Antrim, Northern Ireland | July 25th - August 4th, 2014
Northern Ireland is a place of beauty and history. In the town of Antrim, just outside of Belfast, families are hurting and young people are lost, but God is stirring a real genuine movement. Pastor John Ashe and his church, Journey Community Church, are making a huge impact on their city in the name of Jesus Christ.
This July, we will join them in hosting a Vacation Bible School (VBS). This event brings kids and families from all over Antrim to have an opportunity to hear about Jesus. We will also have the opportunity to do outreach in the community and clean up projects. Café Church is something that Pastor John and his church do on Sunday nights in the local Starbucks, where they have fellowship, powerful worship and challenging word. The Starbucks is always packed and God moves in incredible ways through this ministry.
Religion is not anything new in this predominantly “Christian” country. However, people there are tired of the same old, dead religion of their ancestors. They need a God who is alive, moving and changing their community. They need a relationship with Jesus and a strong church like Journey to grow.
The Breakdown for our trip to Antrim, N. Ireland
After flying through the night to Ireland, we will need a low-key day to acclimate to the time change (5 hours ahead). The following day will be a big day of preparation for the full week of VBS Outreach and local estate outreaches. Both Sundays mornings, we will enjoy and participate in the ministry of Journey Community Church including inspiring worship and great messages. The Sunday evenings will be a night of worship at Starbuck’s and a great time of ministry. Monday through Friday will be a packed week of VBS in the morning, afternoon clean up projects, evening soccer clinic and estate outreaches. Each night when we get back to our accommodations, we will have time for devotions, prayer, worship, and recapping the day. (some of our best memories will come from these times) Saturday will be our tourism day to get to see some of the sights of N.Ireland. Sunday night after Café Church, we will say our good byes to the great people that we worked with in Antrim, pack our bags and get a few hours of sleep before our trip back to the airport to come home.