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.
Yesterday was my first day working with the Budapest Free Methodist Church. As the ministry in Budapest has recently undergone some staff changes I offered to travel up once a week to help them with any ministry needs they have. As it is a vibrant, growing church there is plenty to do! Hopefully my Tuesdays here will contain time to meet with individuals for mentoring and pastoral care and time to help with the existing Bible study group. God willing I will also be able to lead a new Bible study group that the church would like to begin.
This is not a small undertaking on my behalf. Yesterday saw me leave home at 0700 and I returned home at about 2130. I travelled by car, train, bus and foot so please pray for safety as I travel to and from Budapest on a weekly basis. I of course want to build meaningful connections with people here (many who I know due to preaching here on a regular basis) and I am grateful for your prayers as I connect with more people and try to share the love of Christ with them.
Today I had the privilege of enjoying Bible study with a group of men and putting a bed together for the assistant pastor and his wife who have just had their first child.
This type of ministry is wonderful as I get to interact on a personal level with a lot of individuals. However it is also expensive to travel to Budapest. Would you our your church, cell group or Bible study group consider supporting me as I endeavour to carry out Kingdom work in Hungary? If so then feel free to contact me for details!
This good-looking group of people are part of the Győr home fellowship group. We meet each Sunday morning at 1030 to worship the Lord, study the Bible, pray and fellowship together. As an international group (American, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian and Irish) we worship and study the Word in both English and Hungarian. Kathy often translates for the Bible study leader (today that was Gerry) and we have just started the Acts of the Apostles.
We always meet in a different member’s home and therefore (just like with the midweek Bible study group) we have no overheads whatsoever. We desire to reach out into our different communities and regularly invite people to join us. We differ significantly in our theological viewpoints and cultural backgrounds but we all share a common goal to know the Lord better and to see the Gospel spread. Please pray with us that we would see significant physical and spiritual growth. Today we were 25 people and our numbers usually go from 6 or 7 people to as many as over 30 if everyone turns up.
Acts 1:8 But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
In November of 2005 I was blessed with getting work a few hours a week as an English language lecturer at the University of West Hungary. By September of the following year the University employed me on a full-time contract providing much needed income and the freedom to continue ministry. In June of last year the University kindly bestowed upon me the prestigious title of ‘Magistri Magistrorum’, making me the first foreigner to receive this title.
Due to changes that the University wanted to impose on my working conditions I have decided to leave and try to concentrate on ministry and further studies. I am sad to leave but am excited for what my Heavenly Father has in store for my family and I. We appreciate your prayers for us at this time of great change in our lives and ask you to pray that we would follow His will.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.