Killarney and Doolin

I have been blessed to experience the beautiful cliffs on the Ring of Kerry. I also loved the town of Killarney's statue devoted to Christ as the king of their city. Plus, the most beautiful Cathedral I've been in so far was in Killarney. 

I managed to meet a farmer in Killarney who enlisted me to fix his fence. It was good that I was there, as he had a bit of an accident when stones had fallen on his head as he was trying to hold up the fence post. We developed a good friendship, and I stayed two days helping him a little bit and in return he blessed me with giving me a local tour. I found the 1200 year-old beehive style church building fascinating!

Further North in Doolin, I was blessed with a very authentic Irish traditional music pub night.

Both the pubs and the churches in Ireland have been beautiful, as are the people I've been blessed to spend time with. I've gone in Jesus' name, I've learned a little of how to be a more selfless person through the people I have met, and I've heard God speak through the people of this fair land in powerful ways. I have now crossed the border in the Northern Ireland and I am about to meet the local ministers. 

Joy in Christ, 
Pastor Tim

Enniskerry to Glendalough

This week's post includes some of the photos of my journey so far! I left from Dublin to Enniskerry and then walked the Wicklow Way all the way to Glendalough. Some of the photos below show the beautiful monastic ruins I saw on my way.   

I have seen a lot of sheep, a lot of rain, and even a tiny bit of snow. I've slept outside most nights but I'm doing great. Wonderful hospitality has been given to me by the Irish. The Lord is great.

In Jesus name, Pastor Tim.

Day 2: Dublin

Hello friends! After 30 hours in Dublin I have not seen the sun yet, no surprise to our Irish friends. One of my highlights so far was St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Anglican Church in Dublin. I went to Evensong today and enjoyed hearing the beautiful music. I also saw St. James's Gate Guinness brewery and some of the colourful pubs of Ireland, as well as a beautiful garden - spring has sprung in Dublin! 

I was also delighted to meet someone yesterday in a local pub; this gentleman had lost his wife three weeks ago and we had a great discussion and developed quite a friendship quickly. Thank God for opening the door to meaningful conversation. In Jesus name we go. 


Minister's Pilgrimage Vow

 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:19-20

As I fly out for my Irish pilgrimage this evening I will dwell on the vow I have made before my congregation and my family. I will be reminded of this vow as I feel my shaved head (my girls will shave it today) for weeks to come! I’ve inserted some of the words from my sermon yesterday, in particular the simple three part vow I have made. Joy in Christ be yours in abundance!

- Pastor Tim

 1. To go in Jesus name
 2. To go seeking to become more Christ-like in my service of others
 3. To go ready and open to God changing me

  • I will hike, explore, read and learn from people I meet, but there is more to it
  • I seek to set a tone as I begin this venture - to sanctify it – make it sacred
  • It must start with a confident assertion in whose name I go
  • I go in Jesus name
  • I need to know for what purpose I go 
  • Mark 10:35-45: Do you want to be great? Be a servant.
  • Christ went to serve sacrificially
  • I do not go to find personal happiness, to test my physical limits and see how far I can walk in a day, or to simply escape busy life
  • I need to go with an attitude to become more Christ-like in service of others
  • Acts 18:18 - Paul left the brothers and sisters in Corinth and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken. 
  • I am no apostle Paul!! We don’t know the particular vow he took, but I do want to take this trip very seriously
  • The Great Commission is for us… let us all hear the sending words of Christ
  • GO! for the Missio Dei – the Mission of God - continues through you

Closing words from a hymn of St. Patrick (patron Saint of Ireland)

I bind unto myself the name, the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same, the Three in One, the One in Three,
of whom all nature hath creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the Lord of my salvation; salvation is of Christ the Lord!