You may be wondering about the title of this post. I'm referring to that wonderful experience of meeting people and instantly connecting with them, feeling like you've already known them for years, even though you've just met.
That happened to us yesterday. We've been corresponding with Kirk & Sandlin Poth for months. They are WorldVenture missionaries from Ireland, currently on a short home-assignment in the States. A few weeks ago they let us know that they would be coming through Oregon and wondered if we could get together, so yesterday we spent much of the day together just getting acquainted. It was great having them here in our home. This was very important for us because we will be working together on the Sligo church-planting team, along with our other colleagues, Matthew & Pam Boardwell from Colorado.
We had a wonderful time of fellowship and telling our stories. We also shared our thoughts about the challenge of church-planting in northwestern Ireland. We discovered that we are all on the same page and very excited to get this show on the road. Kirk & Sandlin will be heading back to Ireland in July and are already making plans to move from Galway to Sligo to begin spying out the land and looking for open doors for ministry. The Boardwells and we are hoping to be in Ireland in 2014, Lord willing.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. We've been getting together with people regularly and telling our story, trying to share our passion for the ministry to which God is calling us in Ireland. Pray that people will catch that vision of the open door for church-planting that God has put before us. Quite a few people have said that they want to support us financially on a monthly basis; however, we have not seen those good intentions materialize in firm commitments. Pray that these folks will take the next step of actually committing to partner with us in taking the Good News to Ireland.
Your missionaries to Ireland,
Mike & Ramel