May 1 2017

Dear  Special Friends,

One of the things we never get tired of is sitting down with the pastors of the churches we have helped to start and hearing some of the great stories of how God has moved inthese churches that we have helped start in the past fifteen years.

This happened just this morning.  I picked up a Polish pastor, Wojek, from the train station here in Budapest this morning and we got to spend a couple of hours together. He was passing through to another city in Europe and had to come through Budapest.

We have worked with Wojtek for many, years as he helps to starts churches in Poland in cities and towns with few if any protestant churches.  Wojtek told me that these churches are working with the schools, the mayors, and so many other groups to reach their towns for Christ.

He also told me about other towns in Poland where there are Christians but they have no church in their towns to go to. They have to take buses, trains, or drive 20 or more miles to a church, but they are ready to start a church in their own town.

He gave me a list of three cities where they are ready to start churches.  They have a place to meet already, they have a person to pastor the church, they just need  help to get started.

I told Wojtek we would help him with all three of these new churches this year. He was so grateful.

These kind of meetings over coffee are not that uncommon and we love them.  Sometimes after we help to see a church get started, we don’t have so much contact after a few years.  Key leaders in each country oversee these new churches and they are strong enough that they don’t need our input so much. We are happy about this as we can then concentrate on more new churches.

But we also love it when like this morning one of these pastors will tell us about a church we helped start maybe seven years ago that is doing great, reaching people and thriving.  It is so heartwarming and humbling knowing we had something to do with this so many years ago.

Special Family News . . . This summer we will once again be spending several weeks in the USA. Ministering, relaxing and taking a vacation too.   We know for sure that one of the reasons that we love serving as Missionaries for now 35 years, is that we get to go back to the US for these short breaks. It refreshes us so much. . . Plus we love just being in America, with family, friends and the food. (Mexican)

We will get to see our kids and grand-kids and that will be more than wonderful.  All grandparents understand this feeling . . Even do some babysitting for our kids. Fun, Fun, Fun.

Out daughter Audrianna is going on a three-week missions trip to East Asia. We are  so we are so excited for her as she is going places we have never been and very challenging!   God has shown her His faithfulness and provided all the funds she needs for the trip!

USA Vacation this Summer … Brenda and I are going on a vacation in late July with just the two of us to California, maybe drive up the Pacific Coast Highway and enjoy that part of the Ameirca that we have never been too before..

But ITS STILL MAY and we have lot to do over here in Eastern Europe before we go to the US. But still, we are so excited about this summer in the USA.

Your Missionaries in Budapest, Hungary

Jim and Brenda

PS.  Please prayerfully consider whether you can help with starting churches in Poland or help with a SPECIAL GIVE for our SUMMER USA VACATION.

April 1, 2017

We Love SpringTime in Budapest

Dear Friends,

We love the Spring  . . . It’s OUR favorite Season  . . .  Things bloom, weather goes from cold to warm, and I can go running without wearing tons of clothes . . .  Everyone one seems happy and things seem, just more alive . . . This year Budapest had one of the coldest winters in the last 20 years so we are especially happy to see Spring.

So today it’s about 70 degrees and the doors are open and I’m thinking  about the coming weeks where I will totally enjoy going to Macedonia, Poland and Bulgaria.

Social Media,  . . . FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – TWITTER – Their in the news and in our lives everyday.  . . . Some people love

it and post daily and others hate it. Quite often it depends on your age.

Some of the churches we help to start are full of young people and their target is young people. So they use Social Media to the greatest advantage to reach these young people.

One of these churches is in Krakow, Poland. We helped Zibi and his wife Magda, start Krakow City Church about eight years ago, in this city of more than one million.

Krakow is one of our favorite cities in all the world. I first visited Krakow in 1995 when I took a train from Moscow to Poland.  I loved it then and love it more now. So much history.

It’s full of young people and life. 125,000 University Students live there. In this city Zibi is using Social Media to the fullest extent, using FACEBOOK, Twitter and Instagram to reach these young people and engage them in the Life Changing Gospel.

