Charles & Kimberly Redburn

We, Charles and Kimberly Redburn, currently reside in Memphis TN. Charles grew up in Missouri with a passion for farming and construction, as well as introducing others to Jesus. His heart was broken by an encounter with the Holy Spirit while serving in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm. The result of this experience was a deeper conviction to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel message.

Redburn, Charles & KimberlyKim grew up in Maine and fell in love with Jesus as an adult. She has a heart for serving others, the gift of hospitality, and a passion for singing and worshiping God. Music has been a dominant force in her life, but most especially when singing for Jesus.

In early 2022, Charles responded to a call from God to attend seminary and pursue the lost in an Ireland ministry. In obedience, he enrolled at AGTS (Assembly of God Theological Seminary) and completed his MLM (Master’s Degree in Leadership and Ministry) in December 2023.

We completed our vision trip to the western part of Ireland in March/April 2024 and witnessed firsthand the critical need for the mission work that God has placed on our hearts. We observed that the rise of secularism in Ireland far exceeds imagination, as well as many of the publicized reports. Nevertheless, our hope in Christ has never wavered and revival happens through the prayers of the faithful, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

We will be working with a small, recently established Irish church to grow and edify the congregation there. Our primary focus will be on teaching, worship music, mentoring, leading small groups, and developing local leaders. We believe that with your partnership and the blessing of God, the multiplication of disciples will be achieved as outlined in New Testament teachings.

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Ireland: Deep wounds healed in Christ

Wars and conflicts between religious sects have left deep wounds among human beings throughout history, and Irish people especially carry these particular scars. Like much of the rest of the world, there are generations of people who align with a specific religion because of ancestral ties. These connections were often reinforced to nearly unbreakable bonds during times of war or conflict, and this also is especially prevalent in Ireland. This should not come as a surprise because we know that the family religious connection has occurred since Jesus walked the earth and established His ministry. The Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul, was deeply entrenched in family religious heritage and only a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ caused Paul to abandon his familial religious tradition, and stop his incessant persecution of Christians. To this day we can be thankful that Paul was willing to sever ancestral ties and share the Gospel with those who would gladly receive it, as well as those who did not. It is easy to imagine how difficult it is to break from the traditions of family and others in the community.

Ireland

In Ireland, the rise of secularism over the last several decades has accelerated at an alarming rate. Many of the negative events associated with Christianity that contributed to the current predominantly secular Irish society, have mostly occurred during the lifetime of people born in the 1980’s and 90’s. These relatively recent events have contributed to Ireland’s rapid decline of gospel-believing Christians to approximately 1%. To be clear, this travesty of secularism occurred in just decades and not over centuries. Because of this, many Christians outside of Ireland are unaware of the dire situation facing the Irish people. Satan, the father of lies, has whispered in the ears of many to convince them that God cannot be trusted based on the behavior of those who claimed to be serving Him, yet hurt so many with their sin.

How do we repair broken relationships that have caused Ireland to abandon their faith in God? Many people despise and mistrust human beings who on the surface appear to be dedicated to serving Him. The failure and shortcomings of the servants of the church do not diminish the truth and goodness of God or His message. God is love, and his Son Jesus became the ultimate and final sacrifice to bridge the gap between man and God, the High Priest once and for all, “for every nation, tribe, people, and language” (Rev 7:9).

As we have been studying and prayerfully preparing for how God will use us in this mission to Ireland, a few words come to mind - obedience and faith. Abraham was selected by God to be the Father of Nations because of his obedience and faith. Like all of us, Abraham was far from perfect. “By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Heb 11:8). Like Abraham, we will soon depart for Ireland not knowing many things that are ahead of us, but we remain faithful to the One who called us to complete this task. We are mindful that God truly needs nothing from any of us, but wants and expects our obedience as a demonstration of faith.

The third and fourth words in this inner-connected relationship are trust and love. Trust and love lead to faith, and are closely followed by obedience. Although the sequence of words and actions can be debated, all good relationships among humans and with God are grounded in trust and love. Our leading objective in reaching the Irish people with the Gospel is to establish trust. This will require an understanding and empathy for the influences that have shaped the lives of people and their perception of God. Like others who leave their native land for the mission field, we will soon be foreigners in a strange land. It is our aim to continue building and expanding relationships with hurting and lost people, a few of which were established during our vision trip to Ireland in the spring of 2024. The current and future relationships with both the lost and saved will be built on a foundation of trust that extends from and to God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Although the statistics and worldview for Ireland may seem bleak, we continue to have hope. “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us” (Eph 3:20). We will continue to see a change in people when they see God’s glory through his ministries and gifts of peace, faithfulness, obedience, and love. His glory is revealed in His purposes. When the Lord is doing something, building something, or restoring something, we will behold His glory in His works and we can be changed by them as well. Restoration is not only what God does, but it is a part of who He is. The first three and last three chapters of the Bible, as well as everything else in between, point toward a God of restoration. His intent has been and always will be restoring people to himself.

It is going to be challenging to build trust with people who have been deeply wounded by representatives of religion, but God is far from finished with Ireland, or any other people groups! We know it is not His will that any should perish, but that all should come to know Him (John 3:16). Hope and the faithfulness of God to keep His promises without fail through history, drive us to this mission field that He laid on our hearts.

We are so thankful for your partnership in prayer and financial support as we go to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20). Anyone who truly meets Jesus is forever changed and cannot help but fall in love with Him.

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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.

Prayer Needs

• God’s provision in the Visa process
• Housing and transportation
• All missionaries in Ireland for their continued strength and stamina to run the race
• The lost: The misinformed and the uninformed

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