Not many people would say 'Europe,' let alone 'Ireland' as places that have a strong need for missionaries. Missionaries are more commonly thought to be most needed in rural places like Africa or religiously persecuted countries like China. Yet, Jesus followers who visit or live in Ireland know that the light of the gospel is very much needed here.

Twenty years ago, Brandy* (USA) went to Ireland for a trip after graduating high school. In July 2018, she brought her daughter Alexia* to be part of OM Ireland’s annual two-week outreach called Impact Ireland. While this was their first experience in missions (separately and together), the experience was merely the beginning of something far greater.

“People tried to discourage us from coming, because—in their minds—missionaries go to poor, isolated places like Africa,” Brandy shared during the training week. “They’d say, ‘Ireland has lots of religion already. You don’t need to go there.’ That’s exactly why we need to go [here]. I don’t want people to have a ‘religion.’ I want them to have a relationship.”

After a few days of ministry training at OM Ireland’s headquarters, Brandy and her daughter joined a team that would be spending a week serving in Lehinch, County Clare, Ireland. Between practical working in the community, hosting a kids clubs in a housing estate and asylum seeker hotel and doing music ministry at a local music festival, they saw God working through their team. As most participants are, they were drawn out of their comfort zones and stretched to show God’s love to those around them.

When the two weeks came to an end and it was time to go home, Brandy and Alexia looked back with amazement at God’s faithfulness. Shortly before her departure, Alexia shared the following:

“Impact Ireland: 14 days… it's been the most life-changing, challenging and amazing experience. There are no words that do justice how happy being in Ireland makes me. No greater joy than having the freedom to serve the Lord in such a beautiful country. I love that Ireland is a people culture: you don't meet a stranger; everyone is inviting and will talk to you for hours… most are the friendliest – some people can be hard to love, but you do it any way as Jesus would.

“I've learned more about the person I want to be. I've learned to trust everyone, to genuinely love all no matter the background, let go of selfishness, and have prayed more than ever for the Lord to open, transform, and renew my mind and heart. Being a Christian, living for the Father and having a relationship with Jesus means so much more to me now. There is so much more depth and a new sense of boldness.

“I'm so thankful to have gotten this opportunity to see the things I've seen, to have done the things I've done, to have met the people I've met, to have formed the best relationships with so many, to be here serving the Lord with the most precious people who are so generous, forgiving, encouraging, fun, loving, and kind. I am truly overflowing with thankfulness. My heart is content.” 

Seeing Impact Ireland participants strengthened in their faith and emboldened in evangelism is one highlight for OM Ireland staff. There is a hope, a prayer that they will take what they’ve learnt and experienced in Ireland into their home lives. Sometimes, it’s the principles that are carried forward. Sometimes, it’s the new desire to continue being part of missions.

For Brandy, God touched her heart to continue serving before she even left Ireland.

“Y'all, God just straight up showed me the answer to a question I've had for months and I am so excited! I have dreamt for months now of me in a bookstore type setting; but in my dreams, it's always been more of a 'gathering place.' In my dreams, it’s a place where people come to talk about Jesus, get encouragement and hope, talk and read,” said Brandy. 

“Since these dreams started, I felt like I was meant to do something with books and that never made sense because I had no idea how I could go about serving Jesus with books….

“And then tonight I happened upon the OM USA page and then I read that the OM Ships Centre in South Carolina needs people to pack the Bibles and books they take aboard the ship! There's an actual mission trip in the states (a three hour plane ride from me!) that involves books!

“If it wasn't 11:30pm, and if everyone in this house wasn't asleep, I'd be up having a dance party cause…. serving God by helping the Ministry Centre get the books and Bibles ready for distribution to the unreached people…. that's HUGE and exciting and SO my thing!

“I love Jesus and I've got a taste of what it feels like to be involved in mission work. I'm ready for more!”

