Posts tagged ‘Prayer’

Great things happening in Greece!

This weekend I have had the privilege of being in Thessaloniki, Greece to connect with Church leaders and to teach. The Anagenesis Thessaloniki Church is a wonderful group of believers from many nations with a vision to reach the people of Greece and a desire to reach and serve the many refugees currently in  the country.

Mike and Maria Long along with several others give leadership to this group of believers. They are truly compassionate in their desire to reach the lost. Please be in prayer for Thessaloniki!

Teaching in Belgium

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Group discussion in Oostende

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Basket full of love

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Pastor Jackie and his wife Ching

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Pastor Lawrence and his translator Denisse

Myself and Katica had a great long weekend in Belgium. I taught at the Free Methodist churches in both Oostende and Diksmunde. Teaching on the subject of healthy churches was very well received!!! All the sessions were well attended and we had some dynamic discussion!

I love their idea of a basket full of love. Here church members can put food products etc into the basket and those in need can take
out whatever they want.

These folks were so welcoming and friendly! With excellent fellowship and meals after each session, Katica and I were blessed to have spent the weekend with them! Please continue in prayer for Pastors Jackie and Lawrence and the members of their congregations.

Pray for Ukraine

The past few days I have been in Kiev, making contacts with individuals, churches and mission organisations. Overall it has been very successful and eye-opening. Originally I was going to meet with ministry workers in Rivne but due to their current health problems they asked me to come another time. Therefore I used the time to develop new relationships in Kiev.

Kiev is a city rich in history, much of it very recent history.

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I don’t wish to comment on politics but I do ask that you pray for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. They have suffered terribly and they need Christ.

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Ukraine is a country rich in religious tradition but statistics put the number of true believers at less than 2% of the population.

I did met several wonderful believers though!

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Vitaly is the director of the Ukrainian Education Centre. This library/Christian resource centre is used for Bible studies, English classes, discipleship etc. Please pray for Vitaly as he leads this ministry!

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Vika (Viktoria) is a young believer. She is currently studying in seminary and has a passion to work with children. Please pray for her as she seeks God’s leading in her life and as she faces some tough challenges.

I made several other good connections and am grateful to all those who took time out of their busy schedule to meet with me!

From Ukraine… with love

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I, (Gerry) am currently in Kiev on a trip exploring possibilities of developing partnerships here to see Kingdom expansion.

Originally I was going to Rivne to visit Free Methodists there, encourage and teach them. Sadly they family are unwell and therefore I am using my time in Kiev to visit churches, pastors and look at what Christian materials they have available (in Russian and Ukrainian) for our leaders.

So far I have four meetings set up and appreciate your prayers that these would go well and be a blessing to all involved.

Answered prayers and future plans

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We are thankful to the Lord for the wonderful strides we are making in the orphanage. More and more kids are joining us for games, English lessons and sports every week! As they join us we begin to talk about their hopes and fears, dreams for the future and develop relationships that we pray will last into eternity!!!

Until recently we had really only connected well with the younger kids but now the Lord has opened up the hearts of the older teenagers and we are seeing them join us more and more in activities.

Very soon, both ‘L’ and ‘K’ turn 18. Please pray that we can continue to strengthen our relationship with them both as they have to leave the orphanage because of turning 18.

Our plans for a five day camp at the orphanage with a team from the Northgate Free Methodist Church continue to move forward and we look forward to hosting the team in July. Please do pray for this team of seven people as they come to serve in Hungary!

Over whelmed

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UPDATE!!! January 20th

Thanks for your prayers over the past days. This evening at 7pm (after I got back from ministry in Budapest) we went to visit this family. We brought meat, vegetables and bread. Sadly we were greeted with tears as the father died yesterday. We spoke with his wife, she is heartbroken. Please pray for her. She, ‘L’, is raising three of her grandchildren without any help as the mother of those children (her daughter) works the streets as a prostitute and is very unwell physically. With little money, food and wood for heating their situation is desperate. ‘L’ has to go for an operation in March. Pray we can help find care for the children when she is in hospital. We are praying for a miracle.

Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

UPDATE finished.

The last couple of days have been tough. A family we have worked with and helped for a many years are going through some really difficult times. The father (who is diabetic and in a wheelchair) just had two strokes and is in a coma.

One of his daughters called me Sunday to tell me they had no food in the house, no firewood and a couple of the kids are unwell. This year alone 35 people have frozen to death in Hungary (many because they cannot afford to heat their homes). I knew I had to help as soon as possible.

When I got to the house I discovered a hole in the wall (covered in the pictures by black plastic and cardboard). Kids poorly dressed, unclean and ill. Sadly two of the adult daughters have been exploited and trafficked.

We (Kati and I), got them food, clothes and vitamins. A wonderful Christian man I asked to help provided a huge amount of firewood and we delivered it today. Please pray for the ‘H’ family.

I personally feel overwhelmed. I have prayed for them and spoke to them about Christ. I’m not asking for money!!! If it was given to them it would be spent on recreational drugs or something unnecessary. I am asking for prayer. I just don’t know what else we can do to help… Sadly this story is repeated in many homes throughout Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and other former communist countries in Europe. Those of us ministering in these situations need your prayer. Thank you!

Christmas service at the orphanage

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Today we went to the orphanage to hold a Christmas service for the kids. What an honour to present the Gospel to these kids! Nine of the twelve kids were present and we enjoyed singing worship songs, a drama presentation, prayer and the giving of gifts.

Afterwards we had some really meaningful chats with the kids. One of the older boys (L – 17 years old) and Gerry talked for a good twenty minutes. Please pray that this will open the door for further conversation in the future.

We are grateful to so many people. Financial support from a kids group in New York, local fellowship folks who made beautiful cards with Bible verses and donated soft toys, and you all for praying for these kids!

One of the older boys got the following verse: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Our prayer is that all these kids will know the truth and be set free!!!

Cinema with the kids

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Today we had the pleasure of bringing six of the kids from the orphanage to the cinema. For Mark it was only his second time at the cinema and he had a blast! All the kids enjoyed a 3D movie with plenty of soft drinks and sweets!

This Sunday we will go to the orphanage to hold a Christmas service and give gifts to the kids. Please be in prayer that the Gospel message would touch them and the carers who are present.

Many thanks to a great group of kids in New York State in the USA for raising support for this work!

When the game stands tall

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‘When the game stands tall’ is a movie based on a true story about a high school American football team being led by a man of faith. Tonight the young people at the Friday night club are watching it. Led by Kathy this evening, a group of 15 came together to worship God, fellowship and enjoy the movie.

It was great to meet Marci this evening. This young man with special needs recently came to the Lord (at the end of August) and he finds this group a place of acceptance and love. We are honoured and blessed to know these young leaders that God is raising up!

Please continue to pray for these young men and women! Please pray in particular for Aisling and Reni the main leaders of the group.

USA financial support

Occasionally we have requests for information from people in America wondering how they can financially support us. Well there are two ways to do so now. Firstly you can pay via PayPal using the ‘Donate’ button located on this page. Secondly you can also now donate (either as a one time gift or as a recurring payment) via the following page:

https://give.fmcusa.org/donation/csa-hungary—mcnamara-imsa     (you need to look at the left hand side of the pages, click on countries and then click on ‘Hungary – McNamara IMSA’).

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Donations are how we live. It is not fun to ask but without asking you may not know of the need. All the work we do needs financing. Whether it is taking orphans to the zoo, bringing food and clothes to the needy, traveling to a church to preach or providing a hot meal to the homeless we need support. We cannot do this work alone. We want you to be our partner. We understand that many people are requesting support, charities are in constant need. Prayer is the greatest support you can give us. After that we are grateful for your kind words of encouragement via snail mail or e-mail. if you feel led then we are grateful for your financial support.

Soon I (Gerry) will be taking a trip to America. I will be in Florida, Ohio, New York State and Pennsylvania. In an upcoming post I will gives dates, times and places of where I will be presenting about both the work in Hungary and in the Middle-East. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment here if you would like more information.