Letterkenny Go Team 2009

4 Sep

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Team: Jonny McCollum (leader), Peter Fallows, James McCullough, Rebekah Throne, Heather McMullan, Catherine McCullough, Carla Quigley (arrived Monday), Andrew Morrison (arrived Thursday) and Stephen Steele (Sunday, Monday and Thursday)

Plus notable cameo appearances from: Prof Robert McCollum, Emma McCluggage, Joel Cromie and Mary-Lynn Cromie

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From Dromore, Cullybackey, Stranorlar, Faughan, Faughan, Trinity, Stranorlar, Trinity, Airdrie and Bready respectively

Earlier in the summer a small group of us visited Donegal for a holiday but I knew this week was going to be very different from that week of rest and relaxation.  Arriving for10:15 on Sunday morning for worship I got to the Day Centre where the fellowship meets with the help of Navigator /Cartographer Pete and after the service we all got a chance to get to know the Fellowship over lunch. Sabbath afternoon was spent at the Loughridge’s attaching stickers with contact information and the time of the weekly service to thousands of leaflets before visiting the Presbyterian Church Hall where we would be spending the week encamped on either air beds or two fantastically comfy gymnastic crash mats. A praise service back at the day centre rounded off our first day in Donegal.

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Where the day centre is 

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Sign outside Day Centre
 
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Steelo arrived seconds after us

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Stuart McMahon meets Pete F whilst Heather competes to be the Young Loughridges favourite Go Teamer

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The banter was flying

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It’s not the leaflet’s arrival that’s got him excited
 
 
 
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Where we were staying
 
 
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Only joking, this is the Presby Hall where we were staying

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Pete could have done them all by himself
 
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Testing out the crash mat
 
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The girls’ sleeping quarters
 

Each morning started with devotions lead by Pastor Mark Loughridge followed by a seminar on seeing our Saviour in different genres of Scripture. I found these very helpful particularly the advice on reading OT prophesy and not focusing on the little details of OT law rather looking primarily for Christ in the text whilst the ways Mark taught us to read the Psalms has changed the way I sing these songs, each of which speaks of Jesus. After the seminars we had a break for a cup of tea and buns although the “schooling” usually continued through conversation until we began our time of prayer. Prayer was main work of the team and each morning we spent time adoring and  thanking God for his goodness for us before bring requests before him for the fellowship, Letterkenny, Donegal and Ireland. Last year in the Milford Go Team report I said that prayer was “the main lesson of the week” and this was true again as I was reminded of how we need to carefully plan and structure our prayers and taught how to use more Scripture whilst praying. I’m becoming more and more convinced that the reason that so many of us struggle in our prayer lives is that we’ve never seriously sat down to structure and plan what we need to bring before God in this blood-bought privilege.

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A schooling
 
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Willy T doing some more stickers

After organising our own lunch in the Church Hall we spent the afternoons distributing the “4you” magazines around the town. Pray that God will use the 5,500 given out in the lives of those who read them. Pray that many would contact Mark wanting to explore Christianity further. In the evenings we had dinner at the homes of various members of the fellowship before doing door-to-door evangelism in the evening in which we tried to get people to think about what is really important in life.

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Mark picking on Heather again

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Carla and her rabbit food

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Catherine and Pete looking for lunch

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Trying to read the Arabic bit

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The magazine

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Remember Paudge?

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Beka doing magazine distribution

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Field agent Willy T returning from duty

Even though it intially looked like the numbers on the team were going to be severely affected before the team started by the dropping out of Robert , Andy and Stephen, we bonded well as a team and I really enjoyed getting to know the other team members. Mark Loughridge and Jonny obviously managed to guilt trip Robert to the extent that he took a break from his Greek and came to help the team with Emma on Tuesday. Carla Quigley arrived on Monday morning to be part of the team though she only intend to stay until Thursday but this plan was soon thwarted by what can only be described as the “Andy Mo Effect” which convinced her to stay until on this side of the Irish Sea until the next Monday. Appartently Andy’s arrival on Thursday was only meant to be temporary but his inability to catch a bus resulted in him joining the rest of us guys on the crash mats. The other team drop-out, Steelo, managed to take three days off from writing his disertation entitled “Houston we have a problem” helping on Sunday, Monday and Thursday whilst the two Cromies managed to secure a place in the team photo after only being present for Wednesday night (our evening off!) and Friday.

As I have repeatedly stated in other reports, I’ve always found I’ve got a lot more out of Go Teams than I’ve ever been able to contribute. We are much indebted to Mark for the time he spent with us, teaching and helping us in our faith. Pray for the team members, that we’ll be able to put into practice what we learned and please remember the Letterkenny work in your prayers. Pray that God will protect and use the core families. Pray that the new converts will continue to grow in their faith. Pray for those Mark is doing Bible Studies with. Pray for Mark ans he preaches and Jonny as he spends  at year in Letterkenny on Short-Term Service.

Photos

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The Loughridges one evening

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I’m sure there’s a logical explanation

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Yes!

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Planning our attack

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Captain and Commander consult the maps

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Beka and Catherine

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Indian on Wednesday night

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Some struggled with the spicier dishes

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Me and Pete

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Joel Cromie and Fitch

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Andy Mo’s arrival was greeted with excitement by some but by distain from Pete

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Mazza-Lazza and Hezza

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Andy Mo distracts Mazza-Lazza whilst Joel and I alter numbers on her phone

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Cruising to Morellies, but it was shut so we had to wait until Saturday

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Willy T and Esther

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I think it was because Liverpool had lost

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The intellectuals

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At the Loughridges

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Excited at a sneak peek at September’s new-look Messenger

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Table tennis during a few free minutes

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Cousin rivalry

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Carla and Christine (not Christina as I introduced her as on the Doors!)

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Evening debrief at the Loughridges

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Saturday morning fry

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World’s slowest escaltors

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Into positions

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Eyes on Pete

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Good Times

Thanks to Rebekah for some of the photos

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2 Responses to “Letterkenny Go Team 2009”

  1. Mary-Lynn September 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    Wrong phone, nice attempt though!

  2. crosstalkers July 8, 2010 at 3:04 am #

    Looking forward to visiting Ireland. I enjoyed your pictures.
    In His footsteps.

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