Northern Ireland Salt Factory 2 Update 2
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019
Our time so far in Northern Ireland has been full of learning and preparing for what the week has in store. We’ve spent time focusing on our being — being with Jesus, being present — before we jumping into the doing. What we do this week will flow from our being and Who we are connected to. This has been a theme throughout the weekend as we’ve prepared our hearts and minds before preparing the actual work that we’ll be doing. It’s been a great spiritual practice that we know needs to flow into every area of our lives, not just when it comes to mission experiences.
So, Saturday and Sunday we learned more about Salt Factory Sports and how we can best represent them well in our partnership together. We learned more about the history of Northern Ireland and its culture. Then we got into more specifics about the clubs we’ll be leading and the different roles and responsibilities we’ll fill. It made us all the more excited to get started with clubs on Monday.
Between the times of learning and training we went into Belfast to visit and pray along the Peace Walls. We had learned about the division that exists in this country but it made it so much more real when we got to the Peace Walls and could physically see it. We walked along the walls, laying hands on them and praying that the walls that have created a false sense of “peace” would come down. That unity among people through the name of Jesus would bring true peace.
We also visited Belfast Castle which sits on the side of a hill on the outskirts of the city. The view from the castle was beautiful. Sunday we attended Lagan Valley Vineyard Church and were warmly greeted with a packed house. The sermon was about being with Jesus before we step into any work. So fitting for the mindset web had already been in. Then Sunday afternoon we did some souvenir shopping in Belfast before going back to the college where we’re staying to prepare for the clubs.
We’re excited to be here. We’re grateful for the weekend to learn and prepare and get to know each other better. We’re expectant for what’s to come. Thank you all so much for your prayers. It’s truly what propels us.