Many of you are aware of the wonderful ministry taking place in Hungary that we are involved in, With two church groups (one in Budapest and the other in Győr), I (Gerry) am honoured to lead this ministry. However, it all takes money and that means we need your support! We are not asking for you to support us but rather to support the church itself.

So what do our churches in Hungary do? Bible studies, counselling, ministry to children, high schoolers, University students and families, church services in prisons and work with the homeless are just some of the areas we serve in. We are seeing communities and lives transformed by the love of Christ. Although we currently have two churches in Hungary, we connect to a number of ministries across both Hungary and Romania. For a relatively small group, the Lord has given us a huge territory and blessed us with many connections into ministry. Actually, we struggle to meet the demand. We struggle to finance everything the Lord is calling us to be involved in.

Our vehicles are old, yet we need to drive a couple of hours each way to hold services at the largest prison for women in Hungary. What a blessing to be able to reach those who are currently imprisoned! We desire to offer good quality training for those in pastoral development but hosting teachers requires finances as does the paying of bills for the facilities we use. We reach women who have been abused and have left their homes, prevent children from being forced into prostitution and human trafficking, yet to do all this we need to ensure that staff are paid. We need you! The smallest of gifts will make a difference and enable us to reach more and more people with the Gospel. Perhaps consider skipping one meal this month and using the time of fasting

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to pray for the church in Hungary and give the money you would have paid for the meal to support this minstry.

See the following video if you would like more information. The end of the video contains a link where you can give. I urge you to consider giving to the development of the church in Hungary.    https://vimeo.com/371887075

This post is the text of our recent Christmas newsletter. It was sent out to by regular post to partners in America, Ireland and the UK.

Dear Friends,
Greetings from Győr, Hungary! I hope that this letter finds each of you very well and blessed. As supporters of our ministry, we send you a newsletter once a year by snail mail at Christmas. However, if you want regular updates, please see our website, http://www.hungaryforchrist.com  It contains a lot of stories, photos and videos and is a great way to see more of what we are doing. You can also feel free to call me or write an email (numbers and address above) if you would like more information.

2019 was a year that was filled with ministry opportunities. The church in Győr continues to grow and reach more and more people every week. Our various groups continue to grow and we see new faces on a weekly basis. In particular the work in the orphanage, MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers) and development of new leaders has seen very encouraging growth! At the orphanage, Kathy now has two other ladies who regularly join her on Wednesdays to minister to the kids on both the temporary and the permanent floors of the orphanage. We also hope to have some of the kids join us at worship on Sundays in the near future. MOPS continues to bring in more and more young women and we are starting to see some of them join us for worship on Sundays. I will hand over the role of pastor of the Győr church in January to a friend and colleague, Wick Anderson (Wick and his family are missionaries from America) and we will also appoint an assistant pastor, a Hungarian lady named Sylvia. Sylvia has begun her studies in theology and is feeling called by God to serve His people. Please pray for these wonderful leaders!

As I step out of the role as Győr church pastor, I will continue to minister but more on a national and international level. I now have responsibility for leadership and development of ministry in Hungary, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and am looking at some potential partnership(s) in Moldova. These ministries include church-planting, a rehab center for alcohol and drug addictions, work with orphans, the homeless, Bible studies and education for people considering ordained ministry. I cannot explain well the excitment and honour I feel at being involved with so much wonderful ministry! Many of those involved in these ministries face significant challenges financially and some even face persecution from authorities. Please pray.

Of course, all of these ministry opportunites and responsibilities also include a tremendous amount of travel. I have become no stranger to airports and by the end of this year I will have totalled 36 flight segments for ministry travel and several international car and train journeys also. 2020 will also include significant travel with flights already booked to America, Bulgaria and Russia. I am currently booked through to November of 2020 and have little room for extra travel but am always happy to connect with you and your church through Skype or Zoom. If possible we would be delighted to join your worship service via video and spend a few minutes sharing about ministry in Hungary and across Europe. For those of you in the New York State area, I will be in America March 13th to 24th and will speak at five churches. Please contact me if you would like to know times, dates and places of my speaking arrangements.

On a more personal note, we celebrated the wedding of our daughter Zsuzsi in April which was a blessed occassion. Both Csilla and Zsuzsi will graduate from University in February with Zsuzsi then continuing her studies in theology. Csilla is considering both further education and work possibilities. Katica is doing very well as she contiues her studies in physiotherapy. She is nearing the end of her third semester and next semester in April she will begin the first of her practical placements and will be in Győr for that. We are thankful that she will have more time at home! Kathy and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary in May and enjoyed a wonderful holiday together in October to celebrate. It was only a week away but it did much to recharge us both physically and spiritually. We all continue to pursue a number of hobbies and interests that include weightlifting, walking with our dogs, reading and enjoying coffee.

I would like to particularly thank those of you who so kindly hosted me this year at various times in your homes, took me out for a meal or bought me a coffee. I really enjoyed wonderful time with people in Oregon, Louisiana, UK, Ukraine and numerous other places. Thank you all! Your conversation, prayers, friendship and willingness to listen to what God is doing here in Europe means very much to me indeed.

You are our partners in this ministry and without your prayer and financial support, none of this would be possible. Please feel free to write to us, ask us more questions and send us encouraging notes We enjoy hearing from you!

Blessings,
Gerry, Kathy, Csilla, Zsuzsi and Katica McNamara

Today at church we launched our latest project of ‘Welcome packages’ for children going into the temporary floor at the care home we serve in.

Many of these children have been taken from their families and placed in state care. This can be for a large number of reasons, for example parents may be sentenced to time in prison, addicted to alcohol or drugs etc. and the kids need a safe place. When they arrive, these kids often have nothing of their own. As a church, lead by Kathy, Sarah Anderson and Sylvia we will be providing a welcome package to each child as they enter the care system in our city.

