We are currently in the process of raising the necessary financial and prayer support to live in Ireland. We spent two months completing a furlough replacement in Mullingar, Ireland, in the summer of 2015, and we plan to complete another two-month furlough replacement in Athlone, Ireland, in the summer of 2016. Our goal is to move to the town of Navan in County Meath in the fall of 2016 to begin a new church plant.
The Republic of Ireland is roughly the size of Maine, with a population of 4.6 million. 84% of people identify as Roman Catholic while 6% do not identify with any religion. While the older generation is largely traditional Catholic, the younger generation is moving away from Catholicism toward secular humanism. The Irish society is plagued by the many social, familial, and political ills that accompany a people who do not have the absolute truth of the Bible to meet the spiritual needs of the heart.