Galway

Galway GO Team Update: Monday & Tuesday

The final Bible study on Monday morning focused on ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. The complete dependence of all people on God was considered. The team also focused on how Christians need to recognise the many good things that come from God. Following this the team continued to distribute the ‘4You’ magazine.

In the afternoon the bookshop was manned by James and Daniel. Additionally, a stall was set up on Shop Street and it provided free Christian literature to anyone who wanted it. This stall was overseen by Patrick, Elisabeth, Bethany and Rachel. The remainder of the team attempted to do some door-to-door work. A questionnaire was utilised around the doors to spark conversations and to see what people believed concerning; the problems of the world, God, Jesus and the Bible. Many people were willing to chat and several good and encouraging conversations were had.

Mr. Matthew Brennan spoke in the evening at the arranged public meeting. He spoke openly concerning his upbringing through an orphanage and the abuse he suffered and the resulting long-term impacts of the abuse. Matthew pointed to how God provided for him and guided him towards a sure and certain hope. He even showed how God has used his bad experiences of life to help others struggling with similar problems. Those that attended the meeting stayed behind and spoke with the congregation and team.

The team met for breakfast on Tuesday morning in a nearby restaurant before travelling back home.

Prayer Points:

Give thanks for the week and for God’s provision throughout the week. Give thanks that the weather was favourable and dry when the team was out.

Give thanks that 2000 ‘What is the Point of Life?’ booklets were distributed and give thanks that 1500 ‘4You’ magazines were also distributed. Pray that they would be read, and God would use them to open people’s eyes.

Pray for those that spoke to the team at the book stall or on the doors. Pray that people would consider the questions posed and that the Spirit would be at work in their lives.

Pray for those that attended Matthew’s talk and pray that they would be convicted by what they have heard. Pray that they too would desire to have this same sure and certain hope through Christ.

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Galway GO Team Update: Sunday

Rev. Peter Jemphrey preached on the parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18) in the morning service. He showed how Christians ought to remember God’s identity and their own identity in Christ whilst praying to God. Following the service there was a church lunch which was well attended. Many from the congregation remained to meet the team. Additionally, several newcomers were out at church, some were tourists whilst some were new students in the area.

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Due to bad weather, the team was unable to get out to do street ministry in the afternoon. Instead the team took some time to relax.

In the evening the church bible study was again on the Lord’s Prayer. This time the petition ‘your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ was studied. The implications of complete surrender to God’s will were considered at length. After the bible study, the GO Team were interviewed for the benefit of the congregation. Each team member had to share one encouragement and one discouragement that they have faced in their Christian lives. The hope was that each listener could identify with and be encouraged by the team’s answers as the GO Team showed great honesty in their answers.

Prayer Points:

Give thanks to God for the blessing of His day. Give thanks for the preaching of the word in Galway and give thanks for the time of fellowship enjoyed after the service. Give thanks for the visitors and students that came to church and pray that they would feel blessed by their time with the congregation.

Pray that the team would have strength to see out their last full day of work on Monday.

Pray again that Monday’s public meeting would be well attended. Pray that God would be with Mr. Matthew Brennan and that the Spirit would be working in the lives of the listeners.

Pray for those who have received literature through the doors. Pray that they would read either the booklet or the magazine and that their eyes could be opened by God.  

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Galway GO Team Update: Saturday

Friday’s Bible Study focused on the line ‘Your Kingdom Come’ from the Lord’s Prayer. We focused on what this meant for our lives and the reality of God’s Kingdom for those that we would interact with. Following this the team distributed the remaining ‘What’s the Point of Life’ booklets. We also distributed a Magazine called ‘4You’ which is an Irish Christian Magazine.

After lunch the team continued distribution. Stephen and Bethany were covering the bookshop. Once again in the evening the team engaged in some open-air preaching. Billy Hamilton spoke first on ‘What are you Worth?’. Stephen Fallows then spoke concerning four different hearts that people in the world can have. Peter Jemphrey spoke last on the Titanic and how we can learn lessons from It to avoid an even greater tragedy in our own lives. Many people stopped and listened for parts of the talks but very few remained for the whole duration of the talks.

The evening was closed with some team devotions and prayer.

Prayer Points;

Give thanks for the many booklets given out. Pray that people would read them and seek to find out more and would get in contact with the congregation.

Pray that the Galway congregation would be encouraged by the presence of the GO Team this week and pray that the team members could benefit from meeting the congregation.

Pray that those who listened to the open-air talks would think about what they heard and that the Spirit would be at work in the lives.

Pray that people would respond to the invites for Mr. Matthew Brennan’s public meeting on ‘Orphaned, Institutionalised, and Alone: A Sligo Man’s Journey to Hope’. Pray that God would be with Matthew as he prepares for the meeting.

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Galway GO Team Update: Friday

The Galway GO Team consists of Elisabeth Moore (Lisburn), James Heggarty (Carrick), Stephen Fallows (Gateway) Bethany Smyth (Convoy), Daniel McCollum (Ballyclabber), Matthew Magee (Faughan), Thomas and Rachel Jemphrey (Galway) and Patrick Hamilton (Galway). Patrick is leading the GO Team this year.

The team met on Thursday night and had the first team study focusing on prayer and more specifically the Lord's Prayer. Thusday morning also began with another study in the Lord's Prayer.

Following the study, the team began distributing a free booklet by Mez McConnell called 'What's the point of Life?' as well as invites to a Public Meeting on Monday. The Rev. Matthew Brennan will give his testimony at the meeting.

