Republic of Ireland
Pray for the ministry of Christian Unions Ireland (CUI). Pray that God would strengthen the team at CUI to continue reaching their goal: to give every student in Ireland an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel. Praise God for the online evangelistic events that have drawn non-Christian students from across the island to hear the gospel, and the opportunities He has given to students to witness to non-believing family members whilst being quarantined at home. Pray that God would continue this vital work for His Kingdom and glory, so that more students across Ireland would come to know Him as Lord and King.
After many years of recruiting across Ireland, and a short period of Betel ministry in the Dublin area, please pray for the establishing and growth of the work of WEC in the Republic of Ireland. We are looking to establish a legal identity, and integrate this new work with existing activities in Northern Ireland and the UK. We trust the Lord for fruit in the coming months. Pray for the Lord’s favour on all our activities and upon Tony and Joyce, a couple who have wide experience in Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique, and have now returned to settle in Ireland for their girls' schooling.
WEC International leadership are seeking to formally register WEC in the Republic of Ireland. We are needing to recruit individuals currently resident in the Republic, who know WEC well, and have experience of cross-cultural mission, and are passionate to see WEC more effectively recruiting Irish missionaries to reach the unreached, to serve on a new Board of Trustees who will be based in Ireland. If you have some spare time, and this could be you, please contact us.
Although Ireland is a 'religious' country, there remains only a small amount of Christian programming on mainstream radio stations. However, recently two commercial radio stations in Ireland unexpectedly asked Focus on the Family in Ireland to produce some family-oriented programmes for airing on their frequencies. Pray that these short 5-minute talks about family-related issues such as 'drug-proofing your kids' and marriage, will have real impact to those listeners.
Until the early 1990s many Irish young people emigrated on finishing their education to find work in the UK and USA. The mid-1990s saw an economic boom, and as a result Ireland is now looking outside its shores for workers. More recently, immigrants and asylum seekers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe have exposed the Irish to people of very different customs and faiths. After the partition of Ireland in 1922 into north and south, the protestant population declined from 20% to 3%, through emigration. This left a very monochrome Catholic culture, where effectively to be Irish was to be Catholic. Over the last 30 years allegiance to the Catholic Church has been declining, although it is still very strong compared with other parts of Europe. Despite the minority status of evangelical believers, statistics provided by the Evangelical Alliance in Ireland revealed that the number of evangelical congregations in Ireland had grown from less than 150 in 1980 to over 400 in 2005.
Population: 4,761,865 (2016)
Official languages: Irish, English
GDP (PPP) per capita: $69,231 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 80 years
Religions: 87% Catholic, 6% Atheist or Agnostic, 5% Protestant, 1% Muslim, 1% other religions