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?!
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.Close
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
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!Close