=) Hello! Youth Day was a success. We played a game called Trees and Squirrels and everyone really loved it. I have some hilarious video clips. Pastor Yang and his wife were so good at the game!!! They really have youthful hearts. Praise the Lord. After playing the game, we caravaned to a little European tourist cluster right before we went to a MEDIEVAL RENAISSANCE FAIRE right under the old castle of King Alabad. We ate Medieval Hungarian food… That was quite an experience. And then, we visited the 4th biggest cathedral in Europe… It was big. WE WALKED UP A SPIRAL STAIRCASE TO THE DOME OF THE CATHEDRAL!!! That was an exciting and dizzying experience. After that, we visited a castle, and a palace. I don’t know which was which but they were both pretty. And then, we enjoyed the nightscape of Budapest and the Danube. There were fireworks. =) That made up for the 4th of July. During the day, we were able to share a lot with the Czech and Hungarian youth. The fruit of the day: two committed guys who are willing to lead the Hungarian youth. Praise the Lord. We were so touched. On Sunday, Delia showed great obedience and maturity and went on a trip to another city with Pastor Joseph and Pastor Peter. We had a little bit of free time to shop here, and then we practiced for the performances given at night. We ate dinner at church and the evening service was great. I didn’t have much time to participate in the service because the Czech youth had material that they wanted from my computer. We wiped out a whole iphone to put on songs that I had gotten from Johnny. They love them. Thanks, Johnny. Praise the Lord we had them. Sunday night, Delia, Steph and I debriefed for a LONG time but it was good. We all learned a lot. God really grew us and I’m so glad we had a chance to work together. Today, we are going out with Robin. He is a part of the other Hungarian youth group right now. He will be coming to America mid-August to attend Biola University! I have talked to him a lot about it and I would like our congregation to help him a bit. He will be there by himself. His family will be staying in Budapest. Okay then. Praise the Lord, Praise the LORD, PRAISE THE LORD! =) God has been soooo good and we have been soooo blessed! Have a good day. See you in LA soon! by His grace,becca
=) Our last day of evangelizing in the market was great. Friday morning, Delia, Steph and 2 Peters left with Pastor Joseph for a place 2 hours away where they started a new branch of HOC.At the Europe Market, quite a crowd gathered to watch one body worship and two skits. Pastor Yang gave the gospel message, prayed the prayed of salvation and prayed for healing. In the afternoon, we were able to pray together, fellowship, and I was able to learn more about the youth situation here in Budapest. i was so blessed by this time. During the gospel meeting at night, we saw a few people who were at the market that morning. Praise the Lord. =) Today is Youth Day. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Pray that we will be able to communicate all she wants to say in Chinese through the Holy Spirit. Please pray that we would have the right attitude and wait upon the Lord at every moment of today. We are going to go to the park and play two icebreakers, and then head off to a warm springs place. We will also see one of the biggest churches in the world, a palace, and more of the hero square. We will finish off the day atop a hill, watching the sunset over the bridges ofBudapest…or at least that’s what they tell me. =) I’m excited. Praise the Lord and may His name be glorified through our personal testimonies today. =) Have a great night/day! in Him,
=) Szia! Wednesday was great. We were able to serve the Czech “Family House” in Buda. It’s not really an orphanage. The buildings looked old outside, but the inside was beautiful and well renovated. Praise the Lord. The children looked well cared for and the had heard the gospel before. We made the gospel bead bracelet and they loved the skits! I think the thing we are able to bless the Czech team with is our skits. =) Praise the Lord. Also, we were able to share about having accountability partners and morning devotions. We’re continually finding new things to talk about in our growing spiritual relationships. In the afternoon, we rested and were able to serve during the gospel meeting. In the afternoon, Delia and Steph learned a candle dance! =) It was cute. During the gospel meeting, I believe there were 2 people who were saved. It’s Thursday night and we’re sitting with some Czech girls…talking. =) Today, we started the morning with devotions, breakfast…and body worship! They love body worship and skits. Praise the Lord. They’re learning so fast! We’re running out of material…so we’re going to Tiffany’s youtube site to learn new ones…to teach them! This is a challenge. =) I am downloading all of the material so they can take it on a USB drive. We went to Tang Ren Market…Chinatown in Budapest! Praise the Lord, there were people who were listening to the gospel through their open windows on the third and fourth floor! We passed out our gospel meeting flyers first. And I gave out a flyer and evangelized in Chinese for the first time! It was exhilarating! =) God is good. I am learning to be more bold in the Lord! One thing we forgot to do was prayer walk the place. We should have done that. I will not forget that ever again. After lunch, we walked back to our hostel. The walk was about 25 minutes and Delia, Steph, and I decided to prayer walk! It was wonderful. After resting, we went to the 2nd largest park and prayer walked for three things: 1. More youth to preach the gospel to. 2. Commitment among the Hungarian Chinese youth. 3. More power in the missionaries!!! Pastor Yang is an anointed leader. We have learned a lot. Please pray that we will continue to grow in obedience, discipline, and waiting upon the Lord. Okay. I must go talk. The Czech girls are so funny. They are so cute. We love them so much. =) Please pray that we serve them well. Tomorrow, Delia and Steph are going to a place 3 hours away with Pastor Joseph. Please pray for them. They will be working with Peter 3 and Peter 2 as a team. We have 3 Peters here. And one Jacob. =) I am tired. I must go now. Good night. God bless you!!! in Him,becca
Tuesday was a good day. We taught the Czech youth the Eat, Work, Sleep skit, the Heart Skit, and the Sticky Sin skit. They also learned Lord I Lift Your Name on High body worship. They are so good. They are so willing. They already know so much but they love learning new things. I was greatly humbled and encouraged by their attitude.
