January 2022

Dear Friends,

2022…  Wow… We feel this is going to be another amazing year for us as we serve here in Budapest and all of Eastern Europe.

It was FOURTY YEARS AGO this month in January 1982 that we first left the USA to become foreign missionaries.  Now 40 years later we still absolutely love doing what we get to do, reaching the nations with the Gospel.   Photo from 1980’s and 2022.

Since the year 2000, we have seen over 300 new churches started.  Sometimes they are the only church in the town.

Thank you for helping us do what we do.

Every year in January as we make plans for the year we look to see how we can be most effective in making an impact on the nations we work in here in Eastern Europe.  Since the year 2000, 20 years ago we have worked with key pastors in these countries to help them start churches.

So this year we are looking to see at least SEVEN new churches.  They will be started in Albania, Poland, Bulgaria and I’m sure others.  We are already working with pastors and making plans.

We will continue to invest $4000.00 in each of these new churches to help them get started. We have the finances for two of them alrea

 

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When we look back to January 1982 when we left the USA to begin as missionaries, we are amazed at all the places we have been able to serve, like Costa Rica and Russia.  Now we are in our 23rd year here in Hungary and we are more in AWE then ever.  Thank you for helping us do this.

So we are EXPECTING great things in 2022.

 

In Awe of His Faithfulness,

 

Jim and Brenda

December 6 2021

Dear James,

We always so love this time of the year. For us it’s a time to slow down and just enjoy the whole Christmas Season. We try not to get pushed into all the “busyness” that can so easily take over our lives. We do all we can to “Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”

You may enjoy the TWO MINUTE video Christmas update by clicking the video below.

For us here in Budapest we decorate our house to make it feel like the Christmas’s that have so many memories. We have some of the special decorations we have had for years and years.

So as we celebrate our 25th Christmas here in Hungary this year, our two daughters will be with us. Our son’s and their families will be in Orlando and Nashville. We will miss being with them.

We will watch Christmas Movies and many Hallmark Movies and the wonderful smells of Christmas will be in our house with all the baking.

This year has been another wonderful year of serving and reaching this part of the world with the Gospel. Thank you for helping us do this!

So from our house to yours, “Merry Christmas” from Budapest,

Brenda and Jim

November 20, 2021

Dear Special Friends,

On November 8th we celebrated 41 years of being married.  Back when we said “I DO” in Gainesville, Florida we never dreamed of where “life” and God would take us.  It’s been an amazing and wonderful time. Anniversaries in America, Costa Rica, Russia and Hungary.  41 years!!!

Now here in Hungary we celebrated by taking the day to visit one of the historical Hungarian Castles/Palaces (Gödöll?),  just outside of Budapest. It was wonderful as we talked, walked, and just enjoyed the day and the memories of the last 41 years. So nice it was….

We love the Fall Season and the coming Holidays so much.  We have had so many Thanksgivings and Christmass here and we have always loved them.  Of course we miss our families during these times, but we have always been so thankful we get to do what we do as missionaries.

Special Ministry Update . . .  This past month and a half I have been in Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland, Croatia and Bulgaria. Even though we have been working with pastors to start so many churches all these years, we are always humbled when we get to talk and hear the stories of the people we work with and how committed they are to reaching their countries with the Gospel.

Some of the of the names of the people I met with are Zoran, Marek, Anton, Stoyko, Klara, Milena and Hervin.  Names that are not common in English, but amazing people in our eyes. If you would meet them, we are sure you would agree and feel the same way.

This has been another amazing year of ministry, with almost two months to go.  We are expecting great things.  Plus looking to see at least SIX churches started next year. We are already planning….  We continue to focus on cities and towns with no or sometimes few churches.   We continue to invest $4000 in each of these new works.  Thank you For helping us change the cities and towns of Eastern Europe….One city and town at a time…

In Awe of His Faithfulness,

Jim and Brenda

 

P.S. We would ask you to prayerfully give a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFERING… You can do it by TEXTING “cmiworld” to 77977 or by sending an offering to our office in Jacksonville.

 

September 23, 2021

Dear Special Friends,

We are already having an amazing start to the Fall Season here in Hungary.  We are so excited about these last few months of 2021.

Like many people in the world, these last 18 months have been different for us and our ministry over here.  For us it’s not been able to travel to countries like Bulgaria, Macedonia and Poland like we have done for the last 20 years.  Normally we would be visiting so many of the churches and leaders we work with on almost a weekly basis.

But we have had to adjust like so many people, families, churches, etc.

We remain so encouraged about the future.

