Tuesday, June 29, 2010
**Picture: Caitlin and Nina pose with the girls and their newly made "bandanna" purses. (Thank you Shirley Womble, Wilmington, NC for the idea)
Monday, June 28, 2010
Join us in thanking God for His blessings in a good harvest and for Tibi who led by example. Now, go eat some cucumbers!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
"Peel Banana, peel peel Banana..." was the favorite song of the week and "Praise Ye The Lord" was riotous as the girls tried to outdo the boys in volume. The weather was perfect and the kids soaked up the attention as we spent a week in the little village of Szatmarcseke. Each morning we were greeted by smiling faces ready to help act out the Bible story and eager to see what the craft of the day was. The boys were thrilled when our Hungarian translator got out his bow and arrows (practice arrows that are blunt on the end - safety first always!) to teach them archery. Life can be difficult for these Roma kids and they often grow up quickly. For this week they could relax and just have fun. I think I can truly say a good time was certainly had by all!
Thank you for your prayers. Now we are off to Vacegrasz for a week of English-As-A-Second-Language camp for middle school and high school age kids. Please continue to pray for safety and opportunities to share Christ.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Ralph and I have three items in the Silent Auction: ceramic and uniquely Hungarian - a nativity scene, a colorful vase, and a black clay candle holder & basket. The proceeds from these items will help three of our projects: Hungarian Church properties (purchasing older homes to renovate into worship centers), Project Ruth (an elementary school, leadership training center, and medical service for Roma in Bucharest, Romania), and Roma Families (assisting families with their basic needs of clothing, food, and winter fuel). Have some fun by bidding on these beautiful hand-crafted pieces. You assist in our ministry and you get a little something to remind you to pray for the Roma (Gypsies).
In the Missions Marketplace you will find items our colleagues have provided from Slovakia: metal bottle holders & candle holders, wire work, Christmas dough ornaments, and handmade cards. You can also purchase the Gandhi Roma High School music CD and the brand new DVD, "I Am Roma." As with the auction, the proceeds from all of these items benefit the Roma and ministries for them.
Drop by the resource fair and see what's there. If you can't stand the suspense of the auction pick up a few items at the Missions Marketplace. It's a great way to help with CBF's Global Missions efforts!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Another random thought: We've lived in Hungary for over 15 years and just this week I drove an automatic car for the first time since moving here! We've borrowed a van for the summer to help transport our Student.GO team and it was a bit strange to drive without a clutch. Standard drive cars are the norm here. I found myself looking for the clutch several times.
(picture courtesy of my friend, Shay Brannon)
Monday, June 14, 2010
So there I sat as "Babi" threw the cape on me and prepared to hack away. Luckily for me Babi was a kind, talkative, and very experienced beautician and she took it as a challenge to not only style my hair and "knock 20 years off my age" (her words not mine!) but she also was determined to learn as much as possible about me and why we live in Hungary. Despite my miserable Hungarian, I think Babi enjoyed our conversation. And I think she did a great job on my hair. Thankful to the Lord for small answers to prayers.
Now, I'm on a roll and off to see if I can find a nice clerk at the pharmacy....
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
June 23, 6:45pm, CBF Commissioning Service, Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC
June 24, 9:00pm, CBF General Assembly, Resource Fair, Charlotte Convention Center, Hall B, Charlotte, NC
June 27, 8:45am, 11:00am, 6:30pm, First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC
June 28, 7:00pm, First Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC
June 29, 7:00pm, Fort Trial Baptist Church, Bassett, VA
June 30, 6:15pm, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, VA
July 4, 9:40am, 11:00am First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA
July 6, Time TBA, Northminster Baptist Church, Jackson, MS
July 7, 6:00pm, First Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA
July 8, 8:00pm, Montego Plaza, Dallas, TX
July 9, The Hartford Insurance, Frisco TX; Hotchkiss Insurance, Carrollton, TX
July 11, 8:15am, 10:30am, 5:00pm, First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL
July 12, 4:30pm Hymn Society for the United States and Canada Conference, Sanford University, Birmingham, AL (Conference registrants only)
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I am a nurse by profession but unfortunately my Hungarian is not adequate enough to ask, "What's your concern today?" Well, I can ask the question but the problem comes when they start to answer it! So I was assigned to the blood pressure and blood sugar table. Now I could handle that with my language skills. After getting their tests, the patients went to see the health nurse for tips on living a healthy life style and then on to see the doctors. We also had New Testaments available and the local pastors were present to talk to the clients about the Great Physician who heals and offers comfort.
It was an encouraging day for all of us. As the day drew to a close, our last patient was the mayor of the little town. I was amused that the help scattered or became very "busy" with other things. They left it to the foreigner among them to prick his finger for blood. I didn't mind and he got a kick out of it. I tried to be gentle and I guess I was because he invited us back in the future.