Ireland Trip Recap!

Well, the team from CEF of Ireland has come and gone. We were able to spend 10 days with the team and they were truly a blast! Things are a little down without them here now.

They taught 3 5 Day Clubs at two primary schools and a church VBS reaching 167 children! They also visited a local church where Chris preached the sermon and Helen taught the Sunday School lesson.

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The team at Bronte-Welsh Primary School

This was our first true CEF mission team to host. We really didn’t have to do any training… in fact, we were the ones learning different techniques from them! They are all gifted teachers!

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Chris teaching the Bible Lesson at Bronte-Welsh


Holly teaching the Memory Verse at Tucker-Clarke Primary


Helen teaching  about John Paton, the missionary story


Phil teaching the Bible Lesson

We loved their accents and it truly was interesting to have Irish, Southern and Caribbean accents altogether in one room!

The kids loved the team and paid close attention during all three clubs.


Students at Tucker-Clarke

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Listening attentively to Chris at Bronte-Welsh


Singing along at Salem Gospel Hall 5 Day Club/VBS

To be honest, as far as ministry goes along, this was the the smoothest week of clubs we have ever had!

The team members were real troopers too. It was very hot and humid for most of the time and they stayed in the office which does not have air conditioning. When it rained, the office roof leaked in several places and they would need to clean it up. They were very packed into our van and never complained. Plus, apparently they do not have many bugs in Ireland so between spiders, no-see-ums, and a swarm of flying ants… they were awesome!

Other than clubs we were able to do some touristy things like see parts of the island, visit Downtown Basseterre and Port Zante… and of course go to the beach!

Sean and I have noticed that each mission team has a “Thing” that goes wrong or not according to plan. Chris and Helen brought their sweet 7 month old boy along and toward the end of the trip he became sick. We ended up taking him to the doctor the day before they left and the poor thing had tonsillitis. Thankfully after just one day on an antibiotic he seemed to be doing much better.

Here are some more pictures just for fun.


The kids always LOVE playing Zonk!


This girl really wanted to answer the question… and I love Sean and Maddy in the background!


Little Zackari was very popular with the kids

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Phil showing off his muscles

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Holly with the girls… and that is how Maddy says “Cheese”.


Cute little Zackari. He is such a happy baby!


Playing a review game… human basketball with crumbled paper


The look on his face is priceless! And you can see the paper ball mid-air.


The kids loved this game!


Maddy really attached herself to Holly. She is already saying how much she misses her and that we need to get on the British Airways plane and go stay at her house in Ireland! (Sorry Holly! Haha!)

Ireland team at airport

Saying goodbye at the airport.

We truly enjoyed this team and they are definitely missed! To Holly, Phil, Helen, Chris and Zackari… you are more than welcome to come back anytime you wish!


  1. Pam Banks says:

    I am so glad my phone called you. You all are doing a great work. I will keep U in my prayers. God Bless!!!

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