Posts tagged ‘Győr’

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.

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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!

Northern Europe Prayer Journey

index.jpgI am excited to tell you about an event that is in the planning for 2018. The Northern Europe Prayer Journey will be an opportunity for any interested parties to find out more about the work of the Free Methodist Church in the countries of Belgium, France and Hungary, with visits to each of the aforementioned countries. There is also a possibility of visiting the UK and finding out more about the roots of Methodism. With visits to Brussels, Budapest, London and Paris (along with visits to Bruges, Oostende and Gyor) this will be an incredibly exciting and  immersive experience.

If you are interested in what the Lord is doing in Europe then this journey may be for you! Click on the link below for further details.

https://reformationtours.com/package/rlw18-europe-prayer-journey/

 

Great camp!

We had a wonderful three day camp with the kids at the Gyor orphanage this week. We had a small group of kids, 6 on the first day and 11 on the second and third days. This smaller number of kids allowed us plenty of time to interact with each child in a meaningful way. We played games, sang, had Bible stories based on the life of King David, hand crafts and English lessons every day. The kids enjoyed learning ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’, an egg and spoon race and making book markers.  

 We are very grateful to our volunteers for their hard work! Thank you Julia, Ildiko, Csilla, Zsuzsi, Katica, Adam and Zsolt! We are also very thankful to the staff at the home for allowing us to once again work with the kids. Also we are thankful for the wonderful meal you provided us with today.

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!

 

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. 

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! 

Chicks knit!

We took possession of six large boxes of clothes and blankets on Wednesday morning. These clothes were hand knitted by ladies in Northern Ireland and sent to Hungary to bless families in need.

We were able to give a number of beautiful clothes to children in Gyõr, however most of the clothes will now go to the east side of Hungary to the poorest area of the country.

Please be in prayer that those in the greatest need would receive these gifts of love from Ireland. 

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. 

Monthly English language service

Over the past 18 months, Rex and Linda Rinne, in partnership with our friend Sarah Berta-Somogyi (all are Lutheran missionaries) have been holding a monthly English language worship service in Gyõr. Sadly Rex and Linda are unable to continue but have been wonderful in handing over the service to me. This service is a blessing to people who want to learn English or improve their existing language knowledge. It also blesses a small group of people for whom English is their first language.

Yesterday evening a total of 28 people came together to worship the Lord, pray and hear a sermon. We had an excellent time of fellowship after the service! Special thanks to Sarah for organising so much!!! Please pray for Sarah. She is a mum of three young children, runs a wonderful youth group called ‘comfort zone’ for teens and administrative work for the English service! 

Our next service is October 9th and you are very welcome to join us!