The island of Ireland lies just west of the island which is home to Scotland, England, and Wales. The English took over Ireland in the 12th Century and maintained control until the Irish War of Independence in 1921. Now, England only controls the northern part of Ireland called 'Northern Ireland.' Northern Ireland's recent history has been volatile, with a 3 decade era of civil unrest known as 'The Troubles' occurring between 1968 and 1998. Although the political unrest was settled, the cultural unrest has persisted into the present. This island, with its geographical beauty and loving people, is a wonderful place to be and it brings us joy to help those who are held under cultural division find unity in Christ.