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Letter from Ireland!  End of Decade!

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe that we are ending and beginning a new decade!
In 2010 I took my first trip ever to Ireland. My friend Jenny and I rented a car and drove from Belfast to Donegal to Sligo to Dublin to Dundalk and up to the Antrim Coast.  It was a trip I had longed for. We worshiped at two different churches and met new brothers and sisters in Christ all over Ireland. One of those couples that we met were Ruth and Naill. They were at Dundalk Baptist in 2010. Since then they have been to Bible college and have moved to Cavan!
I knew then 100% that I wanted to serve the Lord and be apart of the work that He is doing in Ireland. I had no idea then, that he would give me the desire of my heart and bring me to Ireland to do just that 2016!
2019 has been a year of settling into Cavan and the work going on at Cavan Baptist and the new Church plant in Belturbet. My work here has been varied with a large focus on discipleship. I have worked mostly with the women and children, and some with the youth and this year I was nominated to be the representative of Cavan Baptist Church with the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland. 
Getting to know the people at Cavan Baptist has been a blessing. Cavan’s diversity in culture has made discipleship and community very exciting. This year I have learned a lot about Nigerian culture and have partaken in some of their celebrations. I have been to 2 baby naming ceremonies and a 60th birthday party that was more like a wedding. Tonga, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Ghana, are some of the other cultures that I have been getting to know... right here in rural Ireland. Every 4th Sunday at Cavan Baptist we have what they call “Bring and Share Lunch”. The food is amazing! 
Still, the fact remains that Ireland is less than 1.12% evangelical. This means that there are many towns and communities without any gospel witness. The effects of this show within the local churches. The lack of discipleship and a lack of spiritually mature Christians. 

I want to follow up on a story I shared not long ago about a man who came to the church because of his health scare and promised God that he would serve and seek to know him. His name is Eddie and he will be getting baptized on the first Sunday in January. His wife is now also coming along and wants to follow Christ! 

Please continue to lift all of these things up in Prayer!
Pray for this new decade,  that many Irish would come to know Christ!
Pray for spiritual maturity through biblical discipleship for those in the church
Pray for me, that I would keep my eyes on Christ and toil with His energy! 

For His Kingdom! 

Patti Parks

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