Today as I traveled to Budapest to preach at the Free Methodist Church, I was able to help a number of refugees. These men, women and children are trying to make their way to Austria but because they do not speak Hungarian they struggle to understand what train to take. The picture above was a train entirely filled with refugees (mainly from Syria) making their way to the Hungarian/Austrian border town of Hegyeshalom. Today I assisted about100 people and made their journey a little easier.
In Budapest and Gyor many refugees sleep in the train station. Thankfully the weather is still warm but with the colder weather approaching many refugees will suffer. Pray for us as we try to distribute clothing.
I’m still hopeful of getting into the nearby refugee centre to hold an English language Bible study/worship service. This past week I found out what I need to do for permission to enter. Please pray I would find favour and be allowed entry to serve God and these refugees.
Katica and I (Gerry) are planning on being in Ireland for a few days in October. It will be a whirlwind tour from October 16th to 21st, which will see us in Dublin, Limerick, Laois and Monaghan. On the morning of Sunday the 18th we have a family event but that evening I will drive to Monaghan to visit a church of Congolese believers who are now resident in Ireland. Whilst there I look forward to being blessed by them and hopefully being a blessing to them also.
I’m booked fully for the 16th and 18th, however if you would like me to visit your church, Bible study group, ladies group etc I would be delighted to do so on either Saturday the 17th, Monday the 19th or Tuesday the 20th. Just send me an email or comment on this post and we will work details out.
Last night we were privileged to be apart of a Bible study group in Shannon, Co. Clare. This multinational, multi denominational group of young men and women are on fire for the Lord! With members from Ireland, Togo and India (to name just a few countries), these folks are true representatives of God’s Kingdom on Earth.
They are currently studying 1 Peter 1 and their knowledge and wisdom was exceptional. Worship before and after the service was incredibly dynamic and Spirit filled.
They listened to our presentation and asked intelligent and insightful questions about ministry in Hungary and the Middle-East.
Thanks to Alec, Pearl and Elton Good for their hospitality. If you are in Shannon why not pop along and visit?
As many of you know we have been involved in a Bible study group in Győr for many years now. The group has seen much change over the years with people coming and going, some making commitments to Christ and others rejecting the message of salvation. We have been both blessed and challenged and we are thankful for all that the Lord has been doing with these people.
However we really want to see these men and women come to know Christ as their Saviour. Some are struggling with the loss of employment, others are struggling with family issues and others are so busy that they use that as an excuse to ignore the need for Christ in their lives. Depression has effected several people and they are not turning to Christ in their hour of need. Please pray with us for these men and women who so need the hope and peace of Christ in their lives. Also please pray that we would see more people come to study the Bible with us on a regular basis.
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Zsuzsi has recently had her first experience of leading Bible study for the Friday night youth group. She has now taught twice from the Gospel of John. She found it challenging but extremely useful as she could learn so much whilst preparing. After her baptism three of her classmates have joined the group. Please pray for Marci, Peti and David.
The youth of this group need your prayers. They are standing strong in their faith, growing in the Lord and in numbers. However they have had to deal with serious issues within the group.
As parents we feel truly blessed that our daughters and other young people have a safe Christian environment to study the Word. Please continue to pray for the group as they break for the Summer that every one of the group members would continue their walk with the Lord. Also please pray for the leaders Larry and Melinda and the other adults involved in helping (Kathy also helps here on occasion).
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
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.”