Tina Irwin is a wife and mother devoted deeply to her family and friends. She has a heart for people. Her husband, Bill Irwin, candidly supports his theory that she has never met a stranger. Upon preparing for a mission trip to Peru in 2000, a dear friend asked Tina why she was going on this trip. Her reply was short and simple: “I don’t know. I just know I am supposed to go.” After her return, the friend asked Tina again about the trip. Her reply was: “God broke my heart for the people of the world.”
Tina felt the heart-tugs for the things of God early in life. Through her teen years and young adulthood, “church life” was often difficult to understand; difficult to live. Life itself was hard enough, but, the disappointment she felt toward church opened the door to disinterest and her departure from the varied rituals of religion. Just “doing better and trying harder” was not bringing joy nor did it seem to make any difference.
While living in Europe for eight years, Tina continued to look for what real truth there was in life. How could you love God and live happily in this world? It seemed to be impossible. Having the opportunity to live in a foreign country opened her eyes to many new things. Learning about different cultures gave new insights and knowledge. Yet, there were still more questions than answers. In all of her collective experiences, she began to understand what or who God was not. The strong and urgent feeling that had started inside her heart said it was time to return home.
It seemed as though Tina’s feet hit the ground running from the time her flight landed and her feet touched the tarmac. The first immediate and life-changing discovery came when attending a new church with her parents. She began to experience the true and living Lord Jesus Christ in a deeply and more intimate way than she had ever expected. It fueled her unending search for more of Him. Her life story is about turning ashes into beauty one step at a time. The journey is not over, but, gets more exciting every day.
Tina began writing the “Heartlink” e-letter in September 2005. It is her prayer that the new “Heartlink” blog will be a blessing for those who choose to read it.