Sziasztok! (Hello!) friends and family! We are settled in Budapest and have finished our first day of drama ministry, but our ministry started in the airport on our way. Right before we boarded our last flight from Philadelphia to Budapest, our team started talking with an elderly couple named Sam and Kay. They commended us for going on a mission trip, but after talking a little bit longer, we realized they were definitely not Christians. They believe all religions are equally good and true and our souls are really just energy that go up to nothing when we die.
Although they did not change what they believed right then, our team got to plant seeds of truth in love. We got to love them by welcoming words and smiles and prayer. This was such a foreshadowing of what we will face in this country. Many people in Hungary believe that all religions lead to the same thing or that religion does not matter.
We definitely encountered these beliefs during our drama ministry in Keleti and Deak Ter. While we are in Hungary, we have three Hungarian students joining our drama. It was so neat to partner with Hungarian nationals to reach the people of Hungary. At our first drama site, Keleti, a guy came up to us to ask if we really believed what we said we believe. It was an incredible conversation, but God was not done blowing our socks off!
In our next ministry site, Deak Ter, we heard the "Cupid Shuffle" as we walked up to our next drama … who could it be? It turns out that another Christian group from Texas is in Hungary for a month doing drama ministry also. Then we discovered another team from a church in Hungary doing ministry as well. That means three teams were sharing the gospel and partnering together! That is such a picture of the body of Christ working together. After we performed the drama there, one of our ministry groups talked with a man who saw the drama last year, but never got to talk to anybody. That conversation was such a divine appointment!
There is so much more we could share, but it would fill too many pages. Our team is doing well and is excited to see what the Lord has in store for the days to come! Thank you all for your prayers!
Continue to pray for our team to have more divine encounters as we travel to Slovakia tomorrow to work in the children’s home.
Kosonom! (Thank you!)
-Eastern Europe Leadership