Ireland

Ireland is more than just a beautiful island with its rolling green pastures and jagged, rocky cliffs. It’s a place with a rich and fascinating history and culture! This “Emerald Isle” is home to a centuries-old feud between the Catholics and Protestants, one that has waged its war on the people, leaving them worn down and jaded. You can bring the Truth that Christ not only heals people, but unites them as well. This mission trip to Ireland will minister to three different locations: the Dublin area, the Northern Irish city of Londonderry/Derry, and the surfing community of Portrush. Yes you read that correctly, surfing in Ireland! Which begs the question, “Do you surf or are you willing to learn now”? Who knew ministry could be so fun?!

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Building relationships with the Irish people is at the very heart of Ireland’s ministry. Despite the country’s deep religious heritage, the youth culture has become turned off by misconceptions of Christianity. This has created a great hunger as they search for more in life. Your job is to brave the worn cobblestone streets of this ancient Celtic nation and share your life-transforming relationship with Jesus, reaching out to the local community and forming friendships with its members by using surfing, VBS (Holiday Clubs), dramas, dances, and puppets.

With such diverse forms of outreach, you will find yourself with many natural opportunities to talk casually about Christ with your new Irish friends.

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what-will-i-eatBelieve it or not, Ireland has more to offer this world than just potatoes. After a long day of relational evangelism in Londonderry, or working up an appetite surfing on the Irish Sea, nothing is more satisfying and comforting than a warm bowl of Irish stew or a meal of the classic fish-n-chips, liberally sprinkled with salt and malt vinegar. But according to many students, it does not get any better than a bacon baguette with garlic sauce or honeycomb ice cream!Close
Like a lot of Royal Servants teams, you will sleep on the floors of the churches we partner with or in school dormitories. Working and living out of a church allows us to host local Irish youth in their own neighborhoods. It is simply one of the many ways you can make an impact for Christ in the lives of Irish students this summer.Close
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You will love serving in Ireland if:

  • You enjoy meeting new people
  • You want to have a hands-on experience living missionally in a cross-cultural setting
  • If you want to grow in your relationship with God and desire to serve Him across the nations
  • If you love serving others in creative ways
  • If you crave adventure, new challenges, and deep conversations.
  • If you are drawn to a nation where you can serve God without a language barrier
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adventureIreland is more than just a land with leprechauns and pots of gold at the end of magical rainbows; it is a country with rolling green hills and steep cliffs lining the shores of the Irish Sea. Explore the beautiful Celtic countryside and visit castles built nearly 1,000 years ago. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Dublin worn smooth by thousands who visit every year. You can actually trace the footsteps of St. Patrick as you explore seaside villages. Whether you take in the view of the Emerald Isle as you surf the Irish Sea, or discover it from the inside as you explore its ancient streets, you’ll fall in love with this country, and more importantly, its people.Close
spiritual-growthNo matter where you are at in your spiritual journey, growth will happen as you spend the summer in Ireland. At Royal Servants, we believe that significant experiences result in significant growth; and there will be no shortage of these as you learn how to trust God and serve the Irish people. You will learn more about who you are in Christ and how He has created you for a purpose, all within the midst of a community of people who are like-minded and share your desire to grow deeper in your walk with Christ. You will return home with a heart to serve Him in your home, community, church, and schoolClose
experience-the-cultureOver the years, Irish culture has spread far beyond its shores and become commonplace in North America. Journey to the birthplace of it all this summer and experience firsthand the kindness and generosity of the Irish. They are a warm and friendly people who love to laugh and entertain friends and visitors alike. You will find that their sense of humor transcends all cultural barriers. Coming to Ireland will awaken your senses as you see, taste, hear, and experience your way through this old and adored cultureClose
ministry-partners

In Ireland you will have the privilege of partnering with two different local ministries, as well as a recently launched ministry called the Surf Project. You begin your ministry working with Ebrington Church, situated in the (Northern Ireland) city of Londonderry/Derry. Ebrington has been representing Christ since 1894 and has been striving to bring peace to a community that has been greatly affected by the deep feud that runs between its Protestant and Catholic residents. You and your team will have the opportunity to work closely alongside this local body of committed believers.

The second church we partner with is a Methodist Church located just north of Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland. Here you’ll reach out to the active youth culture by building relationships and hosting a holiday club (similar to a VBS program).

Last, you have the unique opportunity to partner with The Surf Project, which is reaching out to Irish youth. You’ll be taught how to surf, and then in turn, teach local boys and girls. Not only is it fun, but it’s a natural way to build relationships that will provide a unique and adventurous platform to share your faith in a whole new way. It is important to note that experience or knowledge of surfing is no way a requirement. But hey, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, this is the ministry for you!

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debriefThen it’s off to London, England, for five nights of debriefing. You’ll have time to reflect, journal, pray, and plan. We want you to be successful as you take the necessary tools that you’ve learned over the summer and learn how to apply them back home. The team will also have time to relax and enjoy the sights London. Debriefing time is a sweet way to end your summer and it will propel you forward as you continue to walk with Christ long after your mission trip ends.Close

Schedule

  1. Students June 24 - August 5
  2. Staff Disciplers June 17 - August 5
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Ireland Required Support

  • Students
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $3,595
  • Spending Money: $400
  • TOTAL: $3995
  • Staff
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $3,595
  • Spending Money: $435
  • TOTAL: $4030

*$USD. For information about Canadian contributions and tax deductibility for Canadian citizen contact our Headquarters.The Ireland mission trip does not require a visa.

Ireland Trip Leader

  • Hank Dahl - Full Bio >>
  • I am the Ireland mission trip leader along with my wife Jackie. I spend a lot of my time discipling High School students, working on the baseball field, and looking for someone to prank.

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I had the opportunity to spend some time with a little girl in a park in Skerries. We had fun playing frisbee and teasing each other. But we also spent some time in serious discussion. She told me about how she gets bullied in school and because she loves God, she knows that what the bullies say isn't true. It's amazing how a little girl can change your perspective, she actually encouraged me!

Ruby