Impact Ireland is far more than a once-a-year outreach. It’s a powerful experience that often encourages participants, like Brandy and Alexia, to continue in the love and light of Christ.

* surname not included for security reasons

Share this Resource

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on print

Leave a Reply

You might also like:

Hospitality Coordinator(s) Ireland    Go & Live    June 2021Do you have a heart to make others feel welcome and at home? Do you enjoy meeting new people? We are looking for someone, or a couple, that are handy, love to roll up their sleeves and who want to serve God and others in a practical way. Come and take care of our OM base at Lacken House, Co. Roscommon, and oversee all guest services.
Full Details
Communications and Marketing Worker Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleShare the story of what God is doing in Ireland and the world and effectively implement our strategies to do this well within our context. Use your own creative skills, and build relationships with others, as you help to create a clear and inspiring online and offline presence. Use your gifts and talents to inspire and encourage people to become involved in God's work!
Full Details
Finance Manager Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleUse your financial management skills toward the purpose of seeing vibrant communities of Jesus followers established among the least reached. This important role is vital to ministry on the field. You would provide accountability for the cash transactions conducted on the field and perform duties to assist with accounting functions pertaining to bank accounts, budgets, journal entries, financial reporting and administrative changes, guided by precedent and guidelines of established policies.
Full Details
Internships in Ireland Ireland    Go & Live    AnytimeAre you looking for an opportunity to explore your gifting and passions? Or are you a student who wants to practice their vocation in a cross-cultural setting? OM is mobilising young Jesus followers to join our international team and serve and experience ministry in Ireland. We are open to have interns come from 2 weeks to 6 months, or even up to a year! Dates are flexible, although there might be more opportunities to help in other ministries during the spring/summer.
Full Details
IT Administrator Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAs our IT Administrator you’ll be assisting the IT Coordinator in a multifaceted range of responsibilities. You will be managing the email network, provide MS Office help desk and other user support, provide network maintenance and support to a multinational team and system administration with Linux-server, Windows 7 and  10.
Full Details
Children, Youth and Evangelism team members Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleSince our beginnings, we have been driven by a deep conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to hear the gospel at least once. Sadly, there are still thousands of peoples and communities that have never heard about Jesus, ever. Do you have a heart for (young) people and a desire for them to hear of His fame and renown? Come and be involved in many different activities including kids clubs, Big Red Bus ministry, creative evangelism and much more!
Full Details
Finance Assistant Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAs a finance assistant serving on the mission field, you will provide much-needed support to the finance manager on the OM team, and you will fulfil a vital ministry role toward the purpose of seeing more vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached. We are looking for knowledgeable, detail-oriented individuals who will handle the paperwork associated with OM's business and ministry transactions, including petty cash, data entry, bills, accounts, banking and record keeping.
Full Details
National Director Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleExists to give overall leadership to the ministry, resources, people and networks in the Republic of Ireland, in order to ensure the vision and mission of the Field is accomplished in alignment with OM mission and vision. This is done with the support of the Field Leadership Team.
Full Details
Maintenance & Development Worker Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAre you task oriented with a servant's heart and passion about practical work for the Lord? Come and help us in the upkeep and development of the OM Ireland five acre property including all buildings and grounds.
Full Details
Partnership Director Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAre you great at building relationships and linking the right people to each other? Do you have vision to see Christians work together to build God's kingdom? Come and help us build partnerships with churches, organisations and trusts, so together we can work on seeing vibrant communities of Jesus followers here in Ireland!
Full Details
Vehicle Fleet Coordinator/Mechanic Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleWill you be the Vehicle Fleet Coordinator/Mechanic to look after our fleet of 20 plus vehicles? You will be responsible for the regular maintenance of the fleet as well as any associated paper work (such as insurances, and scheduling repairs). If you have mechanic experience, have practical and organizational skills, and pleasant and effective people skills, we would love for you to be part of our team.
All OM staff secure their own funding by private donations.

Full Details