IFES Ireland: The Christian Unions http://www.ifesireland.org IFES Ireland: The Christian Unions Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:44:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.10 Upcoming Student Council Meeting http://www.ifesireland.org/2015/02/10/upcoming-student-council-meeting/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:13:53 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3400 Please pray for our 7 student council members who will meet this Saturday 14th February in Dublin for the second student council meeting. These students are the representative voice of their CU members, and help shape and direct the student movement. Pray for safe travel and wisdom and a fun day as they meet.

The Hub http://www.ifesireland.org/2015/02/03/the-hub/ Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:47:24 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3391 The Hub, centralised student training in Dublin city centre, starts again tonight in Immanuel Church at 6:30pm. CU members are invited to come for training and teaching. It’s an evening for students to think Biblically through big topics. Pray for students to attend and for staff who are training and teaching.

Upcoming CU Mission Weeks http://www.ifesireland.org/2015/01/30/upcoming-cu-mission-weeks/ Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:19:31 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3375 There are exciting weeks ahead for Trinity, UCD and Queen’s University Mission Weeks only around the corner. These weeks are full of opportunity for the CU to reach out to students on their campuses with the wonderful news of the gospel. CU members have worked hard at organising, planning and advertising events that are held during the week. CU members are encouraged to bring their classmates and friends to various evangelical events such as acoustic evenings, lunch- bars and question panels. The events are great a great way to share the gospel, as well as food, and build friendships. The weeks are hard work but it is encouraging to see the CU unite around sharing the gospel. Pray for the CU members as they continue to plan for the Mission Weeks. Pray for God to work mightily through the big and the small things to bring more people to Himself.

Mission Week Dates:

Trinity: 26th- 30th Jan

UCD: 2nd- 6th Feb

Queen’s: 23rd- 27th Feb

Summer http://www.ifesireland.org/2015/01/06/summer-teams-2015/ Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:02:38 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3365 TO GROW….


When? 8th June – 6th July

Where? Greystones, Co. Wicklow

What? Embracing the truth of being “Beloved, Sent Ones”, Encounter is a student ministry internship which deepens one’s understanding of our identity as children of God who have been set ‘free to love’ God and others well. In the context of rich community among Irish and American university students, the 4 week internship offers an environment that cultivates spiritual formation, envisioning, mission and service with the Irish church, exposure to cross cultural missions, leadership development and FUN.

Modules include:

grace filled approach to following Jesus,

 a manuscript study in the book of Galatians

 teaching by American and Irish ministry leaders on a gospel centered and

 personal mentors

 prayer groups

 guided reflection time

 topical seminars

 evangelism training

Outreach teams : Teams of 4-5 Irish/American students on mission in partnership with churches and ministry organizations for 2 weeks around the country.

Contact: r.greer@ifesireland.org for more info.

Christian Persuaders

Local day meetups, sharpening each other in how to explain our faith and persuade others of it.

Contact p.grier@ifesireland.org for more details

Bible & Culture

When? 28th June – 26th July.

Where? Woltersdorf, the outskirts of Berlin city

What? A conference in Germany for GRADUATES that explores working and culture to the glory of God – lifeshaping, in your final summer of freedom! www.bibleandculture.org.

Four weeks to change your life! If you’re about to graduate or you’re already a graduate,  and you have 1 month free between 28 June-26 July 2015 (or the first two weeks if you want to split it over two years), this is for you! B&C is a unique course for followers of Jesus to better understand their role as His people in the world of today.  The aim of the course is for you to grow! Know more of God as your heavenly Father, understand more of his word through studying particular books of the Bible, develop an understanding of how following Jesus shapes the way you see the world, the environment, politics, art, economics, and learn how to articulate your faith and pass it on to others. Do all of that in a rich mix of people from all over Europe and Eurasia. If you’re a thinking Christian who wants to know God better and who wants to understand better how His word speaks to today’s world – then this course is for you

How much? €975 for 1 month. Discounts available for early bookings..

Check out more at www.bibleandculture.org.

