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!
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.
This past week we held a five day camp at the orphanage in Gyor. We received permission to work with the kids on both floors (each floor belongs to a different government department). From 9am to midday Monday through Friday we sang worship songs, made crafts, had Bible messages and dramas, played football and had lots of fun! Overall we served 20 kids.
A group of seven people from Batavia, New York State www.northgate.fmc.co m joined us and made the camp possible. Together we partnered in helping these kids come to know more about the love of God. We are very grateful to them for their excellent work! Also thanks to Kathy for her very hard work in communicating with both government organisations, translating and hosting the team. Nobody I knows works as tirelessly and selflessly as she does. Special thanks to Csilla, Zsuzsi, Katica, Zsolti, Gabi and Adam for being great volunteers!!!!
On Friday the team enjoyed lunch with the kids at the orphanage. I had a lunch meeting with the Irish ambassador to Hungary and the deputy mayor of Gyõr which was productive and has opened up some possible new doors to ministry in the future. However I think the kids, team and local volunteers had more fun then me 😀
These little ones are in real danger from those who intend evil. Please join us in prayer that lives would be transformed and that the Lord would keep them safe in his hands.
The last few days have been very busy indeed. On Saturday we took three of the boys from the orphanage to the zoo. We had so much fun! They boys loved the animals, particularly the bears, tigers and chimpanzees. My favourite quote of the day was when one of the boys said “Uncle Gerry is just like a bear, except he wears clothes” 😂 Just have to love these kids!!! Kathy prepared sandwiches and drinks so we had a picnic and we all enjoyed ice cream afterwards.
On Thursday we had wonderful visitors from America spend an afternoon and evening with us. Drew and Kathy Price and Bill and Sheri Baker took time out from their European vacation to drop by and visit us in Gyor and hear about our ministry. Drew is pastor of Compass Church in Bend, Oregon http://www.compassbend.com/#/home and they are very missions minded. We look forward to partnering with them in the future!
I’m off to Belgium soon to teach and would appreciate your prayers as I spend the next couple of days in final preparations for that time!
This evening I was blessed to be able to give a presentation on missions to a group of about a dozen young Christian leaders. These young men and women are serving this week at a camp for children and every evening they will have a guest speaker. They had 19 kids turn up today! One of those is a boy from the orphanage we work in and praise God he gave his life to the Lord this summer!!!
They listened well, asked tough and searching questions and were a joy to be with!
It is such a blessing to see so many young adults we have been blessed to work with over the years, such as Alan, Joey and Petra.
Please pray for Csaba this week as he leads.
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!
Yesterday Kati and I traveled to Budapest to participate in a conference on human trafficking. Rev. Kevin Austin, leader of The Set Free Movement spoke passionately about the estimated 36 million people worldwide who are modern day slaves. He strongly asserted that a single individual can make a difference and gave wonderful examples of this. Yet if we work together as one, then how much more can we achieve!
Several churches and organisations were represented and were also given the opportunity to speak about their work in Hungary. With an estimated 36,000 people in slavery (either in labour or prostitution) it is a significant issue in the country.
This morning Kathy continued her ministry (now on a weekly basis) with the children in the kids home. With up to 70% of these children affected by prostitution, her work is invaluable in preventing more children being exploited. Please pray for her in this ministry and pray that all these people would indeed be ‘Set Free’.
Today we had the pleasure of taking three children from one of the orphanages we work with to the zoo.
We couldn’t have asked for a better day! The weather was just perfect, the animals were very active and the kids enjoyed themselves so much 🙂
My personal favourite was the dwarf hippo. This guy really needs a dental appointment!
Come summer we are planning a Christian camp with these kids. Your prayers are greatly needed as we connect with the kids, social workers and volunteers over the coming weeks. Feel free to e-mail us if you would like to be involved or if you want to support this work.
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.
A few weeks ago we had the privilege to go into a home for disabled children. Zsuzsi has been to the home before, it was her teacher that brought a small group of young people, this time Katica and I joined too.
It was a rainy Saturday morning but as our car pulled into the parking lot we saw curious faces looking out the window and the kids were waving at us. The excitement continued as we went in, they could not wait to play with us, show us their toys or hug us. Words can not describe the feeling when one or two or three children try to get your attention and want you to spend time with them. Some of them can’t walk, some can’t talk but that did not seem to be a problem when they were playing with us. Please pray for the young people in this home, some go home to their parents at the weekends and holidays, some never do.
We are planning to revisit this home soon. If you feel led please donate to this cause. We know that they are always in need of fruit,toiletries, cleaning materials.
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)