David & Heather Counsellor
We have been married since 2009 and currently live in Middle Tennessee. We both worked for LifeWay Christian resources for over 14 years. We both came to know the Lord in our teen years and through various life experiences have forged a deeply grounded relationship with Christ.
Fulfilling the great commission has been a part of our story since before we met. David went to college for World Missions and served on various mission trips prior to meeting Heather. Heather served with the IMB for three months in college as well as other international mission trips with David at their home church.
We always knew that serving others and living a life focused on missions was the Lord's calling for us. However, the call to full-time global missions came unexpectedly. After two trips to Europe on holiday, our eyes were opened to the lack of hope and a need for the Gospel. We met person after person who were cultural Christians or who didn't even know who Jesus really was. There were very old beautiful churches everywhere we looked, but no evidence of current faith. We even spoke with one young adult who couldn't understand why people would pray or read their Bible at all. She said, "Why would they do that? Don't they know religion is dead? No one believes that stuff anymore." Our hearts were broken and each time we felt this pull to stay and be a living example of faith in Jesus. To not only share the Gospel with them but also to show them the hope that can only be found in Jesus. Returning to the US, we immediately enrolled in a two-year Missionary Training School. We sold our home, paid off all our debt, donated most of our possessions, and began the process of becoming full-time missionaries.
Our mission and vision is to support indigenous Irish church plants, Irish church pastors, and leaders. God is leading us to come alongside these pastors and support them. Offering relationship building, one-on-one discipleship, home group co-leading with local members, bible study leaders or co-leaders, administrative support and however else we can serve. We want to go and be the body of Christ. To help the local church in being missional in their own community. We're excited to go be a part of what God is doing in Ireland!
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Ireland - The least-reached English-speaking country
Less than 1% of Ireland's population of 5 million is evangelical Christian. The Republic of Ireland has 26 counties and is the least-reached English-speaking nation in the world. There are currently (at the time of printing) only 27 evangelical churches in the Republic of Ireland. Although Irish people are always ready for fun, most have never encountered the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their own exploration of faith as many leave Catholicism is taking them into very dark places filled with fear, suicide, Atheism, and other pagan religions. We want to share the hope of the Gospel with them!
While Catholicism has a major influence on the country’s culture, few admit to having a relationship with God. In fact, most do not attend church at all. In addition, people groups are coming to Ireland and the U.K. from around the globe, creating a strategic crossroads for the least reached. There are at least 38 least-reached people groups in the U.K. alone, totaling close to 5 million.
The culture of Ireland is becoming increasingly secular. Millions of people live in communities with no gospel-centered church, have never heard the gospel message, and have no relationships with Christ-followers. More and more people here identify as non-religious, atheistic, or agnostic - especially among the younger generations. Financial prosperity fuels a predominantly materialistic focus, and immigration has resulted in greater
diversity across the religious landscape. The need is great and the workers are few. God has given us a love for the people and country of Ireland.
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It is no secret that from the very beginning of the church Christians have taken an active role in being missionaries and sending missionaries. Yet not all are called to be missionaries. (We are all called to make disciples)
Being a missionary is a calling, but have you ever considered that sending missionaries is also a calling? So what is your calling? Are you the missionary or a missionary sender?
All Kontaktmission staff live on support, meaning we believe that God will provide for his mission, through his church.
Please consider joining our sending team by partnering with us in prayer and partnering with us financially.
- That we would always seek to remain in the center of His will.
- That we would trust the Lord in all things and be obedient to serve Him, even when it looks different than we thought.
- That we would give our all in our service to the people of Ireland and continually point people to Jesus.
- Pray for the people of Ireland! That they would come to know Christ and for the pastors, missionary workers, and Christ followers currently working towards that end.