I have not been good at keeping up this blog over the last few months and for that I apologize. It doesn’t mean that we haven’t been deeply involved in ministry though! Below is a brief summary of some of our recent ministry events etc.
English language worship service is such a blessing and continues to grow. More and more people of all ages are joining us, with an equal mix of Hungarian and non-Hungarian at each service. All ages are represented and I feel blessed to have so many people join us for worship! Our attendance is regularly 30+ but it looks like this will continue to increase, praise God!
I’m learning Russian! I love the people we serve in Ukraine and I want to show them love and respect by learning to communicate with them in Russian. I also hope that the Lord will open doors for us to serve in other countries in the geographical area where Russian is widely spoken. Please pray for me as this is slow going!!!
We have had several guests also over the past months. Currently Wick and Sarah Anderson from America are here helping us with ministry. They are a wonderful couple who we connected with immediately. Wick will speak at our service tomorrow. Please pray for an anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Today our friend and colleague, Ildikó Kóber, came to Győr and taught an Inductive Bible study course for a group of ladies. These ladies want to know the Lord in a deeper way and Ildikó did an amazing job of making effective Bible study clear and easy to do.
Also, we have been involved in a significant amount of counselling for those struggling at the moment. Please pray for healing for those who we meet with. Zsuzsi and I were in Greece for a wonderful course in January and I feel the Lord directing our work through this teaching.
I am grateful to the Lord for how he continues to bless the work of our hands here. Both myself and my good lady are tired, so we would appreciate your prayers for rest and relaxation during this time of great ministry opportunities.
Over the past week I was excited to see how the Holy Spirit is moving throughout Hungary and Europe. Last week in Budapest, we attended the bi-annual Free Methodist European conference. With 150 adults in attendance we were blessed to see a total of five men ordained (four from Bulgaria and one from Romania) and a further seventeen men and women called into a deeper relantionship with Christ as they explore the path towards ordination. Being involved in their education in a small way has allowed me to get to know many of these people and I am amazed at the way the Holy Spirit is moving in Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Portugal and Spain (to name just a few of the many countries represented). The leadership of the Free Methodist Church in Europe are men of God and are leading this denomination in an inspiring way. Bishop David Roller, Rev. Dr. Mitch Pierce, Rev. Josh Fajardo, Rev. Dr. David Carr OBE along with Europe area administrator Larry Winckles (the hardest working man I know), have done an amazing job of helping us catch a vision for reaching the lost for Christ.
Also a great blessing this week was to see our English language service continuing to grow! A total of 37 people attended with eight nationalities represented. Yesterday, I also got to visit the comfort zone group led by fellow missionary and friend Sarah Berta-Somogyi. A total of eight high schoolers were there for the first of two sessions. The ate food, played games, studied the Word of God (on the subject of encouragement) and had a lot of fun! I am very encouraged at the growth in ministry in Gyor but we continue to need your prayers and encouragement to keep reaching out to all we come into conatct with.
Thank you Kevin Austin for the photograph of the conference attendees sitting and standing.
This weekend I have had the privilege of being in Thessaloniki, Greece to connect with Church leaders and to teach. The Anagenesis Thessaloniki Church is a wonderful group of believers from many nations with a vision to reach the people of Greece and a desire to reach and serve the many refugees currently in the country.
Mike and Maria Long along with several others give leadership to this group of believers. They are truly compassionate in their desire to reach the lost. Please be in prayer for Thessaloniki!
I was privileged last week to enjoy co-teaching a course on Free Methodist history and polity with my colleague and friend Larry Winckles. With people representing Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain it was a wonderful, multicultural week.
The youngest participant was 19 and the oldest was 73! Yet all contributed in a meaningful way and many friendships were built that will last into eternity. Many of those involved are ministerial candidates and are considering ordination in the future.
With Church history, policies and procedures, theological distinctives and ethical case studies, the week was jam packed! We did however find time to enjoy walks in Budapest, good food and an evening of board games! Please pray for these men and women as they minister in their communities!
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!