The team has been blessed by a full day of ministry today here in Kaposvár. We have always encouraged the team to always seek out “one more drama” for the day as we want to always do Jesus ministry wherever we may go. This church plant with Golgata not only has committed members every week, but the church plant leaders are such amazing servants and warriors of the faith. Itsel has shown off her wonderful cooking abilities in some traditional Hungarian goulash for the team tonight and has served with such passion. Pastor Jury meets no stranger and works with the other local pastors in this area to reach all types of people groups here in this part of Hungary. We have been encouraged and blessed by their calling here.
The team began today's ministry by the church at the local post office and park, ministering to the people in this area. Sometimes when the team comes to the area, there may be some people in the park or a few walking by, but as the team is faithful to share the good news, God has always provided people coming to watch the drama, for today is the day of salvation; we will rejoice and be glad in it!
Peggy Nunley, president of Awe Star, has joined #TeamEasternEurope this past weekend and taught the team about God giving us a clean heart, a reclaimed wholeness because of God’s work in us. We also celebrated her birthday in Hungary today as she has returned to the country she began serving in with Awe Star. What a celebration this is today seeing how God has provided in all things and is faithful!
Pastor Jury told us about the meaning of the town names we have visited here; even though he is from Serbia, Hungarian is a mother language for his family. Where we have been staying in Kaposvár, "vár" means "castle" and "Kapo" means "river"; thus, we are staying in “River Castle” part of Hungary. The team met with Pastor Benson, another gentleman who works with the gypsies in a local village outside of Kaposvár named Kürtöspuszta. The name of this town means “trumpet in the desert land.” The team felt the call of the trumpet here bringing in the Good News to the people here, fewer than 200 in this village. Tonight, almost half of the town came to see and hear the gospel. Many were seeking prayer and though we see the seeds being planted, we know the Lord is the One who gives salvation.
God is doing an amazing work here in southern Hungary! When we asked the pastors how we can pray for their ministry, they said, “Please pray for conversions of the heart to fill the deeper need of the heart that only Jesus can fill.” Would you join us in praying for Pastor Benson, Pastor Jury and the other pastors in this area as they continue to proclaim the good news of the gospel?
Until all hear,
—Eastern Europe Leadership
(Note: This post was written Sunday, June 30 but not received until today, July 1).
Happy Sunday to you all! The team is staying at a church named Golgata here in Kaposvár in Southern Hungary. The team spent some time getting to know the pastor and his family, and we realized we are blessed to be here with such servants to the gospel! Pastor Jury ("George" in English) and Itsel, his wife, have been such encouragers to the team today in introducing us to Hungarian culture that is outside of Budapest.
It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside them today in drama ministry with two church services while we get to know their place of ministry. Jury and Itsel also have their son, Olag, as their worship leader, and this family actually moved from Serbia to invest in this church plant in Kaposvár over 20 years ago. Would you join us in prayer for workers to be sent here to aid in helping this community for the gospel? The harvest is rich, and we have seen the believers gather in this place today.
The church members were very excited to see us and humbled by the drama as we spent today getting to know and practice our Hungarian phrases, and the church members, their English phrases. The students engaged with the people around the block with music and singing about the fruit of the Spirit. The pastor and his family were encouraged by the team engaging with the people as the day went on and are looking forward to ministry this week.
Please continue to pray for divine appointments and revival in this place as we work with Jury, Itsel and Olag. We cherish your prayers and are thankful for your time in reading!
For His Glory!
--Eastern Europe Leadership