Prison Ministry Outreach
October 21, 12:00pm
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We enjoyed a rather eventful summer this year. An Irish Bible Institute student visited us in the U.S., Caleb returned from college, Andrew graduated from high school, and we traveled quite a bit—including a trip to California for a family wedding. It was no surprise that August arrived quickly and it was time to empty our apartment, pack up our boys for college, and fly out to Ireland. Since our return we have caught every bug the change of weather has brought. As I write Jonathan is just getting over laryngitis but he gave it to me! Even so, we have been encouraged by our time here thus far.
While we Americans like big things (a big turn out to an event, big vehicles, etc.), it can seem discouraging to have such a small graduating class as IBI had this year. However, when we consider the quality of our graduates and the "big" things they are doing for God's Kingdom we are encouraged.
Here in Ireland graduation ceremonies often take place in September, and IBI is no exception. In this link http://ibi.ie/student-life/photo-gallery/ you can see some photos of IBI's recent graduation ceremony. (The slide show is only 90 seconds long and worth seeing.) Two students who are pictured are Paul Maloney and Yee Hoi (above.) Paul is using what he learned at IBI in a ministry called The Joshua Project, a very successful program to help drug addicts find freedom in Christ. Yee Hoi is the pastor of a large Chinese church in Dublin. During the graduation ceremony he shared how he has used what he learned in Jonathan's Old Testament classes to help him write his sermons. He also found the Pastoral Care classes to have given him very practical tools to aid in counseling his church members, and the confidence to know when he could help or should encourage someone to seek professional help. (The Chinese Church is one of the largest churches in the Republic of Ireland.)
It is such a joy to be part of their lives and this ministry. Thank you for praying for us. In answer to prayer, we received the funds we needed to return to Ireland, we had a refreshing time in the U.S., and we were ready for our return. We would appreciate your continued prayers for:
In the Name of Jesus,
Jonathan & Becky Schuster
"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him..." (2 Chronicles 16:9a ).
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Missions is not just something we pray for in distant lands. It is something we actively engage in on a regular basis.
Whether it’s our Global Action Teams engaging with partner ministries on the other side of the planet, or the Local Action Teams engaging in reaching our neighbors, and nearby cities, Short Term Action Teams are a critical part of our Acts 1:8 strategy. As Jesus was ascending into heaven, He commanded his disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. We want to follow that pattern ourselves. Starting close to home, and letting the ripple-effect of our faith spread.
As a church, we partner with missionaries and organizations who desire to make their life's work serving the Lord and proclaiming His work on the cross. We deeply value each person and organization we work with, and continue to be amazed with how God works locally and internationally. By forming genuine relationships with our long term missionaries, we desire to bring about mutual learning and a more meaningful partnership.
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Shawn and Laura BoydTrans World Radio, Austria
Karney and Lydia DunahULICAF, Liberia
John and Cheryl FornelliCommission to Every Nation, Aurora
Chris and Maylin HartwickAssociation of Baptists for World Evangelism, Hong Kong
Ben and Missy HattonNew Tribes Mission, Papua New Guinea
Anne MillerInterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Aurora
Clyde and Edith MurphyCamino Global, Guatemala
Victor and Amanda RodriguezCrossroads Missions, Mexico
Andrew and Megan RowlandTanalian Leadership Center, Alaska
Jonathan and Becky SchusterGreater Europe Mission, Dublin
Omar and Rose SutherlandCru, Cary, Illinois
Jessie VanSchepenCrossworld, Ireland
Cori WittmanServantWorks, Thailand