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Thanksgiving In Ireland

Posted by Tim on 26 November 2008 - 11:14am

  Tomorrow will be our first Irish Thanksgiving and we have much to be thankful for this year! Because Thanksgiving is mostly a holiday celebrated in the US we have found it difficult to find a turkey!  We have learned about 'turkey crowns' (basically just the breast meat) and that our favoriate bird is not readily available here until closer to Christmas - where it is very popular!

Pumpkin is also difficult to find but Kieran Reynolds found canned Libby's pumpkin for us and is joining us tomorrow!  He is one of the few Irish who has had pumpkin pie in the past and he will be our 'guest of honor' for a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner.  We have also found that any kind of pie is not readily available here - tarts are popular and are very good, but it just seems like you have to have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving!  So, not only did Kieran find canned pumplin but he also found a pie pan - another challenge!

So THANK YOU Kieran for helping us and for joining us!  We will also be hosting Mark & Andrea Jones and family, Stephanie Kozick as well as a young couple (Jamie and Amie) who are here from the states as well.

We are thankful for so many things, let me just list a few of them:

  • A patient a loving church plant that has welcomed us and taugh us much about Ireland
  • Faithful partners allowing us to be here
  • Challenging classes at the Irish Bible Institute
  • Irish brothers and sisters who have become good friends and partners for the gospel
  • Good communication from friends and family in the states via email and other means
  • A place to live and a car to drive without hurting anyone on the roads!
  • A wonderful ABWE team both here and around the world

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who take the time to read this blog and to pray for us!




The Price of Petrol TODAY!

Posted by Tim on 21 November 2008 - 5:52pm

   With the price of crude oil dropping as it has been, the resulting decrease in petrol (gas) prices has been a huge blessing to us in Ireland!  I thought I would take you through the computations to convert Irish petrol prices from euros to dollars.  First, let’s start with the current price, in liters for petrol.  Take a look at the sign at a local petrol station taken earlier today (Friday 21 November).  You’ll notice it is 1.03 - that means 1 Euro three cent (we don’t use the plural ‘cents’ here) per liter.

ESSO Petrol Price

There are 3.78 liters per gallon, so 1.03 x 3.785 = 3.90.  That means Petol is down to 3 euro and 90 cent per gallon.  Now we need to convert euros to dollars, as of today that conversion is 1.259; so 3.90 x 1.259 = $4.91 per US gallon.  Now, take a look at the total fill up price today at the pump . . . .

Petrol Pump

So, total cost was €35.65, now multiply that by 1.259 = $44.88 for about a 9 gallon purchase!  That may sound dear (expensive) to those of you in the states, but a couple of months ago petrol was running 1.32 per liter with a 1.59 conversion ratio, putting the total cost per gallon at $7.90 - so you can see much the cost has dropped!  Praise the Lord for His blessings to us!

Islam In Ireland

Posted by Tim on 12 November 2008 - 6:05pm

  Today our entire class from The Irish Bible Instatute visited The Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland.  When you think of Ireland I'm guessing you don't think of Muslims . . . right? Wrong!  Like most of the world, many Muslims are moving here and opening Masques, and schools. 

As we learned today from a devout man that spend about 90 minutes with us, there is much of the  Masque in Ireland

truth mixed in that sounds 'good'.  Do you know the 5 tenetants or 'pillars' of Islam?  This would be a good research project for you (google 'tenants of Islam') as I won't take the space here to list them, but every follower of Jesus should prepare themselves to talk to Muslims. 

Most 'accept' The Bible, but they believe the Quaran to be 'newer' revelation and therefore spend most of their time reading it; and not seeing (or perhaps ignoring) the contridictions between the two.  The key issue is that Isalm denies the death, burial and ressurection of Jesus.  In addition Muslims do not understand that Jesus is God the son - not just another prophet.

We need to all be before the Lord as we come into contact with Muslins around the world.  Perhaps God will use you, wherever you live, to help shine His light into the darkness.  May He give us His love for all peoples and understand that 'our battle is not agains flesh and blood' Ephesians 6.


Driving In Ireland

Posted by Tim on 3 November 2008 - 4:36pm

Here in Ireland we have to eventually get what is know as a 'full Irish license'.  In order to do that you first have to pass the computerized 40 question 'Theory' test.  35 or better is the required 'pass' rate.

Several weeks ago Kathy passed her theory test on the first try, but Tim (that would be me) came up one question short!  So, in between everything else over the last couple of months I have been studying to give the test another try.  The retest was scheduled for Tuesday, 29th October at 12:00 noon!  I got in the car (sort of ironic!) and drove the 30 minutes or so to get to the testing center on the North side of Dublin.

Upon my arrival the testing center was not yet open and there were several others waiting outside in the cold.  I had a chance to invite a couple of them to sit in my car where it was warm, I had a chance to share a bit with an Irish woman and a man from Nigeria.  Sometimes God even gives us a chance to plant seeds at a government office!

At any rate, at 12:40 PM I found out that I had joined my wife with a passing score - 39 out of 40 (hum, what did I miss??).  Now we have to pass a vision test and apply for our 'provisional' Irish drivers license.  Fortunately it is legal for us to drive using our American license . . .  for now!  


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