ELEVATE Ireland 2017
Facing our Fears
Posted on March 28th, 2017
So….what did we do today?
- Praying and singing outside the town hall and courthouse
- Joined the Student Christian Union (university Christian Club) at the Institute of Technology for an outreach
- Made a “walking bus” with children to take them from school to Bible club
What did this actually look like?
Seriously, these kids were standing outside public buildings in downtown Sligo praising their Lord and praying for justice to prevail in the systems inside. Out loud. With strangers walking by. That’s pretty brave!
We made a quick trip home for lunch, then walked to the local Institute of Technology where we met the leader of the Christian Union, a 4th year student who is on exchange from Windsor, Ontario. It was fun to meet another Canadian so far from home. We also met up with one of the chaplains and some gentlemen from the Gideons. After a time of sharing and prayer we went into the main hall of the student building and ran a mini church service while handing out New Testaments and invitations to the CU’s weekly meeting. Once again, our students were singing praises to their Lord. Out loud. With strangers walking by. Still pretty brave.
But wait, there’s more. The scariest part of the day was still to come. We helped the volunteers from Child Evangelism Fellowship walk a group of elementary students from their school to Bible club 650 meters down the road. That doesn’t seem like too far now that I’m writing this, but at the time, with small children not able to listen from their uncontainable joy at being released from school for the day, it seemed to be endless. Once we all safely arrived at the club, we got to play with the students and made them all balloon animals and flowers before they left.
It’s been fun and full day. Now off to bed to rest up for another full day tomorrow. We’ll be helping at a “pop-up café” for street evangelism, maybe doing some yard work for YWAM if it’s not pouring rain and visiting with the Christian club at the local high school.