We had the pleasure of leading an English language carol service in Győr this afternoon. Although the attendance was smaller than we hoped (we were 26 in total), we were delighted to be with those who turned up and it was a great blessing to also welcome people via the internet as we live streamed the service on Facebook. People from Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Romania, the USA,and the UK were among some of the countries who joined us this way. We also had our good friends and colleagues Ildikó and Julia join us in person from Budapest. Thank you ladies for making the trip from Budapest to be with us!
We sang a number of traditional Christmas hymns such as ‘Silent Night’ and ‘O come all ye faithful’. We particularly enjoyed a solo of ‘Go tell it on the mountain’ by our friend and missionary colleague Sarah Berta-Somogyi. Sarah is a missionary with the Lutheran church and it is through her hard work and contacts that we are able to use the Lutheran church facilities for free. Thank you Sarah!
Many others helped of course. Thanks to András, Gwen, Kathy, Yoli, Katica, Attila, Zsolti and Zsuzsi!
Today we went to the orphanage to hold a Christmas service for the kids. What an honour to present the Gospel to these kids! Nine of the twelve kids were present and we enjoyed singing worship songs, a drama presentation, prayer and the giving of gifts.
Afterwards we had some really meaningful chats with the kids. One of the older boys (L – 17 years old) and Gerry talked for a good twenty minutes. Please pray that this will open the door for further conversation in the future.
We are grateful to so many people. Financial support from a kids group in New York, local fellowship folks who made beautiful cards with Bible verses and donated soft toys, and you all for praying for these kids!
One of the older boys got the following verse: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Our prayer is that all these kids will know the truth and be set free!!!
We had a lot of fun at the orphanage today! I (Gerry) have started to accompany Kati to the orphanage on Monday afternoons.
We played card games like Solo and Ketchup, did drawing and colouring and practised English a little. We had seven kids with us today (one who is new to the orphanage), and it was a blessing to be with them.
The director of the orphanage has asked us to hold a Christmas service for the kids December 6th! What an honour and a great opportunity to preach the Gospel! The director has also asked us for practical help with a food drive.
Please pray for us as we work with the kids to have patience and wisdom. We noticed some young men hanging around the orphanage as we entered. Some of them act as pimps to young girls.
Please pray that Gerry would have an opportunity to talk to them and that these men would come to Christ.
If you wish to help we would be grateful for handicrafts. Neither of us are talented with handcrafts but occasionally others help and the kids really enjoy this activity.