Posts tagged ‘Hungary’

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!

 

Invitation to Sopron

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Gerry brought a message from Exodus on supporting one another and we enjoyed a time of prayer and worship together. After the service, we enjoyed a long (and delicious) lunch together and then Kati and I got to have a walk in Sopron. Yesterday was the first day with sunshine and temperatures above freezing in a very long time and it was a pleasure to see the sun!

Please be in prayer for them all – Sarah and Tamas and their three girls, Jon and Dora and their son, Audrey, Melissa, Samantha and Stephanie

A wonderful week of teaching in Budapest

I was privileged last week to enjoy co-teaching a course on Free Methodist history and polity with my colleague and friend Larry Winckles. With people representing Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain it was a wonderful, multicultural week.

The youngest participant was 19 and the oldest was 73! Yet all contributed in a meaningful way and many friendships were built that will last into eternity. Many of those involved are ministerial candidates and are considering ordination in the future.

With Church history, policies and procedures, theological distinctives and ethical case studies, the week was jam packed! We did however find time to enjoy walks in Budapest, good food and an evening of board games! Please pray for these men and women as they minister in their communities!

Christmas Carol Service

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We had the pleasure of leading an English language carol service in Győr this afternoon. Although the attendance was smaller than we hoped (we were 26 in total), we were delighted to be with those who turned up and it was a great blessing to also welcome people via the internet as we live streamed the service on Facebook. People from Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Romania, the USA,and the UK were among some of the countries who joined us this way.  We also had our good friends and colleagues Ildikó and Julia join us in person from Budapest. Thank you ladies for making the trip from Budapest to be with us!

We sang a number of traditional Christmas hymns such as ‘Silent Night’ and ‘O come all ye faithful’. We particularly enjoyed a solo of ‘Go tell it on the mountain’ by our friend and missionary colleague Sarah Berta-Somogyi.  Sarah is a missionary with the Lutheran church and it is through her hard work and contacts that we are able to use the Lutheran church facilities for free. Thank you Sarah!

Many others helped of course. Thanks to András, Gwen, Kathy, Yoli, Katica, Attila, Zsolti and Zsuzsi!

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!

 

Report from Northgate

The following video is a report from the team that recently joined us in ministry at the orphanage in Győr where we serve on a weekly basis. The team were with us in Hungary for nine days and served at the orphanage for five days. I hope you find the video interesting and informative!

Pray for the Millers!

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The Miller family from America are currently in Hungary on a vision trip. Gerry enjoyed spending a few hours with them today showing them Gyõr. They are prayerfully considering moving to Hungary as a missionary family.

They are not sure where in Hungary God is calling them too
and what their exact mission would be. However they desire to work with the needy and downtrodden.

Please pray that they would sense God’s leading and also that they could raise funds for this mission.

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!

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.

Refugee crisis in Hungary

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Free clothing at keleti train station, Budapest.

To say we feel overwhelmed by the current refugee situation is an understatement. Daily between 2000-3000 people enter Hungary illegally from neighbouring Serbia. These people are fleeing war torn Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

The Hungarian government has struggled to deal with this incredible influx of humanity. Many organisations are providing food, clothing and medical care.

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The world assembly of Muslim youth providing food at Keleti train station, Budapest

I (Gerry) am currently trying to get permission to enter one of the largest refugee centres to hold an English language Bible study/worship time. Many but not all of these refugees are Muslim. With my experience of working in the Middle East I hope to be able to reach many with the Gospel. Please pray that the doors would open wide before me.

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A small group of refugees outside the Gyor train station

If you wish to support this situation then please feel free to either contact me or if you are in America you can donate through the following link (using the label ‘Refugees in Hungary’): https://give.fmcusa.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1278