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God owns everything right? That includes cars! March 2, 2010

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If you know Eric and I, you will know that for the last year the bain of our life has been my shoulder pain and our car! Well maybe I’ll write about the shoulder pain one day (or maybe not because it bores me) but today I’m sitting down to write about the car.

Since Eric arrived in Ireland in June ’09 we have broken down 5 times. One of those breakdowns cost us over 400 pounds of our wedding money, a booked ferry and a week in Wales to get it fixed (only for it to limp home). One of our breakdowns was just as the snow hit before Christmas. We had to get a train home and didn’t see the car again for 4 weeks – only on the day we got it back did we know where it actually had ended up. A huge amount of our conversation has been consumed by what we are going to do about the car and poor Eric just has to see the pure frustration in my eyes when he talks about it to know that it is NOT my favorite topic anymore.

 

Our great friend Noel has been a star in trying to help us get mobile and Eric has batted around so many ideas for patch up jobs but the saga goes on and the car continues to dislike us.

 

In all honesty the breakdowns have all been frustrating but each time God has shown His power and protection – When we broke down in Wales, it was right at the motorway exit where some great friends live. They recommended a mechanic and put us up for the week, while we waited for it to be fixed. Another time (the time in the snow) we had just cancelled the next meeting we were going to due to the weather and the car making funny noises – if we hadn’t we would have broken down in the middle of nowhere on a very dangerous road, instead of where we actually broke down, close enough to a railway station.

 

In contrast though, other times it has been at the most inconvenient times for our ministry that the car has let us down. It can’t travel far anymore without giving up, so every Sunday we have to strategically plan our transport to church and have had to miss going to other churches we have been involved with. It’s so annoying and a very obvious ploy of the enemy to frustrate the things we are here for.

 

So we’ve discussed every possible scenario and prayed so often for God’s guidance and provision in the situation. Our conclusion is that we know God owns everything. If  He wanted us to, we’d be driving around in a Ferrari, however we are asking Him not for that but just for a car that will get us to the places He wants us to be, when He wants us to be there. God could magic a car up and make it appear in front of me here in the sitting room if He wanted to but we have learned and seen that He loves to use others to bless us and us to bless others. For this reason we are sending out an appeal to all of our friends and supporters to ask them to consider donating an amount they feel God would have them to for a fund for a car that we can use in the Mission Field here. We don’t want anything flashy but we would love to be able to head out in the car and not worry about whether we will arrive at our destination. We also need reliable transport for the teams who come to Ireland to work alongside us.

So I’d love you to pray for the car situation! Please pray that a solution will be reached soon and that in the meantime our journeys would be completed and that they would be safe. Also if you feel led to donating toward our ‘car fund’ please let us know and we’ll tell you how you can do so.

 

I can’t wait to blog again with testimony of God’s provision – we are believing for a miracle!!!

 

Why is it that we doubt God even when He’s proved Himself time after time? January 5, 2010

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That’s a question I just asked myself as I finished reading the emails and facebook messages from the people who have been praying and as I wiped the tears from my eyes.


It’s not that we’ve been completely doubting God for this month of prayer but rather that I doubted that it would have as much impact and that God may not speak or move as much because of my inability to get it organised as early as I did last year.


But once again God and His grace tell me that through obedience – no matter how late (although earlier makes things easier!) – God is faithful to see His purposes fulfilled. It reminds me of what He said last year before the first month of prayer – that if God asks you to pray for something, then there’s no way He would not respond to those prayers.


It’s such a challenge to me for the things God has put on our hearts for 2010. We need to not put them off or get too busy with the trivial things.


We want to thank all of you who have been praying so far. Some as near as around the corner and others as far aways as Namibia. You are all so precious to the people working here in Ireland and to those you have been praying for.


I am constantly reminded of the story in Exodus 17:10-13

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.


There are so many things the Christians in Ireland battle against. The enemy certainly does not want this country to be won for Christ. We see evidence of that every day. But for all of us who live here and work here, we are SO encouraged by you people who are ‘holding up our arms’ as you pray for the battle here.


If you haven’t joined the prayer rota yet, there’s still plenty of time and plenty of space. Just drop Lyndsey a message or write on the Facebook group wall letting us know what hours on what days you can do. You wont be alone – we send out prayer ideas every day and at the end of each week, everyone will receive a message with news of how it’s been going.Also on the Facebook page, under ‘discussions’ there are some ideas of how to pray this month. If you can’t get to them, let me know and I’ll send you a copy.


Again, let me say what an incredible encouragement you are to us all here. I wish you could see the way everyone here has been uplifted since you guys started to pray on January 1st.


