Boys On Mission – February 2017

Boys On Mission – February 2017

Hi Everybody!  This is Silas and I wanted to show you this awesome video of us at Blarney Castle.  This is me kissing the Blarney Stone!  It’s at the very top of the castle, attached to the wall.  People say that kissing it gives you the gift of gab, whatever that is.  Mom says it means that I can talk my way out of anything, which she says is true.

It was hard to kiss the stone because it’s actually at the bottom of the wall and there was a big gap between that part of the wall and the floor.  I had to lay on my back and hold two bars and bend backwards!  My mom’s friend, Ms. Michelle held my feet so I wouldn’t fall.  There’s also a guy that’s there to hold people so they don’t fall.  The bars you see in the space have not always been there, so some people might have fallen trying to kiss the stone!  Dun, dun, DUN!!!  Okay, here’s the video:

Mom wants me to tell you a little more about the castle.  It was built in the year 1446 and it’s actually owned by a single person who lives in a mansion on the property!  Can you imagine living beside a castle or even owning one?  When you visit the castle today, you can see some cool things.  There is a murder hole where the defenders would dump tar on invaders trying to come in.  There is also a poison garden, where all the plants are poisonous.  If you touch anything, you’ll probably die right then and there!  But you can still look at the plants.

These are pictures my mom took from the top of the castle.  This is part of the wall.

When we visited a couple weeks ago, we walked around outside in the gardens.  This is our selfie with Blarney Castle in the background.  I think I was talking when Ethan pressed the button.  LOL (Dad taught me what that meant last night!)

Visiting Blarney Castle was totally awesome!  You guys can come visit it too, and when you do, you can come see us!

Boys On Mission – January 2017

Boys On Mission – January 2017

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our first Boys On Mission update!  We made a video for you at Charles Fort, a historical site we first visited in 2015.  We got to go there again last week.  We’re doing good, and having a great time in Ireland!  We hope you are also doing well!

Silas & Ethan

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Here are a few more pictures our Mom took of the fort.  I (Silas) will explain them to you.  Do you see the giant hexagons?  These were actually used to store water at the fort!

These are some of the buildings.  We saw a kitchen, the armory, the barracks, and lots more!  The fort is by the ocean on a hill near the town of Kinsale.

And this is a family selfie we took there.  It was very sunny out.  We tried to look good, but we failed.  Dad looks evil, I couldn’t keep my eyes open, Ethan looks like he got stabbed in the chest, and Mom looks a little confused.

Thanks for reading our post!  See you on the next Boys On Mission update!

20 / 52 – Courage

20 / 52 – Courage

I woke up a couple days ago feeling really overwhelmed.  These last few months have been so incredible and humbling.  The Lord has opened doors for us to share about Ireland with churches and people and I can see Him going before us in so many ways.

But as we get closer to leaving, the magnitude of the transition ahead is getting real.  There are things that have to be in place – financial support, a house and a car, plane tickets and figuring out how things will be shipped, and so many other things that we probably haven’t even thought of yet!


A little over a year ago, the Lord told me to start praying for five things – passports (which we didn’t even have yet!), a scouting trip, visas, the house we would live in, and the car we would drive.  This list seemed pretty crazy since, at the time, the Lord still hadn’t spoken to Branden about missions or Ireland, and He had said I wasn’t allowed to either.

The Lord wanted to grow my faith.  To believe Him for things that were impossible.  I started to pray.


Provision for passports came first, then as the Lord brought Branden to a place of stepping out in faith, funds for our scouting trip came in.  By the time we got back from the trip, our visas were provided for.

As the year has gone on, I’ve been praying for a house and a car.  The Lord has made it clear, He has a specific house and car for us.  The house looks a certain way and will be used for ministry in specific ways.  Sounds crazy right?  Honestly, there have been moments when I’ve thought so.  But every time I find myself doubting, the Lord reminds me that He’s spoken to me, and that He’s able to do everything He says He will.


The other day, with my anxious heart, Jesus led me to to the book of Joshua.  God’s servant, Moses had just died.  Now God speaks to Joshua about how he needs to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.  God said He would give them a specific territory and names the borders that surround it.  All that had been promised to God’s people from generation to generation was now before them.  Joshua had been Moses’ helper.  He’d seen God do incredible things all throughout his life.  But now, at the banks of the Jordan, with this great calling in front of him, God gives him a command:

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  – Joshua 1:9


That first chapter in Joshua encourages me so much!  First, God spoke to him in specifics – He would give them a certain area of land, a territory they were to posses with real borders.

And even after Joshua had seen so much, even as he was speaking to the living God, he lacked courage.  God knew that in his heart, Joshua was wrestling with fear and doubt.

His solution was that God Himself would go with him.  The God Joshua knew, that he’d seen do the impossible time after time, would not forsake him now.  The Lord had proven Himself trustworthy.  There would be a lot Joshua would find out along the way – giants and battles and fortified cities – but one thing he knew and that would be enough – the presence of his God would go with him.


God has a good plan for us, some things He’s already told us about, a lot we’ll find out along the way.  His word is sure and He is trustworthy.  His presence is our courage and strength.


These boys teach me so much!  These pictures and video below represent everyday life with our two adventurous boys and their big imaginations!

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