"How will they preach unless they are sent?" Romans 10:15
According to recent Barna research, there are an unbelievable 21 million unchurched people in the southern USA. But there are also 7 million evangelical Christians to do the work--a ratio of 3:1.
In contrast, the Republic of Ireland boasts a population of approximately 4 million souls with only 30,000 evangelical Christians--a ratio of 133:1. This is the lowest ratio among English speaking countries. The harvest is certainly plentiful, but the workers are few.
There is little spiritual community for church leaders in Ireland; they need encouragement, help, support, mentoring, etc. Believers are very much in the minority, and many areas of Ireland have yet to see a witness to the gospel in their area. The call comes again: "Come over...and help us..." (Acts 16:9)
Many evangelical churches today in Ireland consist of just 20 people, and most of these meet in homes. There's a growing openness to the gospel, particularly among the younger generations who aren't steeped in empty religious tradition. It is an exciting time to come alongside Irish church planters.