Dear praying friends,
Exciting times! Our two biggest prayer requests in the last few years have been answered amazingly – not only do we now have keys to the building, but we have our new Youth Worker…only better than that! As you know we have been aiming to get an Irish youth worker, as we wanted someone who understands Irish culture and also will be able to stay around for a while to build relationships.
So God has sent us an American! – whom we have known for some time. Our first encounters were many years ago working with him on worship nights with young people in a local school. James has lived in Ireland for most of twenty years and plans to be around for a while yet, and we are blessed to have his lovely Irish wife Rachel onboard too. Both they and the KCC Board believe God’s hand is on their appointment to jointly carry out the role not just of Youth Worker, but also that of Centre Manager, which will involve working with us to share the vision and develop the reality.
We are thrilled to have a couple of such maturity and experience, both have been working as pastors and have been involved with planting churches, training and discipling. They start officially next year, but are already rounding up potential leaders. Here’s a potted bio:
James and Rachel Krechnyak have been married for nearly twenty years! They have three fab kids that they homeschool. While James is from Michigan, USA, Rachel is a native of Laois, Ireland, having grown up on a dairy farm. They met in Tyler, Texas, working together on a youth ministry team with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). Being in Ireland since 1999, they have served in a variety of ministry positions, including serving as Circuit Evangelists with the Methodist Kilkenny/Carlow Circuit, founding pastors of Life Church Portlaoise and Life Church Carlow, which they handed over to local leadership in 2016, and are current directors of Grassroots Church Planting Ministries, a ministry focused on training leaders and supporting those in church planting endeavors. James has written three books, and has co-authored a fourth book with Rachel. They love Jesus and have a heart for the next generation to know God and make Him known.
We have been getting to know our building rather more intimately over the last couple of months, and have had the pleasure of showing folks around and sharing the plans. We are making plans for the roof replacement. More of that next time, you are probably far too busy to read any more now…
Lastly we would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and may you experience the Lord’s presence now and in the year to come!