"I thank my God every time I remember
you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first days
until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work
in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ
Jesus." - Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)
Happy St. Patrick's Day from
Another St. Patrick's Day has come and for the second year in a row we have no festivities which we normally expect
on Ireland's National Holiday. No parades
and celebrations and at this point only very
small children are attending school along with high school
seniors who must prepare for June state final exams. After St
Patrick's Day another phase of students will be slowly returning
to school but the recovery here is very slow. And I repeat - VERY SLOW!
While parts of world are trying to come out of the lockdown
resulting from the Covid-19 Pandemic, here in Ireland we are
still very tightly restricted for
at least another month, we think. The government here is very
slow to allow any type of travelling (we are restricted to a 5
kilometer limit) or gathering. Even two people walking together
are sometimes questioned by police if they are in the same
The vaccination program here is very slow rolling out due to limited supplies and at this point only
those who are in healthcare, in nursing homes or are over the age
of 85 have been vaccinated. The government says they are doing
all they can to speed up the process so we wait and see.
Ministry wise we are moving ahead with what we are able to do
from home. Joyce's two women's studies on Zoom are going very
well and my Sunday morning Bible Class has continued to grow and
more people seem to be availing of it all the time.
all the restrictions we still are seeing God move
in sometimes dramatic ways. Maria (photo
left), one of our friends at church whom we have
known for many years has recently begun attending my Sunday Bible
class. Last Sunday the 7th of March she gave a tremendous
testimony of an opportunity God laid on her heart to organize a
local neighborhood Zoom prayer meeting for another neighbor, Pete, who was seriously ill
with Covid. She, along with her husband
Karl, shared the story with Johnny, our associate pastor in the
first half hour of Sunday meeting at Swords Baptist Church on our You Tube Channel. If
you would like to listen in to the recording for yourself you can
click here Power of Prayer! The
interview is around 19 minutes into the video. In
short, Maria was reluctant to take on the task but in the end
local neighbors not only joined in the call, but several others
from around the world, thirteen in all. The
very next day Pete, began to get better after spending two months
in ICU! Not only is Pete now out of danger, but is recovering
steadily after being so near death. It's a very powerful story of
how God prompts us to take positive and prayerful action when
needed and then amazes us when He works!
wise we have been doing well and staying healthy. Amy (photo right) and Katie continue to
stay with us during the week and attend school classes online.
They won't be back to the actual classroom until after the Easter
break at the very earliest. Sarah,
Jonny's wife is expecting a baby boy in June and she has just been
back to school teaching on the south side of Dublin since
she is a primary teacher.
Since its part of an essential service, Joyce continues to serve in the Lighthouse Ministry, run by Dublin Christian Mission once per week.
She always returns home with stories of how God is raising up
volunteers at the Lighthouse who used to be homeless or addicted
themselves. God is on the move and
those who are doing what they can are working within restrictions
to keep the Kingdom advancing despite the pandemic.
have some exciting family news from our daughter Natalie and her husband Jordan in Huntsville, Alabama.
They have just been approved to add another family member!
Pictured at the left is Theodore Zhang Ming Kull!
He just turned seven two days before Timothy (their eldest) did,
so they will basically have twins. For those of you who followed
their adoption story with Tristan (who tragically passed away
in 2016), Theodore lived in the same home as him
and was one of his friends. That is how they ended up following
him over the last five years. Timothy has been asking to adopt
him for the last year. He is literally over the moon that
Theodore is going to be his new brother. Since Natalie and Jordan
were praying so diligently for Theodore to have a family God
provided the way for them to adopt him.
The Apostle Paul, whom I quoted above, was grateful for God's relentless work in the lives of His people. Even though
Paul was in prison he saw that the Kingdom of God was advancing and the
Gospel was being lived out and preached despite his restricted
circumstances. We are deeply grateful to you for
your continued prayers and support for our ministry here. We hear
regularly that even though we are locked down here our friends
and family are thankful to have us around and we can still reach
out to many with the love of Jesus in positive and practical
ways. His love never changes for
Yours in His service,
Jesse, for Joyce too