For more info, email: c.carolan@ifesireland.org


Thailand Mission Trip

When? 16th – 30th August

Where? Bangkok, Thailand

What? Helping introduce the Mark Drama to Thailand, seeing and helping in student ministry and outreach cross-culturally and learning from experienced workers.

How much? Around €1,500

Hannah says: “Thailand was an unforgettable experience. Bangkok is an amazing city full of wonderful people, food, sights and smells.  Seeing how the CUs work in Thailand is a real encouragement. Staff Workers Johnny and Ann McClean have worked in Thailand for 16 years. It’s incredible to see how God is using them to help Christian students grow in their faith. God is also at work in the lives of those who not yet know him as their Saviour and King through the CU groups.”

More Info? j.haworth@ifeireland.org


Dublin International Outreach

When? 5th – 19th July

Where? Dublin city centre

What? International Cafes and outreach in Dublin. A team of 15+, will be seeking to befriend and share the gospel with internationals in Dublin. The team will hear God’s word and receive practical cross-cultural training in the mornings and then in the afternoons we will be reaching students through afternoon activities and an international café in the evening.


Team members need to be between 18-30 years, have a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, a desire to share the gospel with others, a reasonable level of English and lots of energy. You don’t need to speak other languages (besides English); international students love to meet people who want to spend time with them.

How much? €100

Deadline to apply: 13th June 2015

Contact: Welcome.dio@gmail.com (for application form and more information)


International Student Outreach Cork

When? 1st – 15th August

Where? Cork city (accommodation in Trinity Presbyterian)

What? International Cafes and Outreach in Cork

How much? €100

Last year we pioneered cafes that saw many tens of students hear about Jesus for the first time, and at least one come to faith. This year we’re looking to stabilise the regular café and help local churches and CUs be able to sustainably take it on for the coming year.

They said: “These [training sessions] are amazing mornings. I just wish more Christians could have been here to experience them” (team member)

“We have never heard of the Roman empire, Jews or Jesus other than their names in one history class. So this is amazing to know more” (visiting student)

“Don’t tell my friends, but I want to know more. You are nothing like what we are told Christians are like”.

“We’ve come from Spain and have been going on adventure activities, beach days and much more all summer, but these cafes have been the highlight of our summer so far – thank you!”

“God has brought me to Ireland, not just to study English like I thought but to meet people from nations who don’t about Jesus so I can tell them.”

More info? P.grier@ifesireland.org


IFES Europe teams: www.ifesinteraction.org/get-involved/summer-teams

 Czech Republic

 England

 France

 Ireland

 Scotland

 Slovakia

 Greece

There are CUs across Europe who would love a hand in early days of pioneering activity. Do you want to partner with them and help see many hear of Jesus in these countries?

Want your CU to do a team together?

IFES Ireland have contacts in virtually every country in the world and have vast numbers of opportunities that would be suitable to send a CU team to. These would involve training before you go, support and training while you’re there, and help processing everything when you return and applying what you’ve learnt to college life. Ask us for more info!

God did not give up on me http://www.ifesireland.org/2014/09/30/god-did-not-give-up-on-me/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:01:21 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3324 IFES Ireland Board member, Claire, writes:

IMG_4096 - CopyIn September 1991 I headed off to Edinburgh to study Physiotherapy. Rather than being filled with a great sense of anticipation and joy at my new found freedom, I was filled with dread and a huge sense of disappointment and failure. My A level results were not what I had hoped for,  I hadn’t made it into UUJ and I would not be staying close to home, where I most wanted to be.

The last place I wanted to go to was to the C.U.  It was very clear to me that God had led me to Edinburgh, that it was part of His plan for my life. But I was not on speaking terms with God. I was angry and I resented what He had done.

The C.U. at Queen Margaret College was small – no more than 10 or so students.  My sister, who was involved in the C.U. at Stranmillis, urged me to go along. Reluctantly I went, and for a year or so I played the game. I knew the right things to say, but my heart was not in it. I had no desire to live for God, after all – He had let me down.

