We had a wonderful service yesterday. The Lutheran church were very kind and allowed us to use their temple which has a baptismal font. With forty people in attendance we celebrated four baptisms and one new local ministerial candidate. Bianka, Eszter, Katica and Klaudia all made that public confirmation of their faith as they were baptised. Sylvia became a local ministerial candidate which means she is exploring the possibility of ordination in the future.
For me it was very exciting! To see such fruit all at the same time was a wonderful blessing. Kathy and I have been blessed to devote many years in service in Hungary and across Europe and to see these commitments was amazing! We believe that our fellowship in Győr will continue to grow and that many more will come to Christ in the coming years. Please pray with us for these five women of God!
Of course, with such joy a little sadness is often found. Our dear friend, Lucas Santana is returning to Brazil after nearly two years in Győr as a University student. He gained his Master degree in engineering and will return home to be with his family. Lucas played guitar for our worship team and we will sorely miss his leadership, friendship and gentle spirit!
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.
We have been greatly blessed of late in Győr. We see so much growth in the Sunday worship service and across other areas of ministry. On May 13th we were honoured to be a part of the 5 churches festival in Győr. We had a good attendance with several new people with whom we hope to reconnect with over the next few weeks. Our worship team consists of an American, a Brazilian and a Hungarian and with music in three languages we were touched by their Spirit led worship.
Please pray for us as we reach out to our local community. We desire to be a worshipping community, bringing the hope and truth of the Gospel to a lost people. We regularly have Adult Bible study, MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers), Comfort Zone for high schoolers (a fun, Bible study group), University group and a ladies coffee morning. We also offer counselling and provide clothing and food for the needy. If you want to find out more about our ministry or would like to help in some way then please do use the contact form to reach me.
I was blessed to be in Oostende, Belgium this weekend. I enjoyed spending time with Pastor Lawrence and his church. It is so encouraging to see the church growing. A total of 27 people came to worship and another 3 people joined us for lunch.
The church has a new worship leader, Alex from Venezuela, who is incredibly gifted! Check out the video of him singing!
This is a very mixed international church with many countries and languages represented. Today a Muslim lady came for the first time! Please pray she would accept Christ as her Saviour! I feel blessed to have taught here today!
If you are traveling to Belgium make sure to visit beautiful Oostende and meet Pastor Lawrence and his church.
I had a wonderful weekend meeting Church leaders from Belgium and France in Paris, France. The group I was privileged to work with are a Haitian Free Methodist Church (with some other nationalities also represented). With about 80 people in the church, this congregation, under the leadership of Pastor Joel Loiudor is growing and spreading the gospel!
Joel and his wife are expecting child number 4 soon. Along with being a church Pastor he is also a taxi driver! If you plan on visiting Paris, let me know as Joel will drive you round the sights!!! His wife is an excellent cook and I can honestly say that Haitian food is delicious!
The church service was dynamic and Holy Spirit filled and I was honoured to preach. If you visit Paris you should drop by for a great worship experience. Please see the video for a short sample of worship. Please pray for Joel, his family and the entire congregation.
Mid July and August are often very quiet times for us in ministry. However it is at these quieter times that we begin to look more to the future and ask God to lead us towards new ministry opportunities. One idea we have had is to begin a Bible study group for college age students in Gyor. We are currently planning on a small group of 10-14 people meeting in our home on a weekly basis to study the Bible, have fellowship, disciple and mentor. Under the leadership of Gerry, Zsuzsi and Zsolti we have great hopes for where the Lord is leading us!
The weekly meetings will be held in Hungarian, will focus on subjects relevant to college age students and we hope to delve deeply into questions that they need answers too. With a focus on modern worship music, coffee, sandwiches and snacks we hope it will be a place where these young men and women are refreshed both physically and spiritually. Please pray for us as we continue to plan these weekly studies.
This past week we held a five day camp at the orphanage in Gyor. We received permission to work with the kids on both floors (each floor belongs to a different government department). From 9am to midday Monday through Friday we sang worship songs, made crafts, had Bible messages and dramas, played football and had lots of fun! Overall we served 20 kids.
A group of seven people from Batavia, New York State www.northgate.fmc.co m joined us and made the camp possible. Together we partnered in helping these kids come to know more about the love of God. We are very grateful to them for their excellent work! Also thanks to Kathy for her very hard work in communicating with both government organisations, translating and hosting the team. Nobody I knows works as tirelessly and selflessly as she does. Special thanks to Csilla, Zsuzsi, Katica, Zsolti, Gabi and Adam for being great volunteers!!!!
On Friday the team enjoyed lunch with the kids at the orphanage. I had a lunch meeting with the Irish ambassador to Hungary and the deputy mayor of Gyõr which was productive and has opened up some possible new doors to ministry in the future. However I think the kids, team and local volunteers had more fun then me 😀
These little ones are in real danger from those who intend evil. Please join us in prayer that lives would be transformed and that the Lord would keep them safe in his hands.
Yesterday Katica and I drove from Limerick to Monaghan (about a four hour drive) to visit a group of Congolese-Irish believers. These people fled their home country o Ireland and have become naturalised Irish citizens. Some travelled from Cavan and even as far away as Dublin to be here.
All Free Methodists, they desire to serve God and be a blessing in their communities. About 60 people were in attendance last night to hear Gerry preach and they tell me they often have as many as 75 people at worship!. With translation into Swahili and amazing worship it was an unforgettable experience!
Please pray for them as they need to find a permanent place to worship. They also need Bibles and musical instruments. Would you like to help them? If so please contact me for further details.
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.
Today was the fifth and final occasion when a group of believers (including Kathy and Katica) went into a local orphanage for a Saturday morning of witnessing to children. This particular home has two separate floors. One floor is for children who are there on a temporary basis (parents may be in hospital or prison and have no one to care for them). This is the floor they have been to for five Saturdays, once a month for the last five months. Today the team led them in worship music (team members pictured above, we can’t show the kids, song lyrics pictured below), then told them a Bible message based on forgiveness. One of the kids, a seventeen year old boy showed great interest and asked how can he ask for forgiveness? Katica spoke with him afterwards and explained how to pray and ask for forgiveness. Please pray that he would ask Christ into his life.
Starting Wednesday June 24th Kathy will lead a group (including our dear friends from America, the Barnes family) for a three day vacation Bible school at this same home, however this time for children who live there on a permanent basis (their parents are dead or these kids have been taken into full-time state care if no immediate family can care for them). Please be in prayer for Eric as he leads the Bible messages and sport with help from Calvin, Heidi and Muriel as they lead the arts and crafts and worship time and for Kathy and others as they translate and communicate with the kids. Expect a report either June 26th or 27th!