Friday, March 24, 2006

St. Patrick's Day Teen Party


We rented a local facility to host a youth outing on St. Paddy's Day. We tried our best to do some Irish dancing and played games. Gary was able to give an inspirational message on the life of St. Patrick. He challenged the teens and asked if they would be as willing to go and teach in a foreign country as he did. Gary quoted one of Patrick's prayers that showed his dedication and love for Christ. He reminded them that we are all saints in God's eyes if we have accepted His Son as our Saviour and Lord. The blood of the Lamb paid the full penalty and we have full access to God.

5 comments:

Pastor Mike said...

Gary,
Great site! I love being able to see what's happening in the ministry in Ireland.

I am excited about this post for a number of reasons:

1. You used a local culture element to reach people. We tend to disconnect from these cultural things because they are pagan or celebrating something that is doctrinally "shady" or like St Paddy's connected with drunken revelry. Thanks for redeeming cultural elements for the cause of Christ

2. You are ministering to youth. Obviously a huge passion of mine, teens are often overlooked because they are past the "most open" years of life and aren't to the financially self-sufficient years. Both rotten reasons to give up on teens! Thanks for sharing the truth with them.

3. It was in a community site. Because you do not have a church building, this is a no-brainer. But I am convinced that "neutral" sites are really quite helpful to the ministry to seeking teens.

Again thanks for your family's ministry to the Irish,
Mike Paris
Wyoming Baptist

sue said...

Gary,

Sister sue here. Great site! It's wonderful to see the pics of all that's going on. Oh, this is my first time blogging.
God is always at work and you are being used of him there.
Blessings to all of you.
Love, sue

sue said...

Gary & Gang,

sue said...

Gary & Gang,

sue said...

Gary & gang,
Great to see pics of all that's happening ! God is always at work...he's using you there.
This is my first'blogging'....Blessings to you & the 'church family'.
Love, Sue