Sunday, January 28, 2007

Future Site

What a wonderful beginning! God can do more than we ask or imagine, and we asked HIm to be with us as we seek to make this our future home for many activities. The upstairs will hold 60, the downstairs will have a multiple function and be useful for youth and children. In 1 Kings 8, Solomon dedicated the temple and we used this for our message..." May your eyes be open to this temple night and day, the place of which you said ' My Name shall be there, so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays.' May He be our Guide through the days ahead, and may His Name be praised!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Ladies Day

Many ladies from Ballinasloe and the surrounding area came together for a day of refreshment, singing and crafts. The Father's Flowers was our theme and we focused on how we are the flowers that will attract others to God's kingdom if our "roots and leaves" are receiving sustenance from His Word.

Transforming Power

With the coming of 2007, we are rejoicing because of God’s faithfulness and provision over the past year and the great things He has in store for the coming year.
Beneath a mass of ivy and bushes is hidden a new church building for Ballinasloe Christian Fellowship! A faithful family from our church has donated a building for use as a sanctuary and youth ministry venue. This structure once used to grind corn will now be a home for believers to meet and hear God’s Word. We are so very blessed by their generous and loving gift to the community. An equally faithful and generous man who happens to be a contractor has done a preliminary work up of the costs involved, plumbing, new stairway, new raised roof and sub flooring (Approximately 25,000 euro or $35,000). Our labor will be primarily through volunteers, saving us money (a work crew from our sending church is presently being organized). When finished, we plan to seat around 60 on the second floor. Long range plans are to have a kitchenette and Sunday school area on the first floor. This site will be clearly visible from the new Dublin to Galway highway now being built.
Another matter of prayer is the purchase of a new vehicle. We are currently seeking a dependable, used (10 year old) mini van. This is needed to help in transporting many members of our body who have no cars. Our new building is 2 miles outside of the town, our home lies one mile out of town in the opposite direction.
Please pray as we ask God’s guidance for schooling for our daughters, Olivia and Leah for the next year. The girl’s secondary school here in Ballinasloe has a very good reputation and we are considering this as a possibility. Home schooling is the other option. Enrollment papers must be filed in coming months.
We are excited to see all that God is doing here in Ireland.