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.
My travels take me far from home at the moment! The next four weeks see me very busy indeed!
I am just back from a quick two day visit to Romania. I spent time talking with missionaries and local leaders and I hope I was able to encourage them. The work amongst some of the poorest in Europe is never ending… Yesterday I was in the poorest area in Arad, Romania. So many socio-economic problems and so few people trying to make a difference. Malnourished children, unclean water, lack of medication to name just a few of he problems. I am grateful for my friends the Ball family, Viz de Copil, local councillor and believer Laura Andres and the Oaza group which all provide help for these kids. If you want to help, contact me please!!!
Soon I travel to Rivne in Ukraine, to spend time with church leaders, teach and encourage them in the ministry they are leading, including reaching out to families who have lost loved ones because of the war with Russia.
Soon after that I travel to Cergy, France, which is very near to Paris. There I will encourage leaders, help them with training for ministry and learn more about their service to the Lord.
I am very open to speak in your church or Bible study group on the subject of the persecuted church, as I mentioned in my previous post. Feel free to contact me and we can discuss doing this either in person or by Skype.
Sadly I will not be in Ireland in the foreseeable future. I miss my mother’s cooking!
- Please pray that believers in these countries would be blessed!
- Pray for clear communication across languages.
- Safety for my family while I am away.
- Good health and travel mercies for me.
I have just enjoyed several days serving in Arad, Romania. My good friends the Ball family (Spencer, Lynsey, Trinity and Jonathan invited me) have been serving here for a number of years now. They are involved in a number of different ministries and are wonderful, committed believers giving their all for Christ.
I got to visit Vis de Copil which is a drop in center for the homeless and poorest of society in Arad. They feed a large number of people daily on a limited budget. Please visit the following link if you want to learn more about their work and how to support them: http://achildsdream.org.uk/index.html
Small group Bible study. I had the privilege of speaking about our ministry in Hungary and the Middle East. The group were very interested in the plight of the persecuted church. I actually spoke Hungarian here with it translated into Romanian.
Service at a Mental health institute. Spencer and a wonderful young Scottish man, Colm, head up this work. It is occupational therapy that is godly with the main focus on Christ. They deal with men and women who have learning disabilities and others who have mental health issues.
Sunday afternoon worship service in Vinga. I preached here and was blessed to be a part of this ministry. This is a very poor community of mainly Roma near Arad.
Men’s discipleship group at the drop in center. Philip (from Australia), helping a young lady who stopped by at the Bible study. Please pray for Philip, an amazing man serving God!
Buying the food for the widows mite ministry which feeds a number of elderly people who have very little to get by with. Spencer shops and then distributes the food. About 275 dollars monthly helps to provide 13 people with basics for the month. Contact me for further information on supporting this ministry.
Please keep the Ball family in his prayers. They are doing wonderful ministry in a very needy land!
UPDATE!!! January 20th
Thanks for your prayers over the past days. This evening at 7pm (after I got back from ministry in Budapest) we went to visit this family. We brought meat, vegetables and bread. Sadly we were greeted with tears as the father died yesterday. We spoke with his wife, she is heartbroken. Please pray for her. She, ‘L’, is raising three of her grandchildren without any help as the mother of those children (her daughter) works the streets as a prostitute and is very unwell physically. With little money, food and wood for heating their situation is desperate. ‘L’ has to go for an operation in March. Pray we can help find care for the children when she is in hospital. We are praying for a miracle.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
The last couple of days have been tough. A family we have worked with and helped for a many years are going through some really difficult times. The father (who is diabetic and in a wheelchair) just had two strokes and is in a coma.
One of his daughters called me Sunday to tell me they had no food in the house, no firewood and a couple of the kids are unwell. This year alone 35 people have frozen to death in Hungary (many because they cannot afford to heat their homes). I knew I had to help as soon as possible.
When I got to the house I discovered a hole in the wall (covered in the pictures by black plastic and cardboard). Kids poorly dressed, unclean and ill. Sadly two of the adult daughters have been exploited and trafficked.
We (Kati and I), got them food, clothes and vitamins. A wonderful Christian man I asked to help provided a huge amount of firewood and we delivered it today. Please pray for the ‘H’ family.
I personally feel overwhelmed. I have prayed for them and spoke to them about Christ. I’m not asking for money!!! If it was given to them it would be spent on recreational drugs or something unnecessary. I am asking for prayer. I just don’t know what else we can do to help… Sadly this story is repeated in many homes throughout Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and other former communist countries in Europe. Those of us ministering in these situations need your prayer. Thank you!