Republic of Ireland
WEC's Youth ministry in UK & Ireland ask - praise the Lord with us! In compiling our team's Annual Report recently, we were encouraged to log what has been achieved over the last year. Through WEC's World Adventure programmes and summer Camps, so many children, teenagers and their families and teachers have been praying for people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, China, India, Iran, Japan, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Thailand, Tunisia and Yemen. Pray for this year's World Adventure programmes in schools and churches, and for the 2 weeks of camps 27 July to 10 August. https://www.weccamps.org/
WEC International leadership are seeking to formally register WEC in the Republic of Ireland. We are needing to recruit individuals currently resident in the Republic, who know WEC well, and have experience of cross-cultural mission, and are passionate to see WEC more effectively recruiting Irish missionaries to reach the unreached, to serve on a new Board of Trustees who will be based in Ireland. If you have some spare time, and this could be you, please contact us.
Although Ireland is a 'religious' country, there remains only a small amount of Christian programming on mainstream radio stations. However, recently two commercial radio stations in Ireland unexpectedly asked Focus on the Family in Ireland to produce some family-oriented programmes for airing on their frequencies. Pray that these short 5-minute talks about family-related issues such as 'drug-proofing your kids' and marriage, will have real impact to those listeners.
Until the early 1990s many Irish young people emigrated on finishing their education to find work in the UK and USA. The mid-1990s saw an economic boom, and as a result Ireland is now looking outside its shores for workers. More recently, immigrants and asylum seekers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe have exposed the Irish to people of very different customs and faiths. After the partition of Ireland in 1922 into north and south, the protestant population declined from 20% to 3%, through emigration. This left a very monochrome Catholic culture, where effectively to be Irish was to be Catholic. Over the last 30 years allegiance to the Catholic Church has been declining, although it is still very strong compared with other parts of Europe. Despite the minority status of evangelical believers, statistics provided by the Evangelical Alliance in Ireland revealed that the number of evangelical congregations in Ireland had grown from less than 150 in 1980 to over 400 in 2005.
Population: 4,761,865 (2016)
Official languages: Irish, English
GDP (PPP) per capita: $69,231 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 80 years
Religions: 87% Catholic, 6% Atheist or Agnostic, 5% Protestant, 1% Muslim, 1% other religions