We have just finalized our prayer calendar for our upcoming trip to Ireland as shown below. Sam will be traveling 4-20 Feb and Patti will be traveling 4-26 Feb. You can either click on the calendar link to download an Excel spreadsheet or click on the calendar image for a larger image that will be more readable and printable. After clicking on the calendar, click File then Print in your browser. You can also right-click on the image to save on your computer.
Glenn and I had two good meetings today. The first was in the morning with one of the organizers of a worldwide conference being held in Dublin in June 2012 – 50th International Eucharistic Congress. This is a conference that is held every 4 years, next year being it’s 50th occurrence and this being the second time it has been held in Dublin, the first being in 1932.
The organizer, Gerard, first told us about the conference last spring and extended an invitation to come and possibly even participate in some way beyond just attending. This meeting was both to introduce him to Glenn, our CBSI Europe Director, and to discuss further what forms of participation might be open.
Gerard encouraged us to consider having and manning an information booth about CBSI, which would be pretty much an all-day event Monday through Saturday. The other option, which he also encouraged us in, was to coordinate with a local church to use their facilities to do presentations about CBSI and any other activities which would serve to promote the ministry among participants. These church events could be every day or select days planned to complement the particular focus of each day … there were two days that have an appropriate focus matching CBSI’s purpose of getting everyone in the world in the Word.
We have two churches with whom we have particularly good relationships that we hope to connect with this week to talk about those possibilities. One of them, which hosts one of our study groups, may be too far out of the center of the city for it to be a viable place to do so and we are hoping that the church leaders will have a better feel for that. We are visiting that class this Wednesday morning, so hope to talk with the leaders about that then.
Pray for God’s leading for us and for the leaders of these churches about pursuing this.
The other meeting was in the evening with the national director of Alpha-Ireland. We were meeting with him to discuss our desire to establish a formal or informal partnership between Alpha-Ireland and CBSI-Ireland. We have seen that the Alpha courses (you can click here to learn more about Alpha) serve as a good introduction to the Bible for people who have not studied the Bible previously and may find CBSI studies a rather daunting challenge with its personal study requirements. In addition, Alpha does not offer a long-term study program that teaches participants to study the Bible on their own.
In light of this, we feel that it would be a mutually beneficial partnership to be more familiar with each other’s ministries and strengths so that when people have completed the Alpha courses, the Alpha leaders would consider recommending CBSI if asked for additional resources. Likewise we would encourage people to consider Alpha if they did not feel they could take on CBSI.
We believe our input was well-received though no indications were given of whether he was particularly interested in the proposal. If nothing else, we were able to establish a healthy relationship with another national ministry leader, for which we are happy.
Here again, pray for God’s leading for us and them on whether this is something to be pursued further.
Blessings in Christ,
P.S. Patti’s father is doing fairly well and has been moved to a rehabilitation center for what should be a short stay until he regains his strength and ability to care for himself. Patti has gone on to Tennessee after visiting him to be with our son (as well as our daughter and her family) as they await the arrival of our grandson.
I noticed this morning that there were some appointments missing from the prayer calendar I posted yesterday, so just updated the calendar at https://irelandcbsi.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/prayer-requests-and-calendar/.
I arrived safely in Dublin this morning and am relaxing and getting caught up on some things, including posting these prayer requests and a calendar showing my schedule for this trip, not including some meetings that have not been finalized yet. Click on the calendar for a larger image that will be more readable and printable.
I just received an email from Ciaran Fletcher, one of our key leaders in Dublin, that he will be doing a live interview on Spirit Radio between 11 and 12 (6 and 7 U.S. Eastern Standard Time) tomorrow morning (Sat, 12 Mar). You can listen online at http://spiritradio.ie or at one of the stations in Ireland shown on their logo on the right.
Pray for Ciaran, that he would do a great job, and for listeners who would be interested to know more about starting a CBSI study in their area.
We continue to see that prayer is what makes the key difference in what is happening in CBSI-Ireland. With that in mind, we pass on these prayer requests:
- For victory against the attacks of Satan as class leaders face challenges in recruiting other leaders to assist
- For new class leaders to recognize the value of consistent Bible study and to be committed to continue the studies
- Praise God for Roger and Carey in Cork (American missionaries) who have agreed to be key contacts for us in the Cork area. Pray for them as they familiarize themselves more intensely with CBSI in order to be able to present CBSI to new contacts looking for a Bible study.
- Pray for Joan and her niece, Samantha, as they begin a new study in a coffee shop in Newtownards in Northern Ireland. It is planned to begin 15 Mar, but may need to be delayed as Joan left this morning to be with her brother and family as his wife re-entered the hospital in failing condition from cancer. Pray for the Lord to strengthen Joan and that she would be able to minister the grace of Christ to her family.
- Praise for a very encouraging evening with class leaders last night (full report and picture at https://irelandcbsi.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/dinner-with-cbsi-leaders-4-mar/). It was a fun time of fellowship and sharing how the Word has blessed and challenged people throughout the year.
One final thing before I go to bed … please remember to pray for Sammy and Joan Fulton. Sammy entered the hospital as planned this evening and surgery to remove a brain tumor should begin in 6-7 hours from now. This is part of a brain tumor that was removed about 5 years ago, but this fragment was considered too dangerous to attempt to remove and was left alone with the expectation that it would not qrow. It has grown and is not responding to non-surgical attempts to stem its growth, threatening blindness if not removed.
Will update as we learn more.
Sam & Patti
Patti and Joan visited a ladies class meeting in Skerries today, led by Becky, a member of the CBSI National Servants Team. It was a very encouraging time with the ladies as well as some blessed time in fellowship with Becky over lunch afterwards.
Continue to pray for Becky and her husband, Jonathan. They are very busy as they have planted a church in the area and Jonathan also teaches at the Irish Bible Institute … God appears to be blessing in all of these endeavors, to include CBSI, and, as always, Christian leaders need wisdom and a servants heart as they lead the Lord’s flock. Praise God that they have this year received permission to remain indefinitely in Ireland after several years of bureaucratic challenges to staying even another year.
Please keep Tim and Cathy Rutman in your prayers. After a fairly short-term illness, Tim’s sister, Nyla, passed away over the weekend. Tim will be traveling to Missouri from Virginia with their daughter and son-in-law to be with the family. Fortunately, Cathy has been able to get her flight changed from Thursday to Wednesday and to St. Louis rather than Lynchburg so that she can join them in time for the funeral on Thursday.
Cathy needs to make her preparation to leave tonight as she will be leaving early tomorrow morning. Pray that she will not have any problems with her flights being overbooked or any other problems that would delay her getting to St. Louis on time. Pray also that their presence would be a source of God’s strength and grace for the rest of the family.
Blessings in Christ,
Sam & Patti Allgood