Oct 19-23, 2014 – Cathy Rutman Visits


We had the joy this week of having Cathy Rutman visiting for a few days. Cathy arrived late Sunday night, so we had a late evening of catching up. On Monday we had a visit with the host family that we rent from and that Tim and Cathy rented from for several years. Later in the day we visited and had dinner with other dear friends that were instrumental in helping to get the CBSI-Ireland ministry 15 years ago and even before.

Tuesday, after Cathy attended a new ladies CBSI study in Donabate with Patti, we all hopped on the train for a day in Dublin, shopping in her old ‘stomping grounds’. Below is a picture of us waiting for the train.

Allgoods & Cathy Rutman

Allgoods & Cathy Rutman

On Wednesday, we drove up to Northern Ireland to enjoy an extended lunch at “The Brass Monkey” with dear friends Sammy & Joan. This was a special time of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Joan and Cathy meeting at Belfast Bible College. Apologies for the blurry picture ‚Ķ using an old mobile phone ūüôā

Joan, Cathy, & Patti

Joan, Cathy, & Patti

Early Thursday morning Cathy returned to Budapest where she and her daughter have been visiting her grandson, his wife, and their two-month-old baby.

Oct 12-15 – Surprise Trip to Budapest


A few days before Oct 12, we received a surprise invite from Veronica, the incoming CBSI-Europe Regional Director. Veronica has been our CBSI supervisor for several years and we were giving her an update on Ireland. One of the items had implications throughout Europe and she wanted to bring it up at the Europe Regional Servants Team (RST) the following week in Budapest.

Veronica said she had wanted to ask us before if we would consider coming to represent the Calebs to Europe, but thought we would be too busy since we had just arrived back in Ireland. Indeed we had been busy, but were available during this time to represent the Calebs and discuss relevant issues. So we made arrangements and headed to Budapest for a few days … fortunately, the Europe ministry was able to cover our expenses.

We enjoyed two days of meetings and meals with Veronica and four others from around Europe who provide overall leadership to the ministry in Europe. It was a great time of getting to know the other team members better and learning about future plans for the ministry in Europe as we transition to a new director as well as changes in the ministry worldwide. Since the meeting Veronica has confirmed her desire for us to represent the Calebs on the RST for a few years.

There were also some personal highlights on the trip. Tim and Cathy Rutman, original Calebs to Ireland and dear friends, have a grandson living in Budapest. Their grandson’s wife just had a baby two months ago and Cathy and her daughter were flying to visit them, arriving on Wed, the 15th. Since we wanted a day to get to see Budapest, we planned our trip to stay an extra day and leaving on Wed, just a few hours after Cathy’s arrival.

Our hotel was just 5 minutes from their grandson’s home, so they invited us to come over for tea and dessert on Tues evening. He even came to the hotel to take us back on the tram. Over tea and dessert he laid out a plan to take the tram and metro downtown to visit some recommended sites. The plan included getting back to their tram stop where they would be waiting with out suitcases and we would all head off to the airport to pick up Cathy and his mom.

So we got to enjoy a day of touring (and shopping) in Budapest and time with Cathy’s grandson and wife (whom we already knew from their time living in Virginia). And topped it off with a half-hour visit with Cathy and her daughter in the Budapest airport. It was probably a good thing that their son was sleeping while we were visiting Tuesday night ‚Ķ Cathy would probably have been very jealous if we had been able to hold him before she did.

Now for some pictures from our trip. It was interesting to learn that the people of Hungary were so appreciative of the part that the U.S. had in bringing down the iron curtain, that they had a statue of Ronald Reagan built in the square near the Parliament building in Budapest.

Patti with Ronald Reagan

Patti with Ronald Reagan

Hungarian Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building from the Castle District across the Danube River.

Hungarian Parliament Building from the Castle District across the Danube River.

Beautiful interior of historic St Matthias Church in the Castle District.

Beautiful interior of historic St Matthias Church in the Castle District.

Oct 7, 2014 – Training Day


Over the last year, Patti has been attending a ladies Bible study in Donabate, about 20 minutes from where we were living in Rush. The leader of the study and several of the ladies worshipped the same church with us in Donabate. Though they were not a CBSI study, they functioned much like one. The study was made up of 15-18 ladies from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Since Donabate was still about 20 minutes from our new apartment, we decided to continue to participate in the study and the church.

