It was not the nails that held Christ to the cross, rather it was His love for us! As I looked out over the beautiful city of Győr this week, I was reminded how much God loves this city and all the people who live here.
Having served here for many years I can honestly say that although the city is magnificent, the need for Christ is beyond belief. Behind the amazing architecture we see the homeless, along with the Audi cars we see the children who are trafficked, drugs flood the streets and alcohol holds so many in its evil grasp. Sometimes I lose hope, I feel powerless against the flood of evil. Yet, I have a God who rose from the dead, gave sight to the blind and made the lame to walk! Won’t you join us in praying for this great city? For every single person, man, woman and child, to come to faith?
We too are held to Győr by love, not by nails. We love the children at the orphanage, the refugees at the detention centre, the Hungarians and foreigners who live here and worship with us. We love to preach, teach, counsel and help. We have rescued women who were trafficked, counseled men and women with PTSD, visited the ill in hospital and comforted those who mourn. Will you now consider supporting us both prayerfully and financially? We have only 46% of our support needs for 2019 raised and/or pledged. Unless significant support is raised, we will be struggling to make ends meet and will have to consider our future in ministry. We lost support from a couple of churches at the end of 2018. Perhaps your church, your home group or you yourself would like to partner in Kingdom work?
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These have been busy days and weeks of ministry for us. We recently had a wonderful church retreat by the Lake Balaton. Approximately 40 people attended and we enjoyed a weekend of teaching from Eric Perry an American pastor who has visited us several times over the past three years.
Worship, which was led by Petér, Lucas and Larry was excellent! Great to have this mix of nationalities (Hungarian, Brazilian and American) lead us in worshipping God.
We now have a second Bible study group every week. Sylvia is an excellent teacher and a women who loves God! Please pray for her as she works full time, has a family and serves the Lord through teaching the Bible.
We are also back in the orphanage, ladies coffee morning and MOPS (Mothers of pre-schoolers) and worship services of course. Our days are full with ministry and we are grateful to the Lord for all the open doors we currently have before 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!
Being in ministry is a great privilege. We love to serve God and his people. Whether through Bible study, youth work, hospitality or teaching we are blessed to be part of the Kingdom work in Hungary and throughout Europe. It does bring various challenges though… one of those being that equipment wears out faster than we would like.
Currently we are dealing with two old laptops and we could really do with a new laptop that is in good condition. Why do we need one? Correspondence, sermon and Bible study preparation, for working with the kids at the orphanage and for our church services. If you feel called would you be willing to donate a laptop?
We also need a good bluetooth speaker. The one we use is small. The sound is surprisingly good but not enough when we do outside ministry at the orphanage. Are you able and willing to bless this ministry with a decent bluetooth speaker?
Some English language Bibles would also be a wonderful blessing. We continue to give Bibles away but could do with more! If you feel led to give them we will gladly accept!
We are busy with the start of the new school year. We are grateful to the Lord for the continuation of both the Adult Bible study group and the University Bible study group. We have seen some small growth in both these groups. Naturally we are also back in the orphanage every week and Kati is working with two kids in particular and helping them significantly with both their academic work and by being a loving ‘ear’ to hear of their days. I can’t share the issue but your prayers are needed because of a situation at the orphanage. We ask that truth will prevail and those involved would be honest.
Also growing is the English language service. We had 29 people this past Sunday and they all stayed for a long time after the service to fellowship. It is becoming a real community of believers who care for one another!
I also was recently in Germany. I took part in a course on developing church communities and reaching out to people of peace. I’m not at liberty to say too much about this but I will be attending another conference on this subject soon. Prayers appreciated for all involved as it is in a country where this may be frowned upon by the government.
Please pray with us as we are being intentional about reaching the lost for Christ and building relantionships with believers across denominations to reach as many people as possible. God has great things in store for Gyor, Hungary and all of Europe!
We had a wonderful three day camp with the kids at the Gyor orphanage this week. We had a small group of kids, 6 on the first day and 11 on the second and third days. This smaller number of kids allowed us plenty of time to interact with each child in a meaningful way. We played games, sang, had Bible stories based on the life of King David, hand crafts and English lessons every day. The kids enjoyed learning ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’, an egg and spoon race and making book markers.
We are very grateful to our volunteers for their hard work! Thank you Julia, Ildiko, Csilla, Zsuzsi, Katica, Adam and Zsolt! We are also very thankful to the staff at the home for allowing us to once again work with the kids. Also we are thankful for the wonderful meal you provided us with today.
Recently we have been praying and hoping that the Lord would send some others to join us in ministry in Gyor. As ministry grows and changes we need help and are simply unable to do more. We have some great local people who help with various different ministries, but we really could do with a missionary/missionary couple or missionary family to partner with us. Could that be you? Or perhaps you know someone who may be interested? Here is a list of areas that we need help in:
- Expanding ministry to orphans (we have a desire to see this work grow)
- Leading Bible studies (we have two weekly)
- Helping with worship and/or preaching
- Starting an English language club
- Helping with ladies coffee morning or starting a group for men
- Pastoral care
- Hosting visitors and teams
- Whatever else the Lord puts on your heart!
If you might be interested, please contact me via the contact form. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Yesterday evening we were blessed to take eight kids from the orphanage to the Audi Arena in Gyõr to see the Gyõr ETO ladies handball team (1st in the Hungarian league) play second place Érd. With a crowd of 5000 people present the atmosphere was electric! ETO won 35-20 in an incredibly fast match that was non-stop action. As a sports fan it was a pleasure to see these women play with such skill, speed and power.
The kids loved it! Cheering, clapping, stamping their feet and shouting the entire time!
Our thanks to Reni Sashalmi and the ETO handball team for making this possible and very kindly providing the tickets for free.
The following video is a report from the team that recently joined us in ministry at the orphanage in Győr where we serve on a weekly basis. The team were with us in Hungary for nine days and served at the orphanage for five days. I hope you find the video interesting and informative!
This past week we held a five day camp at the orphanage in Gyor. We received permission to work with the kids on both floors (each floor belongs to a different government department). From 9am to midday Monday through Friday we sang worship songs, made crafts, had Bible messages and dramas, played football and had lots of fun! Overall we served 20 kids.
A group of seven people from Batavia, New York State www.northgate.fmc.co m joined us and made the camp possible. Together we partnered in helping these kids come to know more about the love of God. We are very grateful to them for their excellent work! Also thanks to Kathy for her very hard work in communicating with both government organisations, translating and hosting the team. Nobody I knows works as tirelessly and selflessly as she does. Special thanks to Csilla, Zsuzsi, Katica, Zsolti, Gabi and Adam for being great volunteers!!!!
On Friday the team enjoyed lunch with the kids at the orphanage. I had a lunch meeting with the Irish ambassador to Hungary and the deputy mayor of Gyõr which was productive and has opened up some possible new doors to ministry in the future. However I think the kids, team and local volunteers had more fun then me 😀
These little ones are in real danger from those who intend evil. Please join us in prayer that lives would be transformed and that the Lord would keep them safe in his hands.