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Lovin' Summer
We've had so many great things happen and moments in the month of July!  The month began with a Missions Team from Decatur, IL coming to serve alongside our VBS program at the Children's Home here in Gyor.  Many of you saw the video we created, that closed with some of those children singing "This Little Light of Mine" in Hungarian - what a blessing they were to us all!  We're excited to be able to continue building relationships with both the leaders and young people in the home in the coming months.

Our local church had several college graduates, and I (Chadwick) was able to spend a day attending two different graduation ceremonies.  It was a unique experience, even though I didn't understand much of what was being said by the speakers.  Each graduate crossed the stage, receiving their diploma, and then touching a "Sceptor" of the Hungarian seal, illustrating their commitment to honor/serve Hungary well as they continue forward with the education they've received.  It was a blessing to be celebrating these achievements of our brothers/sisters within the family of God - and we pray that they would honor/serve Christ well as they continue forward into this next season even more!

It was difficult to miss out on things that have been a part of our summer season for over 12 years now: Free Methodist General Conference, Family Camp, VBS, etc.  But we have definitely kept busy - opening our home and dinner table (see below!), building relationships, and serving in ministry.  We've finally purchased a car and are incredibly thankful for the doors it opens for us - both in ministry and personally.  As a family, we were able to visit the monastery in Pannonhalma while the lavender was in bloom...and Chadwick was able to help deliver over 100 jars of delicious jams to the "Vis de Copil" ministry center in Arad, Romania.

We continue to pray that God would speak through us as we minister - in preaching regularly and serving the weekly worship gatherings as a family - but also and especially as we live together in community with others here in Gyor.  We also know that these moments are transforming us as well - as we learn and grow in understanding of the Love and Grace of Jesus Christ.

 
Here we are in our new car "Licorice"...a Fiat Freemont!  We're so excited for the ministry and personal opportunities this will make possible!
One of our first big trips - taking homemade jams to the children of Arad, Romania...so they can taste the goodness of Jesus' Love!
“If there is any concept worth restoring to its original depth and evocative potential, it is the concept of hospitality.” – Henri Nouwen

Giving respect to the space between the meal and the clean- up, we all sit around the table not ready yet to interrupt the sacred space. Stomachs are full, the kids have run off to play and we begin to offer tea or coffee to our guests. They politely refuse but instead begin to ask us more questions about why we are here. Why would we bring our family of 6 to this exact city and country? We both begin to explain, sharing stories of how God called us and how God was faithful to provide. They began sharing stories about their faith traditions with us but also telling us how good it is that we are here. They haven’t found many people that speak English and so they said they have been lonely. Leaving our home that day, they said they would be back soon. Next time, they would cook some Indian food.

We came to Hungary knowing that Christian hospitality was to be a fundamental part of our ministry, but we weren’t sure who the Lord would ask us to invite into our home. So, we waited for people of peace to become evident. It didn’t take long before we began connecting with international college students that would come by the church service. We began to invite students into our home to cook an “American” meal for them. Then it would turn into them coming back again to cook an authentic dish from their country for our family.

“If, when we open the door, we are oriented toward seeing Jesus in the guest, then we welcome that person with some sense that
God is already at work in his or her life.” -Christine D. Pohl


God has kept opening doors for students to come and feel at home here in our flat. Our prayer is that it will continue to be a safe place for students, of all backgrounds and religions, to experience the love of Jesus and to ask deeper questions of faith. Some students come to our church community on
Sundays, especially if they are believers of Jesus. Other students, who are not believers of Jesus, will gladly come to our home, but not make a commitment to come back to church. We are seeing first hand what we have believed for quite some time, a ministry of hospitality (outside the four walls of the church) is an imperative part of reaching others with the Love of Jesus.

“The future of Christian hospitality is partly tied to the future of the home and family. Recovering hospitality will involve reclaiming the household as a key site for ministry and then reconnecting the household and the church so that the two institutions can work in partnership for the sake of the world.” - Christine D. Pohl

There will be many threads that piece together the work that God has called us here to join. Hospitality is possibly the loom that holds all the threads together. As we weave relationships into our lives, we pray that Jesus is revealed. Would you pray with us that God would continue to bring us people of peace that he is wanting us to pour into? Would you also pray that our efforts of hospitality would bring each guest closer to knowing the love of Jesus?
Praises and Prayers (needs updated)
 
  • There will be prayer requests each month that we're unable to post publicly, due to their sensitive nature. Please be in prayer for those who have needs beyond what we're able to communicate. Pray especially for the young people in the Children's Home - as we look forward to how our fall service there would take shape.  There are opportunities this year that have never existed before!
  • Pray that God would continue to bring us into relationships with people of peace.  Even this past week - we've made new connections with grocery workers, neighborhood parents, and even fellow "Pokemon Players", lol.
  • Prayer as August is a full month with vacations for both our family and the McNamara's (before the work really ramps up in the fall/winter months, ministry planning toward the fall, and a great outreach event "Quiz Night" they've done previously.   We will be driving to Rome (Kind of like driving from Chicago to Atlanta!), and learning a bit of history as we "Home School" on the road!  
  • Praise & Prayer: Our cat, Toby had quite a scare - with severe kidney stones/blockage causing pain.    On the same day that Chadwick & Gerry were driving the jams to Romania, we're so thankful for Kathy & Katica helping Sarah have Toby taken care of by a local vet.  He's healing now, and feeling much better on his new diet.
- EXTRA PRAYER REQUEST: We're serving here as part of a larger effort by the Free Methodist Church that has been ongoing in Hungary for many years - centered in Budapest.  There they have physical facilities that house regular ministry efforts, support a local pastoral family, offer support for the "Set Free" movement, and are the national organization through which we're registered.   The national fund is experiencing a shortfall this year, due to several churches who needed to make significant changes in their giving.  If you'd like to contribute to this specific need - please take a moment to visit here!

 
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The Anderson Family
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