God did not give up on me. In my second year I attended a C.U. leadership training weekend.  This proved to be a turning point in my life. I was deeply challenged about my relationship with God.  He had broken me and brought me to my knees and was now in the business of putting me back together.  Through my involvement with the C.U. network in Edinburgh and the UCCF (IFES) Staff Workers, I was challenged to keep growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Many of these folks made a lasting impact on my life. On graduating in 1995, I was left in no doubt that I wanted to take part in UCCF’s Relay programme – I wanted to pass on to others the incredible, life changing things He had taught me during my time at college, through the work of the C.U. And what a year that was!

Open country http://www.ifesireland.org/2014/09/29/open-country/ Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:56:30 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3319 Johnny and Ann McClean write:

StudentsBangkok is the size of County Cork; it’s half the size of Northern Ireland. Our family moved to Bangkok in 2011 to pioneer International student ministry in the many universities there. Thailand is an open country where we can talk to people about Jesus. But just like Ireland we have a mixed response, interest, excitement, apathy, hostility…

Karn had just arrived in Bangkok from an upcountry province. He had the language ability and the right grades to join the international programme at Thammasat University. The transition from a small town to Bangkok had been quite traumatic, he felt lonely and overwhelmed. As he sat at a table on his campus moping to himself he glanced up and saw a poster advertising a CU camp at the beach. Karn was a strict buddhist, but he had heard a little about Jesus and wanted to know more. The poster put up by a team from Ireland has been the starting point, he now comes for Bible study every week and is asking very searching questions both to himself and to us.

Lukas came to Thailand from Austria on a one year placement as a business studies student. A member of the Irish team invited him to our camp, he came and listened had lots of questions which led to some very late night discussions! After the camp he texted me to say “Thank you for everything, you are very nice people, I still have questions about God, but I want to hear what other religions have to say now.” Please pray for international students coming to Bangkok looking for truth.

Onti and Thato are the only students from Botswana studying at their Bangkok university, having both been granted scholarships by their government to join the four year undergraduate engineering programme here. Not only are they both outstanding students but they are both believers too. The first two years in Bangkok were hard for them as they struggled to find Christian friends and failed to get plugged into a local church. Last year they joined the ICS Bible study on campus and this year are actively involved in the group. They are hungry, growing and eager to serve. It is a joy each week to take the one hour commute to their university in order to sit in a coffee shop and open a Bible together, to watch the Word take root in their lives as we read and serve and pray together.

How can you help? Pray for our students! You can get info from our blog, Facebook or using the Prayermate app on your phone. Link up with an international CU in Bangkok (we can send a photo, prayer points, Skype…be creative!) Come over to Thailand and continue your studies as an exchange student, be a catalyst for helping or starting an international CU on your campus. Get some friends together and come over in August, help us meet first year students, help us organise a fun camp at the beach. Who knows the lives from around the world that can be touched through you?

For more information please contact johnnymcclean@gmail.com

“Four weeks to change your life” – Summer 2014 in Berlin http://www.ifesireland.org/2014/09/29/four-weeks-to-change-your-life-summer-2014-in-berlin/ Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:43:48 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3308 Dublin region CU Staff Worker, Catrin, writes:

Bible and culture 2“Everyone has two sets of beliefs, the one they say they believe and the one they act on. What they act on is what they really believe.” – Francis Schaeffer

In the midst of the World Cup frenzy Len and I headed to Germany for the IFES run residential summer school, Bible & Culture.  We were 25 people from 15 different countries in Eurasia from Kazakhstan to Finland, Latvia to Italy.  The aim of the course? To answer these 3 questions: Where is God in the world today?  If His word is alive and relevant how does it speak to His world?  If we proclaim Christ as Lord – so what? What does it mean when the rubber hits the road for us to talk of Jesus as ‘Lord”?

In our world of suspicion and cynicism, we were challenged to test everything – and to look for the good as Paul invites us in 1 Thessalonians 5:21. Each week was given to various aspects of studying the Bible and culture. The first week tackled issues of identity, worldviews, and Genesis.  The second week we studied the book of Hosea and had a choice between 3 elective modules; engaging with politics, art, or business. We asked what is truth, faith, freedom, spirituality, reality, what is our authority, what is absolute and what is relative. We learnt how to follow Jesus’ example of asking good questions and listening to the answers, we went out onto the streets of Berlin to listen, to its shopping malls to observe, we dug deep into Bible passages and grappled with seeing what was there and how to interpret it.

