Bout Ye? A common phrase here, ‘Bout ye’ is just an expression to say ‘how are ya?’ We’re praying all of our family and friends are doing well! We are doing wonderful and enjoying our time here in Belfast very much.
We spoke about our missionaries here in our first report home, and we continue to just be amazed at their kindness and generosity to the team. We are enjoying our ‘home’ at Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church and have settled in. The boys sleep in a small room in the balcony and the girls are sleeping in one of the halls in the church. We also have a modern kitchen so the cooks and KP appreciate the amenities we have!
We’ve been busy since our last report! Thursday found us helping to pass out materials for Shore Road Belfast City Mission. The team went door-to-door putting pamphlets through the mail slots in people’s doors. The Shore Rd BCM has many meetings throughout the week for men, women and youth. We were invited that night to do our presentation for their evening service. It was the first time we had done it outside of Boot Camp and the team did very well in their ‘Belfast Debut’! They sang “Jesus Loves Me” (in a slightly revised way!), Fill Up My Cup, From the Inside Out, and How He loves. They also did a puppet performance and a drama titled “The Book” which portrays four different Bible stories, including the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. Josh introduced the team and two of the team members, Mag and David, gave short testimonies of how God is working in their lives. Shonn gave a short challenge to close out the program. It was very well received and we actually have been asked to do another missions’ service this Thursday night that was not originally on the schedule.
We’ve also been doing a lot of preparation work for the Bible school and summer schemes programs which started today. We spent Friday putting booklets, coloring pages, etc together as well as standing on the corner passing out invitations to children and parents who walked by. We are glad to be lightening the work load for Karis and John who organized this week! The team has done a wonderful job stepping up and helping in whatever way they can.
Saturday found the team enjoying a little bit of Belfast. Johnston, the pastor (missionary) at Mountpottinger who arranged our weeks and ministry, took us to the Belfast City Hall and we got to meet a councilman who showed us about the facilities. There is a lot of interesting history here and we were glad to learn a bit more about the city of Belfast. It was wonderful to see Bible verses engraved in the Italian marble in which the City Hall was decorated! We were also able to visit the Ulster Folk Museum and ‘see’ the history because there were original cottages, farms, churches, and shops that were transported from their original origins to Belfast. There was a smithy, a weaver’s shop, old printing press, and other demonstrations of their heritage.
Sunday, the team did the Sunday a.m. service at Mountpottinger. We did the same service we had done Thursday night and it was very well received. Rachel introduced the team and Teen Missions and Gloria and Abby shared their testimonies. Shonn closed out the service again with a challenge again. We enjoyed mingling with the congregation and they were very welcoming to us! Sunday evening we gathered in the hall next door and had a prayer service for the week’s activities, primarily the Bible school. Pray that children and parents will be receptive to the Word of God!
Thank you for your prayers for us. Please continue to pray for good health, perseverance, and an open heart to all God has for us as a team and the lovely people of Belfast!
Jodi Wiens – Good Day, Everyone! The Lord has done an amazing work in my life these past three weeks, and He is still working with me. My awesome team and I have been here in Northern Ireland for a week now. And it has been a great experience! God has taught me how to die to myself, and go out on the streets to share Christ with the people, even if it’d cost my own life. I have learned how to put my trust in God, and I thank Him for that! Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Seuraya Morgan – I’m finally in Northern Ireland! God is so good, and I have not gone one day without feeling His love! Once Boot Camp ended and we journeyed to beautiful N. Ireland, I got to actually sleep through the entire night, eat my food instead of choking it own because of time, and best of all luxuries, I got a hot shower. Besides the simple blessings of being here though, the joy God is giving me as I grow closer to my team is abundant. My team mates, or ‘chums’ are always bringing me to laughing fits. They are encouraging me every moment of the day, good or bad, and they always make me feel cherished and wanted. Playing fiddle with Jodi on the piano, David on guitar, and the rest of my friends singing, I love the way we spend our down time giving glorious praise to our Sweet King. I wish I could tell every bit of the experience I’m having and what Christ is doing in my life. For now, I’ll simply say I am overly blessed by the sisters and brothers God has graced my team with.
Abigail Reinhardt – Hey! These past few days have been a whirlwind! Boot Camp was really hard, but I wouldn’t give up those two weeks of my life for anything. God has been so amazing, and my relationship with Him has definitely been deepened. Can’t wait to see what these next few weeks hold!