Steph, Delia, and I are in the middle of breakthrough. We didn’t do so well leading worship. We were not able to get the Chinese lyrics typed out in time, so we led 2 English songs. Although the Czech youth helped us sing in Chinese, it was very difficult. There were a lot of contributing factors, but I am so so proud of us for really trying to do what Pastor Yang wanted us to do by faith. I think the obedience in this situation brought the breakthrough. I know that God was really teaching us through this situation.
Pastor Joseph brought up the Czech youth after to lead worship and we were blown away by how anointed they are. Their prayers and worship really brought the Holy Spirit into the place. We have so much to learn from them. I wish the whole English congregation could see their heart of worship. It was beautiful.
Steph, Delia, and I are still adjusting to the different style of worship and messages. It’s amazing to see how God can bring depth in our relationship with Him in so many different ways. Pastor Yang spoke about not being self-centered, but really looking to God for everything. It was such a blessing.
At the end, 4 PEOPLE GAVE THIER LIVES TO GOD! PRAISE THE LORD! God is so good and so gracious. I don’t care if we have to be awkward and painfully frustrated by the culture difference over and over again. If it will help save souls, we will do it. However, I have talked to Auntie Faith and asked her to fill our Thursday worship slot with the Czech team. After talking to them, we decided that we would introduce the youth to “America (Christian) Music” during Young People’s Day on Saturday. =) God has a plan and we will seek His face.
Today, we are going to a Hungarian orphanage. We will make the gospel bead bracelet with the kids, we will play games with them, and we will do two skits and a body worship. Please pray that God sustains us and blesses them. We want the whole orphanage to be saved. =)
We walked around the market today and handed out flyers for our gospel meetings at the church here. It was so touching what God put into our hands. There’s always those people that don’t want anything to do with you and want, but then there are those people that genuinely want to talk to you and then there are those people that yell at you and tell you that the gospel is fake and just want to argue with you, make a scene, but then…then they attract so many people to come and see! and then you have an opportunity to share gospel with even more people!
One thing that I really noticed were the Chinese people that were already saved.
In America, many people are saved because of their social situation. They have various trials that increase their faith that usually because of issues that are concerned with their social life. For example, hardships with family, friends, or even themselves. Sometimes their own conflicts with themselves causes self destructive activities, most commonly we think of alcohol, drugs, and unmentionable relations with others…but it’s true! All these things have to do with their sense of self in the social realm, personal security within society. And although these are not all the cases of the “various trials” (1 Peter 1:6-8), these are the most common that I, as a college student, have come across…
Many of the people that we had a chance to converse with today had situations in a completely different institution. Though they also had insecurities, they were not among the social institution, but rather the economic realm. Many of these Chinese immigrants came to Budapest to seek a new life, a life where they were free to make their own economic choices. Though it is anything but easy. These people often put their trust in one little shop in a vast sea of other chinese, vietnamese, and hungarian owned stores. Not to mention that the economy around the world is at an all-time low. These people seek wealth in a nation that discriminates against them because they sell items that are cheaper than the average hungarian market place. It’s funny though, China really makes everything. These Chinese people sell everything, from purses, clothes, gardening equipment, bed sheets, fluffy down blankets you name it they got it! Their economic hardships causes them to have similar insecurities that we have that are caused by the expectations in society.
There was this one cantonese man who was around late thirties to early forties that we talked to…or the Czech Chinese girls that I was with talked to (my chinese is…just sad let’s leave it at that). He was so interesting! He was very curious to hear about the church here. He said that many of his friends, people that he orders his products from in China are Christian! PTL! And that they all had very successful businesses…(hmm…wonder why!?) But anyways PTL!
Going evangelizing in this market today really made we think and elaborate on something that has been a theme in my life lately.
