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!
This week I am blessed to be involved in a week of study. John Fraser (a Free Methodist ordained minister) is teaching a course ‘Introduction to Wesleyan Theology’. Six students are taking this class towards ordination, while several others (myself included) are auditing the course.Several countries are represented, Canada, England, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Romania, Spain, UK and USA. The Free Methodist church in Budapest are very kindly hosting is this week. Please be in prayer for John as he teaches and all those who are learning.
Zsuzsi preached her first message this past Sunday in Budapest. She recently started the process of studying towards becoming ordained in the Free Methodist Church and this is part of her training.
She preached on Job, the faithful servant. Her message focused on the fact that through all the trials he went through, Job remained faithful to the Lord. She challenged the congregation as to whether or not they also stay faithful to God through the difficult times in life.
She also brought a message of hope from Job. In 19:25 we read:
Job 19:25 New International Version (NIV)
25 I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
She preached in Hungarian, did wonderfully well and we are all (family and friends) very proud of her. Please pray for her as she prepares for her final high school exams in May and June and then preparation for University. She is currently considering and praying about doing two degrees, one in social studies and the other in theology.
I have had the pleasure of being in Sofia, Bulgaria this week at the European Free Methodist conference. With America, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Congo, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, UK, Ukraine and Zimbabwe represented we had a truly international group!
The conference has been filled with excellent teaching on church planting, intentional discipleship and a superb panel based discussion on three distinct subjects: alcohol, homosexuality and the refugee crisis in Europe.
For me the highlight of the conference was tonight as we ordained three new elders! Please pray for Angel and Carmelo who will continue to serve in Spain and Péter in Hungary as they assume the responsibilities of ordained ministers.
Tonight we also accepted my friend Abwe Mulonda as a conference candidate. Please pray for him and his church in Monaghan, Ireland. He is pictured below on my left with Lawrence from Belgium on my right.
On Wednesday, Katica and I flew to Lisbon, Portugal for a Christian conference. We were blessed to stay at a hotel in Sintra, right on the beach where we enjoyed excellent food, teaching and the wonderful ocean view!
With visits to the western-most point of Europe, Hell’s mouth and Lisbon we enjoyed this beautiful country.
However the highlight of the weekend was the opportunity I had to present at a workshop and to be involved in the ordination of two men from Holland.
Please pray with me that these men would bring the Gospel to the people of Holland faithfully and that they would be blessed in their ministry!