July 2019

Hello Special Friends,

We are currently in the USA for a few weeks.  God Bless America. 

Having now served as missionaries for over 37 years our times to visit America are nicer and more appreciated than ever.

Seeing how Blessed this country is and the blessings for the people of the USA puts in in AWE.  Maybe sometimes people that live here take it for granted.

Anyway, we are loving being here. We are able to visit some churches that support us, eat lots of Mexican food, see so many friends and spend time with our kids and grandkids. It’s been so nice and relaxing and restful.

This month we will be in Colorado for a few days to celebrate my (Jim’s) Mom’s 90’th birthday with all seven of my brothers and sisters. That will be so wonderful.

In August we will be back in Budapest to begin our 23’rd year there.  We absolutely love doing what we get to do, help reach all of Eastern Europe with the Gospel. Thank you for helping us do what we do.

Even while we are here in the USA for these weeks, we are working with key leaders in all the countries of Eastern Europe to help them start new churches. This year we hope to see at least TWELVE churches started.  We have the finances for NINE of them them already and many of the churches have been started in such countries as Albania, Bulgaria, Poland and Slovakia.

Enjoying the USA.

Jim and Brenda

Working in Macedoinia

Dear Friends,

Last week I was in Macedonia.  I have been there so many times I have loved working there for almost 20 years now.  Its an amazing country and we get to work alongside some amazing Christians leaders to reach this nation, that came into being after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 90’s.

It’s a small country of just over 2 million people.  Few Christian churches are in most cities and many towns have NO Christian churches.   Working alongside these Christian leaders there we are helping to change this.

This nation, that is about 30% Muslim/Albanian, getting to know Jesus in more that just a “historical figure”, but the person who can change their lives.

In this picture I am in one of the central squares in Skopje in front of the ALEXANDER THE GREAT statue, who was Macedonian.

One of the neat things about Macedonia is in the Capital city, Skopje, is the birthplace of Mother Teresa. I’ll bet you didn’t know that, did you?  She was born in Skopje in 1910 and moved to Ireland in 1928 to attend a convent.  There is a museum and many statues of her in the city.

So Macedonia is just one of over eleven countries we work in and are seeing great things happen.

Thank you for all your do to help us do this. We are well aware that we could not do it with your help.

Blessings from Budapest,

Jim and Brenda

 

March 2019

Dear Special Friends,   

           Crossing the Slovenia Border from Hungary  – I am greeted by an absolutely beautiful sign saying  Welcome to Slovenia  . . .

It was just a few days ago that I met with leaders there that I have known for many, many years in Slovenia.  It was a great time of talking and of course eating, enjoying a wonderful time with these few Christians that live in this country that came out of the break-of Yugoslavia so many years ago.

Many in this country don’t think much about GOD as their schools, parents or government rarely mentions God in any books or speeches.  So people just don’t know what to think when people like us come talking about GOD in a way that seems so normal to us but STRANGE to them.

             Many in Slovenia know their grandparents were “religious” but they don’t know what this means, “religious.”  This is an awareness of God but not a “relationship” with God.

And we are so excited about what God has planned for 2019!

Our Plans For 2019 – To Help Start Another 12 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 new church.  We primarily help to start the churches in towns that do not have an active evangelical church in them.

                In the past NINETEEN years, we have helped key national leaders start more than 292 churches.  Churches that are now making an impact upon their cities.  You have helped us do this! This year we will see at least 12 more started.

             As we begin our 37th year as missionaries, we are amazed that we get to do what we do and absolutely love being missionaries in Hungary.

                                     Loving our Lives as Missionaries in Hungary,                                                                         

                                    Jim and Brenda

February 2019

Dear Special Friends,

Wow…Welcome to year 2019!

It was 37 years ago this week that we started our lives as missionaries.   We remember so well that day when we got on an airplane in Miami to fly to San Jose, Costa Rica.

Wow, January 1982. We could never have imagined all the amazing things that have happened because we stepped out in faith to go and do what we felt God had put in our hearts.

Living in Costa Rica, Russia and now here Hungary since 1997 it’s been an amazing “ride.” We have loved it all and still love doing what we do!  

So many people gave us little chance as missionaries. Others said we were not qualified and I remember someone telling me even after being missionaries a few years that, “we had no business being missionaries.” But God quite often uses the most unlikely people.

