The Peck Family

Serving God with Campus Crusade for Christ Int.

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This is the web site of JR and Ingrid Peck. We would love to hear from you, we can always be reached at jr.peck@cru.org.

Speak Out! 2012

July 4th, 2012

All 5 of us are arrived in Keszthely, Hungary on the 28th of June. We will be here until the 29th of July. We are participating in the Speak Out! project that is being run by the Hungarian ministry. It is a huge project that involves many staff from a number of countries. Keszthely (say it like kest-hey) is a sort of central command for a number of activities. We have people who have come from the US (and Americans who already live in Hungary) to work the English camp. The camp takes place over 3 weeks with about 120 new Hungarians coming each week to learn English from native English speakers. Each of them will hear the gospel multiple times.

We also have a large number of Hungarians here working as staff. They will be going out to the beaches and town to share the gospel. They will also visit other towns around Balaton, including another project that will be run in Siofok. Other Hungarians will be going to Slovakia, Romania and Albania to do outreaches there. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this huge evangelistic opportunity.

Since we’ve arrived we’ve been focused on getting ready. Ingrid and I each have groups of young people that we are discipling. We are helping them learn how to share their testimony and share the gospel. Once campers start to arrive, we will help them be English tutors and witnesses to the Hungarian campers. We covet your prayers as we take part in transforming Hungary and by extension, the world. Here are a couple short, rough video clips (I just grabbed them with my phone) of our worship time together.

Quick Prayer Request

February 15th, 2012

Please pray for my trip this week. I’ll be meeting with leaders from all over the world.

Moldova

February 8th, 2012

I spent just a few days in Moldova last month. I was there with two of my co-workers to help the Moldovan staff set up software to aid their ministry through leading with information. The visit was brief, it did not take us long to configure the system, train the staff and turn everything over to them. I look forward to seeing how God uses this tool to help them be more effective in ministry and ultimately to see more people come to know Christ.

I’m going to guess that many of our American friends don’t know a whole lot about Moldova. It is a small country and one of the poorest in Europe. You can read a lot about the country at Wikipedia. It is safe to say that their years under the Soviet Union were not good, as was the case for many countries in our area. They have struggled to recover since the people once again regained the ability to have a say in how their country is run.

While Moldova is not a rich country, the people I met there were very warm and kind. Our training time was a lot of fun, being around young people who are very motivated to reach the world with the knowledge that God has a plan for their lives.

The video below is a little old – but the content is still very relevant and it should give you a good idea of what is going on with New Life Moldova.

First Video Update

January 4th, 2012

A quick little video update on what’s up with the Peck’s.

November / December Newsletter

December 31st, 2011

Our latest newsletter for November and December is available for you to download and read. What a year it has been. We are excited for what 2012 has in store.

Mobile Matters

October 17th, 2011

I feel a little silly at this point, talking about the importance of mobile technology and the role it plays and will play. A few years ago I felt a bit like it was still “out there” and not totally known. I often found myself telling people “soon…” Quicker than I could have imagined even myself, soon has arrived. But I guess it never hurts to remind oneself of the fundamental realities that shape the landscape. What got me thinking about it, specifically today was a report the CEO of Sony Ericsson gave on the status of the company. One simple statement I think says it all, “We will continue to invest in the smartphone market, shifting the entire portfolio to smartphones during 2012.”

I used to say, “Some day all phones will be smartphones.” If you are a Sony Ericsson customer, that some day is just months away. More people have accessed the web via the phone than other methods for years now. So even someone as dense as I am could put this together.

The practical ramification is that it is now possible to reach more people than ever before with the Gospel. But if we want to take full advantage of the internet we need to do it by making sure our content works well on mobile devices. If we do that, we can get Christ’s redemptive message in front of people world wide, 24-7.

When I was a kid Sunday School teachers used to ask, “Who was the fastest runner ever?” The right answer was Philip, based on the account of him meeting up with the Ethiopian eunuch. The world’s fastest runner bit was fun when I was a kid, but I don’t think that’s what the text actually says. But right now, we can be virtually alongside a person riding high speed rail in china, a young person with no hope or framework for hope on a ferry in Scandavia, or any number of other people the world over.

This is an unparalleled time because as quickly as the powers of the world move to close the doors of communication and control the message, new doors open. And right now, just like it was two thousand years ago the harvest is ready and we just need to step out into the fields. If you’re on our team, thanks for stepping out with us. If you aren’t – I’d encourage you to join in. It’s exciting what God is doing.

Answered Prayer

October 17th, 2011

Immigration called and we are supposed to pick up our residence permits next week – which is awesome. Thank you to everyone who prayed – it made a difference. Not only will this make my travelling to Thailand possible but it also will allow us to get back a deposit we had to give to customs to bring in our container when we moved. Good day.

October Newsletter

October 14th, 2011

The October newsletter is on it’s way out the door. If you don’t feel like waiting on it arriving in the mail, you can download it right here. It is also available at our Newsletter Page. In all the craziness of getting support raising done and moving I did not get a couple letters up. They are there now, so if you missed them you can check out June/July and August. I usually miss 1 a year, this year I’m up to 2. We’ll do our best to finish strong. God is doing great things through us and for us every day and we want to be sure you too can praise him and engage fully in our ministry.

No Papers for You!

October 12th, 2011

Does it date me that I relate a lot of life to Seinfeld memes? When the answer is not yes, I tend to think about the soup nazi. But moving back to reality – we do have a prayer request. When we arrived in Hungary the five of us were given 90 day tourist visas. (The stamp in our passport.) As soon as we had the proper documents together we applied for our residence permit that allows us to stay longer. That is supposed to take a maximum of 30 days.

Unfortunately due to heavy work loads the immigration department is running behind and we are outside the maximum window. This wouldn’t be the biggest deal but I need to go to some meetings in Bangkok at the end of the month. If my permit hasn’t come through before I’m scheduled to leave I may not be able to go. Leaving the country would be easy, but getting back in could be challenging.

So please pray that our residence permits come through soon. It would be a huge help in a few ways, my trip being the one that is the most urgent.

We’re Here!

September 2nd, 2011

We’ve been here for a while, and I’ve been updating a lot on Facebook, but I realized I hadn’t put anything here. I don’t think anyone but family reads this regularly – but you never know. I guess I could check the logs – but that’s too much work.

We arrived safely in Hungary and so did all our stuff. School has started for Ingrid and the kids and I’m in the office, digging in to work. We are very blessed that the whole transition went so well. Our August newsletter is late, we’ve been so busy, but should go out soon with the latest update. When it does I’ll get it posted here as well. Thanks for praying for us – we need it. More later.