On March 17 every year we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but most of us don’t know the true story of St. Patrick.
We should all be familiar with Saint Patrick’s missional pursuit of taking the gospel of Christ to Ireland. Patrick was born in the Roman Empire and was taken as a slave to Ireland. He left after hearing God speak to him and returned to the Roman Empire for the purpose of preparing (educationally and theologically) to return to Ireland for the sole purpose of sharing Christ with an uncivilized people. As a result, many Irish monks were equipped and ready to leave Ireland and travel east to Europe where they would share the hope found in Christ.
The message of Christ spread throughout Europe and filled a huge vacuum left as a result of the Barbarian Invasions.