This past weekend we had the pleasure of having our friends, the Ball family visit us in Győr. As you can see in the above photo, Spencer preached a message from our ongoing series (Fruit of the Holy Spirit). It was a wonderful message and we were very blessed. We had a great turnout at church (close to 40 people) and people were incredibly generous (all giving went to the Ball family).
My good friend, Jonathan Ball, who is 11, served as our greeter that day at church and I think we had so many people come as his smile is contagious!
I am excited at what is happening Győr at the moment. Weekly Bible studies for teens and adults, monthly University group, MOPS (Mothers of preschoolers) group, ladies coffee mornings and of course worship. We are growing in size and in faith! We are also seeing significant spiritual and emotiinal healing taking place in the lives of our people! Praise God for all he is doing!
Over the past week I was excited to see how the Holy Spirit is moving throughout Hungary and Europe. Last week in Budapest, we attended the bi-annual Free Methodist European conference. With 150 adults in attendance we were blessed to see a total of five men ordained (four from Bulgaria and one from Romania) and a further seventeen men and women called into a deeper relantionship with Christ as they explore the path towards ordination. Being involved in their education in a small way has allowed me to get to know many of these people and I am amazed at the way the Holy Spirit is moving in Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Portugal and Spain (to name just a few of the many countries represented). The leadership of the Free Methodist Church in Europe are men of God and are leading this denomination in an inspiring way. Bishop David Roller, Rev. Dr. Mitch Pierce, Rev. Josh Fajardo, Rev. Dr. David Carr OBE along with Europe area administrator Larry Winckles (the hardest working man I know), have done an amazing job of helping us catch a vision for reaching the lost for Christ.
Also a great blessing this week was to see our English language service continuing to grow! A total of 37 people attended with eight nationalities represented. Yesterday, I also got to visit the comfort zone group led by fellow missionary and friend Sarah Berta-Somogyi. A total of eight high schoolers were there for the first of two sessions. The ate food, played games, studied the Word of God (on the subject of encouragement) and had a lot of fun! I am very encouraged at the growth in ministry in Gyor but we continue to need your prayers and encouragement to keep reaching out to all we come into conatct with.
Thank you Kevin Austin for the photograph of the conference attendees sitting and standing.
I had the pleasure of being with the Ball family in Arad, Romania these past two days. The Balls (Spencer, Lynsey, Trinity and Jonathan) are working with the poorest of the poor and serving Christ faithfully. Their love and huge hearts for reaching the unloved is so very evident. In the photo above you can see the kids skipping with home-made ropes that Spencer and Lynsey bring their weekly kids Bible group in Vinga (a village near Arad).
Part of the ministry is that the Ball family help to provide food, clothing, medicine and pastoral care to these Roma (Gypsy) communities. Very few people are reaching these little ones…
Would you be willing to support this ministry? If the Lord puts this family and their ministry on your hearts then please contact me for further details.
I was privileged last week to enjoy co-teaching a course on Free Methodist history and polity with my colleague and friend Larry Winckles. With people representing Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain it was a wonderful, multicultural week.
The youngest participant was 19 and the oldest was 73! Yet all contributed in a meaningful way and many friendships were built that will last into eternity. Many of those involved are ministerial candidates and are considering ordination in the future.
With Church history, policies and procedures, theological distinctives and ethical case studies, the week was jam packed! We did however find time to enjoy walks in Budapest, good food and an evening of board games! Please pray for these men and women as they minister in their communities!
We had the pleasure of leading an English language carol service in Győr this afternoon. Although the attendance was smaller than we hoped (we were 26 in total), we were delighted to be with those who turned up and it was a great blessing to also welcome people via the internet as we live streamed the service on Facebook. People from Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Romania, the USA,and the UK were among some of the countries who joined us this way. We also had our good friends and colleagues Ildikó and Julia join us in person from Budapest. Thank you ladies for making the trip from Budapest to be with us!
We sang a number of traditional Christmas hymns such as ‘Silent Night’ and ‘O come all ye faithful’. We particularly enjoyed a solo of ‘Go tell it on the mountain’ by our friend and missionary colleague Sarah Berta-Somogyi. Sarah is a missionary with the Lutheran church and it is through her hard work and contacts that we are able to use the Lutheran church facilities for free. Thank you Sarah!
Many others helped of course. Thanks to András, Gwen, Kathy, Yoli, Katica, Attila, Zsolti and Zsuzsi!
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!