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Posted date: 4 Nov 2013

Ireland Update

CVM Ulster Rugby Tour continues...

Last Wednesday 30th October more than 800 blokes (and one or two women who sneaked in!) crammed into the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co Down for the 4th stop on our CVM Ireland Ulster Rugby Tour.

In CVM tradition and sticking with our 4 level evangelism we seen over 350 guys & their sons attend the Ulster v Cardiff game in Belfast on Friday 25 October with the Ulster guys coming in with a 39 - 21 victory. This is a great way of engaging with guys who wouldn't normally go to church by inviting them to a simple rugby match and then the follow up event a few days later.

We joined with churches from the entire Mourne Area from places like Kilkeel, Annalon, Dundrum, Castlewellan & Newcastle. It was a crackin' night with star players: Johann Muller & Ruan Pienaar - both World Cup Winners with South Africa. They joined with their playing partner and Irish international Paul Marshall as Mark Simpson from the BBC asking all the questions on their playing careers and personal faith in Jesus Christ. We also heard from Shane Logan - CEO at the club in a 'warts and all' chat about his journey to faith and how he ended up at the club.

At the end of the night we seen more than 20 men come to faith! In total through our rugby tour we've reached almost 5000 men and seen more than 70 come to faith adding to our overall vision of seeing 1 million men coming to faith in the UK!

We have more exciting stuff in the pipeline with the guys and we thank you all for your continued prayer and support for this key initiative. Please also continue to pray for the players at the club and their families. Ruan Pienaar who will be playing for South Africa in this weeks Autumn Internationals recently signed a 3 year contract extension at the club. In an interview he was asked of his reasons for staying at Ulster despite other 'big money clubs' keen on signing him.

His response was this:

"Together with Johann Muller, Paul Marshall & 'other people' we have managed to do some things off the pitch and that has been important to me. I want to continue, touching peoples lives with my Christian faith and that at the end of the day is bigger than my rugby careerRuan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby)

We're honoured to be 'other people' and to continue to connect men to Jesus and the church to men.

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