Posts tagged ‘Pray’

Belgium visit

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting two churches in Belgium. The photos above are from a Free Methodist Church that meets in Brussels. The congregation which is led by Pastor Simeon is made up of Africans who now call Brussels home.

I was able to meet with church leaders, preach and plan for the future with them. Please pray for this group of believers as they reach out to their local community. They have a very dynamic youth group that meets after worship on Sunday mornings!

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On Saturday I traveled to Oostende where I spent time with a Free Methodist group which is made of Africans, Belgians and Latinos. Please pray for Pastors Jackie and Lawrence as they give leadership to this group.

Service in Budapest

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Today Zsuzsi and I served in Budapest. I preached on David, using 2 Samuel 9 and 11 and Zsuzsi was my translator.

I have been serving every second week in Budapest by teaching English at a family help centre and I had invited the whole class to come hear me preach. I was delighted when several of the group turned up! Please pray that the Holy Spirit would work in their hearts.

For Zsuzsi it was her third time translating this week as she also translated for an American Lutheran pastor Monday (in front of 400 people) and at Friday night youth group. Please pray for her as she prepares for exams in n May and University studies from September.

Do you look at people through the cross?

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Today whilst in Táp, we took this photo in the village. It made Kati wonder whether or not we see people through or from the perspective of the cross of Christ?

We tend to look at people as friends, family, neighbours etc. We love, like or sometimes  dislike them but do we often see them as people who need Christ? Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.

Yet through Christ we have the free gift of salvation. John 3:16 “For God so loved the World that He sent His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

Please continue to pray for Táp and the wonderful work going on there. Our prayer is that the entire village would accept Christ as Saviour!

Ordinations in Bulgaria

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I have had the pleasure of being in Sofia, Bulgaria this week at the European Free Methodist conference. With America, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Congo, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, UK, Ukraine and Zimbabwe represented we had a truly international group!

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The conference has been filled with excellent teaching on church planting, intentional discipleship and a superb panel based discussion on three distinct subjects: alcohol, homosexuality and the refugee crisis in Europe.

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For me the highlight of the conference was tonight as we ordained three new elders! Please pray for Angel and Carmelo who will continue to serve in Spain and Péter in Hungary as they assume the responsibilities of ordained ministers.

Tonight we also accepted my friend Abwe Mulonda as a conference candidate. Please pray for him and his church in Monaghan, Ireland. He is pictured below on my left with Lawrence from Belgium on my right.

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Helping social workers

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Twice a month as part of her ministry, Kati is teaching English to social workers in Budapest. These social workers are helping to mediate in difficult family situations, work with refugees, help the needy etc.

By helping them with their English language skills Kati is indirectly helping the refugees in Hungary at the moment.

Please pray that she would have an opportunity to witness to them about the love of Christ.

Fun at the orphanage!

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We had a lot of fun at the orphanage today! I (Gerry) have started to accompany Kati to the orphanage on Monday afternoons.

We played card games like Solo and Ketchup, did drawing and colouring and practised English a little. We had seven kids with us today (one who is new to the orphanage), and it was a blessing to be with them.

The director of the orphanage has asked us to hold a Christmas service for the kids December 6th! What an honour and a great opportunity to preach the Gospel! The director has also asked us for practical help with a food drive.

Please pray for us as we work with the kids to have patience and wisdom. We noticed some young men hanging around the orphanage as we entered. Some of them act as pimps to young girls.
Please pray that Gerry would have an opportunity to talk to them and that these men would come to Christ.

If you wish to help we would be grateful for handicrafts. Neither of us are talented with handcrafts but occasionally others help and the kids really enjoy this activity.

Furniture for the needy

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Yesterday we were able to bless two families by delivering a total of eleven (11) pieces of used kitchen furniture to them in Táp.

It is often the way that as we deliver food, clothing and furniture to the needy that God gives us an opportunity to witness of His love.

Please pray for the lady who kindly donated the furniture, Gerry had a time to chat with her and she seemed opened to the Gospel. Also please pray for both families that this ministry would open doors for further conversation and more opportunities to witness.

Set free movement

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Yesterday Kati and I traveled to Budapest to participate in a conference on human trafficking. Rev. Kevin Austin, leader of The Set Free Movement spoke passionately about the estimated 36 million people worldwide who are modern day slaves. He strongly asserted that a single individual can make a difference and gave wonderful examples of this. Yet if we work together as one, then how much more can we achieve!

Several churches and organisations were represented and were also given the opportunity to speak about their work in Hungary. With an estimated 36,000 people in slavery (either in labour or prostitution) it is a significant issue in the country.

This morning Kathy continued her ministry (now on a weekly basis) with the children in the kids home. With up to 70% of these children affected by prostitution, her work is invaluable in preventing more children being exploited. Please pray for her in this ministry and pray that all these people would indeed be ‘Set Free’.

New school year

Exciting times are ahead!

Csilla has just started university in Veszprém this week. Zsuzsi and Katica are starting tomorrow. It is Zsuzsi’s third and Katica’s first year in high school. Please pray for a great school year for them and the other students.

Today Zsuzsi, Katica and I delivered the school supplies, some food and other essencials we purchased for the childrens home. The social workers and the children were very thankful. 

Thank you to those who gave towards this and are praying for us. Every contribution makes a difference, however small! “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” /2 Corinthians.9:7/

Please continue to pray as I (Kathy) begin helping some of the children and maybe a staff member with their English at the home.

Take time to look at the pictures we took today. As you can see the kids were really happy for the gifts. 🙂

Blessings from the McNamara family! 

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Back to school

It has been several years since I last had to really study (2009 actually for ordination) and I had forgotten how very exhausting study can be.

For the last two weeks I have been in Budapest on a CELTA intensive course. This is a course to train as a teacher of English as a foreign language. Although I already have a similar qualification (TEFL), I feel I need another qualification to help me get a new job (you may remember that my position at the university finished recently).

My days typically start at 06.30, school is 0900 to 1700 and then study, lesson plans and assignments till 0100.

I have very little energy at the moment but I am grateful to friends in Budapest for feeding me at the weekend! I was privileged to preach yesterday in Budapest and I have been enjoying teaching our church leaders English.

Please pray for me as I study, write and teach. Also please pray for my four girls at home as they have extra to do without me to help .
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