Posts tagged ‘Bible study’

All happening here!

We are busy with the start of the new school year. We are grateful to the Lord for the continuation of both the Adult Bible study group and the University Bible study group. We have seen some small growth in both these groups. Naturally we are also back in the orphanage every week and Kati is working with two kids in particular and helping them significantly with both their academic work and by being a loving ‘ear’ to hear of their days. I can’t share the issue but your prayers are needed because of a situation at the orphanage. We ask that truth will prevail and those involved would be honest.
Also growing is the English language service. We had 29 people this past Sunday and they all stayed for a long time after the service to fellowship. It is becoming a real community of believers who care for one another!
I also was recently in Germany. I took part in a course on developing church communities and reaching out to people of peace. I’m not at liberty to say too much about this but I will be attending another conference on this subject soon. Prayers appreciated for all involved as it is in a country where this may be frowned upon by the government.

Please pray with us as we are being intentional about reaching the lost for Christ and building relantionships with believers across denominations to reach as many people as possible. God has great things in store for Gyor, Hungary and all of Europe!

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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!

 

University group Christmas party 

Every Thursday evening, we have Bible study and fellowship in our home for a group of University students. We started in September with seven and last night for our last meeting of the year we totalled fourteen! Our colleagues Larry and Katie Winckles joined us and led an evening of board games.

We started with a gift exchange and snacks and drinks, then we moved into a time of playing board games. Larry is currently producing several games and the young people had the opportunity to test one of them. Everyone enjoyed the evening and we look forward to seeing the group grow and develop! 

Speaking and travel for 2017

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I (Gerry) am currently sorting through my calendar for 2017 and am inviting requests for speaking engagements at your church, Bible study group, conference etc. Already I am partially booked for the months of January, April, June, July and November 2017.

I would be delighted to speak on our ministry work here in Hungary and our involvement with  the persecuted church in the Middle-East. I primarily am available to speak in Europe, but will, of course, consider other engagements and will do my utmost to  meet any requests. Please feel free to use the contact form or send me an email to ask about potential times.

Another option which I suggest is that I can Skype into your meetings and present like that.  This is a simple way of hearing about our ministry without any costs involved to you or your church.

I look forward to seeing you in 2017!

 

Grief and Joy

Over the past two days we have been blessed to host Eric and Kari Perry from Michigan, USA. Eric is a Free Methodist Pastor and he and Kari are currently in Hungary sharing their personal stories.

Their story is one of both terrible loss and wonderful joy. They spoke honestly and openly. In Gyõr the spoke at two of our groups (adult Bible study and University Bible study). Tears flowed and our translators struggled to translate as they cried. Yet we also laughed and found our hope in Christ renewed!

On Saturday (October 15th) they will speak in Budapest at 5pm and you are welcome to visit. The address is as follows: 1113 Budapest, Villányi út 44. 

College Bible study

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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.

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Summer break for Bible study group

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As we do every Summer, our Wednesday Bible study group got together for a meal. After studying the book of Daniel all year it was great to spend an evening in fellowship enjoying good food!

We had Hungarian gulyas soup made the traditional way in a cauldron in the garden. We also has this superb cherry pie that is pictured. Please continue to pray for this small but growing group of believers.

Refugee crisis continues

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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.

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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.

Upcoming trip to Ireland

Katica and I (Gerry) are planning on being in Ireland for a few days in October. It will be a whirlwind tour from October 16th to 21st, which will see us in Dublin, Limerick, Laois and Monaghan. On the morning of Sunday the 18th we have a family event but that evening I will drive to Monaghan to visit a church of Congolese believers who are now resident in Ireland. Whilst there I look forward to being blessed by them and hopefully being a blessing to them also.

I’m booked fully for the 16th and 18th, however if you would like me to visit your church, Bible study group, ladies group etc I would be delighted to do so on either Saturday the 17th, Monday the 19th or Tuesday the 20th. Just send me an email or comment on this post and we will work details out.

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Shannon youth Bible study

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Last night we were privileged to be apart of a Bible study group in Shannon, Co. Clare. This multinational, multi denominational group of young men and women are on fire for the Lord! With members from Ireland, Togo and India (to name just a few countries), these folks are true representatives of God’s Kingdom on Earth.

They are currently studying 1 Peter 1 and their knowledge and wisdom was exceptional. Worship before and after the service was incredibly dynamic and Spirit filled.

They listened to our presentation and asked intelligent and insightful questions about ministry in Hungary and the Middle-East.

Thanks to Alec, Pearl and Elton Good for their hospitality. If you are in Shannon why not pop along and visit?