Category: Missions

Answered Prayer

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

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!

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!

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.

On Our Way

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.

May Newsletter – Updated

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.