The March newsletter is on its way out. Of course if you don’t want to wait, you can download it right now. Just click on the link, March 2015 Newsletter.
In it you can read about Jonida and the impact that the Albanian ministry has made in her life. In the video below you can hear that story in her own words, as well as hearing from other students impacted by Të Rinjtë në Prag të Jetës – Youth at the Threshold of Life.
My last post below was from Greece. It was a very good conference but I didn’t mention that while I was there I started having some issues with my back. By the time I got home it became bad enough that I needed to see some doctors and get an MRI done. I’m doing well now but for a couple months I was out of commission. I’m finally getting back up to speed and here is our latest newsletter – I’ll follow up with a new video and some other updates soon.
September was very busy. I hosted the Global Tech Leader conference at our office here in Hungary. I helped with the launch of the Expedition Teams (this is what the newsletter is about) and I went to Albania to help set up their system for tracking ministry results and then helped train staff to use that system.
October is keeping me just as busy. We have national admins coming from some of our countries to our office to be trained to use the system better that we just set up for Albania (we use it in almost all our countries). I’ll also be meeting with lawyers and national ministry leaders as we draft plans to deal with EU data privacy laws. Legal stuff is something I really don’t enjoy working on but it’s very, very important that we can use the best new tools without breaking the law.
Never a dull moment. And of course school is full tilt. Ingrid has a full load of classes as well as being involved in coaching the girls middle school soccer team. I think it’s a sign that we’ve been in Europe a little while now that I feel funny using the word soccer.
Hannah broke her arm playing soccer ( labdarúgás is the Hungarian word but football works anywhere ) last week-end but it hasn’t slowed her down much. Eddie’s soccer team wrapped up last season by playing in the Hungarian National Little League Championship. They lost by one run. And Rachel is staying busy with a major role in the next middle school musical as well as all of her normal activities. It is never boring here.
We appreciate everyone who prays for us and our ministry. We can never fit all we’d like to convey into the letters so for those who don’t mind reading a little more – I’ll try to keep adding additional updates here and at our Facebook page.
At the end of World War 1, the borders of Hungary were redrawn. Hungary became much, much smaller and a lot of people who had been living inside Hungary were suddenly living outside Hungary in different countries. Today there are still some places where there are sizable Hungarian populations outside Hungary and one of these is the Transylvania area of Romania.
This summer, like many years past, Hungarian students and staff went there to share the gospel. Here is a great video about the project. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for my non-Hungarian speaking friends to get a good feel for what the language sounds like. (Don’t worry there are subtitles.)
Here’s another great video about the same project.