- Day 20: Pray for the city of Belfast.
- Day 21: Pray that God would use us to greatly encourage the A. family
Yesterday was filled with cleaning, packing, lugging boxes around, and checking people out of their rooms, so I was unable to post. However, both of these prayer requests are SO important. I thought I would include both of them today.
The city of Belfast is located in Northern Ireland…which happens to be a different country altogether. A lot of the hostility in Ireland against Protestantism is because of Northern Ireland’s connection with Great Britain. I’m not sure if I have explained before some of the history involved with the split of Ireland.
I won’t give a lot of history, but here is part of the facts. The Irish were controlled by the British Government for many many years. While I know that there are two sides to every story, I have found some things out that I never knew before. The British did not do much to help the Irish out during the great famine around the turn of the century. The Irish still have long memories and hold a lot of resentment over this fact. When many people decided that they wanted to break away from the British around the 1920s, there was an uprising.
The result of the uprising was a treaty after a lot of warfare and bloodshed. This treaty left the north to Britain, and the South (the majority of the country) as a country of its own. Most Irish still want Northern Ireland to be apart of the independent nation. However, there are some (mostly protestants) who like being part of Britain and want it to stay that way. Here enters the conflict between Catholicism and Protestantism. If you are Protestant, then you are associated with being part of the group that wants Britain to maintain control over Northern Ireland.
The city of Belfast needs prayer because of the bloodshed and violence that has happened in past years. As strange as it sounds, it has been a place of car-bombs and lots of conflict. While it is a much calmer area now, it is still a city with hurting people and division so that “the church” becomes a political issue (like it is in much of Ireland as a whole). Pray that people would be open to what the gospel really means, and what the truth of Christ really says.
Pray also that we would be able to encourage the A. family (the “people” we will be working with there in Dublin).
Because of everything I’ve said above, the ground in Ireland is rough, tough, and HARD. Pray for their family, that they might have courage to speak the gospel and to live lives that bear the unmistakable testimony of God’s grace. Pray for us, that we would have good communication with them, and that we would be able to do whatever we can to encourage (“give courage to”) this couple and their children. They will be our mentors and guides as we enter the culture.
Over the next week I will be off of facebook and everything except my cell phone, this blog, and my email. Please continue to pray that this time at home would be restful and a time to re-charge for more ministry. I personally have been getting sick over the past couple of days, and would like to be well before leaving.
Go through, go through the gates;
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway;
clear it of stones;
lift up a signal over the peoples.
Behold, the LORD has proclaimed
to the end of the earth:
Say to the daughter of Zion,
“Behold, your salvation comes;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.”
And they shall be called The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the LORD;
and you shall be called Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.
Thanks for your prayers everyone!