Shaun and Söndi moved to a small town west of Budapest called Tapolca, for the purpose of beginning an evangelical church where there is none. They use English classes and camps as a means to reach the community. “We hadn’t been able to find accomodation for Ron and Lynn Gamache who were arriving on a short-term mission to lead weekly Bible Studies,” Söndi recalled. Ron and Lynn would assist in helping connect students to English clubs. Two days before their arrival God provided a beautiful apartment for rent!
“When the owner heard we were going to hold English clubs, she asked us if we wanted to see the empty pub in front of the house on the street front. We checked it out, painted inside and used this area and the apartment to hold English clubs each week! God blessed us with a wonderful answer to prayer”.
We were blessed to have Ron and Lynn here for three months holding two small English Bible studies each week. They did a fantastic job connecting students and helping the English club grow. In the fall semester 35 kids, 12 teens and 30+ adults were enrolled in the clubs.
There are five students coming with different levels of openness. One of the students attending enjoys the English but tells us the Bible is a book of fairy tales. We’re praying for all of them and we’re very happy they are open to reading and talking about God’s Word.
You can read about the Gamache’s time here and see pictures on their blog: www.lynngamache.blogspot.com
With the help of some members from Kelenfold EFC, we were able to host an Advent wreath craft time on December 1st. We held it at the Hegyesd village hall. We invited people from the village and also from the English clubs. We were pleased to have 50 + come make wreaths and to hear the Christmas message. On Dec. 13th, we had quite a few students come for the English Club Christmas party. They enjoyed the program and we shared about the amazing events of Christ’s birth and the hope He brings.
We’re very thankful to have Hannah Lawson, a university student from St. Peters, MI coming to help us with English clubs from January 10 – 25th. We also thank God for leading David and Virginia Fairbrother from Vernon, BC to serve in Tapolca with the clubs from February 1 to March 15th.
We praise the Lord for two youth teams coming to serve in the Kids and Teen English Camps in July. Please pray for Pastor Daron from Salmon Arm and for Pastor Kevin from White Rock as they form and prepare their teams.
Short-term needs in Tapolca for 2013
We have need of an individual or a couple who’d be able to come teach in the Tapolca English clubs from March 16 – April 30, 2013. We’re also looking for short-termers who’d be able to help with the English clubs in the 2013-14 school year starting from mid September. If you know of anyone who might be interested in a short-term ministry opportunity like this, please let us know and we’ll be happy to send more information.
- Praise the Lord for the growing number of English students we have contact with. Pray for the Lord to be at work in hearts of the students.
- Praise the Lord for those coming to serve short-term in Tapolca this year. Pray that the Lord will lead others to join us in the work short-term and longer term.
- Pray for the small number of believers in the Tapolca area that we are meeting with. Pray that God will make us a bright light! Thank you for praying!
with Christ’s love, Shaun, Söndi, and family.
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