Posts tagged ‘Belgium’

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.

Cergy, Paris 

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.

Teaching in Belgium

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Group discussion in Oostende

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Basket full of love

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Pastor Jackie and his wife Ching

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Pastor Lawrence and his translator Denisse

Myself and Katica had a great long weekend in Belgium. I taught at the Free Methodist churches in both Oostende and Diksmunde. Teaching on the subject of healthy churches was very well received!!! All the sessions were well attended and we had some dynamic discussion!

I love their idea of a basket full of love. Here church members can put food products etc into the basket and those in need can take
out whatever they want.

These folks were so welcoming and friendly! With excellent fellowship and meals after each session, Katica and I were blessed to have spent the weekend with them! Please continue in prayer for Pastors Jackie and Lawrence and the members of their congregations.

Busy days!

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The last few days have been very busy indeed. On Saturday we took three of the boys from the orphanage to the zoo. We had so much fun! They boys loved the animals, particularly the bears, tigers and chimpanzees. My favourite quote of the day was when one of the boys said “Uncle Gerry is just like a bear, except he wears clothes” 😂 Just have to love these kids!!! Kathy prepared sandwiches and drinks so we had a picnic and we all enjoyed ice cream afterwards.

On Thursday we had wonderful visitors from America spend an afternoon and evening with us. Drew and Kathy Price and Bill and Sheri Baker took time out from their European vacation to drop by and visit us in Gyor and hear about our ministry. Drew is pastor of Compass Church in Bend, Oregon    http://www.compassbend.com/#/home    and they are very missions minded. We look forward to partnering with them in the future!

I’m off to Belgium soon to teach and would appreciate your prayers as I spend the next couple of days in final preparations for that time!

Belgium visit

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting two churches in Belgium. The photos above are from a Free Methodist Church that meets in Brussels. The congregation which is led by Pastor Simeon is made up of Africans who now call Brussels home.

I was able to meet with church leaders, preach and plan for the future with them. Please pray for this group of believers as they reach out to their local community. They have a very dynamic youth group that meets after worship on Sunday mornings!

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On Saturday I traveled to Oostende where I spent time with a Free Methodist group which is made of Africans, Belgians and Latinos. Please pray for Pastors Jackie and Lawrence as they give leadership to this group.

2016, the year ahead.

calendar_2016_template_round_button_6815001.jpg2016 is shaping up to be a great year! We have so much planned already and are excited about what the Lord has planned for us this coming year. We want to share a few of our planned trips and ministry events with you and ask you to partner with us in prayer for this year.

In January we hope to be in Denmark for a few days as we celebrate the wedding of a wonderful Christian young couple. I was very honoured that they asked me to do a pre-wedding blessing for them over the Christmas period. Please pray for Erin and Jonathan as they prepare for married life together!

In March I hope to visit with Free Methodist church leaders in Belgium and France and serve them by helping to further equip these men and women of God and hopefully be an encouragement to them also.

Come the Summer we hope to have a team of eight people join us from America who will serve by helping run a five day evangelistic camp at the orphanage we serve in on a weekly basis. In June I hope to travel to Ukraine to help equip church leaders there and God willing we will travel to Ireland in August for a few weeks to talk at churches and have a vacation.

We will also continue with our Bible study group and weekly ministry at a local orphanage in Győr. Kati and I will also continue our twice monthly trips to Budapest (she will continue teach English to social workers and I will teach English at a family help center for a few weeks). We also hope to continue our work supporting and helping the needy of Győr and we are actively trying to gain access to a local center for the homeless. Kati has already made good contact with them and we believe the Lord is opening this door before us.

We are grateful for your prayers and support and are thankful that we can call you our partners in ministry! We pray that you are all blessed in 2016!