We were blessed to welcome the Anderson family to join us in ministry this past week. Wick, Sarah, Addy, Sophie, Ruby and Phoebe arrived in Hungary on Monday afternoon (along with their cat Toby) and have been busy since they arrived.
We helped them find a home and prepared for their arrival. Then on Wednesday we prepared a fun orientation game for them. One exercise was to buy strawberries (in Hungarian) and get a photo of someone eating one. You can see Phoebe eating her strawberry, although her father had to be fast to take the photo as Phoebe was hungry! 🙂
They attended worship today for the first time with us today. Over 30 people attended and we worshipped the Lord and felt blessed to have them with us.
Please pray for the Anderson family as they continue to settle into life in Hungary. They begin Hungarian language lessons tomorrow with Kathy. Also please pray that they would have good health and that their ministry would be greatly blessed.
We have been greatly blessed of late in Győr. We see so much growth in the Sunday worship service and across other areas of ministry. On May 13th we were honoured to be a part of the 5 churches festival in Győr. We had a good attendance with several new people with whom we hope to reconnect with over the next few weeks. Our worship team consists of an American, a Brazilian and a Hungarian and with music in three languages we were touched by their Spirit led worship.
Please pray for us as we reach out to our local community. We desire to be a worshipping community, bringing the hope and truth of the Gospel to a lost people. We regularly have Adult Bible study, MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers), Comfort Zone for high schoolers (a fun, Bible study group), University group and a ladies coffee morning. We also offer counselling and provide clothing and food for the needy. If you want to find out more about our ministry or would like to help in some way then please do use the contact form to reach me.
Mid July and August are often very quiet times for us in ministry. However it is at these quieter times that we begin to look more to the future and ask God to lead us towards new ministry opportunities. One idea we have had is to begin a Bible study group for college age students in Gyor. We are currently planning on a small group of 10-14 people meeting in our home on a weekly basis to study the Bible, have fellowship, disciple and mentor. Under the leadership of Gerry, Zsuzsi and Zsolti we have great hopes for where the Lord is leading us!
The weekly meetings will be held in Hungarian, will focus on subjects relevant to college age students and we hope to delve deeply into questions that they need answers too. With a focus on modern worship music, coffee, sandwiches and snacks we hope it will be a place where these young men and women are refreshed both physically and spiritually. Please pray for us as we continue to plan these weekly studies.
Today as I traveled to Budapest to preach at the Free Methodist Church, I was able to help a number of refugees. These men, women and children are trying to make their way to Austria but because they do not speak Hungarian they struggle to understand what train to take. The picture above was a train entirely filled with refugees (mainly from Syria) making their way to the Hungarian/Austrian border town of Hegyeshalom. Today I assisted about100 people and made their journey a little easier.
In Budapest and Gyor many refugees sleep in the train station. Thankfully the weather is still warm but with the colder weather approaching many refugees will suffer. Pray for us as we try to distribute clothing.
I’m still hopeful of getting into the nearby refugee centre to hold an English language Bible study/worship service. This past week I found out what I need to do for permission to enter. Please pray I would find favour and be allowed entry to serve God and these refugees.
My book on the persecuted church in Saudi Arabia is now available in printed form from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. The reaction to the Kindle book has been amazing and at one stage the book hit number 14 on books on evangelism and number 19 on books on missions and mission work!!!
I will also have a few copies available for purchase from me (cheaper than from amazon) for people in Hungary, the suggested donation is 1,200huf however if you cannot afford a book I will gladly gift you one, don’t be afraid to ask friends!. At the moment the book is only available in English but I do plan to have it translated into Hungarian and hopefully in the future into Arabic also.
This really is the work of a complete amateur and I apologize for the many mistakes but please know that I worked with my heart and I hope and pray that this book will be a blessing. Again twenty percent of any profits will be given to the persecuted church.
Kathy and I both enjoy drama. Here is a video of us ‘on a train’ with the difficulty of not speaking the same language. If you speak Hungarian it will make sense, otherwise…. sorry 🙂