We had a wonderful week at the children’s home in Gyor. A team of five people from Decatur, Illinois joined us as we ministered each day at the camp. We sang Christian songs, played games, did handicrafts, had a Bible message and taught simple English language lessons.
Many children from these institutions in Hungary (between 60%-70%) end up being trafficked and working in prostitution. Our goal is to teach them of the love of Christ, help with their education and model for them Christian living. The team from Decatur is a team dedicated to fighting human trafficking and our partnership was intentional and powerful.
Praise God that a number of children gave their life to the Lord today (our final day). We have been invited back to continue this ministry. Kathy has been going in weekly to one group of kids for several years but will hopefully begin going in to a second group on a weekly basis also. We also made very significant connections with staff and hope to see some come along to visit our Sunday worship.
We purchased pizza for everyone yesterday and the kids and team enjoyed a July 4th celebration together! Thank you to all those in our local church in Győr who contributed to buying the pizza. Please continue to pray for this ministry and do contact me if you would like to support in anyway this ongoing work.
Being in ministry is a great privilege. We love to serve God and his people. Whether through Bible study, youth work, hospitality or teaching we are blessed to be part of the Kingdom work in Hungary and throughout Europe. It does bring various challenges though… one of those being that equipment wears out faster than we would like.
Currently we are dealing with two old laptops and we could really do with a new laptop that is in good condition. Why do we need one? Correspondence, sermon and Bible study preparation, for working with the kids at the orphanage and for our church services. If you feel called would you be willing to donate a laptop?
We also need a good bluetooth speaker. The one we use is small. The sound is surprisingly good but not enough when we do outside ministry at the orphanage. Are you able and willing to bless this ministry with a decent bluetooth speaker?
Some English language Bibles would also be a wonderful blessing. We continue to give Bibles away but could do with more! If you feel led to give them we will gladly accept!
Today was the fifth and final occasion when a group of believers (including Kathy and Katica) went into a local orphanage for a Saturday morning of witnessing to children. This particular home has two separate floors. One floor is for children who are there on a temporary basis (parents may be in hospital or prison and have no one to care for them). This is the floor they have been to for five Saturdays, once a month for the last five months. Today the team led them in worship music (team members pictured above, we can’t show the kids, song lyrics pictured below), then told them a Bible message based on forgiveness. One of the kids, a seventeen year old boy showed great interest and asked how can he ask for forgiveness? Katica spoke with him afterwards and explained how to pray and ask for forgiveness. Please pray that he would ask Christ into his life.
Starting Wednesday June 24th Kathy will lead a group (including our dear friends from America, the Barnes family) for a three day vacation Bible school at this same home, however this time for children who live there on a permanent basis (their parents are dead or these kids have been taken into full-time state care if no immediate family can care for them). Please be in prayer for Eric as he leads the Bible messages and sport with help from Calvin, Heidi and Muriel as they lead the arts and crafts and worship time and for Kathy and others as they translate and communicate with the kids. Expect a report either June 26th or 27th!
Today we had the privilege of working with 12 kids at a local orphanage. Kathy, Zsuzsi and Katica along with four others taught the kids a Bible verse, played games and spoke to them about their need for a personal relationship with Christ.
This is a regular monthly event. Please be in prayer for these kids and for all those who faithfully serve.
Also would you consider supporting this work? We provide hand craft materials (pictured above), snacks and Bibles. You can partner with us in this ministry by clicking on the donate button on this page.
Part of ministering in a country where being a practicing Christian is illegal means being part of the underground church. What is the underground church? What does it mean? Where do they meet? Who goes there and when? Again I can’t go into very specific details as I need to protect those still there and on the off chance that my post is read by an enemy of the church, I don’t want them to gain any information they could use against believers.
First of all the church is the body of Christ. That means that each individual Christian is a member of the body. When the church is underground it is not immediately visible as it is hidden from the eyes of the agents of the government and the Enemy. It has no billboard outside with a name and service times. There is no church website with a photo of a smiling pastor. The underground church may meet in a home, in the basement of a building, out in the dessert or anywhere that believers can come together in safety. Meetings can be held at any time of the day or night and on any day of the week. However the weekend in the Middle East is Friday and Saturday and therefore the main worship meeting will often (but not always) happen sometime over the weekend. Meetings are often not open to everyone. Sadly ex-patriots and locals often do not worship together. A ‘bounty’ of about $1300 is offered by the government for information leading to the arrest of Christians who practice their faith and the government particularly targets those Christians who openly speak of their faith. Due to this, many ex-patriots have a deep distrust of allowing locals into their worship services, prayer meetings and Bible studies. Spies will infiltrate the church to then give in names of key leaders and times and places of meeting. Security is a key word for all concerned.
Why be so concerned you might ask? Sadly the punishment for meeting to worship the living and almighty God is possible imprisonment, lashes and deportation. The punishment for smuggling in Arabic language Bibles may even be as severe as beheading.