When Antoinette, the study leader, told Patti before their summer break that she was planning on studying Joshua this year, Patti asked if she would be interested in looking at the CBSI study in Joshua. She was interested and once she reviewed it, she wanted to use it. She was also excited to hear of CBSI’s team approach to leadership and that we provided training. Before we went home for a few weeks in September, we arranged to train any of the ladies interested in being part of the group’s leadership or in possibly starting a study elsewhere, either in their local community here or in their home country when they returned.

On 7 Oct, most of the ladies came for training by Sam and Patti. Antoinette had already agreed to be the primary leader / teacher, but we let them know that we really wanted for others, as God led, to step up to either teach, facilitate a discussion group, or be the coordinator. By the end of the day, we had a volunteer for discussion group facilitator and since have had another as well as a couple to share the teaching load. Patti had agreed earlier to help in these roles as needed, but it looks like God is raising up the leaders that are needed. Praising Him!

June 9 & 13 – Exploring and Praying Scripture


We had about 40 people attending our presentation Monday evening at the Tallaght Methodist Church. Sam shared about Community Bible Study International and what we do along with some scriptures to motivate people to be studying the Bible. For additional motivation, we had three of our study leaders share about their experience with the CBSI studies and how it impacted their lives, shown in the pictures below. Following these presentations, we walked the participants through a short sample study so that they could experience the whole process. The response was good and the evening led to some great connections with the host pastor and the general director of Scripture Union Ireland.

Presenting CBSI at Tallaght Methodist Church

Presenting CBSI at Tallaght Methodist Church

On Friday evening, about 45 people attended our presentation at Zion Parish Hall in Rathgar. We followed a similar format as Monday night and had very positive responses. Three of those attending said that they wanted to visit some of our local groups.

June 9 – Final Preparations


We were truly blessed to have Ann and Sharon from the UK with us this week to help with the inter-denominational Bible week presentations and meetings. Ann and Sharon lead the CBSI-UK Children and Youth ministry and are helping us to establish a children and youth ministry in Ireland. We had asked them to come and be prepared to share with people coming to the Bible week presentations that were particularly interested in working with children.

Ann and Sharon found a nice spot to work on final preparations for their evening workshop on engaging children and youth in learning the Bible.

Ann and Sharon found a nice spot to work on final preparations for their evening workshop on engaging children and youth in learning the Bible.

At the presentation, there were 5 people who attended their workshop. Three of them arranged for a follow-up meeting on Thursday morning to learn more.

June 8 – Pentecost Sunday


We were at the Trinity College Chapel on Pentecost Sunday (first time ever) for the opening ceremony of the interdenominational Bible week in Dubin. It was a wonderful service and we had the surprise privilege of reading some scriptures for the service.

Stained glass windows above the altar

Stained glass windows above the altar

Sam and Patti after the ceremony

Sam and Patti after the ceremony

The organ/choir balcony

The organ/choir balcony

We will have the entire program Monday and Friday nights at other Dublin-area churches to share about our ministry with Community Bible Study International РIreland (our facebook page) to include introducing the beginning of the CBSI Children & Youth ministry in Ireland. We already know of some who are coming Monday night to learn more about the Children and Youth resources to consider using them among a Christian community consisting of more than 200 people. Several people in this community are already part of or leading ongoing CBSI studies, so using it with the children could certainly lead to wider use throughout the community.

Pray with us for the impact of these evenings, that they will bear much fruit in connecting us with people desiring to be in God’s Word and looking for resources to help them get started.

June 6 – Michael Card Concert


We had a wonderful evening at the Michael Card concert and met many new people visiting our information table where we got to use our brand new CBSI-Ireland banner for the first time.

Our information table and banner sharing space with concert sponsor Spirit Radio.

Our information table and banner sharing space with concert sponsor Spirit Radio.

In addition to advertising our Bible study resources, we had brochures and a Dublin-area Bible and Prayer group directory in support of the interdenominational Bible week beginning on Sunday. We were surprised at the end of the program when the representative of the Nazareth Community (one of the other sponsors) closed with an announcement encouraging everyone to follow Michael Card’s example of being in and talking about scripture to stop by our table and find out how to get connected over the next week. So we had quite a few people come by to chat or pick up brochures.