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!

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Would you be willing to partner with us in prayer every Wednesday afternoon? Every Wednesday from 3.45 to 5.45 both my wife and our colleague Sarah Anderson go to the local orphanage. They teach the kids English, do handicrafts and lend a listening ear. We have been granted access to both the permanent and temporary floors which can total up to 26 kids. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel! It is also an excellent way for Sarah to improve her Hungarian language skills as she interacts with the kids and staff. Kathy teaches Sarah and the rest of the Anderson family Hungarian on a weekly basis and the orphanage is one of many places where they need to speak Hungarian.

This Wednesday was tough emotionally. The children on the temporary floor may have secure family visitation (when a social worker is present) on Wednesdays. This week as one of the kids came back in tears it really

touched Kathy and she felt somewhat emotional and upset. Many of these kids have gone through such terrible experiences. In this case, one sibling was fostered but the one in tears was not and had to remain behind at the orphanage, now separated from all family.

A great blessing this week was that Sylvia, a member of our local church, joined in helping with this ministry! Such a blessing to see people live out their faith!

Please pray with us for strength, courage, love and wisdom as we seek to help the ‘least of these’.

We were blessed to welcome the Anderson family to join us in ministry this past week. Wick, Sarah, Addy, Sophie, Ruby and Phoebe arrived in Hungary on Monday afternoon (along with their cat Toby) and have been busy since they arrived.

We helped them find a home and prepared for their arrival. Then on Wednesday we prepared a fun orientation game for them. One exercise was to buy strawberries (in Hungarian) and get a photo of someone eating one. You can see Phoebe eating her strawberry, although her father had to be fast to take the photo as Phoebe was hungry! 🙂

They attended worship today for the first time with us today. Over 30 people attended and we worshipped the Lord and felt blessed to have them with us.

Please pray for the Anderson family as they continue to settle into life in Hungary. They begin Hungarian language lessons tomorrow with Kathy. Also please pray that they would have good health and that their ministry would be greatly blessed.

Sylvia, one of our church leaders came up with a wonderful idea!

She had begun making jars of jam (jelly for American readers) for people in need. She knows that many Hungarians have little to offer financially but many do have fruit gardens and could easily donate fruit.

These jars of jam will be used to help feed children in Romania and indeed help needy people here in Hungary!

If you look closely at the jar you will see the logo of the Free Methodist church on the front and a sticker on the lid showing what fruit was used to make the jam. Sylvia wants people to taste the sweetness of Christ in her offering!

Please pray with us that the local church would respond positively and help with this wonderful endeavour. Please pray for Sylvia as she continues to follow God and seeks to live a life full of the Holy Spirit.

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.

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!