Posts tagged ‘Middle East’

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!

 

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The persecuted Church 

As many of you know I had the honour of serving with the persecuted Church in the Middle East. It was an amazing experience that included smuggling in Bibles and Christian literature with the possible penalty being execution. 

People came to Christ, worshipping communities grew large and several churches and groups were planted. Christians are aware of the persecution that is happening in the world to believers but many only know a small part of the story. Would you and your church like to know more, to be better informed?

I would like to give you an opportunity to hear about what is truly happening in the Middle East today! I desire for believers to be well informed and praying knowledgeably for the persecuted Church. If you want to know more please contact me. I am willing to travel and speak in your Church or Bible study group.

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

Book now available in printed form

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http://www.amazon.com/Light-Darkness-Christianity-Saudi-Arabia/dp/1515348210/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1438693278&sr=1-9&keywords=light+in+the+darkness

My book on the persecuted church in Saudi Arabia is now available in printed form from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. The reaction to the Kindle book has been amazing and at one stage the book hit number 14 on books on evangelism and number 19 on books on missions and mission work!!!

I will also have a few copies available for purchase from me (cheaper than from amazon) for people in Hungary, the suggested donation is 1,200huf however if you cannot afford a book I will gladly gift you one, don’t be afraid to ask friends!. At the moment the book is only available in English but I do plan to have it translated into Hungarian and hopefully in the future into Arabic also.

This really is the work of a complete amateur and I apologize for the many mistakes but please know that I worked with my heart and I hope and pray that this book will be a blessing. Again twenty percent of any profits will be given to the persecuted church.

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

Kindle book

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I would like to announce that I have published a book. ‘Light in the Darkness: Christianity in Saudi Arabia’ is my first attempt at writing. It is a record of my year of ministry whilst there. Obviously I don’t give any real names of people, but I hope it will give Christians a much better understanding of what the persecuted church is undergoing in the Middle East. I’m very grateful to those of you who partnered with us in prayer during my time there. Twenty percent of any profits will be given to the persecuted church.

As of yet there is no print copy available but I hope that in the near future physical copies will be available for sale. I’ll update you when this happens.

If you would like to purchase a copy, you can do do on any of the Amazon websites. The book is available for Kindle, Android and PC. I’d be happy to hear your comments!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B010T2CUXS?keywords=light%20in%20the%20darkness&noEncodingTag=1&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70&qid=1435911119&redirectFromSS=1&sr=8-11

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B010T2CUXS/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1435911265&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SY200_QL40&keywords=light+in+the+darkness&dpPl=1&dpID=41EARk8GFeL&ref=plSrch

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?

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.

Trip to Ireland

In June, several of us McNamara’s will be in Ireland for just over a week and we would be delighted to visit you and your church, home group and/or Bible study group and give a presentation on both our ministry work in Hungary and in the Middle East.

We will be available from June 17th to June 24th and we are willing to travel around Ireland. I will be speaking in Mallow Street Hall on June 21st and I will give a special presentation on the work of the persecuted church in the Middle East then and the work of smuggling Bibles that I have been involved in (we would love to see you, why not come and visit us in Limerick that morning!) If your group has an evening meeting on the 21st that is currently free but I suspect it will be filled soon, so first come first serve!

If you would like us to present then please feel free to use the form below to leave a comment or call me on 0036203846042.

Easter celebrations

This Sunday we had a wonderful time of Bible study, prayer, worship and fellowship as we celebrated the risen Lord! We were blessed by Yoli and Zsolti leading us in worship, Katica and Kathy taught the children and Gerry lead the teaching time. We remembered the sacrifice of Christ as we partook in communion together. Afterwards we enjoyed a wonderful meal and then had a serious discussion on the direction of our group and how we can reach more people for Christ. I am so blessed by all these great men and women of Christ and I’m very impressed at how the young people are growing in their faith.

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The underground church in the Middle East met on Friday. Last year I was blessed to celebrate Easter with them. Please continue to pray for believers who are not free to worship Christ without fear of persecution.

Today then we had the Hungarian tradition of ‘locsolás’. On Easter Monday, males sprinkle their female relatives and close friends with water. It is one of the oldest traditions and it symbolizes rebirth, purity and fertility. The picture below is from last year and is of Zsuzsi being doused with water by Zsolti.

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