I love Zibi and Magda as they never comprise on the message of the Gospel and are always looking for a way that is relevant to the generation of young POLES to reach them.

Now his church is thriving and full of life and changing lives each week.

Krakow, Poland is just one of many cities we are reaching like this. In Macedonia, or Bulgaria or Albania, pastors are doing all they can to make THIS GOSPEL, GOOD NEWS, relevant to the young and old people of Eastern Europe.

They are succeeding, because they are willing to do whatever it takes to reach this generation with the gospel.  We are thrilled to work with them to do this.

This year we are once again looking to see FIFTEEN


new churches started. We have the funds for FOUR of them. We invest $4000.00 in each of these new churches.   Prayerfully consider if you can help with a special gift this year to help us do this.

 

Brenda – The Gardener

One of Brenda’s little projects every year is planting flowers in front of our house. Almost all our neighbours’ have flowers in their yards and planters on their window and they look so beautiful.

So every year about this time Brenda is in front of our house planting the flowers and in a few weeks our house is aglow with beautiful bright, colourful flowers.

So here she was last week getting ready to plant the flowers. She put on her old jeans and gloves before she starting digging in the dirt.

Me, (Jim) I just took the photo.  She lets me mow the grass.

 

March 1 2017

A Note from Brenda

 

I love living in Hungary and love the Hungarian Culture.

Life, it seems is a little slower here and I love to go for walks with our daughter, Alexandra in parks here. Others are walking and talking with friends and feeding the birds, children are playing,

Teens playing basketball and soccer, and Moms pushing their babies in strollers. I often stop and tell the Moms how beautiful their babies are and then tell them about my two beautiful grand-babies that I miss so much. (This is my little Lenora, who lives in Orlando)

I love all the activity and if you stop and ask anyone a question they are almost always glad to help and many times they want to talk. (total strangers). I have been amazed lately at the opportunities to share the gospel at the local parks, in the Mall or even on a plane.  People all around us are hurting and need to know that Jesus lives and heals today, that HIs love is amazing and He lavishes it on all of us.

I came to Christ when I was a teenager. At Camp I met three college students that were filled with the joy of the Lord and I wanted that joy  I wanted to know Jesus like that!

Through the years I have gotten to know many people in our little town just outside of Budapest where we live. When I go to the store or to the Post Office I usually see someone I know. There are always many opportunities to share God’s Love, Kindness and Joy with these new friends.

We have so many wonderful friends throughout Eastern Europe. Below you can read a little about Angel and Daniela in Macedonia and Hervin and Sedika in Albania.

It is such an honor to be living here in  Budapest, Hungary, serving in Eastern Europe and work with the believers here to take the gospel to the people.

Thank you for all your support and what you do for us. Because you help us, we are able to help so many others in this part of the world.

Daily Life is So Different Here

Having lived here so long now, since 1997, sometimes we don’t realize how different  living here is from where we grew up in Florida and Colorado. Everything from driving, to shopping to paying bills, TV and just the routine of daily life. 

Although there are big grocery stores like in America, still most people shop at their local small stores like the meat market, fresh vegetable stands, and fresh bakery’s.

Most peoples’ homes and apartments are much smaller than in the US and if you saw their refrigerators you would think they were tiny. So it’s not uncommon to see people just popping in to the local store on the way home to get some groceries.  We do it too and it seems so normal now.

Special January 2017 Update

Dear Special Friends,

This week is an anniversary of sorts to us.  We now have been serving as missionaries for over 35 years. Wow….That sounds so so long ago… It was the first week of January 1982 that we left the USA to move overseas as missionaries.  (See the enclosed photo card)

Little did we realize at that time, all the places, countries, people, languages, cultures we would experience in the “CALLING” that we had upon our lives.

One of our favorite scriptures is in Proverbs says, “Man makes his PLANS, but GOD guides our steps.”

We have seen this so amazingly clear in our lives.  The incredible thing is that quite often when we are making “OUR PLANS” we don’t see how clearly God is leading us.  So as we think about these past 35 years we look forward to what we feel God is leading us to do this year in Hungary and Eastern Europe.