From the photo below you can see what each package will contain. We want to invite you to also partner with us in this project. You may either send a financial contribution or stop by our church on a Sunday afternoon (if you live close by) and bring some of the listed items. We also want to encourage you to pray with us for these children. We so desire that they cme to know Christ as their Saviour!!! Through His love and sacrifice we believe that these boys and girls can be saved from those who would prey upon them and force them into prostitution (as is so often the case). In Christ, they also can have life eternal and Victory!

Although we are still in 2019 with two and a half months before the end of the year, my calander for 2020 has gotten rather full already. I have a number of trips to America, Bulgaria, Ireland, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Russia, UK and Ukraine either set up or in the planning. Along with these trips, I will be setting up courses in Hungary for people wishing to study towards ordination and welcoming/hosting a couple of teams to Hungary to work with us in Győr.

All this to say that I am very open to visiting your church if you would like to hear more about what God is doing in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe. I am (as always) very willing to Skype into your church service, Bible study etc. or indeed just video a short greeting from us and send it to you.

Also, if you would like to visit this ministry in 2020, please be in contact very soon so we can set up a date for you to come and see a little of what we are doing!

We appreciate and value your continued partnership and support of our ministry in Hungary. We couldn’t do this without your love and support!

These past days have been very busy but so much achieved!

In Győr, Hungary we organised an Introduction to Theology course for two ladies from our church, taught by our colleague and friend Rev. Dr. Marcie Potts. One of these ladies is considering ordination. What a privilege to see God raising leaders!

In Budapest, Hungary, our daughter Zsuzsi presented on preventative measures to combat human trafficking at a conference. Zsuzsi is the coordinator of Set Free Hungary, a Christian organization dedicated to fighting modern day slavery.

I spent this weekend in Ukraine. I met with our ministry partners here who serve men who struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. We are currently exploring having a construction team come to serve by working on the rehab centre. Are you interested? Contact me!

I also met with several ladies who are developing their own micro enterprise. I had seen the exquisite handicrafts that one lady makes a year or two ago and suggested she could make this a business. With God’s help, some good advice and elbow grease, this dream is becoming a reality! You can see some examples below in the photos. Please pray as the ladies and I work towards this becoming a Christian business that will bless them, their families, churches and community.

Want to know more? Want to help or support? Send me a message and we can talk!

Would you be willing to partner with us in prayer every Wednesday afternoon? Every Wednesday from 3.45 to 5.45 both my wife and our colleague Sarah Anderson go to the local orphanage. They teach the kids English, do handicrafts and lend a listening ear. We have been granted access to both the permanent and temporary floors which can total up to 26 kids. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel! It is also an excellent way for Sarah to improve her Hungarian language skills as she interacts with the kids and staff. Kathy teaches Sarah and the rest of the Anderson family Hungarian on a weekly basis and the orphanage is one of many places where they need to speak Hungarian.

This Wednesday was tough emotionally. The children on the temporary floor may have secure family visitation (when a social worker is present) on Wednesdays. This week as one of the kids came back in tears it really

touched Kathy and she felt somewhat emotional and upset. Many of these kids have gone through such terrible experiences. In this case, one sibling was fostered but the one in tears was not and had to remain behind at the orphanage, now separated from all family.

A great blessing this week was that Sylvia, a member of our local church, joined in helping with this ministry! Such a blessing to see people live out their faith!

Please pray with us for strength, courage, love and wisdom as we seek to help the ‘least of these’.

We had our annual quiz event today. A total of 29 people came along (several who have never been before to our church). We played six rounds of 10 questions per round with certain questions that had bonus points. It was a hard fought contest but a team of University students were the eventual winners. Only a half point separated the second and third place teams.

Please pray with us that those who came today would have their hearts stirred to come worship tomorrow!

I was blessed to travel to Arad, Romania on Friday. Myself and fellow missionary, Wick Anderson travelled together to deliver over 100 jars of jam and a financial donation.

One of our local church leaders in Győr was touched by the need to provide food for the very needy that Philip More and Vis de Copil serve on a daily basis. So the way she responded was in making home made jam (including picking the fresh fruit). Many people responded to her call to help and 104 jars of jam were made. Along with the jam, an anonymous donor gave a very generous gift to help the centre continue meet the needs of those in poverty and the homeless of Arad.

Philip, Wick and I enjoyed good conversation and food as we our time together and dreamed a little about possible future plans. Please pray that Philip and Vis de Copil would continue to be blessed and be a blessing. I am very grateful to the Gyor local church for being so missional and reaching those in need! How blessed I am to be a part of such a great family of believers!!!

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.

We had a wonderful service yesterday. The Lutheran church were very kind and allowed us to use their temple which has a baptismal font. With forty people in attendance we celebrated four baptisms and one new local ministerial candidate. Bianka, Eszter, Katica and Klaudia all made that public confirmation of their faith as they were baptised. Sylvia became a local ministerial candidate which means she is exploring the possibility of ordination in the future.

For me it was very exciting! To see such fruit all at the same time was a wonderful blessing. Kathy and I have been blessed to devote many years in service in Hungary and across Europe and to see these commitments was amazing! We believe that our fellowship in Győr will continue to grow and that many more will come to Christ in the coming years. Please pray with us for these five women of God! 

Of course, with such joy a little sadness is often found. Our dear friend, Lucas Santana is returning to Brazil after nearly two years in Győr as a University student. He gained his Master degree in engineering and will return home to be with his family. Lucas played guitar for our worship team and we will sorely miss his leadership, friendship and gentle spirit!