In the natural maybe these people were right. We probably really weren’t qualified as missionaries, but God saw something many people couldn’t. Now here we are THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS LATER still serving and loving what we do.

And we are still excited about what God has for us this year, 2019!

Our Plans For 2019 – To Help Start Another 12 Churches here in Eastern Europe!

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 new church. We primarily help to start the churches in towns that do not have an active evangelical church in them.

In the past NINETEEN years we have helped key national leaders start more than 285 churches.Churches that are now making an impact upon their cities. You have helped us do this! This year we will see at least 12 more started.

As we begin our 37th year as missionaries, we are amazed that we get to do what we do and absolutely love being missionaries in Hungary.     

                        Excited About What God is Going to Do in 2018,                                                      

                                    Jim and Brenda

As you make your plans for this new year, prayerfully consider whether the Lord would have you stand with us here in a greater way. Possibly you or your church can help sponsor a new church.

 

December – Christmas

Dear Special Friends,

Blessings from Budapest, Hungary. We want to be one of many that wish you and all your family a Special Merry Christmas in 2018.

2018 has been another amazing year for us here in Hungary. So much has happened, so many lives have changed, so much yet to do. We feel so privileged to be a part of what God is doing in this part of the world.

This will be our 22nd Christmas that we have celebrated here in Budapest. This year our two daughters Alexandra (24) and Audrianna (22) will be with us. Our boys and their families will be in Nashville.

So after 22 years you can imagine that this is “home” for us. To our kids it’s also the Christmas they have grown up with. We will enjoy it so much. Celebrating, eating, enjoying Budapest, and probably watching some Hallmark Movies.

Jim and Brenda

November 2018

Dear Friends,

This photo of us was taken here in Budapest, standing in front the Hungarian Parliament Building.  It amazes us that we are now in our 22nd year here in Budapest, reaching Eastern Europe with the Gospel.

            On November 8th we will celebrate our 38th Wedding Anniversary.  This is shocking even to us.  We will probably go to southern Hungary for the day and visit a Castle and relax and enjoy the day and reminisce. Twill be fun…

In the past few weeks we have been to Poland, Slovakia, Serbia and Bulgaria. And in the coming days I will be in Macedonia and Kosovo.  I imagine most people could barely find these countries on a map. But to us these countries are as familiar as traveling to Florida and Georgia or Colorado, Texas or Nevada or California.

Whether we are ministering to Gypsies in Slovakia or Bulgarians in the capital city of Sofia, all we see is people that God has called us to reach.  And because YOU are helping US, YOU are also reaching them.

            Sometimes I wish you would have been with me last week when I was meeting with two pastors in Bulgaria and they shared with me their plans for a new church in the section of the city with no church in it.  We are helping them start this church.   Then in a year or so I will be amazed to meet with them again and they will share with me so many stories. 

So in the midst of all the POLITICAL news in America we continue to move forward reaching this part of the world.  “Yes, we voted…We have always voted as overseas absentee voters…”

            Special Family News . . .This THANKSGIVING we will travel to the USA to be in Nashville with our kids and grand-kids.  We always so enjoy not only being with our kids but also being in America for 10 days.  Plus our kids love that we would travel all this way to be with them…

So as we end this year we would ask you to prayerfully consider giving a Special Christmas Offering before the end of the year.  We need to raise an extra $7,000 before the end of the year.                   

                        Taking the Gospel to the NATIONS . . . ,                                                                                                                                   

                                    Jim and Brenda                                                          

Prayerfully consider whether you can you help us with a Special Christmas Offering before the end of the year?.

October Update

Dear Friends,

As we write this letter to you FALL is definitely in the air here in Budapest. The mornings are getting very cold and the leaves are falling from the trees. So pretty…

We know these last three months of the year will be so exciting. I will be traveling to Bulgaria and Macedonia and Serbia to name just some of the places I will be.

Our goal at the beginning of this year was to see at least TWELVE new churches started this year. So far we have the funds for TEN of them. (We invest $4000 in each of these new churches). We are thrilled that we can make such in impact in so many places each year. This year is yet another amazing year here in Hungary and Eastern Europe. Thank you for helping us do this.

And still we feel, “the best is yet to come.”

In all the Nations of Eastern Europe there are Gypsy Towns and Villages. They are at times some of the poorest and most neglected people in this part of the world.

In the past 15 years we have been able to see at least 18 new churches started with the Gypsies.

