These have been busy days and weeks of ministry for us. We recently had a wonderful church retreat by the Lake Balaton. Approximately 40 people attended and we enjoyed a weekend of teaching from Eric Perry an American pastor who has visited us several times over the past three years.
Worship, which was led by Petér, Lucas and Larry was excellent! Great to have this mix of nationalities (Hungarian, Brazilian and American) lead us in worshipping God.
We now have a second Bible study group every week. Sylvia is an excellent teacher and a women who loves God! Please pray for her as she works full time, has a family and serves the Lord through teaching the Bible.
We are also back in the orphanage, ladies coffee morning and MOPS (Mothers of pre-schoolers) and worship services of course. Our days are full with ministry and we are grateful to the Lord for all the open doors we currently have before us!
January 24th through to the 29th (2019) I will be in Ireland and am available to speak at your church or Bible study group. This is an opportunity to hear about the ministry we are involved in here in Hungary and across Europe. Many of you will know that we actively work against human trafficking, in Christian discipleship and developing church leadership. Also it is an opportunity to hear about the persecuted church in the Middle-East.
I have a limited amount of time and availability whilst in Ireland, but hope to see many of you while I am there.
Ireland will likely be my first trip outside Hungary in 2019. I will also be in America, Canada, Romania, Ukraine and likely Belgium and Spain. Please feel free to contact me and we can try to arrange a time when we can meet and talk and pray together!
We had a wonderful quiz event this afternoon. Gerry was the quiz master and Kati translated and hosted all the guests. Nearly 30 people turned up and we had a total of 6 teams. The first place team won by just half a point which made for a very exciting finish.
Kati and I are actively attempting to build community and develop relationships. It was many, many hours of work for us but we hope and pray it will have served as an encouragement to the believers in our group and that some others may begin attending our services. Ultimately we hope that people will come to know the Lord and love Him as we do.
It has been a busy and really hot couple of days here in Romania. This has led us all to be exhausted but really joyful at all we have been a part of. From helping to prepare meals, make crafts, play football and sing songs with kids to medical checks and shopping for food we have enjoyed serving in small ways.
Visiting a shanty town area on the edge of Arad was a real eye opener for some of the team members. The level of poverty is nearly indescribable. No clean or running water, sick children (one very unwell child I examined), streets and homes surrounded by filth and debris, kids without shoes and in filthy clothes. Yet there is hope. Hope in Christ. Hope brought by Philip More and the Vis de Copil charity. Hot meals provided to up to 50 or 60 people per day (poor kids and the homeless). A place to wash clothes and have a hot shower. A place where people are welcomed no matter their financial situation. A place without judgement where the love of Christ is evident.
So here is your chance to do something. Don’t just read this blog. Act on it. Support Vis de Copil. http://www.achildsdream.co.uk and go to support and give a little.
You can also support us by providing us with craft materials. Due to the VBS we held in July at the orphanage, this trip to Romania and several other programs, we have very few craft materials left. Contact me and I will send you details of how to provide us with crafts.
Our local church in Győr has sent a mission team to Arad, Romania. This is so exciting as we as a church are beginning to become more missionary and outward looking!
Our team made up of three men (Brian from Britain, Lucas from Brazil and myself) and two women (Petra from Hungary and my daughter Zsuzsi), will be working with the poor and needy of Arad. We will help cook, clean, play games, make crafts, sing songs and hold health clinics. Our local church raised a lot of money and this will provide one hot meal for about 50 people per day for up to four weeks!!!
Thank you to our local church for your support and thank you friends for praying for us as we serve this week. We arrived this afternoon and will stay until Thursday afternoon. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!