With all our love, The Christians in Western Ireland

 

And so it begins again… December 31, 2009

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So tonight’s the night… At 12am a new year and all it has to hold begins!

Also at 12am, our prayers for Ireland once again begin with the first Prayer Warrior on the rota, kicking off aour month long prayer campaign.

We’re so excited as last year was incredible and it made such a difference – not only to the people and places being prayed for, but also for those praying. Everyone who got involved last year agreed that it was truly an awesome experience.

There’s still time to be a part of it! We still need lots of hours of lots of days filled with people praying. Thank you to everyone who has messaged us already – you will receive an email later on this evening with helpful hints and people and places to pray for.

Everyone else, please, please consider whether you could spare an hour a day, a week or just once in January to pray for this part of the world. If you think you can, let us know and we’ll add you to the prayer rota alongside all the other people who are patnering with us from miles away by praying for us all here in Ireland.

Happy New Year!!

 

Wow it’s nearly been a year!! December 25, 2009

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I can’t believe I haven’t posted on here for so long! I’ve kept meaning to but what a year… just no time to write my thoughts down.

It’s Christmas Eve and we’re surprisingly organised – I say we… it’s my first Christmas with my wonderful husband. He really is the centre of the story I have to tell of this past year – other than Jesus of course, who had Eric set aside for me before we were even thought of by our parents!

So month by month 2009…

January – we had an awesome Month of Prayer resulting in an incredible change in the spiritual climate here and in the lives of the people being prayed for and in the lives of the people praying. Read about it in my last post. It was truly incredible and I had so wanted to do it again this year – I’ll get to that at the end.

At the end of January a team came from our awesome friends at Orlando North Community Church in Florida. This team included Eric D’Errico, a then very good friend of mine, who on that trip became my ‘boyfriend’, after lots of contact over the previous year. Handy for me, Eric had been called to Ireland in March of 2008 and we had been in very regular contact since.

February – Was the shortest month in days but seemed like the longest month EVER! That was because Eric was back  in the USA and I was still here in Ireland. That said it was a great end of the month to spend some precious time in England, with my closest friends Lizzie & Tim.

March – I got to go to Switzerland to visit more wonderful friends Toby & Kathrin, who treated me to an awesome holiday in such a beautiful country!

April – I headed to the USA at the end of the month to spend a couple of weeks with Eric and then for our training as Missionary Ventures Field CoOrdinators early in May. I love Florida although it rained a lot while I was there it was warm. Hmmm I love sun! I also got to spend time with the Orlando North gang, which is always special time.

May – What an incredible month!! On the 1st Eric took me to Portofino Bay in Universal Studios, where he wined and dined me and asked me to marry him – well you can guess what my response was! I think I said yes at least 10 times in as many seconds!

We began our training at Missionary Ventures and got to meet some awesome people who are true heros in our eyes. Some who work in countries all over the world and others who work tirelessly in Orlando to keep us in ‘The Field’ going. We had a very emotional interview, as the call of God was so strong on us and also a very precious ‘sending out’ service. However the two weeks of training were even more eventful because during our first week, Eric received news that his visa application to marry me in England in September had been denied. The reasons for this were crazy and unfounded – we were devastated. We and many others prayed for a solution and we found out just a few days later that we could legally marry in Florida without any tricky forms or needing visas as Eric did to marry in England. This is really the short version but as a result, on the 20th May,we had our legal wedding at the Duford’s house in Longwood (Orlando) as the rain was hammering and 70 awesome people crowded in. It was so simple and yet so beautiful!

Also in May Isaac Williams was born. I may be biased, but he’s awesome, just like his parents!!

June – Not long after all that, we packed Eric’s life up and headed north to Ohio to spend some time with Lynne, his Mom. We had such fun, including a day out together with Carla, Eric’s sister in Amish country. I also got to meet a lot of Eric’s friends form Ohio State University and to visit the campus too.

We then said a fond farewell to Lynne and Carla and headed to New Jersey, via Philadelphia, to spend some time with Pat, Eric’s dad. We had a great time there meeting family and Eric’s old and my new friends. Then the time came to get on the plane and head back to Ireland – for Eric, this time, permanently. On 15th June we said goodbye to the U.S.A. and landed in Dublin, ready to face everything God has in store for us here.

July – In July we hosted our first team, from Twynham church for the Community in Christchurch, England. Headed by my sister Emma, the team were amazing and we had a really special and productive week working with them. Their time ended with our first ever Youth camp in Carrick on Shannon, organised with the church there. It was a weekend full of fun and excitement and we all left exhausted! The team left the following day, and they were sorely missed.

