Back in Hungary…Great Family Time– Finally the Chun’s made it home from their two month trip to the states. Family, special friends all contributed to a great “family” time. It was a good transition for Levi (short for Levente) who is now beginning to see himself as a “CHUN.” Although a month late for school the kids are catching up quickly. Niki is in a special class – one girl, ten boys? We are thinking about making a change there.
Balancing Act – Baseball, Logos the Language School, Orphanage (Miskolc and Berretyoujfalu), Refugee Camp work, Handicapped work , Women’s Ministry (Marvelous Light), Using Coffee to touch lives (Coffee outreach), Adult American Football, School Basketball and English Classes everywhere!
Hmmm….I am glad that Kara Mckenzie has signed up for another year (or more) for work in Debrecen. Phillip Hildebrand arrived in Miskolc in September and hasn’t stopped running! (Ah, the passion of youth). They are our newest “tentmakers.” What is that exactly? The Apostle Paul did it…he made tents…and in doing so he worked amongst the people building relationships and supporting himself.
Kara and Phillip are hard at work learning to feed, house, travel and minister in Hungary. I think I’ll let them tell you their stories…….
Just a little over a year ago I came to Hungary to touch lives through language. At times I am simply astounded at the doors that open to me, based on the mere fact that I am a native English speaker! I’ve participated on judging panels for English competitions with heads of education for Hungary and the EU – my only qualification was that I am a native speaker. Wow! Now I have reached a point where I have become a tent-maker. My ability to teach English has opened doors for me to support myself by teaching at 2 language schools. I still teach with LOGOS, but now I am also working for Katedra language school.
Missionaries with the International Mission Board (IMB) run this University outreach. Once a week we rent a room at a local panzio near city center and welcome people to a friendly, non-threatening environment. This is a place for people who are “window-shopping” Christianity. We serve coffee, tea and snacks and plan an activity for our guests so that they can meet people from around the world and interact with native English speakers. While building relationships with different people (students, orphans, refugees, etc) I have found this ministry outreach to be invaluable. It is a light-hearted wholesome event that I can invite people too. More often than not these individuals do not know me well enough (yet) to feel comfortable coming to my home. This ministry provides the perfect place for strengthening budding relationships, and from there we can provide people with options to dig deeper into Scripture (i.e. church, Men/Women’s Bible Studies).
This is a brand new ministry with a focus on Women in the “College/Career” phase of life (roughly ages 18-35). God gave me a vision and a passion for this ministry early this spring. There are so many young women in Debrecen and the surrounding area that have no interest in sports. Partnering with female, Hungarian Christians we are working to reach out to this demographic. Through Connections Coffee House, Language teaching, and Women’s Bible Study we are striving to reach the lost, and disciple the saved. As we work to build relationships with these women it currently means running all over the city and drinking a lot of coffee. The Connections Coffee House and the Women’s Bible Study (which meets once a week in my home) are the stable activities that we can invite people to.
Berettyóújfalu Orphanage & Music
After spending several weeks in Summer Camps I had plenty of opportunities to interact with orphans from a town called Berettyoújfalu (about 30 km south of Debrecen). Currently I am going there on Friday afternoons. I have one piano student and we spend about a half hour working together, and then we play with the other kids in the duplex. We are hoping and praying to get a translator so that we can begin doing Bible Stories with them.
PLEASE PRAY! Each of these ministries can only be effective with YOUR help! Pray for the people we are reaching out to, and come into contact with. Pray for each person we partner with (Calvary Chapel Debrecen, IMB, etc). Please keep me in your prayers as I work to balance my schedule and learn the Hungarian language. There are so many ministry opportunities and it is important to stay closely in tune with exactly where the Holy Spirit wants us to be.
Paul said in his first letter to the Corinthians that “Everything is permissible – but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible – but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others” (1 Corinthians 10:23-24).
This is why it is so important for all of us at GSI to balance our schedules. There are many amazing opportunities, and we’ve all reached a point where it is necessary to discern exactly what God wants us to do in this season. Sometimes a distraction can come along dressed as an amazing opportunity. Pray for wisdom and discernment for each of us that we may glorify God in ALL of our work.
English and Sports
English and Sports
As the newest GoodSports Intern, I am living and working in Miskolc. A teacher of English at the Avasi Gimnazium, I have a bunch of kids who think I am the best at English! (little do they know). I help coach the school basketball team and get this…TWO adult American Football teams have hired me to be on their coaching staff in Nyiregyhaza and Budapest. Our new all star team from both Miskolc and Nyiregyhaza just beat the Budapest Cowboys (ranked second in the country!).
Kids who shape my life
Kids who shape my life
But the real sharing of my life is with the kids at the Diosgyori Children’s home. We have started a bible study on Monday’s and every month we are starting a children’s church service. We discovered that sometimes the church has to go to the kids and not the other way around.
A lot is going on…but I love it. My prayer is that you will lift the work I do in prayer. We need lots of things, but prayer tops the list…