Yet the church is exploding! I know of one street alone where three (3) churches meet! I have preached in front of 150 people! I have even heard of a meeting of thousands of believers together at one time! We celebrated the Lord’s supper together every month! Worship is so Holy Spirit filled! God has raised up men and women who are gifted preachers and prayer warriors! God honours His people by blessing his Kingdom work.
Please join with me in prayer for couples like I and S and D and A who love Christ, who love His people and want to see the Kingdom of God built up in the Middle East. Please pray for brother J who has been arrested and released and still continues the work of the Lord.
Update December 1st 2015: The work in the Middle East goes from strength to strength. The Lord is blessing this work and now a total of seven groups are in operation (with over 200 people in fellowship). Please be in prayer for these faithful followers of Christ as they continue to reach out to the lost and needy. Please pray particularly for those leading the groups. Pray that those who wish them harm would be thwarted in their attempts and that the Gospel would continue to spread. Thank you!
As many of you know I have not been in Hungary very much this past year. I had the opportunity to go and serve the Lord in an Islamic country in the Middle East that is entirely closed (officially at least) to the Gospel message. It was a real challenge to spend so much time away from my family and I missed them dearly, yet the Lord blessed us greatly in so many ways.
I still need to be cautious about what I write in relation to the ministry in that country as I am worried for the believers who are there. Christians being arrested and thrown into jail for meeting together is commonplace. So I will not name the country here nor will I give details of names or times and dates.
I left Hungary over one year ago. I worked in a secular position and this allowed me to be involved in several Christian groups. The different groups met on a regular basis for worship, Bible study, fellowship and the breaking of bread. The incredible presence of the Holy Spirit as we worshiped was just amazing! Being a pastor was my main calling and I worked alongside some truly great men and women of God. I preached, counseled the lonely and depressed, reached out to the lost, encouraged the brothers and sisters and smuggled in Bibles and Christian literature. I had some tough discussions and presented the Gospel message to people who only know Christ from the Qur’an. At times I was concerned as I knew I could be imprisoned for smuggling in Bibles (in Arabic) or for witnessing. Yet Christ gave me many opportunities to reach Muslims (often several times a day) and I presented the Gospel message in a clear and easy to understand manner.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I apologize for not writing more at this time but my mind is overwhelmed. I returned to Hungary late last night and am praying for the Lord to continue to lead us and show us the way into the future. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated and if you would like more details or have any questions then please feel free to contact me. I will write again on this topic so keep an eye on our blog for more information.
-There are about 3O thousand homeless people in Hungary.
-The number of homeless people in Győr is between 25O-3OO.
-The government has brought in new regulations that makes it more diffucult to give food etc. to the needy on the streets(a number of permissions needed). If someone sleeps on a bench they will be fined.
Recently Zsuzsi has been giving sandwiches to a homeless man in Győr.The man has also accepted a bag of clothes, food for his dog and a Bible! Please pray for this man that he would start reading God’s word and come to faith in Christ.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
( 1Timothy 6,18)
If you are interested in supporting this work feel free to contact us. Your donation will be put to good use.
Over a year and a half ago I became a volunteer with the civil defense in my village (this is a well established, official group in Hungary). We basically patrol the area were we live. Our aims are to protect people and property. Typically I volunteer once or twice a month for anywhere from an hour to six hours at a time. Usually it is easy work as little happens. However we have dealt with missing teens, car accidents and violence.
Why am I doing this? Everytime I patrol I do so with a partner. This has given me many opportunities to witness about Christ to other men. One is a Buddhist, others have no belief in God, whilst others have faith in some form. So far I could invite several to church (sadly none have come yet) but one man gratefully accepted a Bible! Please pray as I partner with this man tonight so that the Holy Spirit would lead our conversation!
Sometimes as believers we become inward focused on our church yet Christ commands us to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19). How are you reaching the lost?
What an amazing day! At 0830 the first people began to gather for the clothes distribution. All the tables were full and the volunteers in place.
At 0900 we opened the doors and about 350 people flooded in.
Over the course of the day approximately 1000 people received clothing for the winter months thanks to the generosity of Operation Orphan and the kindness of so many people in the U.K. Also the clothes that were stolen the previous night were returned, with the help of a little persuasion from me 🙂 Our God is good! By 4pm it was time to tidy up and prepare for the service at 6pm.
The evening was a wonderful success with about 80 people turning up. Members of the Operation Orphan team ministered through worship songs and testimony and Gerry preached on the need for a personal relationship with Christ.
The response was awesome! People asked for prayer, others asked if we could start a Bible study in their village (15 kilometres from us), some cried and others joined in the worship songs! We are humbled at how amazing our God is. Thank You Lord!
One personal highlight for me, was a former student of Kathys who volunteered to translate for the testimony time. We gave her a dual language (English/Hungarian) Bible as a gift and she was so excited that she asked all of us to write on the inside cover. Please pray for Nikki to come to know the Lord! Also please pray that we would be able to deepen relationships with the people of Táp and the surrounding villages.