August – Eric and I and a group from Ireland headed to England for Soul Survivor, a summer festival for young people. It was an awesome few days with lots of fun and laughter and lots of very precious moments for each of us with God. We all had stories to tell from those few days!

The Irish contingent went home and Eric and I stayed in England and headed to Bournemouth and then to Worthing to get ready for the wedding celebration we had originally planned with our families and friends.

September – Started with Eric’s birthday and on the same day, his Dad arriving from the USA for the wedding. The following day, Mom and Carla arrived. We squeezed some sightseeing in and finally September 12th arrived – the day we had always planned to get married. It was the most perfect day of both of our lives and we still talk about it today with big grins on our faces. It was so special to share with all our closest people, the happiness that we have been given by being ‘Us’.

On the 13th we headed for Spain – we spent a wonderful week in my relatives apartment, leant to us as a wedding gift and then we headed for 3 days in Rome. This trip was a gift I gave to Eric as his wedding present from me, with a little help from some special friends. It was so great for me to go back and for Eric to spend some time in Italy with his Italian roots.

After Rome, we came back to England for a few days and spent some great time with Emma , my sister and Tracy, her flat mate. Then we got in the car and headed for the ferry to Ireland…We made it to Cardiff with our car coughing and spluttering most of the way. Amazingly we broke down finally at the motorway exit where some of my closest friends live 5 minutes from. We spent an extra week away from Ireland waiting for our car to be fixed but being taken care of by Phill and Rosy, who put us up at the last second. It also gave us the opportunity to meet little Jac Griffiths who hadn’t long been born and to congratulate his fab parents, Delan and Louise.

October – We finally made it home and my shoulder problem kicked in big time!! I had had the nerves blocked in April before I left for America, but gradually things had deteriorated again and the Irish damp weather sent me back to square one, if not further back. My pain management specialist suggested Botox injections, which made things A LOT worse!! Frustratingly we were due to fly back to Cardiff for Phill and Rosy’s wedding. Despite doctor’s orders, we went anyway, this was a day I couldn’t miss!! We were so happy to be a part of their day!

November – This month’s highlight was heading to Manchester for the Missionary Ventures Great Britain Conference. It was so good to meet with our MV friends and to make new ones. Also we spent time together seeking God for His direction on our work here in Ireland.

As we flew back home over Ireland, we were stunned to see from the air, the country waterlogged! The flooding in Ireland was widespread and particularly affected Carrick-on-Shannon, where we spend a lot of our time and have many friends, some of whom had to use boats to leave their homes.

Emma (my sister) came over in November for our first ever Thanksgiving Day and Eric and I cooked up a feast. We then did it again two days later when we celebrated Thanksgiving with our friends in Carrick on Shannon at the Rivers Church.

December – Has been crazy!! Eric and I began apartment hunting and ended up with a house – for less than all the apartments cost. It is such a gift from God and the incredible waterfalls right outside our windows remind us of His ever flowing love and mercy for us. We are SO happy there!

During the middle of our home hunt though, my shoulder hit, with no warning and I ended up in the Emergency Department almost begging for morphine! A couple of days later, as the drugs wore off, the pain came back and my Mum, in tears, managed to get me into the Pain Management Clinic at short notice. For all the problems here that the health services suffer, I am SO grateful for their devotion to their work! They brought me in immediately to surgery, that day, and through an injection in my neck, blocked one of the nerves that sends pain into the area I struggle with. It took a few days to kick in, but I can very happily say that I am now at a level 3, pain wise instead of a 10. This is huge!

Madeline and Sara, Eric’s (and now my) friends from Uni came to visit and brought with them more snow than I have ever seen in this country or England. It was really great spending time with them and for Eric to catch up with them and reminisce about the old days.) We had some fun in the snow and enjoyed a Christmas party with the Carrick church. And then, on the way home, it was time for our car to die again 😦 Thankfully the train home was delayed due to the snow, so we managed to catch it! The car is still in Carrick.

Then Emma arrived again on Monday and Christmas is upon us!

So… January next year. It’s short notice as the shoulder stuff hampered things a bit, but I still think we can do it…. We’re going to try again to fill every single hour of every day with prayer for Ireland. I know lots of you were excited by what happened last year and showed interest in doing the same again. This year I am going to send out the daily prayer pointers once a week as I may not make it to the computer daily this time. However we’re excited about what God did last year through our directing prayers this way – We have no doubt this time around will make a profound difference too!

