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).
I have a busy travel schedule over the coming months. From May 9th – 15th I will be in the United Kingdom. I will be attending the UK and Ireland Free Methodist Annual conference and on Sunday May 12th I will be speaking at the Garstang Free Methodist Church at 7pm. Why not join us if you are in the area?
May 30th to June 3rd I will be in Kiev and Rivne, Ukraine. I will be continuing to help develop a relationship between the Garstang Free Methodist Church and the ongoing work in Rivne. Several members from Garstang will go on this trip to Rivne and connect with our team serving there. Personally, I will speak at a group for women who have lost their husbands/sons to the ongoing conflict with Russia. Please pray for wisdom and gentleness as I present the Good News to so many grieving women.
From June 7th to 18th I will be in Alexandria, Louisiana. I will speak on two Sundays (June 9th and 16th at church services – I am waiting on the names of the churches). I will also speak five to six times as the missions speaker at the Gulf Coast Family Camp. If you are in the Louisiana area, please feel free to contact me and perhaps we can arrange a meeting!
I will then return to Hungary as we hold our annual vacation Bible school at the orphanage in Győr from July 1st to 5th. We have a team of five people coming from Decatour, Illinois to serve alongside us.
July 14th to 29th I will again be in America. I will be at the Free Methodist General conference in Orlando, Florida from the 14th to the 19th where I am available to meet with people. If you are attending this conference then please write me a message and lets meet for a coffee or a meal together. On July 21st I will speak twice. At 0930 I will speak at Compass Church in Bend, Oregon and in the afternoon at 5pm, I will speak in Lebanon, Oregon at Ignite Hope Church. On the 24th of July I will travel to Missoula, Montana where I will spend a couple of days serving with a local church helping in an impoverished area. After that I will travel to East Wenatchee, Washington State, where I will speak on Sunday July 28th at the Eastmont Community Church.
If you are near any of these churches, I would love to have you visit and hear a little about what God is doing in Hungary, across Europe and in our lives.
You may be asking why travel so much? Well, we recently lost a lot of support. Without adequate support it is very difficult to reach the lost. Travelling and speaking at c hurches is one way of raising support. However, more importantly, we need prayer partners. People who pray for this ministry and for us.
Over the past three days we held our annual camp at a local institute for children. This year was truly amazing, we had a great group of kids and amazing volunteers. The video is purposefully dark and no kids are shown (to adhere to local laws). Do take the time to listen to the children sing beautifully a Christian song. We worked with about 20 kids daily and based our days around the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. Our volunteers of Ádám, András, Bianka, Csilla, Nárcisz, Viki and Zsuzsi really connected with the kids and being an all Hungarian team (apart from me) was brilliant! We played games, sang, had Bible stories and enjoyed hand crafts.
At times it is tough. Having a kid fall, then cry and when they are picked up they cry for their mother. We don’t know where mum is… Also seeing the younger kids in fear of the older boys is heart breaking. We are doing what we can to bring the light of Christ to these little ones. Many of these kids are in danger of being trafficked so we were pleased for a good conversation with one of the older girls and she has our phone numbers now and can contact us if she is in trouble.
It was also a weekend of guests. We were blessed to have Drew Price a Pastor from Bend, Oregon and his daughter Amanda, join us. Drew preached a great message on Sunday at church.
Also with us were Kevin and Natelle Austin. Kevin is the director of the Set Free Movement and he was in Győr to spend a little time with us. On Friday evening we took them all out for ice-cream in the city centre, then on Saturday morning I took them all to see the beautiful monastery in Pannonhalma. Afterwards we brought them all to a meal at a church members home and they enjoyed real Hungarian goulash soup cooked outside in a cauldron. It has been a busy few days and we are all very tired but grateful for what the Lord is doing in Győr!
The last few days have been very busy indeed. On Saturday we took three of the boys from the orphanage to the zoo. We had so much fun! They boys loved the animals, particularly the bears, tigers and chimpanzees. My favourite quote of the day was when one of the boys said “Uncle Gerry is just like a bear, except he wears clothes” 😂 Just have to love these kids!!! Kathy prepared sandwiches and drinks so we had a picnic and we all enjoyed ice cream afterwards.
On Thursday we had wonderful visitors from America spend an afternoon and evening with us. Drew and Kathy Price and Bill and Sheri Baker took time out from their European vacation to drop by and visit us in Gyor and hear about our ministry. Drew is pastor of Compass Church in Bend, Oregon http://www.compassbend.com/#/home and they are very missions minded. We look forward to partnering with them in the future!
I’m off to Belgium soon to teach and would appreciate your prayers as I spend the next couple of days in final preparations for that time!