Chris & Larena Johnston
In the spring of 2012, we sold everything we owned to come to Galway Ireland to work with struggling youth. We've done this because the suicide rates in Ireland are alarmingly high, & there is a hopelessness here that many of the youth face, compounded by a prevalent alcohol issue. Since arriving, we've seen the effects of drug abuse, STD's, fear of unplanned pregnancies, & many more sad stories.
In the summer of 2013, we began working to build up the local church, Galway Christian Fellowship. We began volunteering & serving in every capacity we could, both to the congregation and to the community. The needs are plenty, but the workers are few.
At GCF, we were given the opportunity for several years to build and lead an extraordinary youth group. With weekly services and discipleship, we built up leaders and empowered the youth to reach their hurting peers in Galway for His glory!
At the beginning of 2020, God put it on our hearts to take a step of faith and pursue our long term goal of establishing a church in Galway City Center. By the beginning of 2021, we had transitioned out of our ministry and leadership roles at GCF in order to step out and begin our church plant journey. We started a shadowing process with a church called Lighthouse, joining their leadership team for a short season, and assisting with their church plant in Dublin. Our goal is to be a crucial part of Lighthouse, learn from this experience, and in then return to Galway to build a launch team from our existing relationship evangelism efforts.
Our main focus is to plant a church in Galway, Ireland. Our heart & passion is to be the hands & feet of Jesus to this nation. We have also started serving on a national level with churches around Ireland for annual conferences to build up and encourage others in their walk with Christ in Ireland.
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