We started the day with a trip to Rush to drop off a number of boxes of clothes and ministry materials at the house that will become our home this summer. We had a short visit with Becky while there (Jonathan was in the US for a course for his advanced degree) and received the house key.
We then went way south to meet friends Tip and Laurie for lunch in the Wicklow area. We had a refreshing time with them discussing their ministry at the Tiglin Teen Challenge center and our coming in the summer. They are leading Bible studies with and discipling the teens in the program at Tiglin, so they welcomed the idea of getting them into CBSI studies when released from Tiglin. We’re planning to talk about that further after our move and see if there are reasonable options for that. We have learned since then that the teens go into a half-way home environment after Tiglin and that may be a good time to introduce them to this kind of study if we can find some leaders among the home leaders.
When I shared with Tip about volunteering to help with IT support at the Irish Bible Institute, he asked if I might be able to help some at Tiglin. It seems that following a request to a local businessman about donating some used computers they received 40 new computers and enough money to set up a computer lab for the center. Tip was wondering if I might be able to help set up the lab and possibly teach some computer classes. We’ll see later whether that will work in my schedule without interfering with the CBSI ministry.
From our lunch we drove to Bray where we were having dinner with Jono & Denice before the ladies’ Bible study at their home. Before dinner we had the opportunity to go with Denice to a local church where the ladies in her group have been part of an ecumenical effort to draw people to church through a dramatic presentation. These people have worked together to create a replica of C.S. Lewis’s tales of Narnia in a local church. It was awesome to see what they had done and to consider all the work that had gone into building it and setting it up in the church … even including a working waterfall.
After a delightful time with Jono & Denice over dinner (and some musical treats from the children sharing the fruits of their music lessons), the ladies started arriving for study. Patti joined them while Jono and I walked up the hill to a local shop for some fellowship and coffee. It was a wonderful time together, especially to see the continued blessing that comes from the faithful study of God’s Word.
It was a late night again, for when we returned to our apartment, we needed to finish packing for our departure tomorrow morning for our short trip to England for the CBSI-UK Leaders Conference. We also had to make reservations for the train trip from the airport to the conference center … we couldn’t do this earlier because there was not enough time to have the tickets mailed to us and they had to be picked up within 24 hours.