Posts tagged ‘Free Methodist 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.

Answered prayers and future plans

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We are thankful to the Lord for the wonderful strides we are making in the orphanage. More and more kids are joining us for games, English lessons and sports every week! As they join us we begin to talk about their hopes and fears, dreams for the future and develop relationships that we pray will last into eternity!!!

Until recently we had really only connected well with the younger kids but now the Lord has opened up the hearts of the older teenagers and we are seeing them join us more and more in activities.

Very soon, both ‘L’ and ‘K’ turn 18. Please pray that we can continue to strengthen our relationship with them both as they have to leave the orphanage because of turning 18.

Our plans for a five day camp at the orphanage with a team from the Northgate Free Methodist Church continue to move forward and we look forward to hosting the team in July. Please do pray for this team of seven people as they come to serve in Hungary!

Zsuzsi teaching!

Zsuzsi preached her first message this past Sunday in Budapest. She recently started the process of studying towards becoming ordained in the Free Methodist Church and this is part of her training.

She preached on Job, the faithful servant. Her message focused on the fact that through all the trials he went through, Job remained faithful to the Lord. She challenged the congregation as to whether or not they also stay faithful to God through the difficult times in life.

She also brought a message of hope from Job. In 19:25 we read:

Job 19:25 New International Version (NIV)

25 I know that my redeemer lives,
    and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

She preached in Hungarian, did wonderfully well and we are all (family and friends) very proud of her. Please pray for her as she prepares for her final high school exams in May and June and then preparation for University. She is currently considering and praying about doing two degrees, one in social studies and the other in theology.

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.

Preaching in Northgate, Batavia, New York State

Recently I had the great privilege of preaching at the Northgate Free Methodist Church, Batavia, New York State.

Pastor Vern Saile and his team very kindly hosted me and I enjoyed speaking a total of five times on both a Saturday evening and on Sunday morning also. I spoke from Ruth chapter three and my focus was on going, protecting and giving. Please feel free to watch the video. If you are looking for a sermon series to watch at home I strongly recommend you look around at the various sermon series that the Northgate church have on their site. Pastor Vern is an excellent preacher who communicates the love of God beautifully.

The highlight of the weekend for me was on Saturday evening when two people were baptized. One was a lady in her mid-fifties who has an inoperable brain tumor. She had to climb into the baptismal font with the help of others, her public demonstration of her faith in Christ took great effort physically on her behalf. I and many others were very deeply moved. Please remember Rosemary in your prayers

Summer speaking schedule

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The coming weeks certainly look very busy indeed as I have a fairly full speaking schedule. I will be speaking in three different countries and presenting about the work in Hungary and in the Middle-East. I’m looking forward to meeting old friends and making some new ones! I hope I will be able to see you on one of these occasions. If we haven’t met yet, please do come up after the presentation and say hi. Below are the dates and I will update this post if any other dates come along. If your church, Bible study group, cell group etc would be interested in having me visit then please do contact me as soon as possible. I still have some free dates for Ireland, USA and of course Hungary and the surrounding area.

June 7th: Budapest, Hungary – Szabad Metodista Gyülekezet (1030-1200) (Kathy and girls will be with me)

June 21st: Limerick, Ireland – Mallow Street Christian Fellowship (1100-1300) (Zsuzsi, Katica and Mecseri Zsolt  will be with me)

June 21st: Castlebar, Ireland – Calvary Chapel (1730-1930)

June 22nd: Shannon, Ireland – Shannon Christian Church (2000-2200) (Zsuzsi, Katica and Mecseri Zsolt  will be with me)

July 5th: Budapest, Hungary – Szabad Metodista Gyülekezet (1030-1200) (Kathy and girls will be with me)

July 18th and 19th: Batavia, NY, USA – Northgate Free Methodist Church (July 18th at 6pm. July 19th at 0930 and 1100).

July 23rd: Cattaraugus, NY, USA – Cattaraugus Family Camp

July 24th: Pleasantville, PA, USA – Pleasantville Family Camp

July 26th: Warsaw, NY, USA – Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church (0900)

July 27th – 31st: Galion, OH, USA – Vocational Bible School at Gracepoint, Galion.

Service in Budapest

Yesterday was my first day working with the Budapest Free Methodist Church. As the ministry in Budapest has recently undergone some staff changes I offered to travel up once a week to help them with any ministry needs they have. As it is a vibrant, growing church there is plenty to do! Hopefully my Tuesdays here will contain time to meet with individuals for mentoring and pastoral care and time to help with the existing Bible study group. God willing I will also be able to lead a new Bible study group that the church would like to begin.Budapest Bible study

This is not a small undertaking on my behalf. Yesterday saw me leave home at 0700 and I returned home at about 2130. I travelled by car, train, bus and foot so please pray for safety as I travel to and from Budapest on a weekly basis. I of course want to build meaningful connections with people here (many who I know due to preaching here on a regular basis) and I am grateful for your prayers as I connect with more people and try to share the love of Christ with them.

Today I had the privilege of enjoying Bible study with a group of men and putting a bed together for the assistant pastor and his wife who have just had their first child.

This type of ministry is wonderful as I get to interact on a personal level with a lot of individuals. However it is also expensive to travel to Budapest. Would you our your church, cell group or Bible study group consider supporting me as I endeavour to carry out Kingdom work in Hungary? If so then feel free to contact me for details!

Do not worry!

A semon I preached on Matthew 6: 25-34 with Kathy as my translator at the Budapest Free Methodist on August 18th 2013. We hope you enjoy it!