I was blessed to travel to Arad, Romania on Friday. Myself and fellow missionary, Wick Anderson travelled together to deliver over 100 jars of jam and a financial donation.
One of our local church leaders in Győr was touched by the need to provide food for the very needy that Philip More and Vis de Copil serve on a daily basis. So the way she responded was in making home made jam (including picking the fresh fruit). Many people responded to her call to help and 104 jars of jam were made. Along with the jam, an anonymous donor gave a very generous gift to help the centre continue meet the needs of those in poverty and the homeless of Arad.
Philip, Wick and I enjoyed good conversation and food as we our time together and dreamed a little about possible future plans. Please pray that Philip and Vis de Copil would continue to be blessed and be a blessing. I am very grateful to the Gyor local church for being so missional and reaching those in need! How blessed I am to be a part of such a great family of believers!!!
I am on my way home now after 16 days in America. This was my second trip to America this Summer as I had been in Louisiana in June as a speaker at a family camp.
This trip I was blessed to be at a conference in Orlando, speak at two churches in Oregon (Bend and Lebanon), help at a missions trip in an Indian reservation in Montana, drive through Idaho and speak in East Wenatchee, Washington State at a church whose pastors are former missionaries to Hungary.
I made several new friends, connected with a lot of old friends, spoke about what the Lord is doing in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly our ministry in Hungary, Romania and Ukraine and share a little of my vision for future ministry in Moldova and Russia.
With a total of 4 countries, 6 US states, 8 flights, 8 time changes, 9 time zones, mikes of hiking in beautiful Oregon and countless meaningful conversations, I am tired but encouraged.
I have included a sample of photos, where I ministered, where I went hiking, Olive a dog I fell in love with and an amazing 363 kgs (800lbs) rack pull I did!!!
I get to take Wednesday off (I arrive home Tuesday afternoon). Then Friday I go to visit Vis de copil our ministry partners in Arad, Romania. Please be in prayer for me to have good energy levels and good health. Also, please be in prayer as we endeavour to raise support (both prayer and financial) to help keep these ministries going).
Sylvia, one of our church leaders came up with a wonderful idea!
She had begun making jars of jam (jelly for American readers) for people in need. She knows that many Hungarians have little to offer financially but many do have fruit gardens and could easily donate fruit.
These jars of jam will be used to help feed children in Romania and indeed help needy people here in Hungary!
If you look closely at the jar you will see the logo of the Free Methodist church on the front and a sticker on the lid showing what fruit was used to make the jam. Sylvia wants people to taste the sweetness of Christ in her offering!
Please pray with us that the local church would respond positively and help with this wonderful endeavour. Please pray for Sylvia as she continues to follow God and seeks to live a life full of the Holy Spirit.
I am pleased to report that in partnership with a sister church in Spain, our church in Győr, Hungary raised money to buy a new washing machine for Vis de Copil in Arad, Romania. We also were able to buy food and cleaning products and leave a substantial amount of money for building repairs.
Vis de Copil serve the poorest of the poor (the homeless, families where single unemployed mums look after multiple children, beggars, prostitutes and drug addicts). They offer a hot meal, a place to shower and wash clothes and education and safety for children. It is still awful to see little kids begging daily in Arad but I am grateful that Vis de Copil are doing something to help these little ones!
The current washing machine was on its last legs when I came with a mission team from our church in August. With much love and generosity we could provide this new machine. I am so grateful to our church family in Győr and also to our brothers and sisters in Spain! You are all wonderful, thank you!
Whilst in Arad I was also able to help unload about 400 Christmas shoe boxes from Ireland that arrived. What a blessing to serve in so many ways!
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!
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!
I had the pleasure of being with the Ball family in Arad, Romania these past two days. The Balls (Spencer, Lynsey, Trinity and Jonathan) are working with the poorest of the poor and serving Christ faithfully. Their love and huge hearts for reaching the unloved is so very evident. In the photo above you can see the kids skipping with home-made ropes that Spencer and Lynsey bring their weekly kids Bible group in Vinga (a village near Arad).
Part of the ministry is that the Ball family help to provide food, clothing, medicine and pastoral care to these Roma (Gypsy) communities. Very few people are reaching these little ones…
Would you be willing to support this ministry? If the Lord puts this family and their ministry on your hearts then please contact me for further details.
My travels take me far from home at the moment! The next four weeks see me very busy indeed!
I am just back from a quick two day visit to Romania. I spent time talking with missionaries and local leaders and I hope I was able to encourage them. The work amongst some of the poorest in Europe is never ending… Yesterday I was in the poorest area in Arad, Romania. So many socio-economic problems and so few people trying to make a difference. Malnourished children, unclean water, lack of medication to name just a few of he problems. I am grateful for my friends the Ball family, Viz de Copil, local councillor and believer Laura Andres and the Oaza group which all provide help for these kids. If you want to help, contact me please!!!
Soon I travel to Rivne in Ukraine, to spend time with church leaders, teach and encourage them in the ministry they are leading, including reaching out to families who have lost loved ones because of the war with Russia.
Soon after that I travel to Cergy, France, which is very near to Paris. There I will encourage leaders, help them with training for ministry and learn more about their service to the Lord.
I am very open to speak in your church or Bible study group on the subject of the persecuted church, as I mentioned in my previous post. Feel free to contact me and we can discuss doing this either in person or by Skype.
Sadly I will not be in Ireland in the foreseeable future. I miss my mother’s cooking!
- Please pray that believers in these countries would be blessed!
- Pray for clear communication across languages.
- Safety for my family while I am away.
- Good health and travel mercies for me.
I have just enjoyed several days serving in Arad, Romania. My good friends the Ball family (Spencer, Lynsey, Trinity and Jonathan invited me) have been serving here for a number of years now. They are involved in a number of different ministries and are wonderful, committed believers giving their all for Christ.
I got to visit Vis de Copil which is a drop in center for the homeless and poorest of society in Arad. They feed a large number of people daily on a limited budget. Please visit the following link if you want to learn more about their work and how to support them: http://achildsdream.org.uk/index.html
Small group Bible study. I had the privilege of speaking about our ministry in Hungary and the Middle East. The group were very interested in the plight of the persecuted church. I actually spoke Hungarian here with it translated into Romanian.
Service at a Mental health institute. Spencer and a wonderful young Scottish man, Colm, head up this work. It is occupational therapy that is godly with the main focus on Christ. They deal with men and women who have learning disabilities and others who have mental health issues.
Sunday afternoon worship service in Vinga. I preached here and was blessed to be a part of this ministry. This is a very poor community of mainly Roma near Arad.
Men’s discipleship group at the drop in center. Philip (from Australia), helping a young lady who stopped by at the Bible study. Please pray for Philip, an amazing man serving God!
Buying the food for the widows mite ministry which feeds a number of elderly people who have very little to get by with. Spencer shops and then distributes the food. About 275 dollars monthly helps to provide 13 people with basics for the month. Contact me for further information on supporting this ministry.
Please keep the Ball family in his prayers. They are doing wonderful ministry in a very needy land!