It was a joy to have a short visit to see Philip More and our ministry partners in Arad, 🇷🇴 Romania. I travelled down Monday by train and return to Hungary today (Wednesday). Philip is connecting in more and more with the Set Free Movement ministry and here he is sporting a rather stylish Set Free t-shirt 🙂
At Vis de Copil, Philip and his small team feed families that are incredibly poor, the homeless and those with addictions. They also offer a place for them to shower, wash clothes and advice on various matters. The kids (some who are homeless, others who are forced by their parents to beg) particularly have a safe place to hang out at and a warm meal.
A warm meal is provided everyday for anywhere between 30 – 150 people.
Would you like to know more? Would you like to partner and support this incredible ministry? Contact me for more details or give online at achildsdream.co.uk
If you feel led to support the development of the church in Romania, please give here: give.fmcusa.org
The road before us
We are moving! God has been speaking to us for sometime now and after much time of prayer and fasting, we are moving to Pécs, a large city (slightly larger population than Győr) in the south of Hungary. This has not been an easy or a quick decision. We took plenty of time to hear Him speak to us and although we go with a certain amount of trepidation, we believe we go with the blessing of God.
The ministry in Győr goes well. Sylvia is doing a very good job of pastoring the flock. She teaches on Sundays, reaches out to people during the week and will continue the orphanage ministry from September, Sarah will continue to lead comfort zone and MOPS and Melinda continues to lead our transformation group. Kathy and I are committing to one long weekend a month in Győr to continue the Bible study group and to help in other ways. Ministry continues as before but others lead.
In Pécs we are planning to help Szandra with the further development of a Set Free Movement team (to fight human trafficking), and we hope the Lord will bless us with new partnerships so that we can help establish another community of faith similar to that in Győr.
Pécs has a very large community of foreign students who come to study medicine and dentistry and I will try to connect with them in much the same way as we have done in Győr.
We very much appreciate your prayers as we move into a time of new ministry! We continue to be committed to our ongoing ministry in Budapest, Győr and Veszprém and look forward to how the Lord leads in the days, weeks, months and years ahead!
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
After a very long break without in person services, we met again today in both Budapest and Győr for worship. In the photos, Péter can be seen leading worship in the garden of our church in Budapest and Sylvia and Melinda can be seen in the courtyard of the Lutheran Church in Győr.
Hungary having been on lock down since February, has had a very difficult time with Covid-19. In March cases surged and deaths hit terribly high numbers. At one stage Hungary had the highest rate of deaths per capita from Covid-19 in the world. Now we are very thankful as we see the number of new cases drop daily along with the number of deaths. Over 40% of the population have been vaccinated and we are seeing restrictions lifted.
In Győr I (Gerry), was honoured to bless baby Boglárka, the daughter of Laci and Melinda. She was asleep for the blessing and I didn’t want to wake her so myself and the entire church (kids included) prayed a blessing over her. She is a sweet, beautiful baby girl! Please pray for her and her parents as they grow more and more in their love of God and one another.
Today we were blessed to bring a total of 21 gifts packages to the kids at the local orphanage. Packed with chocolate, shower gel, face cloths, tooth brushes, pencils, colouring materials and other small gifts, these will be a blessing to these kids who are all in full and very strict lockdown. We also brought the staff gifts of daily devotional material. We did get to wave to the kids and speak at a distance for a minute or two. We trust that these small gifts will show the love of Christ to all.
Kathy and myself delivered the gifts and our colleague Sarah Anderson had helped us gather the gifts. Our daughter Zsuzsi helped with gathering together Christian material to keep the kids entertained.
Many of the children and staff have been very unwell with Covid-19. They have all had a very hard time since November 10th when Hungary entered this current lockdown. The kids cannot leave the building and I can only imagine how bored the kids must be and how overwhelmed they and the staff must feel.
As a nation, Hungary is having a very tough time. A week ago we had the highest rate of covid related deaths per capita in the whole world. Our health care professionals are working very hard in incredibly difficult circumstances. Some medical staff are working 80 hours a week. We are grateful that the vaccination program is moving quickly with over 20% of the population having had at least one vaccination jab so far. Please pray for Hungary!
