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New team leaders

Trey and Denise Shaw and family

We’re excited about the changes that are currently going on as the IMB restructures all across Europe. In Hungary, the western, eastern and Budapest teams have been combined and now form one united team, led by Trey and Denise Shaw.

Trey and Denise moved to Budapest in 1998 to serve with an organization that staffed Christian teachers in public schools. In 2000 they returned to Texas where Trey finished seminary. They were appointed as career missionaries by the IMB in 2005 and landed in Budapest that summer. During the last 16 years they have been involved in three church plants, serving as lead planters of the last two.

Pray for the Shaws and the team as we continue through this time of transition, that God will be glorified and the gospel ministry strengthened among the people of Hungary.

Outreach and training in western Ukraine

Please pray for Gary this week as he serves in western Ukraine. Today he is doing a one-day Grain Game Bible camp for youth, demonstrating how it is done so that the local believers can learn to use these creative methods for reaching kids in the 10-15 age range. For the next week he will be working together with a volunteer from the US doing street evangelism and training believers in how to share their faith.

Pray that God will be glorified in all that is done, and that the outreach and training will bear fruit for the Kingdom.

There’s an elephant in my coffee!

OK, it was actually a cappuccino, but somehow I just wasn’t expecting to see a foamy Jumbo on top of my java–I had to smile and applaud the barista’s artistry!  
Coffee and cappuccinos are both a big part of friendships and ministry here in Hungary, both in malls and at the wonderful little sidewalk coffee shops that are so common in this part of the world.   It’s amazing how God can use these times of casual conversation …we just have to take the time to sit, chat, and let Him love people through us.
Please pray that the Lord will use our coffee-time conversations to encourage, uplift, and to draw new friends to Christ.

Native English speakers needed!

Are you a native English speaker?  God can use you on mission in Hungary!

Carolyn with adult beginner English class from several years ago
On the first day of English camp the Hungarian pastor warned us that one of our students was known in the town as a strong atheist…and at first she did seem closed.  Even her face had a hardness about it.  But throughout the week, as the love of Christ was shown and Christian testimonies shared, a visible change took place.  By the end of the camp she was leaning forward in her chair, tears in her eyes. No, she didn’t come to faith that week, but soon she began attending the church’s seekers’ class.  The following summer at camp registration my jaw almost dropped at the change in her — she hurried to greet me, her countenance softer and a new twinkle in her eye.  The Gospel was working in her life in a powerful, transforming way….
All across Hungary similar stories have taken place as English as a Second Language  (ESL) is used to open doors for sharing the Gospel.  There is a huge need for this kind of outreach–Hungarians of all ages are constantly asking for English language help from native speakers.   
Who is qualified to come minister using ESL?  If you are a strong believer and speak English (which I assume you do if you are reading this!) then you could come provide conversation practice or teach at a camp, coffeehouse, school or in many other venues.  Formal ESL training is helpful but not required.  We are also looking for certified teachers who could come to teach a semester or year in the public schools.  Pray with us that God will raise up many volunteers to come help with this exciting ministry!
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