Someone very close once told me that, “Everyone has problems and everyone is desperate, and no one problem matters more or means more than another…no matter how intense or big they might seem at the moment.”
1 Peter 1:6-8 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy”
Through your trials and desperation, you gain faith. God does not place these tribulations into your life to help you gain faith for Him…which is what I used to think…but FOR YOURSELF. These trials are for yourself, for you to understand why you need God, and only God alone can solve your problems. Without them, how would you ever know how much you need Him?
As for the different situations everyone goes through…
God made everyone different, and because of that everyone has different needs. I used to think “wow..that person went to through so much…he was abused or he did so many drugs because of problems at home and just wanted to escape, wow she was sexually abused, or dangggg she had all these diseases that she couldn’t help, and even dangg these Chinese people go through so much to maintain a lifestyle that I take for granted” But God really showed me that he put these situations into people’s lives because that is what they needed, THIS is what they need to come to Christ. They need hardship and desperation. That is what I needed. Everyone is different so everyone needs a different situation to help them increase and form their FAITH.
I still think…DANGGSS or WOW for what these people go through but I don’t focus as much on the situations themselves anymore.
Someone once told me of their own situation and they told me, “I’m telling you this, not because I want you to know what I’ve been through, but what I’ve become from it, how I overcame it.”
It’s true. Its how you overcome it, not what it is. God picks different situations for everyone…for the Chinese people here in Budapest, its their economic hardships, and for me it was my social hardships…but it’s all the same. Because in the end, there is only one God and one faith that we must all come to.
I pray for the people here…so that they may see that it is difficult…but only because God has a plan…all you need is a little faith.
Hello! It’s been a good day. Because of miscommunication, we had a day to rest and prepare to train the Czech youth, praise the Lord! We visited a small Hungarian market this morning and bought ourselves some bread and gouda cheese. We walked to the Chinese market where we met up with Pastor Yang! Praise the Lord they arrived safely. We spent time with them in a Chinese restaurant before heading back to the hotel. After resting as Pastor Esther prescribed (thank you Pastor Esther), I went with the Pastors, Yang ah yi, and Wan Na ah yi to Liu shu shu’s shop. There, we planned out each day in great detail. Delia and Steph had a chance to walk around the Europe Market. We had a great Chinese dinner together. They are feeding us a little too well here. We have so much leftovers also. Please pray that we do not waste precious resources. I can tell they love Pastor Joseph and Esther very much by the way they feed us and serve us. I am very humbled by that. Please pray that God will work through us to bring growth to their church…as they attempt to grow us physically! Pastor Joseph and the Czech youth will arrive tonight by bus. They will be brought to this hostel by midnight. Please pray that they arrive safely. Tomorrow, we start our day at 6:30am! Please pray that we all wake up in time! We will have a two hour training session before we go to the Europe Market to prayer walk. Please pray that we teach prayer walking correctly. =) Tomorrow night, we have our first gospel meeting! Please pray that God will work through our worship and message. Praise the Lord for his goodness and grace. As a team, Delia, Steph and I have decided to make personal goals for this mission trip. Delia wants to learn. She also wants to serve in any way she can. Steph wants to see God work through the Hungarian Chinese churches. I would like to make lasting friendships and help ground the brothers and sisters from the Czech and Hungarian church. As a team, we will seek to wait upon the Lord at all times during the day, learning to let the Holy Spirit lead us in all we do. We are reading James together. 2 times. 5 chapters for 10 days. We ask for wisdom with faith today. The Czech kids have just arrived! Praise the Lord! We will go welcome them. =) Good night and God bless you! in Him,becca UPDATE: It’s morning and we are jetlagged. But that doesn’t seem to be such a bad thing! =) Delia and I have fully adjusted our medication schedules so we’re feeling better now. We did not get to see the Czech kids yesterday. We are meeting them randomly in the bathrooms until 7:30 am, when we will get together for the first time. We are so excited for these next 6 days. Praise the Lord! =)
Hello! Good morning from Budapest! We arrived safely yesterday evening at 5:00pm. They church picked us up at 6:15pm. We joined them for Sunday service before settling into Hostel Florian. It is a nice little hostel. Our room is like a long dorm room and it fits us very well. Praise the Lord. Someone took our body soap, but that’s okay. God bless them! =) We will get some more today from the market. We have just finished morning devotions. Pastor Yang and his wife are coming in from Germany in half an hour. We will see them around 9am. Pastor Joseph will be here this evening with the youth from Czech. Please continue to pray for our team unity. The weather has been great here. Please pray is stays cool. Today, we will prayer walk the market place. We will also meet our teammates for the first time. We have planned some icebreakers. Please pray for our planning session today with Pastor Yang. I know God has some great things in store for us. Praise the Lord! God bless all of you! Thank you so much for helping and pray for us. We love you! by God’s grace, becca