Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. Psalm 74:12
Fairytales, kingdoms, and castles fascinate me which is why Roscommon Castle is easily one of my favorite places in Ireland. It’s actually the castle closest to where I am living (yes, it’s true there are castles everywhere here). This particular castle was built in 1269, and every time I visit it I’m filled with awe at its immenseness, and I’m also humbled by it’s crumbling walls. It reminds me of the finiteness of human kingdoms and fills me with hope that we have the chance to serve Most High who sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes (Daniel 4:32)
God is the sovereign ruler over every human kingdom, and he has also set up a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28). This heavenly kingdom is so worth seeking it is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field (Matt 13:44). It’s the sort of kingdom that is worth giving away everything just to be a part of it’s wonderful story.
Jesus understood that just as with Roscommon castle, earthly kingdoms and castles eventually fall and the treasures are scattered. Which is why He said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” What a privilege to be part of something so much bigger than our human understanding of a finite kingdom!
Could you please pray that God’s Kingdom would be furthered in Ireland?
- On Tuesday the biggest ministry of the summer begins: Impact Ireland! A team of 50 will be reaching out to four different churches in Killarny, Athlone, Carlow, and Shannon. I personally get the chance to live in Carlow for 10 days doing kids ministry and street evangelism with a team. Pray that the gospel goes out to this unreached nation!
- The sink in the main house on Lacken House property no longer works because the plumbing has started to fail. This could cost OM Ireland a great deal of money and it’s keeping our operations department hard at work on a frustrating task
- Our bank, Ulster Bank, has had an unexpected and very serious IT failure. This could leave many of the missionaries here in a difficult financial situation because they may not receive their allowances in time. It is also affecting thousands of people who bank with Ulster Bank.
- We are praying that God provides the necessary funds to continue all aspects of ministry at OM Ireland. Pray that funds would come in (especially for the new big red bus that we are purchasing!)