JIM AND JEAN GILLETT
Jim Gillett was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, and was privileged to have been brought up with his sister in a Christian home. However, at the age of 11, he saw that he personally needed a Savior and trusted Christ just three weeks before he was 12 years old. He was baptized at Western Avenue Gospel Hall, Waterloo, Iowa when he was 12 years old. Jim prepared for a career in medicine, but in 1966, at the World Missions Congress held at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, Jim felt the Lord’s call for foreign missionary service and dedicated his life to the Lord for wherever He might lead. Jim participated on summer teams in Washington D.C. and La Paz, Bolivia, with Literature Crusades. Then, after attending McPherson College, Jim abandoned his planned medical career and attended the Missionary Training Centre in Prospect Heights, Illinois.
Jean Brewster was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is the great-granddaughter of one of the founders of Merrion Hall, the first and largest Brethren assembly buildings in the world. She was saved at age 14, and was born into a large family with Christian parents. When Jean was a teenager, her parents moved with their family to Toronto, Canada. After high school, Jean was making a career in computer technology, but she felt the Lord call her to full-time service in 1966 at the World Missions Congress held at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Then, she attended the Missionary Training Centre.
Jim and Jean were married a few years later and left the next day to serve the Lord on a Literature Crusades team in Lyon, France. There in Lyon, Jim and Jean assisted with literature distribution and worked with a newly established church which has since planted two more new assemblies in Lyon.
After returning to North America and seeking the Lord’s guidance, Jim and Jean felt the Lord leading them to serve Him full-time in Ireland. They were commended to full-time service in Ireland by assemblies in Ontario, and in Kansas where Jim had assisted while attending University. They then, spent 5 decades involved in evangelism in Ireland and established Ireland Outreach.