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.

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This evening at church we had an unexpected guest. During the service, a young woman (18 years old), came in. She was shivering from the cold and rain, had only very minimal clothing, was obviously high from drugs and was drinking alcohol.

I (with the help of one of our female leaders) was able to give her my jacket, got her to sit in on our service (which is a nice warm room), give her water and food. Afterwards we called an ambulance. She told me a little of her story. It was heart breaking. I will only give some of the details as the rest is too awful

‘N’ was brought up in the care system in Hungary. She repeatedly escaped from children’s homes throughout her years in the system. She began (and continues) to work as a prostitute. Her wish is to go to Austria or Germany and work as a prostitute.

How sad to see a child of God so used and abused. How awful to see the horrors she and others have inflicted upon her.

Where is God? Where is our loving God to protect ‘N’? It is hard at times to see how God protects and cares for those in most need of his help. Yet today I saw God. I saw him as ‘N’ sat with Sylvia (one of our leaders), who showed ‘N’ such love. I saw God as two of our church members spent 30 minutes cleaning the church and toilets after the service. I saw God as ‘N’ was taken by ambulance and as a church body we came together and prayed for her and the paramedics.

Please pray for ‘N’. Pray she will turn to God. Pray she is healed. Pray she will call me (I gave her my business card). Pray. ‘N’ could be your daughter, your sister, your friend.

Matthew 25

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

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This week we held a three day summer camp at the orphanage in Győr where Kathy ministers on a weekly basis. It was a wonderful time with a real presence of the Holy Spirit. Our friends, Eric, Heidi, Calvin and Muriel Barnes along with another family friend, Kulcsár Nárcisz, ministered to the children in the home. Everyday the children enjoyed worship music, a Bible message based on the superheros of the Bible (Moses, David and Jesus), handcrafts, sports and snacks. Eric taught the message daily and led the sports with help from Calvin. Heidi and Muriel led the handcrafts, Kathy and Nárcisz were the translators and general all around helpers. On the final day (after returning from Ireland), myself, Zsuzsi and Katica helped. We also had pizza on the final day which was a blessing not only to the children but to the carer who therefore didn’t need to cook that day.

A great blessing and encouragement was to see how interested and involved the carers were with the camp. In fact one lady came in on her day off for the final day of camp and brought her 24 year old daughter with her! All the kids were given Bibles as a gift on the final day and all the carers were given thank you cards with Bible verses. Please pray that their hearts would be opened to God and that we would see this orphanage become a place where Christ is loved and worshiped! Thank you to all those who prayed and partnered with us.

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)
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Hi friends,

Zsolti and I (Zsuzsi) are writing the blog today.

Today we went to the children’s home with mum and Katica. The children’s home is in Győr and we visit it often. We have started this ministry about 4 years ago with our youth group. There are 10 kids in the home, beetween the age of 7 and 17. We told them the Christmas story which they really enjoyed. We thought a lot about how to tell them this story because it is a story they all know and we wanted it to be meaningful. We talked about God’s love and the purpose of Jesus being born. We felt it went really well. Of course the kids were really happy for the gifts we brought to them. Think about it if you would like to support this ministry in the future. Pray about it and let us know. We are telling this story again tomorrow at a Christmas programme for kids. Please pray for us that it will go well. Thank you! 🙂

“And these are the days of great trials
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1Be0qJw9ZE

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