Posts tagged ‘Győr’

2019 – A busy year ahead

As 2018 winds down, we are already deep into planning 2019. Here is a little of how it looks:

Continuing to develop the local work here in Győr – Bible studies, worship services, anti-trafficking work, counselling etc.

Focusing more on developing partnerships in Hungary with other churches and possible church planting efforts in other cities.

Trips to speak and minister in Ireland (January), Spain (February), America (June and July) and Ireland again in November. As of yet no dates for potential trips to Romania and Ukraine, but to be organised soon.

Conferences in UK (May) and Bulgaria (September)

Wedding of Zsuzsi and Zsolti in April.

Preparing for and welcoming new full-time partners to Győr (the Anderson family) in April.

VBS at a local orphanage in July.

We still have a limited number of free time slots where we can come and visit your church. Feel free to contact us and we can arrange dates and details.

We look forward to seeing many of you in 2019! May you all have a blessed and joyful Christmas and New Year!

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Washing machine and shoe boxes

I am pleased to report that in partnership with a sister church in Spain, our church in Győr, Hungary raised money to buy a new washing machine for Vis de Copil in Arad, Romania. We also were able to buy food and cleaning products and leave a substantial amount of money for building repairs.

Vis de Copil serve the poorest of the poor (the homeless, families where single unemployed mums look after multiple children, beggars, prostitutes and drug addicts). They offer a hot meal, a place to shower and wash clothes and education and safety for children. It is still awful to see little kids begging daily in Arad but I am grateful that Vis de Copil are doing something to help these little ones!

The current washing machine was on its last legs when I came with a mission team from our church in August. With much love and generosity we could provide this new machine. I am so grateful to our church family in Győr and also to our brothers and sisters in Spain! You are all wonderful, thank you!

Whilst in Arad I was also able to help unload about 400 Christmas shoe boxes from Ireland that arrived. What a blessing to serve in so many ways!

Quiz night

We had a wonderful quiz event this afternoon. Gerry was the quiz master and Kati translated and hosted all the guests. Nearly 30 people turned up and we had a total of 6 teams. The first place team won by just half a point which made for a very exciting finish.

Kati and I are actively attempting to build community and develop relationships. It was many, many hours of work for us but we hope and pray it will have served as an encouragement to the believers in our group and that some others may begin attending our services. Ultimately we hope that people will come to know the Lord and love Him as we do.

Mission trip to Romania

Our local church in Győr has sent a mission team to Arad, Romania. This is so exciting as we as a church are beginning to become more missionary and outward looking!

Our team made up of three men (Brian from Britain, Lucas from Brazil and myself) and two women (Petra from Hungary and my daughter Zsuzsi), will be working with the poor and needy of Arad. We will help cook, clean, play games, make crafts, sing songs and hold health clinics. Our local church raised a lot of money and this will provide one hot meal for about 50 people per day for up to four weeks!!!

Thank you to our local church for your support and thank you friends for praying for us as we serve this week. We arrived this afternoon and will stay until Thursday afternoon. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

2018 camp at local orphanage and a weekend of guests

Over the past three days we held our annual camp at a local institute for children. This year was truly amazing, we had a great group of kids and amazing volunteers. The video is purposefully dark and no kids are shown (to adhere to local laws). Do take the time to listen to the children sing beautifully a Christian song. We worked with about 20 kids daily and based our days around the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. Our volunteers of Ádám, András, Bianka, Csilla, Nárcisz, Viki and Zsuzsi really connected with the kids and being an all Hungarian team (apart from me) was brilliant! We played games, sang, had Bible stories and enjoyed hand crafts.

At times it is tough. Having a kid fall, then cry and when they are picked up they cry for their mother. We don’t know where mum is… Also seeing the younger kids in fear of the older boys is heart breaking. We are doing what we can to bring the light of Christ to these little ones. Many of these kids are in danger of being trafficked so we were pleased for a good conversation with one of the older girls and she has our phone numbers now and can contact us if she is in trouble.

It was also a weekend of guests. We were blessed to have Drew Price a Pastor from Bend, Oregon and his daughter Amanda, join us. Drew preached a great message on Sunday at church.

Also with us were Kevin and Natelle Austin. Kevin is the director of the Set Free Movement and he was in Győr to spend a little time with us. On Friday evening we took them all out for ice-cream in the city centre, then on Saturday morning I took them all to see the beautiful monastery in Pannonhalma. Afterwards we brought them all to a meal at a church members home and they enjoyed real Hungarian goulash soup cooked outside in a cauldron. It has been a busy few days and we are all very tired but grateful for what the Lord is doing in Győr!

