Galway Go Team 2009

22 Jul


Guest post kindly written by Alistair Rolleston


The white bit generally indicates the area in desperate need of church plants

The week after camp is quite possibly the worst week of the year to schedule a Go team. However this is the week of the year the Go committee decide to set for the Galway Go team and make 6 individuals drive 180 miles through the free state to the city on the west coast.

And what a week.

Although we may all have arrived completely exhausted, a proper night’s sleep soon had us all back on regular form. Throughout the week we did literature distribution, some door to door, and street evangelism in the evenings. Most of these things I’m sure most of the readers will have done at some point, so I won’t go into details about them, instead I’ll focus on a few things unique to Galway.

The week we were there, there were also some “Evangelical Catholics” on the streets of Galway also doing outreach. Speaking to them I understood that these people on the streets had their foundations in the gospel, and the tracts they were distributing confirmed this. But going deeper into conversation with them, they then began to speak more of confession, Mary, and the such like. Quite a few seemed unhappy with the current Catholic church. It was an invaluable chance to witness to professing Catholics, and while I feel that many of them I talked to were indeed saved, they are clearly confused about many spiritual matters.

The reaction to the street Evangelism was interesting. Galway is an incredibly multi-cultural city, and thus many different world views exist there. We had people saying that there was no such thing as sin, that humans were essentially good, that there were many ways to God and that Christians were arrogant for suggesting that there was only one (see John 14:6 :-P) and many other viewpoints beside.

It would be great if people could pray for continued growth in the church in Galway. They’re currently looking for new premises for worship, but have yet to find a suitable location. They currently meet in the bridge club in the town, but as they do not lease the premises, they have little in the way of location security at the moment. Also, for their continued witness in the city, where people are very suspicious of the Church, and that the work done by the Go team would yield fruit.


As of yet I haven’t got my hands on any photos, so you’ll have to make do with a picture of the bookshop


And this photo which seems to be shown anytime someone mentions Galway


 And this SWS photo from 2006, though its considerably more recent that the photos at
Provided by C.Quigley
The bookshop
I’ve no idea what this is about
Andrew Blackburn coping with the Galway weather
Paul: “You said he did what with a guitar!?”
Paul still incredulous
Street evangelism

8 Responses to “Galway Go Team 2009”

  1. Peter July 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    “However this is the week of the year the Go committee decide to set for the Galway Go team…”


    This date is set by none other than Covenant Fellowship, Galway!

    Other than that, good report Ali – thanks. And good work team!

  2. Alistair July 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    oh come on, I had to get a shot at the Go committee in somewhere :-P

  3. Robert July 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    oh dear jonny!! how did we not give you endless stick for that hair!!

  4. Steelo July 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    They all look like SWS photos to me :-P

    “The week after camp is quite possibly the worst week of the year to schedule a Go team.”


    The week OF camp is the worst week of the year to schedule a GO team – though that hasn’t stopped Galway trying it before! Until the GO Committee came to the rescue and pointed it out! :-P

    Out of interest, who was on the team? Seeing that people have stopped including such information on the prayer requests!!

  5. Steelo July 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    PS there are more up to date photos on

  6. Peter July 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    The moral of the story Ali … don’t mess with the GO Committee!

    We know where you live! ;-)

  7. Alistair July 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Aye good point Steelo, I wasn’t in charge of prayer requests or I would have put them on there. Team consisted of

    Andrew Blackburn (Galway, team “coordinator”)
    Paul Wright (Shaftsbury/Ballylaggan)
    Conor Quigley (Airdre)
    Josh Robertson (Airdre)
    Robert McCaughan (Knockbraken)
    Jessica Armstrong (Fairview)
    Alistair Rolleston (Newtownards)

  8. Billy Hamilton July 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    Thanks Alister. Good report. We have had aboud nine responses to the 4you mag – asking for Bibles, booklets, etc. Prayer for the follow-up. Give thanks that there have been two responses from Loughrea. Billy

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