“…that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honoured… May the Lord direct (the Irish) to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5.
“The church is not a social club; it’s not a building, and it’s not an option. The church is life and death. Despite its brokenness, the church is God’s strategy for reaching Ireland”. Francis Chan, Multiply (emphasis added).
EdenGate Travel was founded with the desire to facilitate church planting throughout Ireland. From an evangelical perspective, less than 1% of the 4.6 million people of the Republic of Ireland regard themselves as Christians in the Biblical sense. This is the lowest percentage of any country in the English-speaking world, effectively making Ireland the most unreached country in the English-speaking world.
With a few exceptions, old church buildings are left empty. Evangelical churches are mostly small and on the fringes of society. The highly politicised past between Roman Catholics and Protestants has left its violent mark. Latest census figures reveal that the fastest growing ‘religion’ amongst the new generation of Irish is ‘no religion’ at all.
With these things in mind, EdenGate has found its calling in bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Ireland.
Profits from EdenGate Travel tours are funneled into the support of missions in Ireland. We desire to see Gospel-centered, indigenous, churches that are committed to the exposition of Scripture, grow throughout Ireland – we hope that you will partner with us in making much of Jesus in Ireland.
“I cannot keep silent, nor would it be proper, so many favours and graces has the Lord deigned to bestow on me in the land of my captivity. For after chastisement from God, and recognising Him, our way to repay Him is to exalt Him and confess His wonders before every nation under heaven”.
Patrick, The Confession (452 AD).