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YFC Ireland Update

May Update

Dear friends,
Thanks for your continued support and prayer. We hope you find the following update, both encouraging and inspiring and we hope you’ll continue to pray for the work of YFC Ireland.

THE ROCK KILKENNY

YFC Ireland always feels blessed when God orchestrates a collaboration with another ministry

YFC staff have been volunteering at drop-in nights at ‘The Rock’ in Kilkenny for more than a year. We’re assisting the committee of the Rock in rebuilding and reviving some foundational aspects of the ministry that has the potential to reach hundreds of teenagers in Kilkenny with the Gospel of Jesus Christ on a weekly basis. Over the next 6 to 12 months, we’ll partner with the committee in contacting several current and former volunteers, student leaders as well as local church leaders to help us better understand how God might have us move forward in this collaborative venture. 

PRAYER SPACE AT NEWPARK

An Exam Prayer Space was set up in the Prayer Room of Newpark Comprehensive School on 23rd May.

The Prayer Spaces were set up to allow the students a place to relax and connect with God before their exams through specifically designed prayer activities, including “Stress Less”, which involves running beads through the fingers and letting go of stress and worries, and “Exam Bunting”, which allows students to write their prayers for an exam on bunting. A private “Prayer Box” also was set up for confidential prayers that school staff can monitor regularly. The Exam Prayer Spaces will remain up during the Summer so that students can use the room in August when exam results come out.

NOMAD IN DEMAND

With school, church and youth fellowship ministry seasons winding down before Summer, interest in YFC Nomad cage soccer remains strong.

In the past month, the Nomad team was booked for three sessions – a Church of Ireland Confirmation Class fun day in Tullamore, along with two end-of- year youth night celebrations, one with a Catholic church group in Dunshaughlin, another with Church of Ireland and Methodist youths in Longford. Simon gave messages about his faith journey with Jesus at the first two events, while Gary and Liam teamed to share about the Gospel in Longford. It’s always encouraging to see how God opens doors to deeper levels of conversations about life and faith with young people, all evolving from the buzz of activity surrounding the Nomad cage!

MULLINGAR PARK OUTREACH

Over the past number of weeks the team have been reaching out to young people in Mullingar town park, having conversations and asking questions.

Our evenings in the park have been a success as we’ve had some great conversations with young people, getting opportunities to share our stories, but also we’ve taken the opportunity to ask them practical questions of what they thought of a potential drop-in ministry in Mullingar and if it was needed or not. The response was near unanimous, there is an apparent need for a place for young people to hang out. We even went as far as asking if a Christian ethos behind this potential place would deter them or not, again, the vast majority had no problem with it.

Prayer 

Praise God:
for providing a theme for our Gorey Camp week;

for clear leading on how our involvement should take place with various groups and leaders associated with “The Rock in Kilkenny;

for continued good conversations with young people in the Mullingar Town Park;

that we can be of assistance to schools as they seek to help students cope with the stresses of examinations.

Please pray:
for wisdom as we execute the plan God has set before us to help with “The Rock” ministry renewal

for our week with “The Rock at the end of June – that good connections can be made with churches and youth groups in Kilkenny that week, and that God would raise up young people from those churches to be helpers;

for God to raise up volunteers over 18 years old who would be willing to serve on “The Rock ministry team in the future.

Thank you all for your Kingdom investment and participation in the life of young people throughout Ireland.

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