A NOTE FROM IRELAND…Dear supporters, prayer partners, friends and family,
I am certain that God is moving in amazing ways in each and every one of your lives and I’m blessed to be a part of an amazing church family. I am in prayer for and with you all in this time of transition as we journey with God in discerning who our new senior pastor will be at Highland. Moreover, I am grateful for the ways in which you all have supported me through prayer, financial support, and encouragement, as I too, journey through a time of transition into beginning life and ministry here in Ireland. The last two weeks since arriving in Ireland can be summed up in two words: “missions” and “relationships.” I am reminded of a quote from a South African missiologist, David Bosch who said, “Mission is thereby seen as a movement from God to the world; the church is viewed as an instrument for that mission. There is church because there is mission, not vice versa. To participate in mission is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward people, since God is a fountain of sending love.” God has opened so many doors already in the last two weeks to participate in the movement of His love toward people here in Ireland. My first two weeks here in Wicklow have involved volunteering in playgroups (for toddlers), at a youth cafe, as a youth leader at Greystones Nazarene, building new friendships with au pairs (similar to nannies), meeting lots of new people in the community and all in all, learning so much about the Irish culture. My “mission” here in Wicklow, Ireland is to “participate in the movement of God’s love toward people.” We are all called into missions, because the church is an instrument of the mission of God. My prayer for you is that you take every opportunity to participate in this movement of God’s love into the world both locally and globally. Finally, I want to thank you once more for your support and encouragement both prayerfully and financially. I also would like to encourage you to pray for my ministry and call throughout this year in Ireland, specifically for the relationships God is calling me to invest in here and the ways in which he wants me to serve this community. Also, I am approaching my final deadline in just two weeks in needing to be fully funded. I am $1,800 shy of reaching this deadline and I ask that you pray and consider donating in the tiniest, yet most faithful ways. You can considering donating for the next 9 months or make a single donation at web.nazarene.org/goto/dexter365mireland or give in the offering plate on Sundays.
Grace and Peace,