that we have blessed the people here in many ways. Thank you for your prayers and love. Team Ireland!



  1. Thank you so much for the update. Please tell Jonathan that his grandma loves him and misses him and is SO very proud of him! I can’t wait to hear all the great things God is doing in his life and in the lives of all the kids. God Bless You and keep you all close to Himself! 🙂

  2. I recived a letter from Joelle yesterday. This is the second letter. It is amazing how long they take to get to us. I realy like getting the updates on the blog, it has been such a blessing. We are looking forawrd to hearing how the trip went on Monday. Thank you so much for guiding our kids on this journy.

  3. as we continue to keep up with the team thru these postings, our hearts are filled to overflowing praise for our dear Lord Jesus…we are honored that He is using not only our son, but the team as a whole to accomplish His perfect work in ireland and in the team…it has been a blessing to pray for this team day and night and we pray that He will continue to complete the good work that He has started…we are looking forward to having austin home and hearing of the many testimonies that come forth thru this time…our prayer for the team today is found in Gal.6:9-10…and let us not grow weary in doing good , for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart…

  4. Can’t tell you how awesome it is to read these awesome posts! Sounds like the kids are really growing in the Lord!!! That is the best part! I say AMEN to what Julie Lehto said in the previous comment!!!!

    I only have one nagging question…are they getting our mail?? Oh well, guess we will have to wait to find out!

  5. Thanks team leaders for all you have done for the team. How exciting to see young people so
    willing to give of their summer and be used by God. Their blessings from God will be endless.
    I pray as they will soon be coming home that their experiences will be a lifetime of knowing
    and depending on the Lord through out their lives!!! Miss you so muich Katie Huffman,
    Love, Grandma

  6. This posting nearly brought me to tears! I have such joy to know that my daughter has enjoyed such an experience. What I would have done to have been given such an opportunity at that age. I think it would have changed my direction. I pray for any teens on the teams who went into these trips NOT in the right frame of mind that God has broken them and shown them the joy of walking in His way. He is so faithful!

  7. It excites me to hear about the block laying project. That was Jessie’s favorite class at boot camp. I know they are developing friendships that will last for many years to come as well as memories of how they have seen the Lord work this summer. I must say that I CANNOT WAIT to see Jessie 2 weeks from today, but I know it will be bittersweet for her as she says goodbye to her teammates and leaders. Thanks for keeping us updated. We appreciate it more than you know!

  8. WOW! This message is very exciting! Rachel Schmiege is missed but I am glad that she is growing along with other Christian kids her age. Enjoy the last week!

  9. Abigail will make sure you get every project finished! Our house is noticeably empty without her here to press us all forward. She is sorely missed, but we are happy to hear reports of all your great accomplishments. We’re praying for the whole team daily, and appreciate the regular updates!

  10. I’m always so blessed to read your updates. I’m glad to hear that the team is doing so well and enjoying both work time and play time. Can’t wait to see Austin and hear all about it first hand from him. Thank you to the leaders who are being so good to our kids this summer. Bless you all.

  11. Thank you so much for the update. It is so exciting to hear how the team is growing closer to each other and to the Lord. That has truly been my prayer for the team since the beginning. Continuing to pray for the team and can’t wait to see Katie Huffman in 2 weeks!!

  12. praise God for the awesome work He is doing. while i am so glad everyone is having a great time and getting much done, i can’t wait to have my tyranny home! again thank-you for your faithfulnees to God, my child, and getting these updates out. to us.

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