Dearest Family and Friends,
Wow! The Lord is so amazing! So much has happened in the past few months, one letter cannot contain it. It is awesome to see how the Lord has worked in so many ways this summer, especially in the lives of the teens who came to serve.
Boot Camp started in full force in the beginning of June and both of our little ones were in the staff childcare (Munchkin Missions) that Teen Missions provides. Kieley really enjoyed being in MM and playing with her friends all day. She especially enjoyed doing swimming class and going to the pool everyday. Sean and I both had classes to teach during Boot Camp. Sean taught the carpentry and digging classes while I taught puppets. The days were very long, but very effective in the work of the Lord and just having the time to be with each teenager everyday is worth it. Our team arrived in the middle of June and it was so nice to finally see them face to face. Boot Camp for the team went really well with a few challenges, but all able to be worked through with the Lord’s help. I believe we were all eagerly awaiting our trip to Ireland, so we weren’t going to let the devil put anything in our way.
Ireland is truly a beautiful place with beautiful people. The ministry we worked for is called Ireland Outreach in Dalkey, Ireland, right outside of Dublin on the coast. Their ministry is sending Bibles to the schools in Ireland. There are no public schools in Ireland. They are either run by protestant or catholic churches. Ireland Outreach takes this opportunity to distribute over a million Bibles to the schools as they are very open to the Gospel. The public, however, is very hard to reach with the Gospel as you need to have a permit to even pass out tracts on the street or do any street evangelism. This was very hard for the team to take in knowing that they were not going to be able to do any open-air evangelism during their stay in Ireland. Our project was to pour a sidewalk on the property up to a tower that overlooks the Irish Sea. The staff members of Ireland Outreach like to climb up the tower, that was originally built in the Napolean Age, and pray or just gaze in wonder at the beauty of God’s creation. During the rainy season, the hill to the tower gets very muddy and slippery and that is where our team was able to help by pouring a sidewalk up the hill. The rest of the project was to build a block storage shed for their lawn equipment. The last shed they had was a broken down wooden one that was too small for most of their equipment. The team was able to pour the two foot deep, one foot wide footers and the six inch slab. The building itself was 20’x16′ with a window and a door where they later poured a driveway to. It was a lot of work for just three and a half weeks, but they got it done. We stressed to them that even though they were not able to do open-air evangelism all summer, their ministry was to build this shed and to pour this sidewalk. This act of service helps Ireland Outreach in so many ways so they may further His kingdom in Ireland. It really was a wonderful experience with a wonderful group of teens. Our children really had a blast with them too.
Kieley and Aiden both were the joy of the team. It was especially wonderful for me, because it felt like I had 23 babysitters who love my children. We were hoping that Aiden would start walking while we were in Ireland, but alas, I believe he just liked being carried by the team members all day. Kieley made a few friends in Ireland Outreach; one of the staff families had a little girl about a year younger than her and Kieley immediately made her a playmate.
The one friend I believe she misses the most was Helmut, the gardener. Helmut is from Austria and she clung to him daily, helping him pick all the vegetables in the garden. It was a good learning experience for her as she is still talking about the beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, lettuce and korabes that she picked, especially when she sees them in the stores. She helped him by filling the water pots for him with the hose. She really was a great helper in so many ways. She helped me and the other lady leaders cook in the kitchen. She also helped me when I bucket washed the family’s clothes by dunking them in the bucket and handing them to me to be hung. She did especially well sleeping in the tent every night. The temperature in Ireland went down around the 40s at night, but she didn’t mind one bit. Aiden also did well in the tent and only cried the first night, he wasn’t very used to the cold. Aiden and I were given a room in one of the buildings for about a week and a half, but we went right back in the tent with Daddy and Kieley. I personally had a blast! Kieley still talks about the team and how much she misses them. She reminds me of this daily with surprising little things that she says. Being in Ireland with our group of teens was an amazing experience and we are so thrilled to have an opportunity to serve Him in this way every summer. We miss our team!
With our amazing summer in Ireland over and the staff back home already preparing for our “new” year to begin, we are excited to say that we will, Lord willing, be leading the team to Trinidad next summer. Sean is very excited as it is the same place where he served with Teen Missions 10 years ago. We will be going to Cunupia, Trinidad to serve with Triumphant Ministries. Our project is to build the house for the pastor and do additions to the church that Sean helped build 10 years ago. We are so thrilled to know so early in the year what team we will be leading; this helps us so much, especially for raising support.
We are so grateful for the new support we have been receiving. Thank you for your willingness to give, it means the world to us. We understand that times are hard for many people, but we want you to know how much we appreciate it. We are also thankful for those who have been supporting us since the beginning. We have been able to work with many teens doing various projects and travel to many places to serve our Lord and you have been faithful from the start. Sadly, we are still in need of more support. We ask for your prayerful consideration in this as any help will be greatly appreciated. We are still only receiving a little over a thousand dollars a month which is hard for a family of four. We are so thankful for our Lord’s continuing blessings through His provisions and we know that He will continue to provide for our needs. Thank you for everything you have done to help us further His kingdom. Until next time, may the Lord continue to bless, protect and provide for you. God bless!
In His Grip,
Sean, Sharon, Kieley and Aiden Deegan