summer is over and it's time for us to share with you what's been happening in our lives & the ministry here in Szeged.
because we haven't really been able to take a furlough in a couple of years I took 6 weeks off of teaching and preaching at Golgota Szeged. partly to rest & recharge and partly to step back and let God speak to me about the next season of ministry. my 6 week sabbatical started with us attending the Eastern European Leadership Conference (Foundations Conference) at the Calvary Chapel Conference Center in Vajta. to make a long story short there was a lot of spiritual attack upon us there because Satan didn't want us to stay there. It was there that God spoke to me through Pastor Rich Chaffin that I need to be fellowshipping and encouraging other pastors. In August I began this new season of visiting/encouraging other pastors. for me to have the time to do this I've stopped teaching private English students. This makes money even tighter but I know that this is what God is calling me to do and will provide for us as I seek to share with other pastors the things I've learned over the years so that they'd be encouraged that their labor for the Kingdom of God isn't in vain. along with visiting other pastors I'll be spending more time investing into the men in our church and using technology (mainly skype) to encourage a pastor who came out of Golgota Szeged and is now ministering in north eastern Hungary.
another thing that is happening in Golgota Szeged is somewhat of a restructure of the different ministries in the church to allow for more people to get involved in different aspects of ministry. we're really excited to see what God is going to do through this to expand the ministry of Golgota Szeged.
summer is usually a down time for us but this summer wasn't. we give glory to God for the new believers and those Christians who were not attending church anywhere but found us via our webpage. now that school is back in we're pretty much full on Sunday mornings which presents us with a (good) problem. if we continue to see this kind of growth we're going to have to look to expand to a larger facility. we're just waiting to see what God does.
we're currently organizing a youth outreach with the Szeged Baptist Church. The national Baptist church is bringing over a group from the UK called Superhero (www.superhero.org.uk) to do 3 outreach concerts. Because we have a very good relationship with the Baptists here in Szeged they asked for our help because we have some experience organizing a concert like this. We're praying that God will fill the hall with 500-600 people to hear the Gospel. A group call The Bible League will be giving everyone at the concert 2 brand new copies of a simplified translation of the Hungarian Bible. I'm super excited that Gábor, who is leading our little youth group, will be taking a large role in helping with things for this concert.
this summer two teams from Golgota Szeged went to Romania to minister at a two week youth camp at a gypsy village. a few of the new believers came back with a new vision to be on mission for the Kingdom of God.
we as a church are praying and pursuing missions opportunities both locally and in other countries. I know my life was changed when I went on a two-week missions trip in 1993. I'm hoping that God would do similar things in the lives of the believers at Golgota Szeged.
the end of summer saw us celebrate Kiera's 1st and Zara's 3rd birthdays. Zara began kindergarten at the beginning of September and loves it.
With Kiera getting bigger life is getting a little easier and Odi is getting more freedom to be part of the church life again.
this winter will be 3 years since we've been to the States so we'd really like to go next year. as a family of 4 it's not going to be cheap (probably between $4000-5000 just to get there). so we're praying, planning and trying to save to get there. we'd like to ask you to join us in prayer for God's provision for this.
we're very honored to serve the Lord in the city of Szeged which we so love and we're thankful that so many of you pray for us and give generously to support the work we're doing here for the Lord. so THANK YOU and we ask that you would continue to join with us in the work of the Lord in Szeged through prayer and financial giving.
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- many would come to know Jesus through the outreach concert at the end of the month
- for 10,000 people to meet Jesus in Szeged
- for wisdom for the leadership of Golgota Szeged.
- for provision and protection and wisdom for Kyle as he travels and ministers to other
- for financial provision for the needs of our family and a possible trip back to the States
- for more opportunities to preach the Gospel and make disciples here in Szeged
for Jesus' fame!
kyle, odi, zara, kiera