New workers for the harvest

I am very excited to announce that we have a new family joining us in 2019 to help with ministry in Győr. The Anderson family have heard the Lord calling them to serve alongside us to reach the people of Hungary with the Good news.  Chadwick (Wick) and Sarah are parents of four young girls (Addison, Sophie, Ruby and Phoebe).

Wick is currently serving as the Pastor of family life at Moundford Free Methodist Church in Decatur, Illinois. Sarah is a qualified teacher and is currently homeschooling their four girls. They have put together a website and blog which you can find on  https://andersonfamily6.com/

They are currently beginning the process of raising partners (prayer and financial). AndersonIf you desire to partner in our ministry in Győr, you may like to prayerfully consider becoming a supporter of the Anderson family.

Worship in Győr

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.

A great weekend in Győr

This past weekend we had the pleasure of having our friends, the Ball family visit us in Győr. As you can see in the above photo, Spencer preached a message from our ongoing series (Fruit of the Holy Spirit). It was a wonderful message and we were very blessed. We had a great turnout at church (close to 40 people) and people were incredibly generous (all giving went to the Ball family).

My good friend, Jonathan Ball, who is 11, served as our greeter that day at church and I think we had so many people come as his smile is contagious!

I am excited at what is happening Győr at the moment. Weekly Bible studies for teens and adults, monthly University group, MOPS (Mothers of preschoolers) group, ladies coffee mornings and of course worship. We are growing in size and in faith! We are also seeing significant spiritual and emotiinal healing taking place in the lives of our people! Praise God for all he is doing!

Latest news from Győr

I have not been good at keeping up this blog over the last few months and for that I apologize. It doesn’t mean that we haven’t been deeply involved in ministry though! Below is a brief summary of some of our recent ministry events etc.

English language worship service is such a blessing and continues to grow. More and more people of all ages are joining us, with an equal mix of Hungarian and non-Hungarian at each service. All ages are represented and I feel blessed to have so many people join us for worship! Our attendance is regularly 30+ but it looks like this will continue to increase, praise God!

I’m learning Russian! I love the people we serve in Ukraine and I want to show them love and respect by learning to communicate with them in Russian. I also hope that the Lord will open doors for us to serve in other countries in the geographical area where Russian is widely spoken. Please pray for me as this is slow going!!!

We have had several guests also over the past months. Currently Wick and Sarah Anderson from America are here helping us with ministry. They are a wonderful couple who we connected with immediately. Wick will speak at our service tomorrow. Please pray for an anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Today our friend and colleague, Ildikó Kóber, came to Győr and taught an Inductive Bible study course for a group of ladies. These ladies want to know the Lord in a deeper way and Ildikó did an amazing job of making effective Bible study clear and easy to do.

Also, we have been involved in a significant amount of counselling for those struggling at the moment. Please pray for healing for those who we meet with. Zsuzsi and I were in Greece for a wonderful course in January and I feel the Lord directing our work through this teaching.

I am grateful to the Lord for how he continues to bless the work of our hands here. Both myself and my good lady are tired, so we would appreciate your prayers for rest and relaxation during this time of great ministry opportunities.

Excited about what God is doing in Europe!

IMG_9614.jpgOver the past week I was excited to see how the Holy Spirit is moving throughout Hungary and Europe. Last week in Budapest, we attended the bi-annual Free Methodist European conference. With 150 adults in attendance we were blessed to see a total of five men ordained (four from Bulgaria and one from Romania) and a further seventeen men and women called into a deeper relantionship with Christ as they explore the path towards ordination. Being involved in their education in a small way has allowed me to get to know many of these people and I am amazed at the way the Holy Spirit is moving in Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Portugal and Spain (to name just a few of the many countries represented). The leadership of the Free Methodist Church in Europe are men of God and are leading this denomination in an inspiring way. Bishop David Roller, Rev. Dr. Mitch Pierce, Rev. Josh Fajardo, Rev. Dr. David Carr OBE along with Europe area administrator Larry Winckles (the hardest working man I know), have done an amazing job of helping us catch a vision for reaching the lost for Christ.

Also a great blessing this week was to see our English language service continuing to grow! A total of 37 people attended with eight nationalities represented. Yesterday, I also got to visit the comfort zone group led by fellow missionary and friend Sarah Berta-Somogyi. A total of eight high schoolers were there for the first of two sessions. The ate food, played games, studied the Word of God (on the subject of encouragement) and had a lot of fun! I am very encouraged at the growth in ministry in Gyor but we continue to need your prayers and encouragement to keep reaching out to all we come into conatct with.

Thank you Kevin Austin for the photograph of the conference attendees sitting and standing.