Jun 20, 2015 – Training Volunteer Leaders for Prison Ministry Studies

Sam Teaching Volunteers

Sam Teaching Volunteers

Since March, Sam and Patti have been working with the key leaders of an Irish prison ministry called RELEASE, to establish a Bible Academy for prisoners using CBSI studies. In the picture above, we are conducting initial training for about 20 volunteers who have expressed interest in becoming study leaders. Studies are slated to begin in August in two prisons and we will be training these volunteers by doing studies together over the next month.

Bible Academy Team

Bible Academy Team

Sam and Patti have been working closely with Connie, center, who is the RELEASE Volunteer Manager, and Tip (with wife Laurie) who was introduced at this meeting as the new Dean of Studies for the Bible Academy. Tip and Laurie are also missionaries from the US, having moved back to Ireland a few years ago to work with recovering addicts. We met Tip and Laurie through Tim and Cathy Rutman who knew them from their home church in Virginia.

Pray for us and this ministry as it has much potential for widespread impact. RELEASE is beginning to work in two additional prisons this year, so should be starting studies in those as soon as the time is right. Tip even invited some friends from Galway who have expressed interest in doing something in a 5th prison in their area.

Jun 11-17, 2015 – Celebrating Our 45th Anniversary

Here are a few pictures of our time in West Cork celebrating our 45th anniversary on 13 June. A wonderful and beautiful area to celebrate, as well as have some relaxing time together.

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The Baltimore Bay

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The bridge and shoreline at Mizen Head, one of the closest places in Ireland to the U.S.

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The Drombeg Stone Circle

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View from The Drombeg Stone Circle

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View of the bay from a roadside cafe table while having lunch in Glandore

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Old train trestle in Ballydehob

Mar 6, 2015 – Celebration Dinner

Pray for us and rejoice with us this Friday as we celebrate another year of growth for CBSI-Ireland. We are expecting more than 30 leaders, study participants, spouses, and special guests to eat, fellowship, and share stories of how God is working in and around us. We have doubled the number of studies this year, so there will be many people who are joining us for the first time.

Pray that this would be a special time of blessing and encouragement for all and that spouses and others that are not yet in a study would have a desire to get in on the blessing.

We will be meeting at 8pm, which will be 3pm in the US east coast.

Feb 17-19, 2015 – Training New Leaders

We traveled across Ireland to Ennis & Lisdoonvarna to train 5 ladies to lead two studies. All of the leaders were from the same church, which published a story about the training in their monthly newsletter as shown below. It was a wonderful time together and we also got to enjoy traveling in some beautiful areas of the west coast. The training was held in one of the ladies’ home on the coast, just a few miles from the famous Cliffs of Moher.

Sam & Patti conduct training for new study leaders.

Sam & Patti conduct training for new study leaders.