I had the pleasure of a quick visit to Arad this weekend. Along with my missionary colleague and friend, Josh Fajardo, we visited our friends in missions at Vis de Copil. As regular readers of my site will know, Vis de Copil serve the poorest in Arad (many who are among the very poorest of people in all of Europe).
Currently Vis de Copil are serving up to 50 or 60 people a day hot meals Monday to Friday, offering them a place to shower, wash clothes and get clothing and hygiene products. Today they began serving on Saturdays with a program for kids.
Please pray for Ken, Katherine, Philip, Irina and the volunteers who serve so faithfully day after day in what can be a very challenging and exhausting ministry.
As regular readers of my blog will know, I typically travel to Ireland once a year to visit family and meet with supporters. This year I visited in January but will also be returning in November for a number of meetings and speaking engagements.
I will fly into Dublin November 1st and travel to Limerick to visit my parents. On Sunday, November 3rd I will speak in Mallow Street Hall at 11am. Please join for worship if you are in the area! On Monday, November 4th I will drive to Co. Meath for a meeting with a possible future ministry partner at 1pm and in the evening at 8pm I will speak at a missions conference in Co. Monaghan at the Ballyalbany Presbyterian Church. Again feel free to come along to the missions conference and hear a presentation about the ministry we are involved in across central and eastern Europe.
This does mean that I am free to speak Sunday evening, November 3rd. Would your church or small group be interested in hearing about what is happening in Hungary, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and about our newest potential work in Moldova? If so, please contact me! I would be delighted to have the opportunity to share with you!
I am on my way home now after 16 days in America. This was my second trip to America this Summer as I had been in Louisiana in June as a speaker at a family camp.
This trip I was blessed to be at a conference in Orlando, speak at two churches in Oregon (Bend and Lebanon), help at a missions trip in an Indian reservation in Montana, drive through Idaho and speak in East Wenatchee, Washington State at a church whose pastors are former missionaries to Hungary.
I made several new friends, connected with a lot of old friends, spoke about what the Lord is doing in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly our ministry in Hungary, Romania and Ukraine and share a little of my vision for future ministry in Moldova and Russia.
With a total of 4 countries, 6 US states, 8 flights, 8 time changes, 9 time zones, mikes of hiking in beautiful Oregon and countless meaningful conversations, I am tired but encouraged.
I have included a sample of photos, where I ministered, where I went hiking, Olive a dog I fell in love with and an amazing 363 kgs (800lbs) rack pull I did!!!
I get to take Wednesday off (I arrive home Tuesday afternoon). Then Friday I go to visit Vis de copil our ministry partners in Arad, Romania. Please be in prayer for me to have good energy levels and good health. Also, please be in prayer as we endeavour to raise support (both prayer and financial) to help keep these ministries going).
The last twelve days have been spent in America. I enjoyed time in Louisiana. I was the guest missionary speaker at a family camp near Alexandria, Louisiana. I spoke daily to both children and adults about missions across Europe with a particular focus on Belgium, France, Hungary, Romania and Ukraine. I also spoke at The Edge Free Methodist Church this past Sunday.
People were very welcoming and I enjoyed a lot of rather unusual and tasty food. Crawfish, gumbo and boudin to name a few.
Camp itself was a lot of fun. I enjoyed getting to know so many wonderful people. The Holy Spirit was very present and brought about some amazing conversations. I was able to connect with teens and college students regarding human trafficking and I feel many understood the message deeply!
I was blessed to hear Pastor Rose Brewer of SEED speak every evening and Dr. Jeff Johnson (Superintendent of the Gulf Coast conference) speak every morning.
Special thanks to the Paul family and the Williams family for their hospitality and generosity. I look forward to seeing them again soon!
I had the pleasure of being with the leaders of both the Diksmuide and Oostende Free Methodist churches of Belgium this weekend. I was able to introduce them to Dr. Stephen and Linda Emanuele, who are considering missions.
The church leaders and members were as always very welcoming and it was a joy to worship with them. I thoroughly enjoyed all the fellowship and good food! It was also great to make new contacts and I pray we will be able to partner with new friends to reach more and more for Christ. Please continue to pray for these churches and Pastor Jackie in Diksmuide and Pastor Lawrence in Oostende.
This evening I was blessed to be able to give a presentation on missions to a group of about a dozen young Christian leaders. These young men and women are serving this week at a camp for children and every evening they will have a guest speaker. They had 19 kids turn up today! One of those is a boy from the orphanage we work in and praise God he gave his life to the Lord this summer!!!
They listened well, asked tough and searching questions and were a joy to be with!
It is such a blessing to see so many young adults we have been blessed to work with over the years, such as Alan, Joey and Petra.
Please pray for Csaba this week as he leads.