On Wednesday, Katica and I flew to Lisbon, Portugal for a Christian conference. We were blessed to stay at a hotel in Sintra, right on the beach where we enjoyed excellent food, teaching and the wonderful ocean view!
With visits to the western-most point of Europe, Hell’s mouth and Lisbon we enjoyed this beautiful country.
However the highlight of the weekend was the opportunity I had to present at a workshop and to be involved in the ordination of two men from Holland.
Please pray with me that these men would bring the Gospel to the people of Holland faithfully and that they would be blessed in their ministry!
As you can see from our previous posts, we were blessed to be a small part of the work of Operation Orphan recently through clothes distribution. One of the families blessed by these clothes are the Toth family who have a beautiful six week old baby girl.
Péter and Judit were blessed today by people from England they have never met. We put aside clothes for their little girl that have been given in love through Operation Orphan. It is because of the kindness of so many people in England that so many people in Hungary have been blessed with good winter clothes. Thank you all for blessing us!
After some really busy weeks we took the opportunity to have a few days of R&R. And no place could be better than Good Book Oasis in western Slovakia, very near to the Czech border. Our wonderful hostess, Amber, and her intern, Emily, make this beautiful house a home of peace, laughter and really good food!
Filled with great books, movies, games and comfy chairs, this retreat for ministry workers is a blessing! Check out the link for more information! http://www.LifeImpactMinistries.net
Perhaps our favourite family activity is playing board games and none is better than Settlers of Catan. After a long, tight game, Csilla won with 10 points and everyone else was very close behind!
What an amazing day! At 0830 the first people began to gather for the clothes distribution. All the tables were full and the volunteers in place.
At 0900 we opened the doors and about 350 people flooded in.
Over the course of the day approximately 1000 people received clothing for the winter months thanks to the generosity of Operation Orphan and the kindness of so many people in the U.K. Also the clothes that were stolen the previous night were returned, with the help of a little persuasion from me 🙂 Our God is good! By 4pm it was time to tidy up and prepare for the service at 6pm.
The evening was a wonderful success with about 80 people turning up. Members of the Operation Orphan team ministered through worship songs and testimony and Gerry preached on the need for a personal relationship with Christ.
The response was awesome! People asked for prayer, others asked if we could start a Bible study in their village (15 kilometres from us), some cried and others joined in the worship songs! We are humbled at how amazing our God is. Thank You Lord!
One personal highlight for me, was a former student of Kathys who volunteered to translate for the testimony time. We gave her a dual language (English/Hungarian) Bible as a gift and she was so excited that she asked all of us to write on the inside cover. Please pray for Nikki to come to know the Lord! Also please pray that we would be able to deepen relationships with the people of Táp and the surrounding villages.
What a busy day! With the arrival of the amazing Operation Orphan team last night to Táp, we were able to begin preparations in earnest today for distribution tomorrow.
This morning Kathy took the team to visit both the kindergarten and the school (both of which are in the village). After lunch she then took them on a short tour of the excellent traditional peasant home ‘skanzen’ located in the heart of the village.
At 4pm we began (about 20 people in total) packing bags and boxes of clothes onto a trailer and we did this five times so as to move all the clothes to the school for distribution tomorrow.
After everything was moved we started unpacking and organizing all the clothes.
All was finished by 7.15pm and is ready for tomorrow. Sadly when I checked a little later I found that a number of items of clothes had been stolen. So tomorrow I will run security in the morning to prevent this happening again.
Distribution starts at 9am and we plan to finish at 4pm. At 6pm we then start a service which is open for all those who wish to come but especially for those blessed with these clothes. Please pray for the Operation Orphan team as they serve and also lead worship. Also please pray as I speak in Hungarian and preach the Good News of Salvation in Christ.
The photos may be a little boring but the contents are answers to prayer!
Again this year Operation Orphan are coming to Hungary, and Kathy has been instrumental in helping organize it all for both Táp and Budapest. A total of 210 boxes (195 for Táp and 15 for Budapest) filled with shoes, winter coats, hats, gloves etc will be given out on Saturday October 19th to the very needy in our locality.
Please pray as we help host the English mission team, organize the clothes distribution, translate and most importantly that people would come to the worship service we will hold in the local school Saturday evening after the distribution of clothes. Gerry will preach a message focusing on the need for all to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour! Please pray with us Saturday at 6pm that people would come to the worship service and that the Holy Spirit would move amongst us!
October means harvest time in Hungary and this past weekend myself and Katica had fun harvesting grapes at a friend’s home. In the above photo you can see that the grapes were then pressed for juice and wine. In just the two hours or so that we worked we harvested about 60 kilos (130lbs). However our friends started soon after dawn and only finished when light fled for the day.
Afterwards I started thinking of the great harvest for those of us in ministry. So many need to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour but so few people are actually freed to minister full time that often the harvest is not completed fully. Most of us can only give a few hours of our time to Kingdom work as our lives are busy with work, family and other commitments. Please pray for us as we work from dawn to dusk to harvest for the Lord!
Luke 10:2 And He said to them, The harvest indeed is abundant, but the farmhands are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
One of the greatest challenges in ministry is the need to raise support. First and foremost we need your prayer support! Without your prayers our ministry will not be as effective. praying for us is a commitment in time and spiritual energy. However we also need financial support. Without adequate finances we will not be able to carry on ministry work in Táp, in Győr, in Hungary and indeed in Europe. Would you be willing to support us? I have just created a PayPal donate button which you can use safely to support our ministry if you so wish.
Thank you in advance for your prayers, love and generosity to us and this ministry!
Every Friday night in Győr a group of high school/college age kids meet together to worship God, read his Word and fellowship with one another. This ministry is run by a Baptist couple with a heart for reaching the youth of the city. I come on occasion to help supervise these wonderful young believers and seekers, Every week they divide into one group of boys and two groups of girls for Bible study after a time of singing modern worship songs. Recently the group has grown so large (40 or so) that they now need to begin meeting in two seperate locations! Please pray that this time of transition/multiplication would go smootly and that even more young men and women would join and come to know Christ as their Saviour.
This past Friday I led the Bible study for a group of nine teenage boys and we studied 2 Thessalonians 3 together. Their insight and commitment to the work of the Lord is truly amazing!
I am also very thankful to the Lord that our girls attend this group on a regular basis. Please pray that Csilla, Zsuzsi and Katica would grow closer to Jesus day by day. “Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you”. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Update December 2016: This is the latest donation form for Irish supporters. http://imap.ie/forms/standing_orders/so_hfc.pdf or alternatively go to http://imap.ie/links.html then click on forms, then project standing orders and then on Hungary for Christ.
As you may know many people who serve God are able to do so because of the generosity and kindness of those who support their ministry financially. We are supported financially from both people in America and Ireland. For our Irish supporters we have just learned that they can get tax back via www.imap.ie
I’m afraid I don’t know much about taxes in Ireland as I now pay all my taxes in Hungary but if you are an Irish tax payer then you can get back a substantial amount of tax. Here is a simple calculation –
Charity giving is at 31% for tax payers giving over €250 P/A. READ MORE about changes in 2013.
€69 in charity giving to mission will generate an additional €31 yielding a total of €100.
Or a €1000 in ‘charity giving’ will gain an extra €449.27 in tax back
We are extremely grateful to those who support us and our ministry in Hungary. We are blessed to have a good support level. We are not actively attempting to raise support from Ireland. However, if you would like to support us (from Ireland) then please use the links at the top of the article.