Kirk and Madeline Joyce

 Kirk and Madeline Joyce working with Operation Mobilisation Ireland 

We were sent out by Grace Bible Fellowship in 1992. Since then, our brothers and sisters in Grace have supported us in prayer and finances, as we worked alongside churches throughout Ireland. In all these places, whether through kids’ clubs, youth events, Bible studies, festivals or Fleadhs, our desire has always been to touch the hearts of people of all ages, with the life-changing truth that Jesus has opened the door into a rich and intimate walk with Father God who made us and longs to care for us in this life and for all eternity.

In 2018 we joined Operation Mobilisation (based in Rahara, Co. Roscommon) to coordinate the Partners for Church Growth Programme within Ireland. We have found that our experience has uniquely equipped us to recruit, place and mentor international missionaries in rural churches, where gatherings are small and the needs many.

OM’s philosophy of REACH, EQUIP, MOBILIZE, ensures that the missionaries are contributing in all areas of local church life:

  • Reaching the lost
  • Equipping the saints
  • Mobilizing God’s people for the Great Commission.

If you would like more information on OM’s Church Partnership in Ireland please contact one of us by email: or

For more information on OM generally click here
UPDATE – December 2021

During this year we have been considering what new thing God might be leading us into. We consider the foundations of the Partners for Church Growth  programme to be solid, and therefore looked at the possibility of using part of our week in another capacity.

In the middle of the year, Kirk found himself totally free to accept an invitation from Ballina Methodist Church to take up a non-stipendary role as evangelist/community pastor (part-time) in the Ballina area.

So in future, part of Kirk’s time will involve coordinating Partners for Church Growth remotely ….. as we will re-locate nearer to Ballina. The rest of his time will be spent engaging missionally in that local community.  This balance in ministry means he can retain an authentic voice for the Partners while also blessing the unreached.  

However, housing is a real problem and until we find somewhere to live in Ballina, we will continue where we are in Roscommon. Please pray with us for God’s provision!


Loughran Prayer Letter January 2022