We work in a small, insignificant country which is officially the poorest country in Europe. It has somehow fallen off...
The fields of Ireland are green for a reason. Clouds roll in most days from the Atlantic and if you leave the house without an umbrella, you usually regret it. Yet spiritually this country has been a desert for 150 years, with religious culture hindering people from finding a living faith in Jesus. Talking to Irish people about Jesus can be very confusing. Most people are comfortable with religious, even biblical, language, and the Bible can often be taught freely in schools. However, if the subject turns to the free offer of grace, there is often suspicion (nothing comes for free). And once the challenge of Jesus becomes clear, there is a strong resistance to change comfortable lifestyles.
The Wild Atlantic Way is (in the words of the tourist board) an “unforgettable coastal touring route” that takes tourists along the West Coast of Ireland “to enjoy breathtaking scenery and exceptional experiences”.
Imagine a growing town with schools, shops, industries, clubs, sports and everything else a modern town ought to have, except for one thing: a church that faithfully proclaims the gospel. Imagine a town that has in fact never had an evangelical church in it, even though it has a very long history.
Stephen & Nikki Childs lead a church planting team in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, in the West of Ireland. Calvary Church Castlebar had its first Sunday meeting in September 2013 and regularly welcomes people from up to 6 nationalities!