Above: After the long dark winters in Hungary, the warmer weather, the bright sunshine and blooming flowers always brings joy to our hearts. We are thankful for the warmer days that are starting to outnumber the rainy cloudy days. The kids enjoy riding their bikes, going on walks with dad and running around in the soccer field that is behind our house.




Above: Sharon has planted various vegetables in our garden and the kids enjoyed planting flowers around the house with mom’s help.



Above: ‘Aunt’ Brenda and Sharon with Ellie and Kira receiving a gift from one of the kids in Kira’s class. Moments later the story telling competion would begin with kids of various preschool ages standing before the crowd and from memory telling Hungarian children’s stories or poems. We were very proud of Ellie who has really transformed over the past year. Previously, she struggled socially because of her difficulties with the Hungarian language. After being diagnosed with celiac and changing her diet, she has developed leaps and bounds in her language ability and social interaction. She was able this day to stand before an audience and recite a Hungarian poem, something that she chose to do on her own.




Above: Church member Eszti B. with teenager Eszti J. hiking with us a few weeks ago. The teens really enjoy hiking together, and spending some time around the campfire talking about more serious matters of life.


Above: After roasting some marshmallows, we sat around the fire and discussed some of the highlights of 2010 thus far. It was encouraging to hear that the majority of those attending said that either our teen outreach, or English Bible classes, or Sunday church has been their highlight of 2010. Although many of them still are not Christians, we have hope that they will be transformed by Christ’s love and His message of salvation that is repeatedly shared each week in these ministries.


Well, we thought that we had finished our puppet ministry, but it turns out that there are still a handful of schools that would like us to present our show “post-Easter”. Last Saturday, we traveled to the large town of Gyöngyös, a place where we have a partnership with a fellow church planter.



Above: As was the case a few weeks ago, it was a joy to serve together and share with these parents and children in Gyöngyös the good news of Jesus’ death for our sins and His resurrection from the dead on the third day. Even though we had not performed in a few weeks, God gave us grace and we were able to remember all of our parts and responsibilities through the puppet show.




Above: Because our show was on a Saturday, Niki (green) and other church members were not in school and able to help distribute the remaining CDs and Family Magazine gifts packets.



Above: As church members were congregating outside just before the start of service, Erika ran into Csilla, an old acquaintance that used to attend our English program years ago. Csilla and her child ended up attending Sunday’s service!


Above: Church member Eszit with Enikő who has been growing in her faith in Jesus.


Above: Some of the newer regular visitors to our church from L to R: Attila, Ricsi and Erik. Both Ricsi and Erik came to meet us through our Friday teen outreach and responded to our invite for them to attend our church as well. Attila (white jacket), is the uncle of two of the kids (Dávid and Krisztian) that had been attending our church by themselves for over a year. This Sunday after service, after hearing an explanation of the gospel, Attila made a profession of faith. He along with another long time visitor/attender Szilvi both will be part of an upcoming class on baptism and foundations of our faith. Three others, Gizi, Ildikó and Enikő (who was saved in our English Camp) have already gone through preparation and will be baptized in the coming weeks. What a miraculous work of God’s grace to deal so lovingly to an elderly woman (Gizi), a middle aged woman (Ildikó) and a young woman, Enikő.


Above: Brenda was kind enough to bring Ben a gift from the US... a stomp rocket! Perfect for Ben.

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Please pray for us this weekend as we attend a conference this weekend with fellow missionaries from Europe. We hope to have a refreshing time as a family and be built up and encouraged by others who serve in similar settings as ours.
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