Aug 03

Excellent Missions Report from Cork, Ireland–Rev. Gwen Reed

Gwen D. Reed
3420 Mineral Springs Rd.
Lexington, SC. 29073
(803) 359-6579

Dear Family, Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
I have had the great privilege to make my third missions trip to Cork, Ireland. I wanted to share the blessings the World Mission Alliance (WMA) mission’s team experiences, as we proclaimed what God has done in our lives for His divine purpose. I think that God is preparing Ireland for a great move of His Spirit that will bring many into a new awakening and revival. As an intercessor, I believe and trust that God gave us a great work to accomplish, when He told us as his servants to, “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Lk. 14:23 KJV). He also said, “You shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth” (Acts1:8 AMP).
As His witnesses, we saw what God has accomplished through the Irish School of Ministry (ISM) under the Cork Church. Each team member shared how God had brought them through trials and helped them overcome traumatic situations. Randy Baker was one of the first WMA team members to share his testimony at Cork Church. He related how God’s hand saved his home and the lives of several firefighters with answered prayer that diverted the wind and changed the fire’s direction.
Our WMA team consisted of many youth, ranging in age from 17 to 24. Their talents were demonstrated through music, song and drama skits. The youth also reported overcoming episodes of peer and adult bullying, temptations with drugs, alcohol and suicide. Their testimonies were very timely, considering the suicide rate in Cork was at a national high. One young team member had “OVERCOMER” tattooed on her left forearm, which referred to John 16:33, when Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world.” [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

Many team members were retired teachers who assisted with the Sunday School programs and the community Vacation Bible School (VBS). Linda drew sketches of the children and wowed them with face painting. During VBS, team members played soccer, basketball and rugby with the children. Afterward we shared lessons on the whole armor of God and the wonders of God’s love toward us. Each age group painted a banner identifying their lesson topic.

Most of our street ministry was on Patrick St., near Cork Church, where many popular shops are located. The ISM students set up the area with a keyboard, guitars, microphones and amplifiers, in order for us to be heard in the shops and several blocks away. Other musicians were sharing in the area, but we noticed how calm and peaceful the area felt; as each WMA team member shared their music and songs, the presence of God was duly noted. The testimonies gave the team members opportunities to prompt the Irish people to speak about their concerns and difficulties. Some had felt loss, others confusion about issues with their own church. The older people were lonely and shared about their families, hopes and dreams. We told them that our purpose for being in Cork was to pray for them and ask God to draw them closer to Him. His desire was to build a relationship with them and show them His plan for their lives. Every person we shared with was kind and happy that others actually cared.
I was able to meet many groups of students from other countries traveling through Ireland on their school-sponsored tours. They were happy to have the opportunity to practice their English skills. As I spoke with them, I was able to share the salvation bracelets, and I was thankful to know that they had already received Jesus. I encouraged them to read His word and become stronger in their faith.

Testimonies of what God has done for us are an extremely effective way to be a witness to those who are troubled and seeking a way through their state of confusion and disillusionment. The God of all comfort brought us through; we testify of our condition and how our God restored us to Himself (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). God comforted us, rescued us, redeemed us, restored us and prepared us with His comfort, and we are then able to enlighten others to be restored through His benefits. We do not have to go to a foreign country to share what good things our God has done for us. Every day we bring the world our testimony, as they witness how we honor God and share His love.
In our daily devotional times as a team, we enjoyed wonderful times in the presence of God as we worshiped together. We also encouraged each other, reminding ourselves that we were in God, and God was abiding in us (1 John4:15-16). We are the vessels holding God’s Holy Spirit, and everywhere we place our foot we were carrying the presence of God (1 Corinthians 6:19; John 14:20). The light of God within us pushes back the darkness, and that light frees us to recognize our creator and His love for us. God calls us to His purpose. When a person yields to the direction of God to take His gospel to the nations, the experience in God is evident. Every day is a high range of faith in action, and you are in tune with the Father’s spiritual guidance. It’s worth sharing!

Please continue to pray for God’s Church in every nation. God has His people, and they are salt and light for the world to behold (Mat. 5:13-14). I have also downloaded videos and pictures on the website http://missionsforchrist2009.shutterfly.com/. Please click on the address and follow the link to take a look. River of Life broadcasts their Sunday morning services live at http://www.rol-sc.org/. God is good, and He loves goodness; the godly shall see His face (Psalm 11:7).

Love and Prayers,
Gwen D. Reed
River of Life Christian Fellowship

1 comment

  1. Gabriele Gilpin

    Greetings from Florida…
    I am rejoicing in your report about your mission trip to Cork, Ireland. The Lord is moving mightily! Glory to God. I was privileged to minister in a church in Cork in 2010 and traveled numerous times to minister in Belfast, Dublin and other cities in Ireland. Love this nation and have had prophetic insight on what the Lord is doing there in this hour!
    Rich blessings and much love
    Gabriele Gilpin
    Jacksonville, FL

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