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In the afternoon, most of the team continued distribution. However, two team members (Elisabeth and Matthew) served their afternoon manning the Galway Bookshop.

After dinner the team particiapted in some street evangelism. The first street talk focused on Solomon and posed the question of, 'Is there life after birth?'. The second talk was on Elvis and how Jesus is the true King.

Prayer Points:

Give thanks that the whole team has arrived safely.

Give thanks that the team got dry weather when it was needed and pray that the weather would continue to be favourable.

Give thanks that 2000 booklets were distributed.

Pray for those that listened to the open air talks. Several stopped, listened and engaged. Pray that the Spirit would be at work in their lives and that they would honestly consider what they have heard.

Pray for the Public Meeting on Monday. Pray that the invites would be taken up and that a good crowd would arrive. Pray that God would be pleased to speak through Matthew Brennan.

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Galway GO Team: Final Day

The final day of the Galway team didn't go entirely as planned, as the heavy rain put a stop to giving out the rest of the 4you magazines. Instead, the team helped out by painting the skirting boards in the congregation's new building.

The weather cleared up a bit after lunch, and the team were able to give out some more magazines. Along with the magazines, the team had spent the week giving out invitations to a meeting about depression. Please give thanks for how God was with Dr Noel McCune as he spoke at that meeting and for how around 30 people were present. Some who were there are suffering and some took books with them. Please pray that God would work in their lives and give them hope.

Galway GO Team: Day 6 (Thursday)

Thursday was another busy day in Galway with more magazine distribution, some street evangelism, and a musical event in the evening.

In the morning, the team continued to give out copies of the 4you magazine along with an invitation to a meeting about depression. Please pray that this invitation would come at just the right time for some of those who are struggling with this darkness.

In the afternoon, Peter, Anna, Nathanael, Michael, Sarah, and Patrick went into the city centre to talk with shoppers. They did a questionnaire about God and faith. Give thanks for a profitable afternoon with 8 really encouraging conversations.

They also set up a book table which led to some conversations with various passersby, including one man who is an atheist. Please pray that God would work in the lives of those the team met.

In the evening, Martin and Mary Crossin from Milford, Donegal came and played music and shared their story of coming to faith in Jesus Christ. It was really encouraging to see neighbours and friends who had accepted the invitation of members to come along.

Galway GO Team: Day 5 (Wednesday)

Give thanks for another day of God's blessing. The team were praying that the weather would clear up so that the magazines would not get soaked, and God graciously answered that prayer. Give thanks for the progress around the city that God has enabled the team to make and please pray that he would enable them to get the rest given out this week.

In the afternoon, the team enjoyed a well earned afternoon off. How they spent their afternoon was up to them; they decided it was an opportune time to have a nerf battle! When the battle was done, they went back onto the streets for some more open air evangelism. Give thanks for how God was with Stephen as he spoke and for how many people stopped to listen. 

Please pray for the different people the team has had contact with this week. Give thanks for all those who have taken free literature and pray that God would work in their hearts. Please pray especially for Pat, who has come twice to the street evangelism; please pray that he would grasp what it means to be born again.

Galway GO Team: Day 3 (Monday)

Monday was a packed day. Each day on the team begins with a bible study and with this being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the studies have been on the 5 solas. The first study was on Sola Scriptura. The team is praying that many people in Galway would have the joy of discovering these treasures that were forgotten for so long.

After the study, the team started into the work of giving out magazines around the city. Along with the magazines, they are also giving out invitations to a public talk on depression by Dr Noel McCune. Depression is a serious problem in Galway, so please pray that some of those who are suffering would come along to this meeting and see that there is hope.

The team continued to give out invitations in the afternoon, while Michael and Anna helped to staff the church's bookshop. This gave them opportunities to speak with the many people who visited. Give thanks for the people from all sorts of different backgrounds who visit the shop, including atheists, Roman Catholics, and Jehovah's Witnesses. Pray that God would establish relationships and open people's eyes. Please pray especially for one man who called in on Monday who has had many conversations with Billy in the past.

In the evening, the team headed to the centre of the city to help Billy and Peter as they preached the gospel on the street. Many people gathered to hear what they had to say, although often as soon as sin was mentioned they would walk away.

The team members didn't have a lot of conversations with passersby, but they did have a few. Give thanks for those who did stop to talk, and give thanks that even those who walked away heard at least a snippet of the good news about Jesus Christ.

Galway GO Team: Day 2 (Sunday)

Give thanks for the day of rest that the GO team enjoyed with the members of Covenant Christian Fellowship, Galway. They worshipped with them in their new building, had lunch together and then enjoyed the beauty of God's creation as they took a walk in the city which was bathed in sun.

While they were walking, they saw the bookshop and some of the areas where they will be doing evangelism later in the week. Please pray for them as they start their work tomorrow.

 The square, where the team will be helping speak to passers-by who gather for the street evangelism.

The square, where the team will be helping speak to passers-by who gather for the street evangelism.

Galway GO Team: Day 1 (Saturday)

Yesterday was a dreary day and not much fun for travelling, but the Galway GO Team has arrived. Even the journey down demonstrated how God can work in unforeseen ways, as one of the team members had the opportunity to talk about the team and what would be happening to a lady who was on the bus!

Last night the team were able to meet together to pray and to read. Please pray that they would be spiritually refreshed as they meet for worship with God's people today.