Posts from the ‘Ministry’ Category

Healing in Ukraine 

This past week I have been serving in Ukraine, working with Ukrainian soldiers who fought against Russian aggression. Many of these men have/are suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder. I spent the week talking to them about ways to deal with anxiety, depression and panic attacks. I heard so many stories… truly heart breaking. These men gave all for their country and receive little recognition for what they have done. I am delighted to report that the time with the men was incredibly successful. Today they were invited to begin a personal relationship with Christ. Please pray that they and their families will give their lives fully to Christ.

Their wives and children also came to the camp (totally free to these families) and the ladies also were able to speak with a professional female counsellor. The kids had so much fun!!!! A team of people led by my friend Peter Blundell, came from the Garstang Free Methodist church and worked with the kids all week. They were amazing! I now have a new best friend! His name is Yarik (5), and he just might be the funniest kid I have ever met. His father volunteered to go to the front and fight and is an incredibly brave man. Please pray for him.

We also had fun exercise each morning and as you can see from the photos, the Carpathian mountains are just beautiful.

I also got to visit a museum in the city of Ivano Frankovsk. This museum is dedicated to the men and women who died at Maidan in February of 2014. It was a truly unique experience. I was particularly blessed as my friend Valera Pedchenko, an Ukrainian army chaplain, who was part of the uprising at Maidan was able to visit the museum with me.

Please continue to pray for these men, their families and indeed the amazing country of Ukraine.

Care for the wounded

images1I will soon be travelling to Ukraine again, this time to work with soldiers who are suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to their involvement with the Russia and Ukraine conflict.

As some of you know I have a background in psychiatry and have also been undergoing further training in mental health studies of late. I hope this background and training along with being an ordained minister will allow me to speak about the healing power of Christ to these men. I will be presenting biblical principles and practical ways to deal with issues such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks. More importantly I hope to be a listening ear and support.

Others attending will be the wives and children of soldiers who lost their lives in the conflict. Please pray the Holy Spirit will be present and comfort the broken hearted.

Please be in prayer for these men, their families, all the support staff involved, my family at home and me.

A week of study

This week I am blessed to be involved in a week of study.  John Fraser  (a Free Methodist ordained minister) is teaching a course ‘Introduction to Wesleyan Theology’. Six students are taking this class towards ordination, while several others (myself included) are auditing the course.Several countries are represented, Canada, England, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Romania, Spain, UK and USA. The Free Methodist church in Budapest are very kindly hosting is this week. Please be in prayer for John as he teaches and all those who are learning.

A busy ten days!

The last ten days have been so busy! I want to catch you up on some of what we have been doing.

Last week, Zsuzsi and I were in Kiev and Rivne, Ukraine. I spoke on the subject of the persecuted Church in Kiev at the Ukrainian education center and then in Rivne I was blessed to visit a Christian rehab center for men recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. This centre is lead by a former drug addict who gave his life to Christ 12 years ago. Currently, seven men are in the center, there stories are very sad but they are learning to love and trust Christ! I was able to share my testimony with them and enjoyed meeting them. If you feel led to support this ministry, these men and the center need financial aid to help pay for food, bills, rent and medical care. Feel free to contact me if you want to help.

Then upon returning to Hungary we prepared for Easter. We organised for a European champion bodybuilder to visit with the kids at the orphanage to speak about the importance of sport and that no matter what the circumstances, that the kids could be successful in life. Then today we celebrated Easter with our monthly English language service. A total of 24 people joined together to worship the Risen Lord. It was particularly nice to welcome 5 new people today! Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our ministry.

Help wanted!

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Recently we have been praying and hoping that the Lord would send some others to join us in ministry in Gyor. As ministry grows and changes we need help and are simply unable to do more. We have some great local people who help with various different ministries, but we really could do with a missionary/missionary couple or missionary family to partner with us. Could that be you? Or perhaps you know someone who may be interested? Here is a list of areas that we need help in:

  1. Expanding ministry to orphans (we have a desire to see this work grow)
  2. Leading Bible studies (we have two weekly)
  3. Helping with worship and/or preaching
  4. Starting an English language club
  5. Helping with ladies coffee morning or starting a group for men
  6. Pastoral care
  7. Hosting visitors and teams
  8. Whatever else the Lord puts on your heart!

If you might be interested, please contact me via the contact form. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Encouraged!

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.

Great things happening in Greece!

This weekend I have had the privilege of being in Thessaloniki, Greece to connect with Church leaders and to teach. The Anagenesis Thessaloniki Church is a wonderful group of believers from many nations with a vision to reach the people of Greece and a desire to reach and serve the many refugees currently in  the country.

Mike and Maria Long along with several others give leadership to this group of believers. They are truly compassionate in their desire to reach the lost. Please be in prayer for Thessaloniki!

A wonderful week of teaching in Budapest

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!

Handball

Yesterday evening we were blessed to take eight kids from the orphanage to the Audi Arena in Gyõr to see the Gyõr ETO ladies handball team (1st in the Hungarian league) play second place Érd. With a crowd of 5000 people present the atmosphere was electric! ETO won 35-20 in an incredibly fast match that was non-stop action. As a sports fan it was a pleasure to see these women play with such skill, speed and power.
The kids loved it! Cheering, clapping, stamping their feet and shouting the entire time! 

Our thanks to Reni Sashalmi and the ETO handball team for making this possible and very kindly providing the tickets for free. 

Christmas Carol Service

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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!