Please, please let me know if you can spare an hour a day, a week or just once in the month, to pray for this part of the world. Drop me a message here, at my Facebook page or at my email address, letting me know what hours and days you would like to cover. If you did it last year, you’ll remember what an awesome experience it was, if you didn’t, try it this year – God is so faithful and all that joined us last year, from wherever they were in the world, reported blessings for themselves while they prayed for Ireland.

So all that’s left to say is that we wish you a very happy and meaningful Christmas and a 2010 that is everything you hope for – full of peace, joy and God’s richest blessing.

(more…)

 

Final Update February 2, 2009

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So January is over and we are already two days in to February. Over the month we have had…

 

54 people, 2 house Groups, 2 Youth Groups and 1 Prison Fellowship praying.

This covered 7 countries and 6 American states.

Just through the prayer rota alone we have prayed for 694 hours!

 

I don’t know where to start except to say, we have seen true miracles this last month; In church life, family life, within the team, personally and within the spiritual climate in this area.

 

I want to thank you all for taking this vision and running with it. You, by your prayers have done something amazing! Please don’t read that and think “Well the others did, but I didn’t pray long enough or every time I should have.” That’s not the point; the point is that you joined with us at all. You will never know how grateful we are or of the extent of the difference you have made.

 

So what now?

 

Well firstly, it would be so sad if we were to leave it at this. So here are my suggestions….

Lets continue with a prayer rota but one where people pray once a month (more if you feel you can). I’ll do the same thing as before by sending out updates and prayer pointers.

 

In September we’d like to open up an offer for as many of you prayer warriors as possible to come to Sligo. This would be an opportunity to see the places you have been praying for, meet the people you have been praying for, to meet each other and to pray together. Obviously, this is a huge undertaking, so we would need to know if you are genuinely interested in doing this as soon as possible.

 

I am planning on getting a team together to visit churches in the UK, to raise the profile of the need for God in the West of Ireland. If your church would like to host an Irish themed evening, a day conference or to dedicate a church service to this, please do get in touch!

 

And finally if you know of anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 who would value spending an extended length of time working with us here in Ireland, let me know and I’ll send out a leaflet about our Gap Year. Or visit: http://www.outletcore.weebly.com

 

As the sun beams through the window whilst I type this, I am smiling at the thought of the way God is working here. The way the spiritual darkness is breaking and the renewed knowledge of the fact that PRAYER WORKS! So all that is left to say is thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

Keep in touch, keep in the Word and keep pressing on Warriors.

 

Much Love

Lyndsey and all your brothers and sisters in the West of Ireland

 

Week 3 January 21, 2009

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On the Prayer Rota we have had:

41 people, 2 house Groups and 1 Youth Group praying. This covered 6 countries and 6 American states. Just through the prayer rota alone we have prayed for 172 hours!

We have prayed for 6 towns/areas, 12 people plus the church leaders in the area. We’ve covered 5 general issues and 1 people group and the schools in the area and as we have prayed God has revealed many, many more things, which we have lifted to Him in prayer.

 

On Friday as you prayed for the children here, they prayed for every single one of you, by name. It was such a precious time and the prayers were sincere and truly beautiful. Not only that but we had your names all printed off on separate sheets of paper and said to the children that if they wanted to pray for someone went they go home, for the rest of the month, then to pick up one of the names from the floor and pray for that person. Well they didn’t just pick up one each… they picked up every single one and took them home with them. The kids were amazed when we told them of how there were people all over the world who were praying for them.

 

Results:

 Prayers for Glennis Darby’s son & Lyndsey’s brother have continued to have absolutely incredible positive results.

All of the individuals we have been praying for have had to either reduce or completely review their prayer requests as so many have been answered!

 

We have received amazing prophecies and words from God; many confirmed by different people in different parts of the world. Many are posted on the discussion board on the group page (Facebook). I wanted to share a couple with you this week:

“When I prayed for Sligo and the surrounding towns had a picture tw weeks ago of there being a spiritual fog that was extremely oppressive. Last week when I prayed I saw the sun starting to shine through the fog.” (I had this same picture in the fisrt week)

In positive prayers we always follow the pattern- pray—thank—–rejoice. The LORD is clearly saying in my prayers it’s the time we start rejoicing in “what is about to be released by HIM for us very soon.” we must sing and praise Him for all we are about to receive. Time for parties ——– all nite praise nites”

“Tonight I can see a rainbow over Sligo and I just know that all this prayer has made a difference in the heavenlies. As I pray for the schools I see a garland of flowers around Mercy infants. But I see what looks like an army of hedgehogs attacking the boundaries of the Carraroe school. Please keep praying for this place consistently over the next few hours and as I pray for Glen I see him surfing on a ray of light. Ursline School could be a place of growth spiritually. I feel a sense of excitment as I pray for it.”

