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The Calling

During my first semester of college at Fresno State God planted a deep seed into my heart: The thought and privilege of becoming a missionary for Him. At that time, I still had much to explore simply in terms of surrendering my life to Him as a Christian, let alone be a missionary, but the Missionary seed was planted nevertheless.

Since that calling from God first found me, His provision has allowed me the following opportunities…

Scotland – Churchplanting

Mexico – Building homes for the homeless

Peru – Hospice work in mental institution, urban ministry

God has greatly refined my vision and calling over these past 5 years, surpassing my wildest expectations and prayers. (Eph. 3:20) He has placed upon my heart ministering to orphans and churchplanting. With this refined detail to my destiny and vowing not to become a “professional dreamer,” I am taking the first step toward fulfilling my calling and seeing where God would have me land longterm in the Mission Field.


This summer I have been invited to Northern Ireland to serve on staff at the Murlough House. The Murlough House is Mother Theresa (orphans/outreach) meets YWAM (hospitality/outreach). I will be shadowing and serving alongside the Assistant Director, Richie Shilliday, a Belfast-boy who is the same age as me and has seen Murlough grow from nearly its beginning. Some of the opportunities I believe I might have, based on what the day-to-day needs are and my gifting could be the following…Leading worship, leading devotionals in the morning during the week, Spearheading the Children’s Ministry efforts to thousands of little Irish kiddos, Preaching both at local churches as well as for the Murlough outreach services, helping the Hospitality facet of Murlough, ensuring that the dozen or so teams that come from all over the world to serve are enabled to do just that, and even working in the coffee shop they own. I get pumped just thinking that any of that is going to happen let much of it!

Why Murlough

It’s simple. Murlough allows me the opportunity to truly delve into orphan work while simultaneously scouting out a land that holds my heart, surveying it intentionally and internally to see what church-planting there would require.

Why me?

This is my favorite aspect of all the dynamics surrounding this opportunity! On all my trips out of the country, either for vacation or ministry’s sake, being noticeably American has not always been the greatest advantage for me. In some cases, as in Mexico, it caused some persecution that led to some awesome and dangerous situations to brave through for God’s sake. Northern Ireland is wonderfully unique in that they see and receive young, American males as Christian and not as Protestant or Catholic, which is where the still-to-this-day strife comes from within the culture.

Just by being American, I am said, by the Murlough staff (born-and-raised Irish) to have an open door to the hearts of these children and young adults unlike anyone else. They admit that even with their years upon years of relationship with the kids, that Americans can come in and leapfrog them in days. Praise Jesus!

The nuts and Bolts

My time in Ireland had already seen support come around, both financially and spiritually. My family has been an incredible support to me and I would be remiss if I did not allow so many people who believe in my future to not participate in sharing in this journey. There are many suggestions as to how to go about this part of being a missionary. Some say ask unabashedly for financial support, some say walk up to that line of begging and almost cross it, others say don’t breathe a word of it to anyone: “God’s funds never lack God’s work.” I’m more of a middle-of-the-road kind of guy; always have been!

Attached is the financial/date information portion of this particular adventure. If you feel inclined to support me, however that may be, whether through money or prayer, I invite you to do it.

What I do need: Genuine support, meaning if you say you’re going to pray, pray. If you say you’re going to give money to changing the lives of neglected Irish orphans, then, with joy in your heart, do so!

It’s a privilege to be part of this, whether on your end or my own. I thank you in advance for even reading this letter and all the more if you give your support, for in a very simple sentiment: This cannot happen without you.         707.333.9036

$1,800     – 3 month’s stay at Murlough House

$250        – Transportation between ministry sites in N. Ireland

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About justingunter

I'm recently 29 years old, recently married and ready to change the world for God. He has called me to be a missionary! This means more than just changing zip codes and living in countries where I struggle (for a while) speaking the language the locals dream in. It means a lifestyle of sacrifice, audacious Hope and above all, a desire for Jesus simply because He is who He is. I moved to Franklin, TN in October 15th of 2012 and expect this to be the first of many changes for the great calling on the Gunter's life. Side note...I dig being married. It helps when you're married the best woman ever! Teale and I feel called to plant churches, combat sex trafficking and be a place of refuge and Holy sojourn to all who would seek to join alongside us for good or for a season. For now, Ol' Rocky Top is our home, Zoey is our Great Dane and we, the Gunters, love Jesus with all we have.

3 responses »

  1. If you ever make it to the other end of Ireland give me an email. I live in the Southern half. Be blessed brother 🙂

  2. Church planting in Scotland?? watch you don’t stretch things…

    • That was never part of my motivation.
      I was part of the church in Fresno, which was a churchplant,
      part of the church in Kentucky, which was a churchplant,
      and part of Phos early on…all of these churches had really only been around for
      a good year or so and were still ‘getting off the ground’ when I got there and served.

      My comment could be taken the wrong way and I know I simply opted for the simpler
      sentence when trying to communicate that in a small, concise support letter format.
      I figured that some would read that as such. I have never considered myself a planter
      of Re:Hope…I didn’t even really consider myself much a part of that church to be honest; So
      logically leaping to say I was a “planter” of it would be stupid. But thanks Scott, your words
      ring true…I agree…and say clearly, I did not plant that church in Scotland. Other men and women
      of God did…I just came and observed how they carried on that work for a few months.


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