It’s official! We are moving to Ireland!
We are really excited to announce our decision to move to where the need is greater: in Ireland!
Since there will be a lot of questions about why, when, where etc. I put some Questions & Answers together.
What is need greater?
A need greater is someone who serves where the need is greater. This means serving specifically where there is a high need for kingdom publishers. This can be any language, any land. It can be due to an abundance of foreigners or the lack of publishers in a certain area. I wrote a special Blogpost about “What is a’Need Greater’?”
Where are you now?
The Mr and I are currently living in Germany, where we were born and raised. We met in school when we were 17 and got engaged right away. We married in 2009 and are inseparable since. Even before we got married, we started studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. I already knew a lot about the Bible from childhood, since my Mom is a JW, but The Mr was totally new to it. Although we both knew this is the truth, it still took us 10 years to make all the changes we wanted and get baptized. Nonetheless we really had big goals! We wanted to go serve where the need is greater.
In 2014 we joined an English speaking Congregation and made progress very fast. I don’t know why, but English seems to be our language of the heart. So we got baptized in 2016 and 2018 and finally could really start making plans.
Why are you moving?
As mentioned above, the desire to move abroad started really soon. We always wanted to leave Germany. In 2014 we went for a 2 week holiday in Scotland and fell in love with the country and the people. Additionally we saw the video “Witnessing in Isolated Territory – Ireland” on jw.org and got hooked. We knew, what better goal than serving Jehovah where he needs us.
Besides, since we got to know the truth about the Bible in English, we feel comfortable in that language. In fact we are studying, praying and talking about it only in English.
Who is moving?
Our family consists of The Mr and I and of course our cat “Guinness”.
Of course we are leaving family and friends behind, but since we have no children, we are relatively independent. Additionally we are now at an age where relocation is easier than in your 40s or 50s. The time is now!
When are you moving?
We are planning to move in 2019. This way we have enough time to calculate the costs and do our part to prepare everything to make this move a success.
For example, who of you wanting to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the expense to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, he might lay its foundation but not be able to finish it, and all the onlookers would start to ridicule him, saying: ‘This man started to build but was not able to finish.’
– Luke 14:28-30
Where are you moving to?
We visited Ireland in 2017 to see whether we would like the country at all. We traveled the East, the South and the West, visiting cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway. For a start we are tending to move in the area Galway, but we will ask the Branch Office, where they need us the most.
How long will you stay?
We don’t plan to come home. We do plan to let Jehovah guide us. Wherever we are needed, we will consider going as long as it is possible.
Then I heard the voice of Jehovah saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said: “Here I am! Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8
What is your plan until you move?
We are visiting the congregations we are most likely to move to several times until we move completely, that is in May 2018, October 2018 and February 2019.
Also we are checking if it is possible to work remotely while cutting down on secular work, to be able to help on the ministry as much as possible. Additionally there is a lot of research to be done about finding a job in Ireland, translation of important documents, health insurance and much more we likely haven’t even thought of.
Aren’t you scared?
We aren’t rash in our decision to go, so we are nervous to make such a big journey into the unknown. But we know we are never alone. We are confident Jehovah will never leave us, if we make his will our priority, as he never did until now. We are eager to taste and see that Jehovah is good.
“Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
Taste and see that Jehovah is good;
Happy is the man who takes refuge in him. – Psalm 34:8
Can we visit?
Of course you can! I guess we will have to make a wait list for visitors once we got settled.