THE SLATER FAMILY
We are John and Emily Slater and we have a daughter and son. We met while attending college, and were married after we completed our degrees in March of 2011. We had surrendered to God's call to the mission field, but were waiting on His direction for a specific country.
In October of 2011, we began serving at Liberty Baptist Church in Sweetser, Indiana, where we ministered to children, senior citizens, and everyone in between. God used this time to prepare us for ministry and develop a deeper burden in our hearts for people in need of the hope of the Gospel.
In September of 2013, God confirmed to our hearts that His desire was for us to take our family to evangelize the lost and plant churches in Ireland. We have stepped out by faith and answered His call. Our goal is to finish our pre-field ministry and move to Ireland in the spring of 2016.
THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
The Republic of Ireland is roughly the size of the state of West Virginia. The country is filled with beautiful landscapes, architecture, and churches. But the beauty of Ireland cannot mask the spiritual darkness of its people. Out of the 4.5 million who call Ireland home, less than 2% are evangelical Christians. Roman Catholicism, Islam, and religious apathy have claimed the hearts of the Irish. Ireland is the least evangelized English-speaking country in the world. With political turmoil, a growing suicide rate, and spiritual darkness, the people of Ireland are in great need. They seek fulfillment in money, entertainment and religion. What they need is hope that can only be found through Jesus Christ!
THE VISION FOR IRELAND
Our vision is to see the people of Ireland break free from the clutches of empty religion and turn to Jesus Christ alone. We are committed to reaching them with the hope of the Gospel and developing them into committed followers of Christ.
When we first arrive in Ireland, we will partner with veteran missionaries in Mallow, Cork County, and immerse ourselves in the culture and the people.
We will use the training and experience that God has given us to reach out to the people of Mallow.
We will then branch out to the surrounding cities and plant churches through evangelism and discipleship.
We will train Irish men who are called by God to become pastors by establishing a Bible institute.