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The Need: Ireland is a beautiful country, but it is steeped in spiritual darkness. The Irish are a welcoming and hospitable people, but many are lost in a growing hopelessness. Ireland once had a deep Christian history. Now, it is considered post-Church and they are rapidly abandoning faith in God and replacing it with secularism and atheism. Our desire is to bring the hope of the Gospel to the Irish and growing multi-national population living in Ireland so that God will be glorified, and His Kingdom restored in Ireland.

Our Focus: Our focus is to facilitate a church planting movement in Ireland by doing leadership development, fostering spiritual growth, writing, worship leading, pastoral counseling, preaching, evangelism, discipleship, bible studies, neighboring, strengthening families, and men and women’s ministry. Our vision is that Galway City Church will be the healthy hub that will create offshoot churches throughout the West Coast of Ireland.

Prayer Needs: Pray that we would be a light in the darkness and would establish redemptive relationships with the Irish and the growing international population. Pray that the people of Ireland would be restored to a living and active faith in Jesus. Pray that our work, in partnership with you, would bring hope to the hopeless in Ireland.

About Us:Chris and Joi have three boys; Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. We both became Christians in 1990 and have been active in church ministry through men’s and women’s ministry, youth ministry, worship, leadership, community care, and global ministry. Chris is an ordained and licensed Minister of the Gospel and Joi is a published author who writes Christian Women’s Fiction.

We felt the call to full-time global ministry in 2014. Our home is Galway, Ireland where we are working actively with Galway City Church and in conjunction with the Irish Association of Baptist Churches. In addition to preaching and worship leading, we are working to help raise up local believers who will step up to lead the church.

Our oldest and youngest son both live in the United States and are working and attending University. Our middle son lives with us in Galway, Ireland where he is attending University and studying Strength and Conditioning. He is also active in ministry in Ireland leading a ministry for 7–12-year-old boys called Modern Day Knights where he is teaching and mentoring them to grow up to be strong men of God.

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