We meet yesterday to celebrate the Risen Christ. Hearts were heavy for the people of Sri Lanka after the terrible attacks yesterday. Yet we were also filled with gratefullness and joy for what Christ did for us
In the picture you can see ‘H’, a member of our church, himself a persecuted believer (he fled the Middle East after he came to faith). This was the first time he could safely take a photo of a table laid for celebrating the Lord’s supper!
Please continue to pray for him, that he would find favour with the authorities and be granted permanent residence in Europe. Also, please pray for us as a church that we would know how always to best help those in need.
A gentleman who recently began attending our church in Győr is a refugee from the Middle East. ‘H’ was born into a Muslim family but as an adult he gave his life to Christ. Forced to flee his country he is now in Hungary and attends worship at our church. He speaks little English and even less Hungarian but we were able to communicate a little. Every week I pick him up from the refugee detention center before worship starts and he helps me set up the church. After service he kindly cleans up our worship area. I have nothing I can offer him except a little food. I wish I could speak Farsi and communicate clearly with him but I am grateful for Google translate!
Having left his home for fear of death (because of giving his life to Christ), he fled to Europe. He is now ‘in’ the Hungarian system awaiting a decision on whether or not he will be allowed to stay in Europe. If he is refused, he will be sent home and that means execution for his faith. He misses his mother and she was accepting of his decision to follow Christ, Sadly other family members were not so loving…
This morning I wrote a letter on his behalf which will be given to the authorities. I ask that you pray that my letter will be looked upon favourably and more importantly, that ‘H’ will be allowed to stay in Europe.
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.
Today as I traveled to Budapest to preach at the Free Methodist Church, I was able to help a number of refugees. These men, women and children are trying to make their way to Austria but because they do not speak Hungarian they struggle to understand what train to take. The picture above was a train entirely filled with refugees (mainly from Syria) making their way to the Hungarian/Austrian border town of Hegyeshalom. Today I assisted about100 people and made their journey a little easier.
In Budapest and Gyor many refugees sleep in the train station. Thankfully the weather is still warm but with the colder weather approaching many refugees will suffer. Pray for us as we try to distribute clothing.
I’m still hopeful of getting into the nearby refugee centre to hold an English language Bible study/worship service. This past week I found out what I need to do for permission to enter. Please pray I would find favour and be allowed entry to serve God and these refugees.
To say we feel overwhelmed by the current refugee situation is an understatement. Daily between 2000-3000 people enter Hungary illegally from neighbouring Serbia. These people are fleeing war torn Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
The Hungarian government has struggled to deal with this incredible influx of humanity. Many organisations are providing food, clothing and medical care.
I (Gerry) am currently trying to get permission to enter one of the largest refugee centres to hold an English language Bible study/worship time. Many but not all of these refugees are Muslim. With my experience of working in the Middle East I hope to be able to reach many with the Gospel. Please pray that the doors would open wide before me.
If you wish to support this situation then please feel free to either contact me or if you are in America you can donate through the following link (using the label ‘Refugees in Hungary’): https://give.fmcusa.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1278