Introducing a New Partnership
Friends International and Christian Unions Ireland (formerly IFES Ireland) are partnering together to further the ministry to international students in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Hollie Tagle has been appointed the Project Team Leader and will oversee the 5-year project starting at the end of 2016. Initially the focus will be on understanding, supporting and developing the work in Belfast but this will be followed by promoting international student ministry elsewhere in Ireland.
The project aims to see the team grow in order that CUs and local churches throughout Ireland will be engaged, trained and equipped. Hollie will supervise and facilitate the work of international student ministry, engaging Christian Union students in their outreach and equipping churches in their role of effective evangelism and discipleship of the international student. This will be done with the intention of the international student taking their full role in church life wherever in the world they are placed in the future. Hollie has significant cross-cultural experience, and has previously worked for Christian Unions Ireland as a Campus Staff Worker.
Christian Unions Ireland, a member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), has often worked with Friends International in the past, though through informal arrangements. However, 2016 was an opportunity to reflect on the current
situation and to develop the partnership. A project working group comprising representatives from Friends International, Christian Unions Ireland and local church leaders met regularly through the year and a plan came together.
Thank you for your prayers while this project has been in the planning stage. We would now ask you to continue your prayers as Hollie starts.