Our journey began in Dublin, Ireland with a visit to Kelly and Kate, a couple who head up Crusade's work there. They, along with a newly arrived missionary named Stephanie, are pioneering work on Dublin's 3 major universities. Sharon and I loved spending time getting to know the team and the culture in which they live and work. (Just so you know the fish and chips, as well as Guinness, were "magically delicious.") As we got on the plane to come back to Lithuania we knew we could see ourselves being a part of the ministry there.
When we got back to LT, we had two hours to shower, repack, and get to the bus station to travel the twelve hours to the Czech Republic. Upon arrival, we were greeted at the train station by Laurie Jackson, an old time friend from Good Shepherd who serves as a missionary in Slovenia. We spent four days getting to know what Josiah Venture was all about and honestly, loved it! Not only was the content of the conference great, but the dynamic community shared between that group of 150 or so missionaries was amazing. Interestingly enough, the life and culture of Slovenia sound so similar to what we have experienced in Lithuania. We walked away from the J.V. conference knowing we would feel honored to work with the team in Slovenia and would be excited to start a ministry with university students in Ljubljana.
So, we have 3 amazing possibilities in front of us: a church in Portland, Dublin with Crusade, or Slovenia with Josiah Venture. Would you please continue to pray with us that we would clearly see and hear where the Lord is calling us next?
Thanks for being a part of this journey with us!
Here are some photos from our trips:
Kate, Kelly, and Stephanie