Even yesterday I spoke to one of our key leaders we work with in Albania.  This Albanian Pastor right away talked to me about more churches he wants to start there.  We are excited with him as, of course we will help him do it.

So we go forward looking forward to what God is going to do the rest not only of this year, but plans for 2022.

One of the countries we have been able to travel to easily is the nation of Croatia, which is just to the south of Hungary.  Its been wonderful to see a new church started there just earlier this month that we were able to help them with.

We stay excited. We stay focused on what we feel has called us to do.  We stay in FAITH!  We expect Great Things.

Thank you for standing with us in all we do here in Hungary and the Nations of Eastern Europe.

In Awe of His Faithfulness,

Jim and Brenda

August 1, 2021

Dear Special Friends,

We are in the midst of an amazing summer here in America.   In just a couple of weeks we will be back in Hungary and Eastern Europe to start our 25th year there.

After being away almost two years from America we have been able to “almost” make up for it by seeing our kids/grandkids and family and friends all summer.

We are so enjoying our time in the USA.  We believe America’s Greatest Days are still ahead of her.  We get to be a apart of them.

But this summer we are  relaxing and resting and so enjoying ourselves.  In July we took a long vacation our WEST.  We started out in Denver and got a car and traveled to Wyoming, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore, Montana, Idaho, Washington and ended the trip in Tillamook, Oregon along the Pacific Coast.  Along the way we saw family and friends and hiked so much.

At the end of the vacation we were so RELAXED AND REFRESHED.   Having lived overseas for almost all of the last 4o years it was wonderful to see America from the “car windows.”  America is soooo beautiful.

We are also so looking forward to getting back “home” to Eastern Europe and continuing what God has for us there.  We will continue to help key pastors and leaders in all these countries to help start new churches.

Thank you for helping us do what we do. Please know we well know we couldn’t do what we do without your generous support.

Jim and Brenda

 

 

June 21, 2021

Hello Friends,

We have have been in America for three weeks now and are totally enjoying our time here in the USA.  We will be here until mid-August then return for our 24th year of serving in Eastern Europe.

Since arriving in America we have gotten to so our kids/grandkids and so many family members that we hadn’t seen in two years.  It’s been wonderful and so refreshing.   Sometimes our grandkids just want to sit in our laps, snuggle up next to us and continually follow us around.  There are no words that can explain the feelings that gives us.

So while. we are here in the USA we are doing all we can to enjoy our time here. In July we will take a driving vacation out in the Western United States.  We will fly to Colorado, spend a few days with my family (Jim), then drive to Wyoming, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore, then to Glacier National Park, Montana and finally end up in Oregon.  Along the way we will visit family and friends.

We wanted to see America from the “car windows” instead of at 35,000 in an airplane.  It will be so nice. We will take our time and just enjoy the “journey.”

But never far from our minds is the ministry in Hungary and Eastern Europe. We still absolutely love doing what we do to reach these nations with the Gospel.  We will continue to help start churches, working with key national leaders to reach so many towns that still do have a single church in them.  We will continue to invest $4,000 in each of these new churches.

Once again we thank you for helping us come back to America this summer and take a vacation. Also thank you for helping us reach Eastern Europe. We are well aware that we couldn’t do it with out you.

Enjoying the USA,

Jim and Brenda

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May 2021

Dear Special Friends,

We, like all people around the world, want the pandemic behind us.  But we continue to move forward in all that we feel God has called us to do here in Eastern Europe.

As I write this update to you we are in Croatia once again. Croatia is to the south of Hungary and we have been doing ministry in this country for the last 20 years, basing out of Budapest, Hungary.

Even yesterday we were at a church service here that was held outdoors in a Park near the Adriatic Sea.  The Pastors we know here are so committed to reaching their nation.

Some people don’t know that Croatia just became a country in 1991.  Before that it was part of the former Yugoslavia.

So we continue to go forward with the VISION we feel God has given us for the last 20 plus year. Reaching the nations of Eastern Europe with the Gospel.

This summer will be be taking a trip back to the USA.  Last summer because of the COVID situation we did not go back to the USA like we normally always did.

So we are so excited to see our kids and grandkids and families.  We have a new grandson that is over a year old that we have never seen.  Plus we will take a vacation out West.

We know that we have been missionaries for over 38 years now, because we get to take these short breaks from the mission field. We always come back refreshed and with excited new vision to go forward.

Even now we are planning with Pastors in Poland, Bulgaria and Albania to see churches started in September.

Thank you for doing all you do to help us. Please know it is NEVER taken for granted.

Jim and Brenda

 

March 2021

Dear Special Friends,

A Few days ago we were in Croatia and we were amazed once again at the opportunities we saw there. Croatia is just to the south of Hungary and about 4 hours drive from our house to the Capital, Zagreb.    We met some amazing people there and look to make an impact upon this nation this year.

