Update from Staff in Ukraine

We are getting a lot more information from our staff in Ukraine. I think they are seeing the Western news about what is happening and they feel like they have pertinent information to add.

Below is a summary of a letter we just received. If you are really interested in this, feel free to let me know and I’ll send you the full letter. I’m leaving off the contact info. and names of the people who wrote it so it does not come back on them.

Our dear English speaking friends!

We can`t help but notice that your media does not cover objectively the events in Ukraine those days and we are terrified to see that you might think that what is going on in Ukraine is a threat to the public peace or lives of our people.

Let us tell you just several simple facts and you will see that Ukrainians do not have any other choice but to do what they are doing:
1) On January 16th our Parliament adopted a set of laws that limit the public freedoms so absolutely that no other government in the world has ever turned its country into dictatorship so rapidly before.

2) Those laws were adopted by a severe violation of parliamentary procedure – in THREE SECONDS by the show of hands, the speaker of Parliament proclaimed the law was adopted).

3) One of the laws that I would like to underline specifically – permission for the police to use FIRE GUNS against demonstrators.

4) On Sunday in Kiev, after those laws were adopted, the demonstrants were trying to get to the Parliament to protest against the tyranny, but they were stopped half way by the riot police. Usually the riot police attack, people run away, the police catch lonely runners and beat them severely. This time though the people`s anger made them stay and face the police. the police were shooting rubber bullets and fire/gas/sound grenades. The demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and stones in return.

5) Police seem to not simply following the commands of their commanders, but get personal satisfaction from beating and shooting at people…

6) Jobless were brought in and paid to create an illusion of chaos; damaging property, beating pedestrians, etc

7) our political leaders during those 2 months of the protest have unfortunately showed total impotence in conflict solving,

8) President Viktor Yanukovich is controlling all the governmental branches, including Parliament and Court.

9) there were several “round tables” organized but the government did not really want to negotiate…

10) The government is trying to discredit lawful demonstrants in Ukraine,

Ukrainians are peaceful, very patient and dignified nation with the centuries of history and rich culture… One has got to really cross the line to make a Ukrainian burst with anger. It seems that our government has finally done that…

Newsletter September 2013

Our latest newsletter is available to read on-line by clicking on the following link, Peck Family September 2013 Newsletter.

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.

Hungarian SpeakOut! Project In Romania

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.

Global Prayer Movements June Prayer Journal

The Global Prayer Movements prayer journal for June is focused on Eastern Europe. It has lots of great photos of our coworkers here in Eastern Europe and many great ways you can pray for the countries in our area this month. Pleas download a copy and refer to it throughout June or any time that you’d like to pray for the ministry we are doing in this part of the world.

Eastern Europe Prayer Journal

Newsletter March 2013

Well – I see that I haven’t posted since last November. We are a bit more active at our Facebook page, so be sure to drop by there if you use Facebook. I’ll try to keep things more up to date here as well.

Our newest newsletter went to the printers in the US today – but you can read it right now. It is right here.

There are two pages. The first has some updates and the second some photos. The group photo is the Global Technology Leaders group. These are all folks involved in working with technology all over the world. A number of them have the same job that I do, just for other regions of the globe. A few faces are blurry – it’s not a mistake just a necessary precaution.