Our dear teammates,
We’re delighted that spring has finally “sprung” in Ireland after a long, cold, wet winter. We hope that you’re also enjoying the bursting of new life in your corner of the world!
Release Prison Ministry
We’ve had a great fall semester studying the book of Luke in two Dublin prisons, and will begin the Freedom in Christ study next week. Even though this may sound like a men’s ministry, we have some very faithful women involved, including my wonderful wife!
One of our biggest “problems” in our Release Bible Academy in both of our Dublin locations is that our guys continue to cycle out. J Even our “lifers” are establishing such a solid change in their lives that it’s leading to their release. We’ve been praying for new guys, and God is answering in amazing ways. In the Training Unit alone, we doubled our attendance in just one week! How I wish you could be with us to meet the guys and hear their testimonies. Last week, every guy but one prayed out loud as we ended the study. I never imagined that prison ministry would be so encouraging! Please pray for spiritual growth in the guys’ lives, for those who cycle out and reintegrate into society, and for the new guys that are desperately looking for love, forgiveness and freedom.
On Friday night a wonderful young man approached me and said, “Mr. Killingsworth, would you be my mentor?” I was totally thrilled and we’ll begin to meet next month. Mentoring is a major part of helping our guys to establish a new life.
Laurie loves her ministry online, because she can do it at all hours of the day or night in her sweats with no makeup. J She was recently asked to be a guest writer for JoyfulTimesToday.com, as well as continuing to build her Facebook page (currently with about 10,000 followers), “This Generation Will Not Pass Away Until All These Things Take Place.” We both find that there are nonstop opportunities to minister to people around the world without leaving our great room.
Wedding Trip to California
We leave for San Francisco on Friday, April 8 (my 68th birthday), where we’ll rent a car to drive five hours north to the Mt. Shasta/McCloud area for our daughter’s wedding on April 16! She has waited for her prince for a very long time, having graduated from college 10 years ago. We’re so grateful to give Trinity to Eric, a wonderful man of God who loves her unconditionally, and that above all else, both of them are committed to the Lord! We also look forward to having all five of our kids together in one place again! Our two eldest grandsons (15 and 13) have exams that week, but our younger seven grands will all be there for the wedding. (The youngest five are all under five years of age!) J We’ll also visit some of Laurie’s relatives in California (San Mateo and Castro Valley), Oregon (Medford and Klamath Falls), as well as a few old friends in California (Hillsborough and Redding). It’s been a very long time since we’ve been up that way, so are greatly looking forward to it. Please shoot up some “travel prayers” for us!
Our Visa Situation
In June we’ll begin to put together a dossier to submit to the Department of Justice, the legal body that decides annually who will be given permission to remain in the country for another year. We’ve been very blessed to have been granted four years thus far (three is the usual limit), and are praying that we’ll be granted a fifth year, after which we can apply for citizenship. Our guys in prison tell us that their friends in the Dept. of Justice will absolutely grant us another year, and we hope they’re right! J Our current visas expire on September 16th … we ask for your prayers.
Saol Nua Church
Our precious little church fellowship will be working hard over the next six months to purchase Carraig Eden, the 1800’s Christian Endeavor seaside holiday home in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, where our church meets. When CE sold it to the Assemblies of God Ireland several years ago, it was used as a Bible college, and most recently as a reentry house for recovering addicts with Teen Challenge. A well known and highly respected pastor in the area, who also has a background in addiction, has volunteered to help to lead the effort. We need to raise $2m Euros by the end of the year, and know that this effort will undoubtedly greatly build the faith of our entire congregation! Thank you for praying with us! (photo below)
Laurie and I are very thankful to be in good health, and enjoy daily walks (weather permitting) at Kilmacurragh, one of Ireland’s beautiful botanical gardens, just four miles down the road. Don’t faint, but I’m also learning to cook! Never say never! J After 45 years of marriage, I’m glad to finally lose my rep as the one who only knows how to make a sandwich and boil water! As long as I can read the directions on a box, I’m good to go. My most recent success was enchiladas, an effort brought about by recently ordering enchiladas in an Irish restaurant, only to find a tortilla filled with broccoli, green beans, and other strange and unusual ingredients … and none of the usual ingredients except chicken. Ha!
We’re so grateful to have a branch of our family here in the country … Jason (son #2), his lovely wife, Summer, and two of our grands, Liam (5) and Rowan (3) … just 45 minutes up the road in Dublin. We usually see them a couple times a month either ‘down the country’ with us, or in the city with them. Having family here makes Ireland seem more like home!
With our love and grateful thanks for serving with us through your prayers and gifts,
Tip and Laurie