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Passage West

Douglas Baptist Church, on the south side of Cork City, is in its 8th year and has been doing outreach in various surrounding areas. They now plan to focus more effort toward establishing a Christian witness in the town of Passage West about ten kilometres from their present location. Brendan O'Brien, one of the elders there, writes, "Though we do not have a pastor we are blessed with having two workers supported by Crossworld, who are a church planting mission. This has allowed us to grow and maintain an outward vision. We have a number of members and adherents living in Passage West and have been doing street evangelism and door to door work with the hope of possibly starting an evangelistic Bible Study soon. We greatly value the interest of our sister churches in the association and ask you to pray with us for God to move in this town of about 5,000 with no gospel witness". 

Bandon and Clonakilty

Westside Baptist Church in Bandon had a team from Abbots Cross Congregational Church working with them for a week. The team called to many homes in the town offering a free children's booklet as part of CEF's "Church to Children" project. On one evening Trevor & Esther Gillanders shared about the death of their 17 month old son some 30 years ago, and how God used that in their lives to bring them to a saving knowledge of Himself. Another night focused on "Finding Your Place in God's Story". A number of new contacts were made during the week both from Bandon, the neighbouring town of Clonakilty, and the surrounding area.

BYE Team

Four young adults made their way cross-country, including one cross-continent, to serve in Midleton for the BYE team week (20th-27th July). The team distributed around 3,500 4you magazines, which prompted six people to apply for further contact - this has been a great encouragement to the church in Midleton. The team also ran a five day Bible club in the nearby housing estate helped by some of the teenagers from the Midleton church. The children from the club came to a barbeque on the Thursday night, beside the rented church building, along with some of their parents. The children's club, along with street outreach during the evenings has helped strengthen links between the church and the community and the help from the north and the USA was a real blessing to the saints in Midleton. Pray for the Midleton church as they continue to follow up work that the BYE team started.

BYE Team

TIM Team

There was also a joint TIM (Training in Ministry) team made up of young people (this year 14 took part) from the Cork & Kerry churches who are built up and trained in evangelism. They are challenged and encouraged to take seriously the call to follow Jesus in their lives. In the mornings the team learned from God's Word and in the afternoon and evenings they spent time in the vicinity of one of the Cork & Kerry Baptist churches, engaging in various forms of evangelism. Many had not done any form of public (i.e. cold calling) evangelism before but, by the end of the week, all felt confident to share with others (particularly in this case strangers) the incredible life changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a great service to the churches and an encouragement to the team and leaders alike. Let’s pray for more young people (and adults) to grow in evangelism and reach others for the gospel. 

TiM Team

 

Please pray, as each of our churches reaches out with the good news of the Lord Jesus, that God would continue to bring people to a saving knowledge of Himself, and that further churches would be established throughout Cork, Kerry and beyond.

 

Report by Martin Parker (Chairman Cork/Kerry Project)