We learnt how to prepare Bible talks, execute them and give and receive feedback in small groups.  We watched films and critiqued them according to our worldview. We ate in the sun. We played volleyball and kayaked in lakes. We learnt much about God. That He alone is God, and that God is never alone. That we were made to love God and love others. That no other god has wounds but Christ who was wounded for us to be healed.

What a worthwhile investment for anyone with a free two weeks to one month in July next year. Start planning ahead now!

Praising the God of our Nations http://www.ifesireland.org/2014/09/29/praising-the-god-of-our-nations/ http://www.ifesireland.org/2014/09/29/praising-the-god-of-our-nations/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:25:55 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3305 Munster region CU Staff Worker, Peter, writes:

ISOC“I believe it’s true and I want to follow Jesus, but if I left Islam, I fear what would happen to me from my family, friends and everyone I’ve ever known.”

These are the (paraphrased) words of a North African student 2 weeks after the International Student Outreach Cork (ISOC). 4 weeks before this, he’d never met a Christian and had never heard of Jesus outside of what the mosque told him in his homeland.

ISOC was just one of several summer teams happening in Munster, where over 50 local Irish Christians (from UCC, CIT, UL, DIT, UCD, TCD, QUB, UUJ and local churches) were inspired and equipped to be reaching out to all nations, including our fellow Irish. One of those who had attended the churches training day last summer, and has been involved in outreach ever since said:

“I want to thank IFES for all they’ve done in my life since last year’s summer team. I can’t believe I am where I am now, doing all these things and thinking completely differently”.

Another Christian helping the ISOC was a Brazilian student, here in Munster to study English for the summer, unaware of what she’d end up doing. Challenged by the presence of the café team and encouraged through studying the Scriptures with a team member each night, she started having her eyes opened to the mission field around her, and brought tens of other students from unreached nations:

‘God has brought me to Ireland, not to study English like I thought but to meet people from nations who don’t about Jesus so I can tell them’

But it was one of her fellow Brazilians who started responding well to Jesus’ words for the first time just a few weeks before, as the student finished studying through “Uncover” Luke’s gospel with an Irish student from CIT CU:

“I’ve never read anything like this before. It’s amazing. I was always really bored reading it, but now I really believe it. I’m going to find a church that teaches the Bible and a CU close to where I live in Brazil so that I can grow and find out more.”

And responses like that weren’t the only ones of the summer, as two local boys came to faith a week after the IFES Ireland/UBM beach outreach that many Irish students helped with, partnering with local churches in county Waterford.

Story after story could be told of the hundreds who requested an “Uncover” Luke’s gospel, or apologetic booklets this summer on those beaches, or of over 120 from 24 nations who were reached through the cafes in Cork. But may we turn and praise the God of the nations.

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Dublin International Outreach http://www.ifesireland.org/2014/07/07/dublin-international-outreach-2/ Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:28:33 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3289 The doors to the Dublin International Outreach (DIO) open next Monday, 14th July in Immanuel Church, Bachelors Walk. The DIO team will meet for the first team meeting on Sunday. Pray for safe travel as many of them come from across Ireland and abroad. Pray for unity and good team dynamics over the two weeks. Pray for Christy Read and Dave Breakey as they lead the team.

Many international students will flood through the cafe doors which is very exciting. Many of these students are here in Dublin to learn English and are very happy to meet Irish people. Pray that language will not be a barrier for new friendships being built. There is a Bible study every evening at the cafe, which is optional for anyone. Pray for God’s word to be well communicated to the students and for lives to be changed through the gospel.

End of Year Team Days http://www.ifesireland.org/2014/06/20/end-of-year-team-days/ Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:53:43 +0000 http://www.ifesireland.org/?p=3284 The IFES Crew are heading down to Greystones for their end of year team days on Monday and Tuesday. These days are a time of reflection, business, planning and thanksgiving for the year that has been. Pray for the Staff as they meet together for the final time before summer. Pray for two restful days and some time to reflect and give God thanks for the work He is doing.