From:                                         Jesse & Joyce Northcutt <jnorthcutt@gemission.com>

Sent:                                           Tuesday, March 16, 2021 3:42 PM

To:                                               Office

Subject:                                     The Northcutt's Connection for March 2021

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day
17th March 2021


An Irish Blessing | Prayers and Promises
 

Jesse & Joyce Northcutt
Making Disciples . . .
Developing Leaders . . .
Growing Christ's Church in Ireland

"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 Ireland! 

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 household! 

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. 

Despite 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!  

Family 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. 

We also 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 fails. 

Yours in His service, 

Jesse, for Joyce too

This Month We are Grateful For -

  • The great news of the prayer meeting Maria organized, the improved heath of her neighbor Pete, and the assurance that God is still on the move! 
  • The approval of Natalie and Jordan to now complete Theodore's adoption and start to make future plans to bring him from home from China. 
  • The health and safety of our family and friends during this season when so many have been severely affected by disease and death. 
  • The safe pregnancy of Sarah, Jonny's wife as they are expecting their son in June
  • A new job for our daughter-in-law Sarah (Nathan's wife) who is now working with the mission Elevate in Lincoln, Nebraska 
  • The opportunities to minister to those we can during this time when we are so limited. I'm thankful for my friend R who has read one book by Tim Keller so far and has agreed to read another one by a different author and discuss it with me. 

This Month Please Pray For

  • Our church building situation. The Riasc Centre, our building, has very restricted access and our centre manager, Jacky is stepping out of her role at the end of May. Please pray that God would raise up the right replacement as this is a key role in our church. 
  • God's provision of a Youth and Family Staff member for the church whom we hope to find and have in place by August. 
  • Our church and the leadership as we seek to keep people together and moving forward despite limited access to each other due to continued lockdown measures. 
  • A smooth transition of leadership as we anticipate the retirement of our lead pastor, Clem at the end of August. 
  • Those in our discipling relationships and studies that this would be a season of growth for them  

-----------------------------------

Our Contact Information - Note New E-mail address for Jesse 
Home Address: 23 Elmwood Road, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland
Phone: +353 1 8402141
E-mail: jnorthcutt@gemission.com; Joycenorthcutt@gmail.com

Visit my Blog - 
Lessons for Living . . . and Living Well!

---------------------------------

To contribute to our ministry visit our personalized giving page here - 
Donate to Northcutt's Ministry
or mail contributions to
Greater Europe Mission
PO Box 1669
Monument CO 80132-1669

Checks should be made payable to Greater Europe Mission. Enclose a note to indicate the gift towards our account #31700


Joy & Naomi are Great Together! 

Naomi, Josiah & Joy Enjoy Valentine's Day

The Kull Children, Trevor, Timothy & Tatiana Celebrate Chinese New Year and Eagerly Anticipate
Theodore Joining the Family! 


Tatiana Turned Three in February 

Julia, Jonah & Hannah,
our Dutch Grandchildren
Having a Fun Day

 

Our Mission: Reaching Europe by Multiplying Disciples and Growing Christ's Church

Our VisionGod expanding His Kingdom through all peoples of Europe to the World
  

Copyright © 2021 Greater Europe Mission, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are on our Monthly Update distribution list.

Our mailing address is:

Greater Europe Mission

23 Elmwood Road

Swords, Co. Dublin 0

Ireland


Add us to your address book



unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp