*Note that I am not using the city name to protect our partners.
It has been an excellent few days in Russia. I came to meet with new partners in ministry and to teach a course. We explored a number of areas including the early Methodist movement, women in ordination, church structures and social justice ministry. I was very excited to hear their hopes and dreams for their city and country!
I also got to visit a crisis centre for children who are taken from their families for various reasons. This particular centre holds up to 55 kids from all across the former USSR. I had a very productive meeting with the director and will be back soon to teach at the centre on mental health care.
It wasn’t all work and I got to enjoy some famous sights 🙂
It is a joy this week to be involved in teaching three leaders who God is calling into deeper service. Philip, Sarah and Sylvia are all studying towards ordination. This week they are studying the history of Methodism and a number of the key figures such as John and Charles Wesley, B.T. Roberts and George Whitfield. They are also studying theology such as entire sanctification, Wesleyan quadrilateral and the order of salvation.
Next week I will travel to Russia (name of the city withheld to protect our leaders), to teach this course again to three leaders there who are also exploring how God may want them to serve. I appreciate your prayers as I prepare.
Although we are still in 2019 with two and a half months before the end of the year, my calander for 2020 has gotten rather full already. I have a number of trips to America, Bulgaria, Ireland, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Russia, UK and Ukraine either set up or in the planning. Along with these trips, I will be setting up courses in Hungary for people wishing to study towards ordination and welcoming/hosting a couple of teams to Hungary to work with us in Győr.
All this to say that I am very open to visiting your church if you would like to hear more about what God is doing in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe. I am (as always) very willing to Skype into your church service, Bible study etc. or indeed just video a short greeting from us and send it to you.
Also, if you would like to visit this ministry in 2020, please be in contact very soon so we can set up a date for you to come and see a little of what we are doing!
We appreciate and value your continued partnership and support of our ministry in Hungary. We couldn’t do this without your love and support!
As regular readers of my blog will know, I typically travel to Ireland once a year to visit family and meet with supporters. This year I visited in January but will also be returning in November for a number of meetings and speaking engagements.
I will fly into Dublin November 1st and travel to Limerick to visit my parents. On Sunday, November 3rd I will speak in Mallow Street Hall at 11am. Please join for worship if you are in the area! On Monday, November 4th I will drive to Co. Meath for a meeting with a possible future ministry partner at 1pm and in the evening at 8pm I will speak at a missions conference in Co. Monaghan at the Ballyalbany Presbyterian Church. Again feel free to come along to the missions conference and hear a presentation about the ministry we are involved in across central and eastern Europe.
This does mean that I am free to speak Sunday evening, November 3rd. Would your church or small group be interested in hearing about what is happening in Hungary, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and about our newest potential work in Moldova? If so, please contact me! I would be delighted to have the opportunity to share with you!
The last few days I served in Rivne, Ukraine. I spent time with our Ukrainian leaders, Misha and Lena Petrochenko and their two beautiful kids. The Petrochenko family are involved in several ministries and I was delighted to be able to spend time with them.
I visited and preached in a large home church group, with about 40 people in attendance. Several are refugees from the Donetsk region and have been displaced by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. I am currently planning a medical and humanitarian aid trip to the war zone next year. I am in need of a dentist and a doctor to serve and medicine. Please contact me if you are interested in helping. Whilst there I will assist by providing Bibles, counseling and praying with those caught in the conflict. I will also serve as a psychiatric nurse and work with those suffering stress related illnesses.
Do you know/recognise this worship song? Check the video to hear a small part of the song.
Ukrainian food is just great! Misha and Lena never stopped feeding me 😀 One of my favourites was this traditional salad!
Please continue to pray for the Petrochenko family, their ministry and that the conflict would come to a peaceful end.