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Jun 20

Chris & Larena Johnston – Missionaries to Galway, Ireland

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Another Amazing Month

Another amazing month has flown by! We have seen
God moving in mighty ways, even in the sadness that came with
Ireland choosing to allow abortion on demand into the country.
We were really praying and hoping that this would not happen,
but we know that God has a plan and turns everything around for
His good for those who love Him. If nothing else, this has really
shown the heart of this country, and the way it is going more and
more towards secularism. It has broken our hearts but has given
us a deeper passion to reach the lost and hurting in this nation.
The day after the referendum, I went to my friend

Carmel’s daughters first holy Communion. It was really amazing
to see how God was orchestrating all of this, because one of my
prayers has been to really get more acclimated to the Irish
traditions. Even though many of the Irish (sadly) are going away
from the Catholic faith, they still tend to bring up their children
to do the important things such as first communion and
confirmation, which is a beautiful thing.

Unexpected Opportunity

It was an honor and pleasure to be able to attend Ruby’s
first communion. Afterwards, another mother named Georgina
invited us back to her home for lunch. Georgina is an Irish woman
who lives about 45 minutes away from us, and has two young boys.
Carmel, her 4 girls, Chris, Anora, and I all decided to take her up
on the offer, and boy was I glad we did!

Not only was it a total
divine appointment, but this opportunity allowed for me to invite
Georgina and her friend to get more connected. We invited them
to church, and I also told them about the Mom’s group I am hoping
to set up. It was an amazing afternoon! Not only that, but Chris
was able to give his testimony to around 6 of them sitting around
the table. They were all sitting on the edge of their seat listening
and asking questions. Sadly, none of them attend a church, and all
of them believed in different things, but certainly not that Jesus is
the way, the truth and the life. We hope and pray that God will
open the doors for them to stay connected to us. Will you pray that
God will help us build a relationship with them, and lead them to
Jesus? We know your prayers are powerful!

Torch

Days prior to that, we had the Pulse Youth camp director
Sam, and his wife Sara and little girl Hazel-Grace down to speak
at Torch. It was an amazing night and the kids got a powerful
message about how to clothe themselves with the love of Christ.
We were delighted to spend the weekend with them and have the
two little girls hang out together. We look forward to this budding
friendship.

CAMP RESPONSIBILITIES

Chris is gearing up for another camp meeting next
month, for planning and preparing. He is excited to be overseeing

the operations of the camp. He will be in charge of all operations,
including security, accommodation, catering, amenities, making
sure all programs run smoothly throughout the week, and over
many groups of leaders. I can’t wait to be able to be there with
Anora this year, it is going to be such an amazing camp this year!
Chris was also invited to a church planting conference.
Sam (the camp director) invited him, and offered to help him with
the costs of the 2-day conference. I would really like to attend with
Anora, and praying God will provide the funds to allow me to go
as well. We are still praying about the future of the church in
Galway, so this conference might really spark some ideas to pray
into and share with Galway Christian Fellowship.

A Great Honor

We are excited that we are invited to Sean Mullarky’s
home for dinner this upcoming month. He is the head of Christian
Churches Ireland (formally Assembly of God Ireland). Sean
invited us to come to Dublin to share in a meal and fellowship with
him and his family. This is a great honor again and we are so
excited to connect with them on a deeper level. These national
leadership opportunities are still such an honor to be a part of,
and we are wondering what God is doing. Only time will tell.
This week we are packing Torch in several cars and
heading to Limerick to a youth group who are hosting an event.
We hope this event will connect the youth, inspire them spiritually
and connect them as friends before camp this summer. Please
pray for safe travels, and that the Holy Spirit will really show up
and impact these youth.

Housing Concerns

We have not heard anything concerning our living
situation. We are hoping that we have more time in this home. We
are praying that maybe our landlady will change her mind and
continue renting this home to us. Either way, we are trusting the
Lord for His direction.

Thank you for standing with us and
covering this in prayer. We really love this home and it was a
major answer to all our prayers 3 years ago. We are praying for
a miracle to stay in it, but not our will, God’s be done.

Prayer Requests:

Please pray that we will be
able to witness the love of
Jesus to everyone we
connect with
Please pray for the Lord to
open the doors for the
young mom’s group
Please pray for Pulse youth
camp and the plans going
into it
Please pray for our living
situaon, that God might
give us a miracle to
connue living in this house.

THANK YOU

Thank you again for your love, your support, your
kindness in investing in this nation and her people. It’s more
evident than ever before how desperately we need to be praying
into a city center location, and praying over this city, this
nation, and her people.

Every single life that is changed for
Jesus, you have a part in as you stand with us spiritually, and
financially.

Thank you! We love you all so very much and
cherish our relationships with each and every one of you! Till
next month!

Support

If you would like to team up & contribute to this
important mission, please make checks out to:

Hope Ireland Missions
229 W. Exchange St.
Crete, IL 60417
(Chris & Larena Johnston
on the memo line)

Signing off from Galway,
~Larena (Chris and Anora