We are so excited about 2021 and all that it will bring.  We are expecting big things and this year once again we will look to see new churches started here in Eastern Europe.

It was was back in January 1982 that we first left the USA to serve as missionaries and now this year we are entering our 39th year, serving as overseas missionaries.  And WE STILL LOVE IT!  See photos below.

Like most people in the world last year didn’t exactly turn out the way we planned. So many things were different.  For us it was not being able to travel throughout the countries of. Eastern Europe like we had been doing for the last 23 years.

Now things are slowly getting back to normal and hopefully by summer borders will be back open.

But in the mean time we go forward with what we fell God has called us to do.

So our plans for this year are to see SEVEN new churches started.  So many have been in the planning stages for over year now. We are ready to go with them.  We are in regular contact with leaders in Albania, Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

Someone asked us recently from America, “how long we were going to stay in Hungary?”  We still feel like this is where we are supposed to be and currently have no plans of leaving.  Its God’s Grace…

Thank you for helping us do all we do over here. We are well aware that we couldn’t do what we do with the support of so many in the USA that support us every month.

Excited about 2021

Jim and Brenda

 

 

Christmas 2020

Dear Special Partner,

Blessings from Budapest, Hungary once again.

Christmas!  It always been one of our favorite times of the year.  We always think of our own childhoods so many years ago for me, growing up in Wisconsin and Colorado and Brenda in Florida.

Our own families, who probably didn’t have much, but made Christmas so special for us as kids.

This Christmas will be our 24th Christmas in Hungary.  So nice.  Its usually cold here and sometimes snow on the ground and lights on the houses.  Our house will be decorated in our own traditions that we brought from America to make it feel so nice.

Of course this year, like most places around the world will be different.  For the first time our youngest daughter Audrianna will not be with us. She will stay in America and probably celebrate it with my family (Jim) in Colorado.  She is not allowed to come to Hungary because of border closures because of the Covid Virus.

But our 26 year old daughter Alexandra is with us here in Hungary so we will have her with us. So nice.  Our other three kids and their families will stay in Orlando and Nashville. We are so happy for them and a little sad for us.

But we will totally enjoy this Christmas Season.  We are soooo blessed.

We wish you an amazing Christmas. We pray you totally enjoy your Christmas Season.  I know we will… God has blessed us so amazingly we never take it granted.

We are EXPECTING GREAT things in 2021 as we continue to minister throughout the nations of Eastern Europe.

Merry Christmas to all from us here in Budapest.

Jim and Brenda

November 2 2020

Dear Friends,

On November 8 we celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.  Yes, on November 8, 1980 in Gainesville, Florida we said “I do.”  Florida girl with a Colorado guy.  So nice.

At the end of every Summer here in Budapest we can’t help but be reminded that it was the end of the summer back in 1997 that we left the USA to first moved to Budapest. 

We think of those days when we moved here with our four children, that we thought we would be here, maybe 1 – 3 years.

Now we are starting our 24th year here and continue to love it and feel this is where we are supposed to be in God’s plan for our lives.

We are still here but three our our four children now live in the US and we have three grandkids.

As we always say, thank you for helping us reach this part of the world with the gospel. In the midst of all that is happening in the United States and around the world, the gospel goes forward. 

Special Note From Brenda…

It is such a blessing to have our daughter, Alexandra here with us. She and I love to go for walks together and we both love music. But she is a daddy’s girl, he has a special place in her heart!

We are so thankful that even though we are 5,000 miles from the rest of our family, we are able to spend time with them through video chat and internet phone calls.

Its neat to watch online at least and hanging out with our younger son in Nashville and his family on their back porch and listen to our 3 1/2 year old grandson tell knock-knock jokes, play games with him and play peekaboo with his baby brother and watch his face light up and and hear him squeal!!! That is so special, even if it is via video chat.

Also it’s so awesome to watch online our older son and his family at the beach and to see our 5 year old granddaughter in Florida ride a wave in with her Daddy on a boogie board!

On her 5th birthday we were there at her party and saw the excitement on her face as she opened the presents we sent her and hear her sweet voice as she chatted with us via video chat! Special memories!

Also talking with our youngest daughter, Audrianna, who lives in West Palm Beach, as she was walking on the beach, I could hear the waves splashing on the shore. It’s almost like we are walking together. But not quite. We have had some great conversations!

Of course it’s not the same as being there in person but we are so thankful to stay connected and we feel so close to our kids, such a gift from God!

Jim and Brenda