Ireland

The things you’ve probably heard about Ireland are true: the rolling countryside that spreads across this island country is like a patchwork of vibrant greens sewn together, dotted with medieval castle ruins and cobblestoned city squares, that butt up against its jagged and rocky seaside cliffs. It is a country who has a deep and rich history, and, for a time, was home to a vibrant faith community that gave the world Christian figures like St. Patrick himself. Now, centuries later, religion and a personal relationship with Jesus seems to have lost its place among the Irish, despite the country’s infamous feud involving religion itself! After years of conflict and strife, travel to Ireland this summer and share about the peace of Christ that will not only heal her people, but unify them as well.

Ireland has a strong history of Catholicism and Protestantism, however, due to centuries of conflict between the two, many Irish youth have become disillusioned with the idea of established religion. You’ll partner with local churches and an increasingly well-known surfing ministry to make new friends and share about the new, meaningful life Jesus desires for them to live. Following Christ doesn’t have to mean any of these old fashioned notions that are associated with their grandparents; faith in Christ and living for Him today is relevant and does matter, and you get to be a part of making that known amongst this generation of Irish youth! Close
The Irish tend to be quite practical when it comes to food. They are a “meat and potatoes” sort of people, which is the kind of food you need to sustain your energy for a month of ministry! On a wet Irish evening nothing heats you up better than a bowl of steaming Irish stew. You'll also have the opportunity to find out what fish-n-chips are all about, the quintessential Irish meal. Close
On the floor! Like many Royal Servant teams, we get to live and serve in the same exact place. The churches we partner with generously open their doors to us and we sleep wherever there is room, from the sports hall to the Sunday School rooms or even the sanctuary!Close
  • If you are outgoing and love meeting new people
  • If you want to serve God in new ways
  • If you seek an epic adventure across the sea
  • If you crave deep conversations and new friendships
  • If you want to share the Gospel without needing a translator
  • If you love Celtic culture and the Irish people
 

Then this trip is for you!

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Seeking adventure? How about traveling to an island that looks like it comes right out of a fairy tale? Explore thousand-year old castles, walk the beaches of the North Coast, surf in the Atlantic Ocean, and maybe even enjoy a taste of your own heritage. Over 10% of Americans have some Irish ancestry, meaning for some of you this could be your opportunity to see the motherland. Close
If you come this summer with an open heart and willingness to serve, we’re confident you will grow in your walk with Christ. As you leave your comfort zone behind, you will have opportunities to trust God daily. We will help teach you what it means to place your identity in Christ, how to serve others selflessly, and how to make disciples. You will grow in a community of like-minded believers as you dig into the Word of God every day and discuss what you're learning with a small group. We want to see you grow in such a way this summer that your parents don't recognize you when you return! Close
Although Ireland is an English-speaking country, their regional accents have varying degrees of thickness, which will provide you plenty of opportunity to ask, “Could you repeat that?” And just when you think you have the accent mastered, you will move to your second ministry location and have to start over. The sun sets very late in Ireland, resulting in activities usually starting later and ending even later. Like most Europeans, the Irish tend to be night owls, which means that a bulk of your ministry will extend late into the night. But don’t fret, if there’s one thing Ireland knows how to do right, it’s a proper cup of tea or coffee, fueling European nightlife for centuries! One of the most famous symbols within the country is the Claddagh. You may not have heard of it before, but you will know it by the end of your time in Ireland. The symbol is comprised of two hands which hold a heart and have a crown sitting on top. The two hands are said to represent friendship, the heart is love, and the crown symbolizes loyalty. These character traits are very important to the Irish and something they seek to embody themselves. Knowing that, the Claddagh couldn’t be more fitting. Close
The bulk of your time will be spent doing ministry in Northern Ireland. You will begin by working with Ebrington Church, located on Waterside of Londonderry/Derry. We have partnered with this church for over ten years now and have seen wonderful growth in some of the local youth. You and your team will get to work closely with local believers to engage youth in this area and build genuine relationships with them.   Your second location is in Portrush, along the Northern Coast. Here you will partner with The Surf Project, a local ministry that seeks to share the Gospel through surfing. This is a natural way to build a relationship with someone that could lead to sharing your faith with them. It is a unique way to love others in an adventurous environment, and you do not need any prior experience to participate. Close
Once ministry wraps up in Ireland, you’ll head to London, England for about five days of debriefing. This is a crucial point in the summer where you will have time to reflect, pray, and journal as you prepare to head home. We want to equip you to successfully take what you've learned this summer and apply it to your life back home. There will also be some time to explore London together, but debriefing is really about ending well. We want you to continue to grow in your faith even after you step off the plane and return home. Close

Schedule

  1. Students June 23 - July 28
  2. Staff Disciplers June 16 - July 28
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Ireland Required Support

  • Students
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $3595
  • Spending Money: $415
  • TOTAL: $4010
  • Staff
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $3595
  • Spending Money: $450
  • TOTAL: $4045

*$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

  • Scott Anderson - Full Bio >>
  • I am the trip leader for Ireland long with my wife Nichole. I enjoy all things Minnesota including their sports teams and even that we have "Duck, Duck, Grey Duck" (not goose). My first experience with Royal Servants started in 1994 as a high school student. Who knew where this journey would take me.

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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