Here in this photo is a village in Slovakia where we are working with some key leaders there to help reach them.

Brenda is just loving the kids here. We are doing more than just showing up and ministering, but we are working with leaders in these nations to help them see long term change.

Thank you for helping us do this.

Jim and Brenda

September 2018

Dear Special Partner,

As I write this note to you we are sitting here in the living room of our house here in Budapest.

We are just talking about how blessed we are to have people like you that stand with us in all we do. We are thinking back 21 years ago when we moved to here with our four children.  Back in 1997 when we came here we thought we would be here maybe one to three years.  “Man makes his Plans but God guides our steps..”  Proverbs.

Since that time we have seen over 250 churches started, all the way from Poland to the north to Bulgaria and Albania  to the south.

And now we are here in Hungary with three of our four children now living in the USA. We got to see a lot of them this summer and our two grandchildren.  Its so nice to see our boys now have families and just watch them from the background of how they raise their kids. Im sure our parents did the same for us. Just watched and gave is wisdom when we asked.  We thank God all our children are serving the Lord and involved in churches.

So as we finish the last days of Summer and enter Fall we continue to do what we feel God has called us to do over here in Hungary and Eastern Europe.

As always, thank you for helping us do what we are doing. We are well aware that we couldn’t do anything without you standing with us.

In Awe of His Faithfulness.

Brenda and Jim

Summer 2018

Dear Special Friends,
 
Right now we are loving our time in the USA.  We are getting to see family, friends, spend time with our kids and grandkids, also speaking at some wonderful churches, enjoying some wonderful Mexican food plus even taking a little vacation with just the two of us.  
 
This is so so refreshing to us, these week we spend in America. So many times we hear other missionaries tell us they get to tired going back to America and have to do so much.  For us, by the Grace of God its never that way. We are always so “refreshed” when we go back to Budapest.  We go back to Hungary totally refreshed and re-engergized to continue doing what God has called us to do in that part of the world.
 
In early August we will start of 22nd year in Hungary. Even we are so surprised as how long we have been there. Especially since when we move there back in the 90’s we thought we would be there of 0ne to three years.  Man Makes His Plans, But God Guides our Steps”  That what God is doing to us.
 
So thank you for all you do to help us. We are well aware we couldn’t do what we do with out you and all you give to us. Thank you.  So Goodbye for now as we enjoy these last 8 weeks here in the USA.
 
These first six months of the year in Hungary have been once again amazing. We are seeing churches started in Bulgaria, Albania and Slovenia and Poland.  Later this year we will see at least six more churches started. Thank.  Thinks are change in Hungary and Eastern Europe. You are helping us to do this.
 
Smiles and Hugs,  Jim and Brenda 

April – May Update From Budapest

Hello Special Friends,

Blessings from Budapest once again.

Sometimes i wish you could be with me here as we minister and talk to some of the amazing leaders we work with. If you were with me you would hear story after story of how people’s lives are being transformed through some of these local churches we have been privileged to help start.

Last week I was in once again in Bulgaria. While I was there I shot the video below. We think you will enjoy hearing what is going on in that country. I got to hear amazing stories from a Bulgarian Pastor, whose name is Grozdan and his wife Slavica. We helped them start a church in 20 in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

They shared with me the impact their church is making on the neighborhood where the church is. One of the programs that they have is a special needs school for children with Autism. They shared how not only the children are seeing great results but how the parents are in awe that this church would provide this special school.

This is just one sample of stories that we hear on almost a weekly basis of how these churches are changing individuals lives. We are humbled that we get to be a a part of it.

This year we once again have the opportunity to help start TWO more churches in Bulgaria.

Even now I am in contact with these leaders there and they are ready to start these churches in the coming months. Can you help us do this? We invest $4,000 in each of these churches.

It always amazes us after all these years of doing this, that we get to be a part of seeing so many lives impacted by these new churches.

We Miss Seeing Our Grand-kids Grow Up . . . But . . .

As you can imagine living so far away from our kids and grand-kids can sometimes make us feel a little sad. But our kids in the USA are so good about sending us photos and talking with us on FACETIME.

Just about every week we talk to them and now they are getting old enough to talk to us. We use todays technology in every way we can to talk to them. But its still not the same as being there.

This summer we will be in America for several weeks again and we will for sure get to spend lots of time with them...

This was “Grandma Brenda” with our Grandson, Micah in Nashville.