Ministries – Impact Project
Momentum Europe defines “Impact Project” as a God-inspired, faith-based project where impact can be clearly seen and felt. The 2014 Impact Project, focused on helping to reach leaders in Romania, was an excellent example of where Momentum Europe’s support in terms of manpower and funding really made an impact.
For 2015 Momentum Europe will continue its commitment to Romania while adding an additional focus on Ireland as we come alongside the national ministry of Agape Ireland (as Campus Crusade for Christ is known there). Specifically the main focus will be on helping Agape Ireland develop its ministry aimed toward reaching influential leaders with the love of Jesus.
Ireland Project Overview
Mission: To reach, engage and equip influential leaders in Ireland; helping connect them to the irresistible love of Jesus.
Reach: Sharing the love of Jesus with influential leaders is most effective when it is done in the context of trusting relationships. “Reaching” is the process of meeting people and beginning the relational connection. Since you can’t share Christ with someone until you’ve at least met them, the Irish ministry is very intentional about this first step – reaching those they want to share Christ with.
Engage: Following up on the initial relational connection, the Irish ministry will begin to “engage” with new contacts over time, seeking to share the Gospel in a clear and relevant fashion. Oftentimes this process of Gospel presentation occurs over a number of meetings in a variety of settings. As is true elsewhere in Europe, seeing people come to the Lord is a process that takes prayer, intentionality, creativity and patience.
Equip: Agape Ireland is committed to equipping current and new believers to grow in their faith. Equipping them to begin to reach out to their peers is a key part of the equipping process.
On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a national referendum. Turnout for the vote was 60.5%. Of those who voted, 62.1% chose in favor of changing the country’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage. Regarding the outcome, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said, “With today’s vote we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people.”
While Agape Ireland’s ministry strength has focused up to now on reaching university students, several years ago they set a goal to launch their ministry to business and professional leaders in 2015. Therefore, when David Wilson, the National Director for Agape Ireland was approached by Momentum Europe with the opportunity to partner together in reaching leaders, it fit perfectly into their strategic plan. Now, in light of this recent same-sex marriage outcome the potential impact of this partnership seems even more timely.
In the words of David he sees the needs that Momentum Europe participants can help meet on this strategic Impact Tour to Dublin:
“In the aftermath of passing the same-sex marriage Constitutional referendum in Ireland our concentration has been focused on opportunities for the gospel that Momentum Europe friends can help us with:”
- The referendum showed us how little of the Bible people understood and how basic is the apologetics we now need to give them.
- Personal testimony is an increasingly powerful tool and we need mature believers like our Momentum Europe friends who can communicate the simple story of how Jesus changed their life
- The public nature of the Christian faith was called into question, which is one reason we are sponsoring a very public leadership breakfast talk by Prof Prabhu Guptara, a believer whose background is in international banking. You can help by making friends with the table guests and setting follow-up appointments with them.
- Those in Dublin helping to reach leaders today were once students who have now become senior leaders themselves. You can meet with the current crop of students and encourage them to follow this example.”
Four Irish men and women make up the Host Committee, which is helping lay the groundwork for this trip. In this group are a VP of the Insurance Brokers Assoc. for all of Ireland; a major property developer for downtown Dublin; a retired Lt. Colonel; and an Irish senator. In addition, several military men who came to Christ through Cru have volunteered to help in this outreach.
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From October 4-9, 2015 approximately 12-15 Momentum Europe partners and friends will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland and then on to Bucharest Romania, October 9-13. In each city the goal is the same – to assist the national ministry of Campus Crusade in that country, as they seek to “reach, engage and equip” men and women of means and influence.
Ministry opportunities will consist of large and small group outreaches as well as one-on-one appointments. Momentum Europe participants from the U.S. as well as Germany, will provide the “critical mass” for each of the ministry opportunities planned. The presence of mature Spirit-filled Momentum Europe partners and friends showing up in both Ireland and Romania, provides enormous encouragement and momentum for the local ministry.
This “ministry of presence” (just being there makes a difference) along with the funding provided through the network of Momentum Europe partners ($15,000 for Ireland and $8,000 for Romania) is a source of lasting impact impact.
To learn more about the details of the 2015 Impact Tour, click here.
To learn how you could participate please contact: diane.anuszkiewicz.org Office: 407-826-2483
Please note: As an expression of Momentum Europe’s support and commitment toward each ministry selected to be an Impact Project, Momentum Europe will be providing prayer and financial support as well partners and friends to be part Momentum Europe Impact Tour to that country. It is the growing network of ME partners and friends who make this commitment possible.
For more information, contact us.