Friday, December 19, 2014
Above: Praise God for the two teams he put together. He has given us unity and all have served with joy and selflessness. This is Arnold’s (far left) first time serving on the Puppet team in this capacity and he has done an excellent job. Before he was even saved (this year), he shared with us that he thought he would love to be involved in doing puppets with kids.
Above: This was Csécse’s last day of school before their winter break. What a privilege to be the chosen special presentation for the kids on this day and leave them with gifts that keep their attention towards the truth about Jesus Christ.
Petofibanya Christmas Program
Above: A view of the sunset just outside of our town’s community center. As I mentioned in our previous post, our church was invited to participate in this year’s Christmas Program in Petofibanya. We praise God for the opportunity to share our hope with our hometown tonight.
Above: Petofibanya’s mayor giving an introduction.
Above: The local preschool (where Ziva attends) also performed. Ziva was one of the youngest in the class and was comical to watch.
Above: Our church choir was given a thirty minute time slot in the program. Between songs, Erika read the Christmas story and shared the Gospel message with the audience. We were given the opportunity to close the program by singing silent night in multiple languages. Elianna, Kira and I (Allen) sang the first verse in English, which was followed by German. Afterwards the entire choir sang in Hungarian. The choir did a wonderful job! We hope to see many who came this night visit our church for the first time this Sunday in the same building.
These past two weeks have flown by! Tomorrow is our last day of our Christmas Puppet Ministry. We will conclude in the town of Gyöngyös in the afternoon. Thank all of you for following these updates and joining us in prayer as we share the Gospel in public schools throughout northeastern Hungary. We appreciate your continued prayers for Erika (18 weeks pregnant) who has had abnormal pains over the past few days. Please continue to pray for a good night’s sleep and for success in our last show tomorrow.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Above: Who knew we would be praising God for mud instead of battling sleet or snow as we travel from school to school. The weather has remained mild which has been a great help.
We only had one show on Wednesday and we were able to get some much needed rest. After the show, I visited Vivi who was in need of encouragement and prayer as doctors have identified various problems with her pregnancy. She had just returned from a slew of tests in two different hospitals. Vivi is not well off and it is a financial burden to travel and pay for these tests. A doctor in the hospital that is closer to our hometown saw something abnormal with the baby’s heart and directed her to go to Budapest for further testing. I got word today that after further testing in Budapest the baby’s heart is healthy! Praise God for His mercy. There are still serious concerns for the growth in the baby’s head and we ask you to join us in praying for complete healing.
Above: Kids began shouting as they saw us entering, “It’s the puppet show!” In many of the places we visit twice a year, the kids know us by name.
Above: Producing imaginary snow to build a snowman with the kids. Szirák is one of the many schools we visit that has a majority of Romani students. Many of them have a tough life at home and not much hope in a bright future. It is our hope that many of them would come to know Jesus and that new church planting movements would rise up among the Romani in Hungary.
Above: A good behind the scenes photo. This year’s show has multiple transitions and props that the team has done a great job doing efficiently.
Today, we had our first issue with my car. When pulling away from Héhalom’s middle school, my right front tire dropped into a ditch that I did not see. Since we just began moving, it was easy to simply stop and maneuver out. However, the tire began to quickly loose air. By God’s grace there was a gas station just a few minutes away and we were able to make it there to fill it back up. Unfortunately, the rim was damaged so that we would have to put on a spare. This all happened at a time where we had an hour and a half before our next show. In that time were able to get the tire completely repaired with time to spare! This may seem like something you might expect, but in Hungary things usually take much longer than you may experience in the US. Praise God for his provision and please continue to pray for continued protection as we travel.
Above: Some of the scenery on the way to Vanyarc.
Praise God for sustaining us through one of our toughest schedules of four shows today. Tomorrow we’ll have two shows in the morning and then we’ll begin preparing for our participating in Petofibanya’s Christmas show. They’ve invited our choir of children and adults to sing this year! Please pray that our closing act may keep the attention of all those attending on Jesus. Pray for those participating to bring glory to Him.
• Miki’s wife Erika who is 18 weeks pregnant experienced cramping yesterday and had a doctors appointment today. The doctors are not sure what is going on and we ask you to pray for them.
• Please pray for Vivi (mentioned in this post above). Pray for healing for her child.
• Brenda shared that she had a GREAT night’s rest last night (for the first time in many days). Praise God. Please pray for the team to sleep well this night.
• Miki has been still dealing with pain after a tooth was pulled. Please pray for healing.
• Praise God that we are all feeling better from previous cold symptoms.