Saturday is usually my busiest day of the week. In the morning I leave my house in Kötcse and head over to Nagycsepely, the next village over, for two hours of English and guitar lessons.
A big thank you to our guest preacher Szabolcs Nagy. Today he shared God’s word with the people of City Park Lutheran and Budapest-Fasori Evangélikus Egyházközség. It will be a gift to have him as a leader of the Lutheran Church in the future. May God bless your ministry!
"Yes, I'm learning Hungarian. No, I don't speak it 100%, but I am learning." I say these sentences a lot in Hungarian when working in Central Europe--and in the Carpathian Basin--and meeting people for the first time. Usually, when I say these words to our Hungarian colleagues and partners, they marvel a little bit and congratulate me on my Hungarian ability. This positive feedback is great, and in many ways I've gotten used to hearing it. But the truth is, whether I got positive feedback or not, I see learning the Hungarian language as a very important part of my call as a missionary in Hungary and beyond.
In February, our YAGM Central Europe cohort gathered in Belgrade, Serbia for our 2018 Lenten Retreat. The theme for our Lenten Retreat was Cross References: Looking from New Perspectives. While our retreats are a time to relax together and spend some time learning about the context we are visiting, one of my favorite parts of retreats is Bible Studies and Worship.