|Update from the Rivne Mission Team • March 20, 2021|
|Dear Friends,Peace be with you!We want to share with you our lives, news, needs and how God works through our circumstances.We’re living in very challenging times but God keeps leading and providing and it makes us moving forward. Our church decided to help with another minisrty which is the House of Mercy for the elderly. We were looking for a house for more than six months, but then we experienced a miracle of blessing. A neighbor gave us her house for use for 3.5 years. And so, starting in the Fall, we started preparing the home. The guys from the rehabilitation center were actively working on the remodeling project which was a great ministry of them. The house is located within walking distance of our rehabilitation center . No one had lived in the house for several years, so the roof was leaking, the stove was smoking, there was no toilet and shower, as well as water in the house, there was not enough electricity to use the stove etc. The beginning of the remodeling process occured during our first serious wave of coronavirus and our guys got sick. Our repairs were delayed. But with God’s help, the renovation is completed. From a crumbling house with a leaking roof, God miraculously made it possible to make a neat little house, in which it is pleasant to live with a wonderful kitchen and clean water from a well.We had planned to open the doors for the first people, but the second wave of coronavirus overtook us and the entire rehabilitation center got sick and our family also became sick. Therefore, we postponed the opening for some time when everyone will be well.|
For us, such a house will be a new experience of ministry. We need your prayers for it to build up the church and bring it closer together, and so that we can give these people what they need and help them return to a fulfilling lifestyle.
|Also in February we rented a second half-way house for the men who, after rehabilitation, remain in Rivne and get a job. We have two single fathers with sons. One boy is 13 years old and another is 4 years old. The Lord gave mercy and the 13 years old boy is assigned and also we were able to place Sasha, 3 y.o. boy, the son of Vitalik Karpenko, in a Christian kindergarten. He also brings up the child himself, since the child’s mother died of drug addiction. Pray for these boys and that God would give wisdom in how to help in such situations.In addition, couple guys from a half-way appartment are starting a new ministry in Rivne in the methadone center, where drug addicts who are on the state program apply. We already have permission to come and testify to the men there that God can free them from their addiction. We are glad that new-believers are burning to serve to such people. It is a big step in their faith.We also make a tent and want to stand with it on the streets of the city and communicate with those people who need help. Other men from half-way program are willing to help in this ministry and it will be a good opportunity for them to testify about what Christ has done for them.Pray with us for:Opening of the House of Mercy and those people who will be thereHealth, God’s protection and our ministries during the pandemicThe spiritual growth, work and service of the men in the half-way houseThe two children of the men from our rehab centerMinistry in the methadone center and outdoor tentNew people who come to churchThank you for your friendship and prayers, support and encouragement! We won’t be able to continue God’s work without God’s support through you all, our dear Friends! May mercy, peace and protection from God be with us all.With appreciation,Misha & Lena PetrochenkoValera & Natasha Pedchenko To contact us:Misha & Lena Petrochenkolena_petrochenko@firstname.lastname@example.org|
Klaudia, one of our church members wrote this beautiful poem. It was part of our worship today. Pastor Wick helped her put it into English. Enjoy!
Since November we have not met in person for worship, today was our first time. Unexpectedly I was asked to preach as one of our pastors was ill. Click on the link below to hear the sermon in full. Feel free to ‘like’ the Facebook page where the sermon is, that is the page for our church group in Győr.
This is a letter that Zsuzsi wrote today to inform supporters of our new ministry growth. Celebrate with us!
I would like to share some exciting news with you! The Lord is expanding His ministry in Hungary through the Set Free Movement. This week we had a new member join the movement which means we have a Set Free team forming in Pécs! The group will be led by Szandra who is already doing so much to fight injustice. She has organised the Walk for Freedom for several years in Pécs to raise awareness to the issue of human trafficking. She is also involved in preventive work in schools and children’s homes This is our third Set Free group now in Hungary (besides Győr and Budapest) and we also have ministry in a women’s prison in the Dunaújváros area (see the map below). Thank you all for your faithfulness in praying for our ministry. Please pray for Szandra as she seeks God’s guidance in her ministry.
If you would like to know more about human traffikcing and the ministry in Hungary you might be interested in purchasing the following prayer guide. 15 Days of Prayer Guide to End Exploitation 2021 is now available! It includes 15 different stories from around the world to help you better understand the issue of human trafficking and each day has a number of prayer points to help guide you in intercession. My article is one of the 15 which will help you pray against injustice. PDF’s and physical copies are both available.
Today we continued our series of prayer walks by taking a trip to Pécs in the south of Hungary. We are prayerfully trying to be strategic in finding where God would have ministry expanded in Hungary. Currently we have ministry ongoing in Budapest and Győr and desire to add a third location. We will stay here through Monday when we will have a ministry related meeting.
It is also a huge bonus that we get to see our youngest daughter who is a University student in Pécs.
Your prayers are appreciated as we see on the Lord and His will for the expansion of His Kingdom.