We are thrilled about our plans for 2017!

Our Plans For 2017 – To Help Start Another 15 Churches!

Can You or Your Church Help Us Do This?

We will invest about $4,000 in each of these new churches.  We work with key national leaders in each country to start these churches. Each of these new churches is pastored by a national who speaks the language and knows the culture.

The money we invest is enough to help for the first twelve to twenty-four months. By then the Pastor has taught his people to begin to support the church.  We primarily help to start the churches in towns that do not have a church.

Special Family News . . . We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year Eve time here in Budapest.  Having our two daughters here made it so special.  We watched movies on TV, went to restaurants, walked all around Budapest as it’s especially beautiful this time of the year.  Brenda and Audri went to movies at the Cinema and we ate too much. So it was so much fun and relaxing.

Excited About 2017,

Jim and Brenda

Special 2017 Update

Dear Special Friends,

This week is an anniversary of sorts to us.  We now have been serving as missionaries for over 35 years. Wow….That sounds so so long ago… It was the first week of January 1982 that we left the USA to move overseas as missionaries.  (See the enclosed photo card)

Little did we realize at that time, all the places, countries, people, languages, cultures we would experience in the “CALLING” that we had upon our lives.

One of our favorite scriptures is in Proverbs says, “Man makes his PLANS, but GOD guides our steps.”

We have seen this so amazingly clear in our lives.  The incredible thing is that quite often when we are making “OUR PLANS” we don’t see how clearly God is leading us.  So as we think about these past 35 years we look forward to what we feel God is leading us to do this year in Hungary and Eastern Europe.

We are thrilled about our plans for 2017!

Our Plans For 2017 – To Help Start Another 15 Churches!

Can You or Your Church Help Us Do This?

We will invest about $4,000 in each of these new churchesWe work with key national leaders in each country to start these churches. Each of these new churches is pastored by a national who speaks the language and knows the culture.

The money we invest is enough to help for the first twelve to twenty-four months. By then the Pastor has taught his people to begin to support the church.  We primarily help to start the churches in towns that do not have a church.

Special Family News . . . We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year Eve time here in Budapest.  Having our two daughters here made it so special.  We watched movies on TV, went to restaurants, walked all around Budapest as it’s especially beautiful this time of the year.  Brenda and Audri went to movies at the Cinema and we ate too much. So it was so much fun and relaxing.

Excited About 2017,

Jim and Brenda

Special September 2016 Update

JIm and Brenda speakng at church

September 1, 2016

Dear Special Friends ,

Wow. We are now in our 20th year as serving here in Hungary. It seems like so long ago when we moved here back in 1997 with our four children, with our youngest daughter, Audrianna, just ten months’ old. Now just our daughter, Alexandra (22) is here with us.

When we moved here we really didn’t know anyone. We had a few acquaintances but didn’t really know anyone at all. We thought we would be here for maybe one to three years.

As we look back on all these years and all the things that have happened we can only look on with amazement. Seeing all the churches started, all the lives impacted, all the countries touched and all the trips we have made throughout the years in this part of the world. WE ARE IN AWE . . .

We still love traveling to all these different countries over here. In the past couple of weeks I have been in Slovenia, Serbia, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. This month I will be in Slovakia and Poland. I drive to most of these countries and usually only fly to Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria.

While I’m in each of these countries, I am working with a different language. Even after all these years I am still amazed to be working with leaders in 11 languages. Just about everyone is used to going through interpreters so it’s very normal for them. I too am used to ministering with interpreters.

Most of the people I work with speak some English so that helps immensely. I know a few sentences in many of the languages and that helps too. Rarely does anyone speak Hungarian in Eastern Europe except for Hungarians. No big surprise in this, as it’s one of the hardest languages to learn. There are several million people that speak Hungarian in the countries right around Hungary as most of these countries have territory that was formally a part of Hungary.

So for the rest of the year we will continue what we have been doing for almost 20 years now. Reaching cities, towns, and countries by helping start churches.