 

The Methodist opening in Sligo on Sunday was a wonderful event. I’ve not seen so many Christians gathered in one place in this part of Ireland before. The worship was electrifying and the excitement about the potential for renovated building reaching out into Sligo Town was tangible.

 

The first Encounter meeting after the Christmas break took place last night. Attendance was well up and God met with us powerfully. I shared with everyone on the progress of the Month of Prayer and how faithful you guys have been in your prayer and in your feeding back to us. People were so encouraged!

 

Since the first week of January I have been wondering what on earth we will do in February and onward!?! Well I believe God will show us but I’d also like to ask you, as our prayer warriors what you would like to happen with regard to praying for Ireland when January ends. I’d be so grateful if you could drop me a quick message if you have any thoughts. We have some ideas, which I wanted to share in next week’s update but I would LOVE to hear your ideas!

 

Finally, if you know of anyone between the age of 18 and 30, who would like to spend 6 months or a year working with us here in Ireland, let me know and I’ll send out a leaflet. Alternatively take a look at the website www.outletcore.weebly.com

 

God bless you all this week! We are so proud to be in this thing with you all!

 

Week 2 January 14, 2009

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Two weeks in and wow! What a week!

 

On the Prayer Rota we have had: 39 people, 2 house Groups and 1 Youth Group praying. This covered 6 countries and 6 American states. Just through the prayer rota alone we have prayed for 160 hours! We have prayed for 7 towns/areas, 15 people plus the church leaders in the area. We’ve covered 4 general issues and 3 people groups in the area and as we have prayed God has revealed many, many more things, which we have lifted to Him in prayer.

Results?? Prayers for Glennis Darby’s son & Lyndsey’s brother have continued to have absolutely incredible positive results.

We have received amazing prophecies and words from God; many confirmed by different people in different parts of the world. Many are posted on the discussion board on the group page (Facebook). Particularly, have a look at the ones from Shirley and Anthony (Dated 5th January) under ‘Words We Have Received’ on the discussion board. The reason I single these out is because I want to share with you what happened the next day…

“I get emails from Astronomy Ireland on a regular basis as it is one of my interests. I received an email and was so shocked to see one part that I thought I would share it. ” FIREBALL: Last Friday Jan. 2 at around 5:30pm a fireball brighter than the Full Moon was seen all across Ireland. Fireballs this bright can drop meteorites. If anyone saw it please fill out the online report form at http://www.astronomy.ie/fireball.html. A full report will appear in our magazine in due course.” God is at work!! Stay blessed Anthony”

Well… I nearly fell off my chair when I read what Anthony had sent and the attached article!

 

Another thing that has brought SUCH encouragement is that these past 2 weeks a number of people have contacted me because they have stumbled upon either the group page on Facebook or my blog, which I have been updating with prayer month news. All of them people who feel they have been called to Ireland!

 

Last week we were all excited and uplifted by what God was doing through this month of prayer. This last week has been a slog. We as a team and as individuals have been attacked every which way by the enemy. But… Praise the Lord! Last night, the team got together to pray and most, if not ALL of those attacks were broken in the name of Jesus and not only the attacks of this week but ones that have been affecting us over the last few months. I 100% believe that this could not have happened had we not had all of you wonderful people praying for us. Our meeting finished late last night and we were all uplifted.

This morning, I can’t speak for the others, but I feel like something incredible has happened both in my life and also in the spiritual battle over Ireland.

 

We’d love to hear just how you have found your time slot. Has it dragged? Gone quickly? Did you have enough information to fill your hour? Please feed back everything to us. You can do that by sending Lyndsey a message or posting your feedback on the discussion board (marked ‘Feedback’) If you feel God may have said something, let us know and we’ll put some prayer into it. Also if you KNOW God has said something and you haven’t shared it with us yet, please do!

 

Next week we are short of people to pray for 13 hours. That’s a massive reduction compared to last week’s 39. Thank you so much if you responded to our request to help fill some of the spaces! If you can take ANY of this week’s on, every hour counts so please get in touch!

 

One final thing: As I was typing this update I had an email come through from a friend back in England. It was to inform me that our friends Nigel and Elayne Bayley’s son, Joshua has today been diagnosed with Leukaemia. I am shocked and gutted by this news. Nigel is a pastor in England and even though this news is not directly related to the West of Ireland could I ask you please to remember that family in your prayers?

 

So I sign off this week by saying to you that even though you are not here, you are playing a specific and vital part in the war over the country of Ireland. You are a strategically placed warrior of Almighty God. And guess what warriors… He wins!

 

God’s richest blessings be upon all of you! Lyndsey