Yesterday I gave an update on the current pastoral search at the Ithaca Vineyard. Today I thought I’d write about how everything with Project:Move to Dublin is going. This part of our lives fells pretty big at this point has several aspects to it, so I figured the easiest thing to do was address each (or at least each that I’m remembering) individually.

Schooling:

At this point we are not really any further ahead than we were a few weeks ago We did get some very helpful information from one of Liz’s relatives in Ireland, but at this point, Erin and Brenna are still not enrolled in school for next year. We are just getting to the time of year where Hannah will be applying to university. The schooling of our daughters has been one of the biggest pressures we’ve been feeling throughout this process, and we’d love your continued prayers.

Support Raising:

Obviously, even before we can move to Dublin and get the kids in school, we need to raise finances. While I was hoping to be a bit further along in this process, things are still moving well.

  • We have set up a website, dublinchurchplant.com, and while it still has some work to do, it is taking shape.
  • We have set up an online giving system trough egiving.com which will allow donors to give via their saving or checking account, or with a debit/credit card.
  • We are close to having an informational brochure ready to go to the printer. [One thing that was reinforced to me through this process is that I am not a graphic designer.] The brochure has been the biggest slow down through the whole process, so we finally hired a professional.

It looks like, by the end of this month, we’ll begin to start contacting friends, family & churches to talk about supporting us financially. Keep in mind that we’ll be working on this from now up until we leave next summer & most likely even while we are in Ireland (I can only make so many phone calls in a week…and with being an introvert, that is probably less than most:-). So, if you don’t hear from us soon, you will! And of course, feel free to call or email us if you’d like to talk about supporting our family and this church plant financially.

Building a Team:

One of the things we have been praying for over the past several months is for 10-12 people who would be willing to move with us to Dublin and be part of this plant. Clearly if we were planting in an area that was in driving distance from Ithaca, there would likely be more candidates! However, we have heard from a couple conversations with some people who are interested in packing up & moving to Ireland. One of these people is an EU citizen, so the move would be a relatively smooth one. The others we have spoken with would have larger hurdles to get over.

We would also love to see some of the Cornell & IC students who are part of the Ithaca Vineyard, but graduating this year consider looking for work in Dublin.

Please be praying for the Father to put this move on people’s hearts so that those He wants to be there would sense this leading. And, pray that those who would like to come with us, would be able to maneuver through the residency, and financial stuff they would need to work through.

Gratitude:

While there is clearly a lot we are needing to work on to get from here to there, there are a number of things that we are really thankful for.

  1. As I mentioned earlier, Liz has family over there and they have been an amazing help and encouragement to us as we’ve tried to figure out a lot of the logistical stuff.
  2. There is another family there who just moved there from the US a couple years ago, and having people who have been through the process and are willing to give of their time to help us walk through it is great!
  3. That there is already an established AVC (Association of Vineyard Churches) there. And just like everyone we’ve meet through this process, they have been supportive, helpful and encouraging.

While the idea of moving to another country is a bit intimidating, we are so thankful for the support system the Father has put in place.