New Year Update

2019 is truly a happy NEW year for the believer. It is a year we are blessed to have NEW born lives that carry a hope that will not disappoint. It is a NEW year to experience the wonder of God who made all things NEW when we put our faith in Jesus. It is a year to rest in the NEW covenant, having Jesus as our righteousness and peace with God. It is a year to experience NEW mercy every morning from the Lord who is our portion. And when each of us experience unique trials, tests and challenges, it is a year to sing to him NEW songs of praise because He will be faithful to give wisdom, sustain, strengthen and deliver. 2019 is truly a happy NEW year for those who have their faith and hope in Jesus Christ!

In the final stretch of 2018, we completed our second week of puppet ministry to proclaim the good news of Jesus the Savior being born. Take a look at this short film for a glimpse of our experience.



We also were able to have a year-end baseball party, inviting parents to attend and “Play ball!” One of the most difficult challenges in our area is reaching fathers. We were grateful to see a few dads show up as well as a few moms! This ministry continues to help us sustain relationships built in the summer through baseball and VBS camps.

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We had a special Christmas worship service and were thankful to have many visitors from the community.

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Above: Some of our younger members praying before service.

A team from the church plant in Jászfényszaru put together a wonderful drama about how the birth of Christ touched the lives of various people. I love seeing how God has uniquely gifted the members of His body and how they use their talents and giftings to express the Gospel.

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To close out 2018, we held our worship service on New Year’s Eve and afterwards spent the rest of the night together playing family games, singing and praying in the new year.

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One of the amazing miracles that happened in 2018 was the return of some sisters that had left a year and half ago in a church split. God has been working out reconciliation and has truly blessed our times together as we have been meeting, praying and studying God’s word in relation to various questions. One of those women recently commented after our New Year’s worship service: “As we were worshiping together, God showed me the Spirit coming upon each member of the church. As the Spirit touched each one, the outer body was split and I saw light that shined brightly from within each member. I heard that although we only know in part, we will soon know fully if we put our focus on Jesus.” May that be the focus of the new year…together as one body putting our focus on Jesus!

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Thank you all for your partnership with us in Hungary! We wish you all a blessed NEW year as you know Jesus more and He is known more through you. (Allen, Sharon, Ben, Ellianna, Kira and Ziva)
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Christmas Puppet Ministry Week One

We’ve had a great beginning for our Christmas Puppet Ministry. Our first week included 14 locations with over 800 kids hearing the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. We appreciate your continued prayer for us. If you haven’t downloaded our prayer guide, you can get the PDF by clicking here.

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Above: Miki letting the kids know about the CD and Children’s magazine they’ll be receiving as a gift after the show. The CD includes the puppet show (which tells the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth) and also songs and testimonies.

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Above: In 2015, many of you had prayed for a Romani mother who was pregnant in a neighboring village. Her pregnancy was determined to be high risk by doctors and they encouraged her to abort her baby (a very common practice here). We had also prayed for healing for her baby in the womb who had been diagnosed with Hydrocephalus (water in the brain). In spite of the doctor’s advice, she decided to go forward with her pregnancy seeking to honor God and believed that it is He who gave this life. Now, here is her child three years later! Ronaldo, who although born prematurely, showed no signs of Hydrocephalus when born (God healed him!). What a reminder of the power of God, the power of prayer and the gift of life.

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Above: Not only the puppet show delivers the truth about Jesus, but also the songs we sing together with the kids in each school. Here are the lyrics for the song we teach the kids this year:

Christmas is here again
The snow sparkles as it falls
Candles are lit and bells sound
Christmas is here already!

Thanks to you Jesus Christ
The Son of God and Savior
You came to the earth for me
We wait for you our Savior!

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Above: Yes, this is a show for kids, but many teachers have commented on how special the show is for them every year. In one school, the teachers were apologetic because they felt their students didn’t fully appreciate the show. Of course, we don’t do these shows based on how the kids behave. We know that the worst behaved kids are the very kids who need to come to know Jesus. The teachers said, “Even though the kids didn’t seem to appreciate the show, we do! We look forward to it every year.”

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Above: We also have an opportunity to present this show with groups with various disabilities and mental challenges. We have known these folks for many years and are always greeted with hugs, smiles and laughter.

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Above: Puppeteers: Zita, Jennifer, Andi and Miki in the teacher’s lounge after the show.

Mothers of preschoolers


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Above: On Thursday, we had a special get-together for mother’s with pre-schoolers. Our teammate Heidi along with church member Eniko have been meeting with these moms and children for some time. A few years ago we began having a Christmas get together which included our puppet show, crafts and free family portraits. It was great to see and get to know new families in the community.

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Above: Praise God for giving Zita wisdom, boldness and direction as she briefly shares the gospel after each show.

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Thanks for partnering with us in this seed-sowing ministry. Please continue to pray for us next week as we’ll have another 14 locations to visit as well as a special Christmas worship service where we expect many guests. May the name of Jesus Christ be lifted high this Christmas. “All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col 1:16-17)
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