January 2018

Dear Special Friends,

Wow…Welcome to year 2018!

It was 36 years ago today 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-SIX YEARS LATER still serving and loving what we do.

And we are still excited about what God has for us this year, 2018!

Our Plans For 2018 – To Help Start Another 10 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 new church. We primarily help to start the churches in towns that do not have an active evangelical church in them.

In the past EIGHTEEN years we have helped key national leaders start more than 275 churches. Churches that are now making an impact upon their cities. You have helped us do this! This year we will see at least 10 more started.

As we begin our 36th 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 Brend

PS.  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.

Christmas 2017

Dear Special Friends,

Merry Christmas once again from Budapest, Hungary.

We love the Christmas Season. This will be our 21st Christmas here. We will have our two daughters with us here for Christmas.

When we look back on this year its been so amazing to see all that has happened in this part of the world with the spreading of the Gospel. From Poland to the very north to Bulgaria and Albania to the south and all the countries in-between. Thank you for helping us do this.

Even now we are making plans for next year, 2018. Wow! 2018. Its going to be an exciting year as we will continue to keep reaching this part of the world and start our 36th year as missionaries.

So we will take some time off this month and enjoy our kids that are here in Budapest and enjoy the Christmas Season. Brenda will cook lots of Christmas goodies, we will watch some movies, play games, play in the snow and go out to dinner several times.

But most of all just enjoying time together relaxing and laughing.

So A Special Merry Christmas to you from us here Budapest.

Jim and Brenda

Fall, 2017

Wow, its Fall already. 

People used to tell us as that as we grow older the years will seem to pass faster. I guess in someways that’s been true. We look at our children lives and see both of our boys now in their 30’s we find ourselves thinking back where we were living at their ages. This is even more true too now that we have two grandchildren.

But when we do look back we see all God has done in our lives, all the places we have lived and how faithful God has always been in our lives.  Even now when we see the flooding in Texas  and Hurricane in Florida we realise that we have so much to be grateful for.

So even though we in the last four months of 2017 we are thrilled all that has happening in the minister over here this year. These last four months are going to be exciting too as we have so many opportunities to help start more churches. Thank for helping us do what we do.

REACHING ALBANIA

In the last couple of weeks I have been to the nations of Slovenia, Albania and Kosovo. It’s been so wonderful to see some of the churches that we have helped to start in the past and see how they are impacting their cities and towns.

Here I am pictured with my Albanian Pastor friend, Hervin. We have worked alongside Hervin for over fifteen years to help him start over ten churches in Albania. In the coming years we want to do many more. Click the link below to find out more about how we help start these churches.

July 2017

Dear Special Friends,

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 USA with our children and getting to see our families and also minister at some churches.

FAMILY . . .While you are reading this, All our kids, except our daughter Alexandra, we will be with us here in Florida. Alexandra stayed in Budapest this summer.

So with all of the rest of our family together it’s like a family reunion with our family growing each year. Our son Ryan and his wife Katie, and grand-baby Micah from Nashville are here. And Nathan and Lori and our grand-baby, Lenora, from Orlando along with our youngest daughter Audri, from West Palm Beach.

Then on July 5, Audrianna will be leaving to EAST ASIA for a ministry trip for the rest of July. We can’t name the places she is going as they are sensitive places where there are few Christians. She is a nervous but also feels the peace of God. We are praying for her, we would ask you to also as you think of her.

Our time in the USA is ALWAYS welcome break from our normal routine in Hungary and our ministry in Eastern Europe. We always love these breaks from the “Mission Field” and Ministry here in Eastern Europe. Even though we are ministering most weekends while we are here, we get to spend time with friends and family and enjoy America.

You may have read last month that we are going to take a vacation to California at the end of July. We plan on driving up the Pacific Coast Highway. We will also visit two of my sisters (Jim’s) that live there. We are so looking forward to it.

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. 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 EIGHT of them already. We are so, so thrilled and encouraged.

Loving our Lives as Missionaries in Hungary,

Jim and Brenda

PS. Prayerfully look at the Special Note for our Vacation in California this Summer.

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