Over the past three days we held our annual camp at a local institute for children. This year was truly amazing, we had a great group of kids and amazing volunteers. The video is purposefully dark and no kids are shown (to adhere to local laws). Do take the time to listen to the children sing beautifully a Christian song. We worked with about 20 kids daily and based our days around the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. Our volunteers of Ádám, András, Bianka, Csilla, Nárcisz, Viki and Zsuzsi really connected with the kids and being an all Hungarian team (apart from me) was brilliant! We played games, sang, had Bible stories and enjoyed hand crafts.
At times it is tough. Having a kid fall, then cry and when they are picked up they cry for their mother. We don’t know where mum is… Also seeing the younger kids in fear of the older boys is heart breaking. We are doing what we can to bring the light of Christ to these little ones. Many of these kids are in danger of being trafficked so we were pleased for a good conversation with one of the older girls and she has our phone numbers now and can contact us if she is in trouble.
It was also a weekend of guests. We were blessed to have Drew Price a Pastor from Bend, Oregon and his daughter Amanda, join us. Drew preached a great message on Sunday at church.
Also with us were Kevin and Natelle Austin. Kevin is the director of the Set Free Movement and he was in Győr to spend a little time with us. On Friday evening we took them all out for ice-cream in the city centre, then on Saturday morning I took them all to see the beautiful monastery in Pannonhalma. Afterwards we brought them all to a meal at a church members home and they enjoyed real Hungarian goulash soup cooked outside in a cauldron. It has been a busy few days and we are all very tired but grateful for what the Lord is doing in Győr!
I am very excited to announce that we have a new family joining us in 2019 to help with ministry in Győr. The Anderson family have heard the Lord calling them to serve alongside us to reach the people of Hungary with the Good news. Chadwick (Wick) and Sarah are parents of four young girls (Addison, Sophie, Ruby and Phoebe).
Wick is currently serving as the Pastor of family life at Moundford Free Methodist Church in Decatur, Illinois. Sarah is a qualified teacher and is currently homeschooling their four girls. They have put together a website and blog which you can find on https://andersonfamily6.com/
They are currently beginning the process of raising partners (prayer and financial). If you desire to partner in our ministry in Győr, you may like to prayerfully consider becoming a supporter of the Anderson family.
We have been greatly blessed of late in Győr. We see so much growth in the Sunday worship service and across other areas of ministry. On May 13th we were honoured to be a part of the 5 churches festival in Győr. We had a good attendance with several new people with whom we hope to reconnect with over the next few weeks. Our worship team consists of an American, a Brazilian and a Hungarian and with music in three languages we were touched by their Spirit led worship.
Please pray for us as we reach out to our local community. We desire to be a worshipping community, bringing the hope and truth of the Gospel to a lost people. We regularly have Adult Bible study, MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers), Comfort Zone for high schoolers (a fun, Bible study group), University group and a ladies coffee morning. We also offer counselling and provide clothing and food for the needy. If you want to find out more about our ministry or would like to help in some way then please do use the contact form to reach me.
The following is purposely vague to protect people and organizations.
I was contacted by a young lady whose sister is currently living outside Hungary with her partner and infant child. The man had violently physically assaulted this young lady and she needed rescuing from him.
Using contacts we could partner with colleagues and organizations to help rescue Miss ‘X’ and her child. Both are currently receiving help and care. Please pray for them and for those involved in getting them to safety!
This past weekend we had the pleasure of having our friends, the Ball family visit us in Győr. As you can see in the above photo, Spencer preached a message from our ongoing series (Fruit of the Holy Spirit). It was a wonderful message and we were very blessed. We had a great turnout at church (close to 40 people) and people were incredibly generous (all giving went to the Ball family).
My good friend, Jonathan Ball, who is 11, served as our greeter that day at church and I think we had so many people come as his smile is contagious!
I am excited at what is happening Győr at the moment. Weekly Bible studies for teens and adults, monthly University group, MOPS (Mothers of preschoolers) group, ladies coffee mornings and of course worship. We are growing in size and in faith! We are also seeing significant spiritual and emotiinal healing taking place in the lives of our people! Praise God for all he is doing!