We continue to invest $4000.00 in each of these new works to help get them started. We want to help start at least FIFTEEN churches again this year. We have the finances for ELEVEN of them already. We are so, so thrilled and encouraged.

Loving our Lives as Missionaries in Hungary,


Jim and Brenda

Special July 2016 Update

Jim and Brenda at the Grand Canyon in Arizona

This year once again we will celebrate the 4th of July Independence Day here in the US.  It’s been wonderful for us to spend a few weeks in the US with our children and getting to see our families and also minister at some churches.

It is ALWAYS such a welcome break for us from our normal routine in Hungary and our ministry in the nations of Eastern Europe.

We are also taking some special time to ourselves this summer. Brenda has always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon. So last week we went to the Grand Canyon for a couple days, then to Colorado for our (Jim’s) family reunion. We had an amazing time at the Grand Canyon and took some amazing memorable photos.   And we always have a great time with Jim’s family in Colorado.

Ryan and Katie, Audri, Jim, Brenda, Lenora, Lori and Nathan

While you are reading this, we will be with our son Ryan and his wife Katie, in Nashville. They are expecting their first baby this October. We are so proud of all our children. They have grown up all over the world and are thriving in their lives as they live here in the US.

But even as we enjoy ourselves here in the US this summer, in a few weeks we will start our 20th year in Budapest. When we moved there in 1997 with our four kids, we thought we would be there for one to three years.  My how wrong we were.  It reminds us of the scripture in Proverbs that says, “Man makes his plans, But God guides our steps.”

So yes, God is continuing to guide our steps as we continue to work with key leaders to help them start churches throughout Eastern Europe.  We are always so excited to be able to make such an amazing impact on so many lives by helping to start these churches.

Starting Churches amongst the Gypsy's

The last part of May I was in Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Brenda and I both went to a Gypsy Church in Slovakia.  I never tire of visiting these places and getting to spend time with these amazing men and women of God.  Their commitment, in some very challenging circumstances, always challenges me and helps me put into perspective some of the challenges we are facing.

We continue to invest $4000.00 in each of these new works to help get them started. We want to help start at least FIFTEEN churches again this year. We have the finances for TEN of them already.  We are so, so thrilled and encouraged.

 

Loving our Lives as Missionaries in Hungary,

 

Jim and Brenda

Special May Update

Dear Special Friends,

This past week I was in Prague, Czech Republic. I was meeting with yet another key Christian leader here in Eastern Europe. Pter, (Peter) works for TEEN CHALLENGE and is involved in helping those on drugs get free.

Czech is one of over ten countries we work in but Czech is unique in the fact that it’s one of the most “atheistic” countries in Europe. Over 20% of the people don’t even believe there is a God.

In the midst of this way of thinking the people will talk to you about God. They are always happy to talk to you about Jesus, but they just don’t believe it. Most are just trying to raise their families and live their lives, WITHOUT GOD.

It was in 1995 when I first visited Czech and about 2003 when we helped start our first church in Czech.  It was a Gypsy Church in a city on the Eastern side of the country and that church is still going strong today.

Throughout the years we have been able to start over FIVE more churches in this ATHEISTIC country seeing so many come to Christ.

One of the neat things that we have always noticed is that even though people may say they are an ATHEIST, when they encounter a crisis in their lives they go to someone who believes in God. When someone is diagnosed with CANCER or a child gets hooked on drugs, they don’t go to another atheist for answers or help. They go to the person who knows GOD.

Town In Czech Republic

So in the midst of countries like Czech and others in this part of the world we continue to reach people of all kinds. Those that may or may not believe there is a God, and those that believe there is a GOD but need help in understanding GOD DOES LOVE THEM and GOD DOES CARE about them.

It’s always so exciting for us to visit these churches we have helped to start and meet person after person who at one time wondered iF GOD was real, and now glows with the love of Christ on their face.

Loving our Lives as Missionaries in Hungary,

 

Jim and Brenda

PS. Can you or your church help start a church in Eastern Europe?  We give $4000.00 to each new church. Can you help this year on this?

