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.

mLearning Project

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.

April Newsletter

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.

ICSB is located in Diósd, Hungary.

March Newsletter

Today is the last day of March. I finished our newsletter yesterday and put it in the mail room. I would think they’ll go out today which makes me say “Woohoo! We made it in March!”.

You can download this month’s letter by clicking on this link or by visiting our Newsletter Page.

If you enjoyed getting a glimpse into the life of our Area Team Leaders, Marek and Ala and would like to read more, a much fuller telling of the story is available here. And as promised in our letter, below is a very humorous video that I think shows clearly how humble our CCCI leaders are. They also love to have fun, even when that means poking a little fun at themselves.

(The gag isn’t original to us, it was first done by someone with BBC I think. Here is what I believe is the original. I think the added touch with the Polish is genius though.)

If There’s Discretion That You’ve Not Abandoned

I run into things that turn my mind towards God’s truth all the time in all kinds of places. I was at the gym, sweating and in general feeling miserable. I heard a song that contained the following line,

If there’s discretion that you’ve not abandoned, now’s the time.

I really have no idea what the idea is that the song is trying to convey, but that one line just jumped out at me. In most situations it would be inappropriate. I’m all for discretion, Ingrid would back me up on this. I’m that way to a fault at times. I really like when everyone has a decent sense of propriety.

But there are times when discretion isn’t just unnecessary, it’s counterproductive. I’ll go as far as to say that there are situations where discretion is wrong. And I doubt many would disagree. I can remember a time talking with my brother and father in my parent’s back yard. The three of us were chatting near the pool while my niece ran around us. As she orbited our legs, one circle went wide and she went right into the pool. I can picture her hair spread out like a halo in the water. She was in well over her head.

My brother didn’t pause to think about if it was proper (or even smart) to get into the pool. He didn’t empty his pockets or think the situation over. He hopped straight in and had her up and out of the water in a second, maybe two. He beat dad and I to it by a breath and by virtue of having been closer to the pool.

Good for him (and my niece) but what does this have to do with God’s truth?

There are a number of emergencies taking place in the world right now. They are on-going but the window of opportunity, from an eternal perspective, is short. Imagine my brother looking at his daughter in the pool and then stating, “That’s not good at all. I ought to do something about it and as soon as I feel prepared I will.”

Sometimes people tell me I’m brave or imply that I’m good on some different level because I serve as a missionary. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Everything I do that has significance or weight is because God is awesome, good and loving. On my own I’m incapable of real good. That’s important to convey because we are all of us, every follower of Christ, in the same boat. None of us is inherently right and it was our realizing this that was key to our entry into the family of God.

That same God has given us all the Holy Spirit. When we live our lives walking in the Spirit, we are everyone of us capable of serving as conduits for God’s kingdom work. None of us are somehow more spiritual or better in some way that makes us more valuable in His work.

This means external circumstances are not what matters. I’ll go live in and work in Eastern Europe. You’ll live and work wherever God has put you. Both of us will be in the middle of a world full of lost people who need to hear the Good News. And it’s nothing to sit and think over, spending years of our short life waiting for some sign or breakthrough before we get engaged.

Might we look foolish or stumble? It’s almost certain.
Do we know enough to answer all the questions or how to fix all the problems? No.
Does it matter?
Now is not the time for discretion when it comes to passionately following our Savior.

When it comes to living a life that displays Christ to a dying world I would say, “If there’s discretion that you’ve not abandoned, now’s the time.”


God continues to move things forward with our support raising. We are at 92% of our monthly goal and are making plans based on the assumption that we’ll hit 100% by July. There is a lot to do when moving a family of 5 to another country. My brain has a hard time getting around all of it but we just keep trying to tackle one thing at a time.

We’ve started meeting with team members already in Hungary via Skype. This is a great tool as we can get good advice and guidance from them as well as getting up to speed on what is going on in the office.

Thanks to everyone who is praying for us. It is awesome to see how God is providing and how he keeps moving us forward.