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.
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.
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.
Things have been very busy for the last couple months. We frantically tried to get rid of all the stuff we could not take to Hungary with us. We were able to save much of it to make some money to help with the move. Then the movers came and took all the things going to Hungary. Shortly after that we all made our way to Phoenix.
After we got here things stayed very busy. We’ve been trying to see family and friends to say good-bye while at the same time we had to complete raising the support we needed to go and live in Hungary. With a couple days to spare, we hit the point where we have been officially cleared to go. We are in a very celebratory mood this morning.
Of course, I’ve still got a lot to do before we take off. I have to make sure all our luggage will fit in the airlines weight limits and we need to get a newsletter out. We’ve got new fridge magnets for all the folks on our mailing list. If you aren’t on that list and want one, let me know and we’ll see what we can do.
Wednesday we’ll all be in a new country for the very first time. God has been so good to get us this far and we look forward to seeing what He will do going forward.
This video comes from our campus ministry in Canada, Campus for Christ. Our ministry operates under many different names all over the world, but this is a great glimpse into a part of what campus ministry looks like no matter where it is taking place.
The date on our departure from Arizona changed by a few days because we got a better deal on air fare and this post has been changed to reflect that.
Well, for the second time, I’ve got the newsletter going out in the following month. You can download it from our Newsletter page. Better than no newsletter at all and things are crazy busy in the Peck house. We have 3 more weeks in Florida, including today. Then we will be on our way to Arizona for a couple weeks before we head to Hungary. So here is what our schedule looks like:
June 17th Our container leaves for Hungary June 21st Our family leaves Orlando for Phoenix July 12th Our family leaves Phoenix for Budapest.
We have a little flexibility on when we leave Phoenix but not too much. Ideally we want to get to Budapest with enough time to find a place to live before our container gets there. Otherwise we would have to pay for the moving company to store it until it can be unloaded. It takes a little time for the ship to bring it across the ocean, then it has to go to Hungary by rail and clear customs. So we should be o.k.
That means June is a busy month with lots happening. It’s been exciting to see God clear the way for all this to happen. He brought a great family to rent our place in Florida. They are on staff as well, they work for the Jesus Film Project. God also helped us raise some of the funds we need to move through a successful garage sale. And really money is the only thing that we still need to be completely released by CCCI to go. We need another $400 in monthly support and right about $10,000 to cover the cost of getting us and our stuff there. Then that will also cover the costs of getting settled in and purchasing some of the things we’ll need in Hungary. You can pray that in the next 5 weeks this will all be in place. In fact sooner than that would be a little better as we’ll need to report that we’ve finished and get formal permission to leave. It’s all pretty exciting.
I was in on the mLearning project pretty early. I sat through a number of meetings and got very excited as I thought about the potential that was there. As it moved forward, I had to focus on other things and my friend and co-worker Jerry Hertzler took the ball and ran with it. The testing that’s been happening has been done in Kenya. In fact Jerry is there now. He let us all know that Business Daily there in Nairobi ran an article about the project.
A lot of other people and organizations are working in this area. I’m pretty excited though that we are out there on the front end of it and already seeing meaningful results. I keep the software on my phone, just to show people I meet how cool it is. It’s fun to be a part of something that I think is going to radically change the world for the better.
Well, it’s technically May – but the April newsletter went out today. You can download this month’s letter by clicking on this link or by visiting our Newsletter Page.
This month we’ve focused on Ingrid’s new work assignment that she will take on when we get to Hungary. Ingrid has been asked to teach junior high math at the International Christian School of Budapest or ICSB as most folks call it.
This is a tremendous opportunity for Ingrid to use some God given skills and talents that she has not really had an opportunity to employ for a while. Before Ingrid went into the software engineering field she worked as a math teacher in Ghana and the United States. (She’s an incredibly smart and competent woman.)
ICSB was started by Campus Crusade for Christ Int. and some other partner organizations that also have staff in Hungary and other parts of Eastern Europe. Our children will be going to school there. You can read a lot more about it by clicking on the name of the school. I think the school video is incredibly informative. It’s a little dated now, but still very informative. They talk about construction increasing the size of the school and that construction is done now. They also show a young woman sitting in class as a teen. That young woman is now full time CCCI staff in a rather high risk portion of the world. It encourages and frightens me at the same time. I hold my kids with an open hand but that doesn’t mean I’m without emotion at the thought of where God may call them some day.
We are still working on raising support, but 96% of our monthly support has come in. We need to raise a healthy amount for the move too – but we are starting preparations for the move itself. We’ll be nailing down dates soon but right now it looks like we’ll be in Phoenix for a couple weeks at the end of June and on our way to Hungary at the very beginning of July. There is a lot to do between now and then and we covet your prayers.