Special Spring Update from Budapest

Dear Special Friends,

Hungarian Soldier In Front of Budapest Parliament Building

Last week there was another terrorist bombing here  in Europe.  This time in Brussels, Belgium. Over 30 people were killed and scores injured. ISIS said more bombings were coming to cities throughout Europe.

They even named Budapest as one of the cities they would target.

In the midst of all this we continue to move forward with much excitement about what God has called us to do. Helping key national leaders from Poland to the north to Bulgaria and Albania to the south to help start churches in cities and towns with no churches.

Last week I was in Krakow, Poland with one of the key national leaders we work with and we talked about how Europe is changing. Pastor Wojtek was so excited and we got excited with him as we are helping him to start at least two churches there this year.

Right after than I was in Poland I went to Serbia meeting with yet another Pastor, Miroslav, about helping him to reach more towns and cities with new churches.

Sometimes when I am with these leaders, I wish you were with me to hear some of the touching stories of how they are impacting these towns. I wish you could hear them, in their broken English, talking about how person after person, is touched. From single Moms, to young people to business people.

I told Wojek, the pastor in Poland, last week, “You keep doing what you’re doing and we will keep helping you.”  He told me, “James, you are one of the few mi missionaries that have stuck with us

year after year to reach Poland.” I felt so humbled when he told me this. I knew that it wasn’t just me, it was so many people like you that have helped us, therefore you have helped them.  Sometimes you many wonder what your giving is REALLY accomplishing.

Wojtek could tell you though. . .  And this year we are going to help start at least two churches in Poland and possibly four churches.

Lori, Nathan, Brenda, Jim and Audrianna with our Grandbaby, Lenora

SPECIAL FAMILY NEWS . . . One of the hardest things for us serving here in Budapest, is missing our kids in America.  Missing special events that families normally experience together.  Last weekend was Easter and we got to talk to all our kids by phone or FACETIME and that is so nice.  We got to see our eight month old Grand-Baby, Lenora in Orlando, crawl and that was so amazing for us.

Your Missionaries in Budapest, Hungary,

Jim and B renda

PS. Can you or your church help start a church in Eastern Europe?  We give $4000.00 to each new church. Can you help this year on this?

February 1 2016

Dear Special Partner,

Crossing The Macedonian Border – As I crossed the border last week and the passport control officer looked at my passport and thumbed through the many pages of “boarder crossing stamps” from so many different countries he smiled and looked up at me. I have seen this look many times from border guards.  He saw the stamps from Poland, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and on and on.

My Passport travel stamps represent just a small part of all the times I have visited so many cities, churches and pastors over the last 34 years we have served as missionaries. Each one of these stamps can represent meetings where many times we were planing the beginnings of a new church in a town or city.

If you will look at the enclosed photo it may just look like meaningless info in our passports but to us they represent peoples lives. Lives of people in large and small towns throughout the countries of Eastern Europe. Towns with names like Zvolen, Veles, Krakow, Trebisov and over 250 other places in Eastern Europe.

Crossing borders can always be a little unnerving as you never are sure what will happen. We are almost always asked what we are doing in such and such a country when we enter and leave. Most of the time they are surprised to see the American Passport.

I remember well when I was leaving Serbia once, crossing the border to Hungary the Serbian boarder guard said with a smile, “You are so lucky to be American,” Others have thanked us for coming to their country and for the work we are doing.

Last week I was in Macedonia and Kosovo and even though Kosovo is a 99% Muslim country they were still glad I was there. They may not have totally understood “why” I was there, but they still were so thankful I was there.

In the coming weeks and months I will cross more and more boarders and we will make a difference in these countries. God’s grace is so around us in all we do. So many times we have seen miracle after miracle in our travels. When so many things could end horribly, they totally turn around for good. We are convinced it’s because people are praying for us.

This month I will be in Bulgaria meeting with yet more leaders. I will cross more boarders, Thank you for standing with us as we see at least FIFTEEN churches started in Eastern Europe.

Loving our Lives as Missionaries in Hungary,


Jim and Brenda

 

PS. Can you or your church help start a church in Eastern Europe?  We give $4000.00 to each new church. Can you help this year on this?