Posts tagged ‘Support’

McNamara Christmas 2018 newsletter

Please not that this newsletter has been sent to a number of churches that support us. The newsletter itself has been slightly modified for the internet.

Dear Friends,
A big Hello! from Győr, Hungary. After an unusually warm Autumn, the weather has recently turned very cold and we expect to see snow soon. We have really enjoyed this wonderful weather and are already looking forward to Spring 2019.

We are so pleased to report that ministry in Győr has grown incredibly well this last year and we are seeing so much fruit! Our many years of faithfulness and hardwork are being blessed by the Lord! Our local church has grown, as have all the related ministry programs. We have more and more people coming to worship regularly and they are also bringing friends and family with them. MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers) is growing significantly, with up to ten young mums present on each occassion. The ladies coffee morning has had as many as twelve women present when they meet and is helping to bring women closer to God and to have a place where they can discuss significant issues in their lives. We now have two Bible study groups, one in English and one in Hungarian and are grateful that God is raising up local leaders who are taking responsibility to lead. Our high school program has as many as twenty five teenagers coming together! We also continue our ministry in the orphanage and had a great VBS there in July. We also continue to offer counselling for those experiencing marriage difficulties and for others who are struggling with problems, such as mental health issues. I am pleased to report that one couple I counselled with this year have experienced the healing power of Christ and are living in marriage together rather than in divorce! God is good! Please pray for wisdom and strenght as we meet and counsel people who are stuggling in life.

I was blessed to travel this year. Although I didn’t make it to Ireland (which I am sad about), I did make it to England. I was pleased to play a part in encouraging a partnership between Garstang Free Methodist Church and our work in Ukraine. The church in Garstang is helping to financially and prayerfully support this ministry in Rivne, Ukraine, which involves alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Contact me if you would like to know more!

I also traveled to Romania with a mission team from the Győr church we lead. Five of us worked with the homeless and the poorest of the poor. We peeled vegetables, played games with kids, did handcrafts and offered medical care. Our church raised money and we were able to stock the shelves and freezer of the ministry centre for a whole month. We also saw the need for a new washing machine (the old one was falling apart) and our local church (along with a sister church in Spain), have raised the funds to buy a new washing machine. Other travels included preaching and teaching in Belgium, studying church planting in Greece and education and leadership meetings in Spain.

We also continue to be very involved in figthing human-traffiking. We were involved in rescusing a young woman we know from a dangerous situation in Greece back in April. It was complex, with numerous people involved, including the Greek police, the Hungarian embassy in Greece and others. After a short stay in hospital in Greece she was returned to Hungary, where both Kathy and I visited her and her infant child. We prayed with her, gave her advice and promised to help her as we could. She promptly went back into a former dangerous and unhealthy relationship. Much of ministry is discouraging and frustrating. Pray with us for this young woman ‘L’.

Support is becoming an issue for us. Unfortunately I just received an e-mail from a wonderful pastor who is leading a church that has been one of our main supporting contributors. The church has run into a difficult financial situation and therefore has decided to stop supporting us. We absolutely understand that finances are often a difficult area for many churches, however, without your support this work will struggle to carry on. Don’t misunderstand, we are in no immediate danger of stopping this ministry, but if we lost another large supporter it would have a significant impact on our ability to serve. Would you or your church be willing to commit to us? Perhaps you know of someone seeking a way of supporting God’s work? If so, let them know about our ministry.

Our three daughters are all well. All three are in University now. Csilla is studying social education and is due to receieve her degree in May of 2019. Zsuzsi is also studying social education and separately she is studying theology for a second degree. Katica started studying physiotherapy in September. Both Csilla and Zsuzsi live at home but Katica has moved to Pécs in the south of Hungary (about a four hour drive) and we miss seeing her every day! Zsuzsi is engaged and her wedding is scheduled for April 13th of 2019. She is engaged to Zsolt Mecséri, a wonderful young man who came to Christ through our ministry in Győr. Zsolt recently finished his University degree and is an engineer.

We are grateful that you are our partners in this ministry and without your prayer and financial support, none of this would be possible. Please feel free to write to us, ask us more questions and send us encouraging notes We enjoy hearing from you!

Enjoy some photos from ministry this past year$

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Report from Romania mission trip

It has been a busy and really hot couple of days here in Romania. This has led us all to be exhausted but really joyful at all we have been a part of. From helping to prepare meals, make crafts, play football and sing songs with kids to medical checks and shopping for food we have enjoyed serving in small ways.

Visiting a shanty town area on the edge of Arad was a real eye opener for some of the team members. The level of poverty is nearly indescribable. No clean or running water, sick children (one very unwell child I examined), streets and homes surrounded by filth and debris, kids without shoes and in filthy clothes. Yet there is hope. Hope in Christ. Hope brought by Philip More and the Vis de Copil charity. Hot meals provided to up to 50 or 60 people per day (poor kids and the homeless). A place to wash clothes and have a hot shower. A place where people are welcomed no matter their financial situation. A place without judgement where the love of Christ is evident.

So here is your chance to do something. Don’t just read this blog. Act on it. Support Vis de Copil. http://www.achildsdream.co.uk and go to support and give a little.

You can also support us by providing us with craft materials. Due to the VBS we held in July at the orphanage, this trip to Romania and several other programs, we have very few craft materials left. Contact me and I will send you details of how to provide us with crafts.

Mission trip to Romania

Our local church in Győr has sent a mission team to Arad, Romania. This is so exciting as we as a church are beginning to become more missionary and outward looking!

Our team made up of three men (Brian from Britain, Lucas from Brazil and myself) and two women (Petra from Hungary and my daughter Zsuzsi), will be working with the poor and needy of Arad. We will help cook, clean, play games, make crafts, sing songs and hold health clinics. Our local church raised a lot of money and this will provide one hot meal for about 50 people per day for up to four weeks!!!

Thank you to our local church for your support and thank you friends for praying for us as we serve this week. We arrived this afternoon and will stay until Thursday afternoon. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

Support ministry in Romania


I had the pleasure of being with the Ball family in Arad, Romania these past two days. The Balls (Spencer, Lynsey, Trinity and Jonathan) are working with the poorest of the poor and serving Christ faithfully. Their love and huge hearts for reaching the unloved is so very evident. In the photo above you can see the kids skipping with home-made ropes that Spencer and Lynsey bring their weekly kids Bible group in Vinga (a village near Arad). 

Part of the ministry is that the Ball family help to provide food, clothing, medicine and pastoral care to these Roma (Gypsy) communities. Very few people are reaching these little ones…

Would you be willing to support this ministry? If the Lord puts this family and their ministry on your hearts then please contact me for further details. 

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!

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

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.

Trip to the zoo

Today we had the pleasure of taking three children from one of the orphanages we work with to the zoo.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better day! The weather was just perfect, the animals were very active and the kids enjoyed themselves so much 🙂

My personal favourite was the dwarf hippo. This guy really needs a dental appointment!

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Come summer we are planning a Christian camp with these kids. Your prayers are greatly needed as we connect with the kids, social workers and volunteers over the coming weeks. Feel free to e-mail us if you would like to be involved or if you want to support this work.

Blessing children

Today we had the privilege of working with 12 kids at a local orphanage. Kathy, Zsuzsi and Katica along with four others taught the kids a Bible verse, played games and spoke to them about their need for a personal relationship with Christ.

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This is a regular monthly event. Please be in prayer for these kids and for all those who faithfully serve.

Also would you consider supporting this work? We provide hand craft materials (pictured above), snacks and Bibles. You can partner with us in this ministry by clicking on the donate button on this page.