I am currently in Madrid, Spain, attending a conference on transformation and revival. Much of it focuses on the need for personal transformation and prayer to bring about revival and transformation of our communities.
Whilst walking with friends in Madrid yesterday, I took this photo of the ‘Homeless Jesus’ sleeping on a bench outside a cathedral. I touched the hole in the foot of the statue, a reminder of the nail that he endured for me. Unfortunately, Madrid, like so many cities worldwide has a significant issue with homelessness.
How do we as Christian men and women respond to those in need? If we are honest with ourselves, do we walk past and ignore the homeless, do we engage by offering food or clothing, do we speak about Christ?
As the winter months are upon us, let us make sure to offer love in a practical way to all who need it. The practical demonstration of our love and the love of Christ to those in need is often more powerful than words ever could be.
If Christ was present in human form with us today, I don’t think we would let him sleep on a park bench. So why do we let our fellow man do so? Reach out and show a little love today.
We took possession of six large boxes of clothes and blankets on Wednesday morning. These clothes were hand knitted by ladies in Northern Ireland and sent to Hungary to bless families in need.
We were able to give a number of beautiful clothes to children in Gyõr, however most of the clothes will now go to the east side of Hungary to the poorest area of the country.
Please be in prayer that those in the greatest need would receive these gifts of love from Ireland.
Over the last few weeks we have collected bags of clothes for the kids in the children’s home in Győr. On the 26th of August Zsuzsi and I are going in to give the clothes.
As school is about to start soon (1Sept.) the children in the home need school supplies. We are hoping to buy exercise books, pens,pencils and etc. If you feel you would like to help us in this work let us know.
And from the start of the school year I (Kathy) will also be helping the kids with their English. Please pray that I can talk to the kids about the Lord and His love as I get to know them.
Please also pray for our family for health and a good start of the new school year.
As you can see from our previous posts, we were blessed to be a small part of the work of Operation Orphan recently through clothes distribution. One of the families blessed by these clothes are the Toth family who have a beautiful six week old baby girl.
Péter and Judit were blessed today by people from England they have never met. We put aside clothes for their little girl that have been given in love through Operation Orphan. It is because of the kindness of so many people in England that so many people in Hungary have been blessed with good winter clothes. Thank you all for blessing us!
What a busy day! With the arrival of the amazing Operation Orphan team last night to Táp, we were able to begin preparations in earnest today for distribution tomorrow.
This morning Kathy took the team to visit both the kindergarten and the school (both of which are in the village). After lunch she then took them on a short tour of the excellent traditional peasant home ‘skanzen’ located in the heart of the village.
At 4pm we began (about 20 people in total) packing bags and boxes of clothes onto a trailer and we did this five times so as to move all the clothes to the school for distribution tomorrow.
After everything was moved we started unpacking and organizing all the clothes.
All was finished by 7.15pm and is ready for tomorrow. Sadly when I checked a little later I found that a number of items of clothes had been stolen. So tomorrow I will run security in the morning to prevent this happening again.
Distribution starts at 9am and we plan to finish at 4pm. At 6pm we then start a service which is open for all those who wish to come but especially for those blessed with these clothes. Please pray for the Operation Orphan team as they serve and also lead worship. Also please pray as I speak in Hungarian and preach the Good News of Salvation in Christ.
The photos may be a little boring but the contents are answers to prayer!
Again this year Operation Orphan are coming to Hungary, and Kathy has been instrumental in helping organize it all for both Táp and Budapest. A total of 210 boxes (195 for Táp and 15 for Budapest) filled with shoes, winter coats, hats, gloves etc will be given out on Saturday October 19th to the very needy in our locality.
Please pray as we help host the English mission team, organize the clothes distribution, translate and most importantly that people would come to the worship service we will hold in the local school Saturday evening after the distribution of clothes. Gerry will preach a message focusing on the need for all to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour! Please pray with us Saturday at 6pm that people would come to the worship service and that the Holy Spirit would move amongst us!