Let’s consider one another

“Let’s consider one another.” 

YMD HUBS meet again this week for support and encouragement, tips and training. Various HUBS are meeting together online on Monday lunchtime from 1-2pm. The new evening HUB meets for supper on Tuesday from 8-9pm. The Dublin HUB is due to meet in-person on Thursday from 1-2pm. Send us a message or use the form on our website for more details. 

These gatherings are a great way to get to know each other, to give and find support and hear what others are doing. We want to encourage each other towards clear Bible teaching in our youth ministry settings, receiving some tips and training along the way, with encouragement for us all to keep going. 

“Let’s consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” 

Hebrews 10:24-25

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Release to Reach

In 2008, Operation Mobilisation Ireland moved to a beautiful property in County Roscommon called Lacken House. We praise God that the last 14 years has seen thousands of Jesus followers come to Lacken House and be inspired to be disciple-makers, equipped with skills to share Jesus and connected to ministries all throughout Ireland. During this time we have seen God’s grace and provision and over 93% of the Lacken House property has been paid for by the generous support of many! Would you prayerfully consider donating what you can to help us cover the final amount?

When this remaining amount is paid, we would be enabled to RELEASE more resources (short/long-term workers, funds, training, etc.) into ministry that will help us REACH people in Ireland and throughout the world with the life-changing Gospel message.  

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Join us this Summer as we seek to make God’s Good News known to children, young people and their families.

To serve on one of SU’s 20 missions and 16 camps in Summer 2022 please apply online at https://www.sunivolunteering.co.uk before Thursday 31st March.

Volunteers must be 17 years old by the start date of the team – there is no upper age limit!

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In this episode of the podcast, SUNI Intern, Heidi, will be helping us to look at the theme of Bible reading and prayer.

Part of our aim at SUNI, is to encourage people of all ages and stages of faith (just like you) to meet God daily through these foundational practices.  We hope that the new format during this season of the podcast will help us to help you so feel free to check out previous epsiodes as well!

So please listen, enjoy and then pass it on to anyone you think might be encouraged by it. If you have any top tips or feedback, please get it touch

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Great patience and careful instruction.

Great patience and careful instruction.

Highlighting these two essential qualities in Bible teaching, Paul infers that the opposites are possible. With another weekend (or weekday) of serving young people behind us, and next week fast approaching, we may find ourselves with lower levels of these qualities than we might like. May God help us to rely on his Spirit to improve our levels of both.

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”

2 Timothy 4:2

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A Journey on a Big Red Bus

It was a typical Irish day, damp and drizzling. But the weather didn’t stop the small group of people who go out three times a week in a Big Red Bus, a double-decker red bus, to share their faith on the street corners of Ireland. And the weather also didn’t stop two teenagers who came up to this group with questions. The teens asked questions about God, about sin and goodness, and about salvation. They left the conversation with answers and a way forward. Who shared this good news? An Irish bus driver named Colm.

     Colm hasn’t always stood on street corners having deep conversations with locals. When he started in Operation Mobilisation (OM) in Ireland in 2008, he came because, as he says, “I decided to give a year back to God, as if you can give anything back to God that He hasn’t given you.” He came as a maintenance man, a bus driver, and an Irish person who speaks Irish as his first language. Originally, Colm and his wife, Catherine, had planned on only being a part of OM for one year. Now, they have been a part of the team for over 13 years. Colm has been a part of many different ministries within OM and now, after years of doing many things, he shares, “I drive the Big Red Bus and I love it.” 

     The Big Red Bus has seen a lot in the years that it has been in commission. The bus has been used to host children’s programmes in various towns and estates around Ireland. It has been set up in town centres to serve free tea, coffee, and Bibles to locals. It has visited countless schools and churches and been the site of untold numbers of deep conversations and meaningful moments. When asked about his role on the Big Red Bus, Colm shared, “I drive the Big Red Bus and we do street evangelism, the ploughing championship, the horse fair, and the Flagh Keahl (the big Irish music festival).” Colm has seen the Big Red Bus used in many different roles, but the role of the Bus shifted dramatically when the Covid-19 pandemic hit Ireland.

      During the pandemic, the Bus could not be used for school programmes or church events, as many of these were cancelled or postponed. So, Colm and the rest of the team switched gears and began using the Bus more for street evangelism. Now, three times per week in three different towns around Ireland, you will find Colm standing next to the Bus, sharing with locals about what God has done, the Good News of the Gospel. He shares, “I’m out there talking to people because that is what God has me doing. Telling the story of what God has done for me.” While the hope is that the Bus will still be able to be used at festivals and large events, the team is grateful that they have been able to use it in more creative ways over the last two years. 

     Just as the role of the Big Red Bus has shifted to better accommodate this new normal, so Colm also finds himself thinking about what ministry shifts are ahead for him in his own future. He shares about the many people, like the two teenagers, that he has met over the years and how he hopes that he will be able to still impact their lives, even if his role changes. No matter what the future holds, Colm is confident that God will be able to use his experiences on the Big Red Bus to impact the lives of those around him.

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Celebrating 2021

As we enter into 2022 with energy and expectation we have been reflecting and celebrating the goodness of God in 2021.

  • BELFAST FINDS A NEW HOME in St Andrews Presbyterian Church with office space and a meeting room ready to pilot programmes in the local area.
  • SOAR HAS TAKEN OFF in 8 schools delivering a leadership programme to over 1600 pupils.
  • TRANSFORMING FREEDOM into a new refreshing space ready to welcome young people, leaders and organisations in the new year in Coleraine.
  • RESIDENTIALS ARE BACK WITH A BANG with our new and improved kitchen and meeting areas.
  • BREAKFAST CLUB connecting with local school pupils on their daily commute to school in Lisburn and treating them to some homemade pancakes.
  • BIBLE READING IN RAPHOE with 590 young people through literature delivered by our staff team.
  • HUNGER FOR TEAMS as we see 80 teams with 150 leaders across UK/IRE and Central and Eastern Europe open for applications for this summer!
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