We are excited about the new opportunities and developments in Russia, Romania and Hungary! Watch the video to find out what is happening!
New Developments in Russia
ministry center in Vyborg Russia has a strong history of consistently
ministering to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of thousands of
Russian people. We are particularly
excited about the newest development there.
For a couple of years, we have been planning to transition the center to
national leadership. Richard and Judy
Grout have trained and mentored a large number of Russian Christians during
their 20+ years at the center. It was
really exciting to participate in the Board meeting this fall, where the new
national director, Valera, led the meeting for the first time.
This is one of the biggest goals of
missionary work…to train nationals to lead the ministry to their own people,
and we are thrilled about this new phase in the Russian ministry! Richard and Judy will continue to actively participate
in the ministry as well as serve in administrative and advisory roles.
New Opportunities in Hungary
given us many ministry opportunities here in Hungary, for which we are very
thankful! As we look back over the last
couple of years, we are amazed at how he has opened so many doors for us. Right now, we are excited about several ministry opportunities that we are praying about.
One of these
new opportunities is another hospital ministry.
We have been talking to the director of this hospital, and we are
working on a mutually acceptable agreement to allow us to visit and pray with
the patients. We hope we can offer
comfort and give them spiritual help. We
will also be able to give them the hospital gift packs that Heather makes that include
hygiene items, a snack and a portion of scripture.
other opportunities include a possible future ministry to Gypsies in this
converted chicken coup; a Bible study that we have recently started in a
neighboring city; celebrate recovery groups, as well as individual counseling
and mentoring. Please help us pray for
these ministries that have the potential to meet the spiritual needs of
many people, and result in many lives being transformed by God’s Amazing Grace.
New Futures in Romania
to orphans in Romania is one of the ways we fulfill Jesus’ command to “care for
the widows and orphans”. Sally Sebo
works tirelessly to meet the needs of the precious children that God has
brought to us. The outcome of this is
that these children have the opportunity to have a new future…one that would
not have been possible if they hadn’t come to the House of Hope.
Most of the
children at the House of Hope arrived in very dire physical condition…
emaciated, underdeveloped, pale, sickly, and malnourished. Some were abandoned and others came from
neglectful or abusive situations. Once,
they were lost in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness. All of them
needed someone to intervene for them to change the direction of their
lives. Now, all of them have the hope of
a new future, which includes better health, improved education, a loving
environment and a new eternal destination…now, they have been found!
The most important thing we can do for these
children is to share the gospel message with them, and lead them to a
relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a
privilege to be able to do that…but without first meeting their physical and
emotional needs, it would not be possible.
Intentional intervention in their lives has given them the hope of a new
future here on earth as well as a new eternal destination.
Future expansion to New Countries
In the last
several months, Heather and I have made exploratory trips to Albania and
Czech. Both of these countries
desperately need someone to come and share the Good News of the Gospel. In spite of Czech’s rich religious history,
less than 1% of the people are evangelical, and in Albania, over 50% of the
population is Muslim. We are praying for missionaries who are willing to go to the people in these countries who
desperately need to hear that God can transform their lives and make them new
creatures in Christ Jesus. They need to
experience God’s Amazing Grace!
I want to
thank all of you who have supported our ministries in Eastern Europe. We are excited about the new developments and
opportunities in this region.
We hope you will partner with us! Together, we
can build a NEW FUTURE in Eastern Europe and Russia!