Baptisms in the newyear!


Above L to R: Betti, Ellie and Hajni

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). The recent baptisms in our church highlight the power of God at work to save children, teens and adults from the grip of Satan, from the hopelessness of a sinful life, from the power of death and dreadful separation from God. Jesus is coming to Hungarians to give them eternal life and a reconciled relationship with God their Father. I have included some excerpts from Hajni, Betti and Ellie's testimony and trust you will be encouraged and praise God with us for His work of grace in their lives!


Above: Hajni with her son Krisztián

Hajni's testimony: Before I received Jesus into my heart, there was always something missing in my life. Zita (a church member in Jászfényszaru) invited my son Krisztián to his first VBS and he came home with many great experiences. At that time, I was still rejecting God in my life. The next year, Krisztián would come home after VBS singing the songs and telling me all about camp that day. I began to be curious and decided to go to the Family Day on the last day of camp. I felt very welcomed and Zita ended up inviting me to a house group. I began attending with mixed emotions. I ended up going to worship service which was an amazing experience. After that point, I had no hesitations and continued attending. Through that time I also was able to help in different social ministries of the church. As the days went on, they continued to help me see that I needed to follow Jesus Christ and choose His way of life. In worship service, someone spoke to me about repentance and believing in Jesus. It was on that day that I put my faith in Jesus. I immediately felt His peace come over me. It was as if a huge burden was removed from my heart. Now God is in my life as I read His word and spend time in prayer. I think my story shows that it is never too late to seek God, His presence, His love and blessing and to follow Him.



Betti's Testimony: Christianity has never been something distant in my life. My two great grandmothers are Christian. My mom and dad have attended services in the past. Even though I didn’t go to church, I still heard about God. In 4th grade, I had to make a decision between going to ethics class or Bible class. This is when God took another step toward me. I chose to go to Bible class and heard about what He had done for us and how He has a perfect plan for each of us.

In 9th grade, I had to fulfill 50 hours of public service required for school. My mom had the idea that I try helping out at Summer Bible Camp.


Above: Betti's mom coming to our worship service for the first time to witness her daughter's baptism.

I ended up volunteering with my friend Luca and we had a great week. We felt that there was something different there. A different and bigger kind of love. We decided we would serve again if we could. Afterwards, I was invited many times to worship service but I just wasn’t ready to listen or grow yet. The following year, I volunteered for VBS again, and I wasn’t really doing well spiritually. I felt that I was missing something in life. I got into sports like handball to see if that would satisfy me. It didn’t. As I was in VBS and listened to the teaching, something was very different. I don’t know why I didn’t understand when I was at last year’s camp, but I know now that God was also trying to speak to me.

Everyday, I experienced a kind of love that I had never experienced in the world. At the last day of camp, we saw the camp video about the whole week and it gave me goose bumps remembering all that had happened. To finish, we sang my favorite song from camp that has a great message. As we sang it, the lyrics stuck in my mind… “Does He love me or not is not even a question anymore…what more could He do for you? (Referring to Jesus’ death on the cross) That question continued in my mind: “What more could He do. God loves you.”

As I was waiting in line for cotton candy, Eszti came to me and began a conversation. She asked what I thought about God and if I wanted to go somewhere to talk and pray. I said, “Yes, yes I would.” I came to understand that Jesus died for my sins and was willing to forgive me for anything that I had done and that He really loves me. My questions were answered. We prayed together and I was crying and it is there that God touched me and I became new. One of the first verses that God spoke to me after that was in 2 Tim 4:17, “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength…” This is what God has done in my life!



Above L to R: Betti, Ellie, Ellie's mom Eszti and Hajni.

Ellie's Testimony: My name is Ellie and I’ll be turning 11 soon. I grew up attending this church and have heard a lot about Jesus. But there came a time when I knew it was not enough just to be here, I had to decide if I wanted a personal relationship with Jesus. I believe He died for my sins and rose from the dead and He lives today. I know that He has spoken to my heart.


Encouragement from Bogi

On the eve of our baptism service I received an email from Bogi who's baptism was four years ago. God has given Bogi the gift of encouragement and I wanted you to share in the joy I received in reading her thoughts on the anniversary of her decision. (shared with permission)


Above: Bogi teaching at a summer VBS.

Email from Bogi: Hajni’s baptism has made me think about my own life, about the people around me, about God’s family and about my connection to the Lord. It’s been four years since I made the decision to trust Jesus. It is not a long period. But this number of years means something to Hungarian teachers. Normally, you spend four years with your class as the homeroom teacher. You watch your students grow and mature, and you hope that by the end of the last year they become independent, intelligent, sovereign adults. You can only hope that you did everything you could to help them. Fortunately, we have many more years with God, He is more than our teacher, we don’t have to say goodbye after four years.

This particular year is really important in my life. So many things have changed except for God. He remains the same patient, faithful, loving Father. The only One.

I was listening to the worship recordings from service. The longer I listened, the more I could feel how I relate to these songs:
  • “Nem tudnék visszafordulni” – I would not turn back to my worldly life, my true life is with God
  • “Nem miénk, csak Tiéd minden dicsőség” – I would not be able to arrange anything in my own life without God’s help, so only He deserves the praise
  • “Ki vagyok én?” – I am such a small thing, a nothing, I don’t deserve His love and care but still He loves me, He cares about my wishes, my emotions and everything about me.
  • “Szükségem van most Rád” – I need Jesus. Always. When I’m broken and wounded, He is the only One I can turn to to ask for help.
  • “Nem tart fogva semmi már, Fiad vagyok, Atyám” – the Lord is my true Father. Nothing can change it.
  • “Keresztfán meghaltál és engem megváltottál” (one of my favorite songs) – Isaiah 53:5 He was wounded and crushed because of our sins; by taking our punishment, he made us completely well.
  • “Karjaid tartanak” – I don’t belong anywhere else but to God. It’s the best place people could ever find.

