One photo can say so much. In this case it is of two men. Born into Muslim families in the Middle East, they gave their lives to Jesus and had to flee persecution because of their faith. They ended up in Hungary, 3800kms from home. I was contacted and was able to take them from a nearby refugee centre to church.

‘F’ was part of an underground (secret) church. His church was raided, his pastor arrested. He fled with just the clothes on his back before he could be arrested and killed for professing Christ as his Saviour. Both ‘F’ and ‘H’ have little chance of returning to ever see their family again. Parents, siblings, friends all left behind.

Tortured, beaten and mistreated, their road to freedom has been difficult. Yet now, they are free to worship God and be welcomed into a church family. Pray for them and pray that I and others would show then love of God to them.

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This evening at church we had an unexpected guest. During the service, a young woman (18 years old), came in. She was shivering from the cold and rain, had only very minimal clothing, was obviously high from drugs and was drinking alcohol.

I (with the help of one of our female leaders) was able to give her my jacket, got her to sit in on our service (which is a nice warm room), give her water and food. Afterwards we called an ambulance. She told me a little of her story. It was heart breaking. I will only give some of the details as the rest is too awful

‘N’ was brought up in the care system in Hungary. She repeatedly escaped from children’s homes throughout her years in the system. She began (and continues) to work as a prostitute. Her wish is to go to Austria or Germany and work as a prostitute.

How sad to see a child of God so used and abused. How awful to see the horrors she and others have inflicted upon her.

Where is God? Where is our loving God to protect ‘N’? It is hard at times to see how God protects and cares for those in most need of his help. Yet today I saw God. I saw him as ‘N’ sat with Sylvia (one of our leaders), who showed ‘N’ such love. I saw God as two of our church members spent 30 minutes cleaning the church and toilets after the service. I saw God as ‘N’ was taken by ambulance and as a church body we came together and prayed for her and the paramedics.

Please pray for ‘N’. Pray she will turn to God. Pray she is healed. Pray she will call me (I gave her my business card). Pray. ‘N’ could be your daughter, your sister, your friend.

Matthew 25

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Our local church in Győr has sent a mission team to Arad, Romania. This is so exciting as we as a church are beginning to become more missionary and outward looking!

Our team made up of three men (Brian from Britain, Lucas from Brazil and myself) and two women (Petra from Hungary and my daughter Zsuzsi), will be working with the poor and needy of Arad. We will help cook, clean, play games, make crafts, sing songs and hold health clinics. Our local church raised a lot of money and this will provide one hot meal for about 50 people per day for up to four weeks!!!

Thank you to our local church for your support and thank you friends for praying for us as we serve this week. We arrived this afternoon and will stay until Thursday afternoon. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting two churches in Belgium. The photos above are from a Free Methodist Church that meets in Brussels. The congregation which is led by Pastor Simeon is made up of Africans who now call Brussels home.

I was able to meet with church leaders, preach and plan for the future with them. Please pray for this group of believers as they reach out to their local community. They have a very dynamic youth group that meets after worship on Sunday mornings!

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On Saturday I traveled to Oostende where I spent time with a Free Methodist group which is made of Africans, Belgians and Latinos. Please pray for Pastors Jackie and Lawrence as they give leadership to this group.

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Today Zsuzsi and I served in Budapest. I preached on David, using 2 Samuel 9 and 11 and Zsuzsi was my translator.

I have been serving every second week in Budapest by teaching English at a family help centre and I had invited the whole class to come hear me preach. I was delighted when several of the group turned up! Please pray that the Holy Spirit would work in their hearts.

For Zsuzsi it was her third time translating this week as she also translated for an American Lutheran pastor Monday (in front of 400 people) and at Friday night youth group. Please pray for her as she prepares for exams in n May and University studies from September.

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Today whilst in Táp, we took this photo in the village. It made Kati wonder whether or not we see people through or from the perspective of the cross of Christ?

We tend to look at people as friends, family, neighbours etc. We love, like or sometimes  dislike them but do we often see them as people who need Christ? Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.

Yet through Christ we have the free gift of salvation. John 3:16 “For God so loved the World that He sent His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

Please continue to pray for Táp and the wonderful work going on there. Our prayer is that the entire village would accept Christ as Saviour!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Twice a month as part of her ministry, Kati is teaching English to social workers in Budapest. These social workers are helping to mediate in difficult family situations, work with refugees, help the needy etc.

By helping them with their English language skills Kati is indirectly helping the refugees in Hungary at the moment.

Please pray that she would have an opportunity to witness to them about the love of Christ.

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We had a lot of fun at the orphanage today! I (Gerry) have started to accompany Kati to the orphanage on Monday afternoons.

We played card games like Solo and Ketchup, did drawing and colouring and practised English a little. We had seven kids with us today (one who is new to the orphanage), and it was a blessing to be with them.

The director of the orphanage has asked us to hold a Christmas service for the kids December 6th! What an honour and a great opportunity to preach the Gospel! The director has also asked us for practical help with a food drive.

Please pray for us as we work with the kids to have patience and wisdom. We noticed some young men hanging around the orphanage as we entered. Some of them act as pimps to young girls.
Please pray that Gerry would have an opportunity to talk to them and that these men would come to Christ.

If you wish to help we would be grateful for handicrafts. Neither of us are talented with handcrafts but occasionally others help and the kids really enjoy this activity.

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Yesterday we were able to bless two families by delivering a total of eleven (11) pieces of used kitchen furniture to them in Táp.

It is often the way that as we deliver food, clothing and furniture to the needy that God gives us an opportunity to witness of His love.

Please pray for the lady who kindly donated the furniture, Gerry had a time to chat with her and she seemed opened to the Gospel. Also please pray for both families that this ministry would open doors for further conversation and more opportunities to witness.