Besides many others, these songs helped me to summarize my experiences, feelings and events that I went thru throughout the past four years. You helped me a lot to start to listen to God’s calling. Without your encouragement, prayers and constant willingness to talk about the Lord I wouldn’t have chosen this living relationship with Him. May you have a blessed and joyful day with all the baptisms today.
— Bogi

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Peace to all of you in Christ: Sharon, Allen, Ben (18), Ellie (16), Kira (13) and Ziva (8).


Christmas Puppet Report




Praise God for a wonderful two weeks of our Christmas Puppet Outreach. Instead of frosty slippery roads, or having to deal with inches of snowfall, God was gracious to give us great weather for two weeks of traveling to 27 public schools scattered throughout northeastern Hungary.




Our team consisted of 5 volunteers with 4 needed to do the show. We needed that extra person as we were hit by different waves of sickness that required others to fill in unexpectedly. Thankfully, Miki who leads the time of singing and also is responsible in sharing the Gospel was healed after the first few days of suffering from a cold. Others like Brigi, Eszti and Heidi struggled with sickness throughout the week, but always served with joy and the strength God faithfully provided.





A few weeks before this outreach, we weren’t even sure who would be able to serve and whether or not we would have enough volunteers. God provided! It has been a joy to get to know Brigi (pictured above) who ended up committing to the team and serve in puppet ministry for the first time in her life. Brigi and her husband Norbi recently moved to the neighboring village of Apc but had previously gotten to know us through our VBS camps that their daughter had attended. They recently joined our church and are looking for where God is calling them to serve and use their giftings.

One morning while praying together, I had thanked Jesus that He has made us to be the light of the world to shine brightly for His glory. After our first show, the principal of Ecseg came to us and shaking our hands said, “You guys are smiling brightly and full of joy while you work!” He saw the light of Christ in us. He shared about a fellow teacher who was in the hospital needing surgery and we told him that we would pray. These are the little opportunities that are part of sowing seeds into the teachers lives while we’re out doing these shows.



This year’s show is about a young boy who causes an avalanche because he disobediently shouts loudly while trouncing through snow filled mountains. He rushes to his grandfather’s cabin where they are trapped together just before Christmas. In relation to the power of words, His grandfather ends up reading Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” He goes on to explain the power of God’s word and how it is always fulfilled. This transitions into the presentation of the Christmas story and God sending His word to Mary about the birth of Jesus Christ.




At the end of each show, Miki has an opportunity to talk to the kids about the power of our words and the need for asking for forgiveness and forgiving others who’s words have hurt us. He would ask the kids, “What should you do when someone hurts you with their words?” In one town, one of the kids blurted out, “Beat them up!” Unfortunately, this is the normal worldly response and we’re thankful to give the kids the truth about how God’s ways are different. Miki talks about why Jesus came, and how God is offering forgiveness and a new life through faith in Jesus even though we have all fallen short and lived in sin. He gives us a new life where we are able to forgive as He has graciously forgiven us.



The song that we sing in each location also focuses attention on Jesus. Here is a translation of some of the lyrics being sung in the short video below:

Jesus Christ, we thank you.
You are God’s Son, the Savior.
You came to the earth for me.
We wait for you, our Deliverer.




In the town of Kálló, we got to catch up with one of the teachers named Rozika after our show. We have had opportunity in past visits to pray for Rozika who was also seeking to church plant with her husband in her small village. When we asked how she was doing, she shared how the work had ceased and it was clear she was deeply disheartened and discouraged. The message about forgiving that Miki had shard after the puppet show was not just for the kids, but it was also for her. She has been wounded in ministry and knows various truths in her head but said it has been difficult to get them working in her heart. We spent some time seeking to encourage her and afterwards prayed for her.



A mother of twins who used to attend our church’s Mother’s of Preschoolers Club in Petofibanya, but later moved to the town of Pálotás, called to request that we bring our puppet show to her town. She had connections with the local preschool and made all the arrangements. This was our first time in Pálotás and after the show the teachers were very thankful for our coming and invited us back for Easter. Praise God for this new open door!





At the end of each show, the kids are always excited to receive the CD and children’s magazine we offer as gifts each year. Many listen over and over at home to the songs and the puppet show which leaves a lasting imprint of truth. In the town of Egyházasdengeleg, we met a very kind grandmother who was serving us tea as we talked to the principal of the school. This grandmother said, "I don't mean to be rude, but can I ask you for a copy of the CD and magazine that you give to the kids. My grandchild loved going through it last year." Through this ministry we were able to distribute over 1,600 of these materials to kids throughout northeastern Hungary! It is our hope and prayer that these presentations, along with the material distributed will ready a new generation for putting their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Thank you all for your continued support for this work in Hungary! We appreciate your standing with us in prayer and also your generosity in financial giving that allows us to minister full time! If you would like to give a year end gift, click this “SUPPORT” link for more information.

This Christmas as we look to Jesus, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope!” Romans 15:13

May the Peace of Christ be with you all!

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