Enjoying a beautiful Spring day
Enjoying a beautiful Spring day

Romania. While watching Jelly Telly with the boys, there was a cartoon about Richard Wurmbrand, a pastor in Romania during early, Post-WWII Communism. He was jailed and eventually exiled for preaching the Gospel and challenging Communism in his country. Later, in 1989, another Pastor would challenge the Communist regime, causing a protest that began the Romanian Revolution, ending Communism there. I love that the boys get to learn about these modern heroes of the Faith, and us right along with them!

Our first half year has been many things. Recently, a focus has been learning about the countries in Eastern Europe. While some of that comes from reading, or shows the boys are watching, another way has been through prayer. Twice yearly, Cru has a Worldwide Day of Prayer. We spent this day praying for each country in Eastern Europe, praying over their requests. These ranged from strategies in the ministry, projects and initiatives, to personal requests and peace in each country as unrest is spreading.

LOL Moment … A seemingly normal dinnertime turned our house upside down one day. From a garage repairman, our landlord, landlady, and their son all arriving to repair a few things around the house to our own family chaos of getting three busy boys fed and ready for bed. We set off the house alarm, hastily picked up messes, burned bread in the oven, ate dinner while walking up and down the stairs, read bed-time stories over the noise of drills, and laughed with Hungarians over our self-spraying mop. It was an evening that in the past would have reduced us to tears, but lessons learned over time have taught us to laugh.

Likewise, each Monday morning, we have an hour of prayer in the office. Typically, we pray for 3 or 4 countries. These requests are like the Day of Prayer, but we get to see the changing requests, and answers to prayers. Each Monday, I get to read praise for answers to requests that I have not seen. There is something exciting about that! “Lord, thank you for…” and not knowing what it was for, but knowing God was faithful to that person or ministry.

While I find it interesting to read about these countries and their history, there is something special in learning about them by praying for them.

:: Prayer :: Continued peace and energy amidst settling in to life here. For Thad in his new job; that he will clearly see the Lord’s hand and direction in his day to day tasks. For our family in June as half of us are in Budapest & half in Fort Worth

Work slows down a bit in the summer here, with families taking mission trips together, or taking breaks to refresh themselves. I am going to take advantage of some down time to work on that last little bit of monthly support that we need. It seems like a small amount, but if we can shore up our remaining 5%, it would strengthen our support in the long run. I am traveling to Fort Worth in mid-June to meet with a few people. Our older two boys will come along, so that they can see grandparents and participate in our church’s amazing Kid’s Kamp. Jana will remain in Budapest and looks forward to some quiet time with Milo during those couple of weeks.

Thank you for praying for our needs and encouraging us in these days. As we learn more about Eastern Europe, we look forward to sharing more about the ministry, work, and life here.

Mama and Milo rocking in his room
Mama and Milo rocking in his room
Residence permits!!!
Residence permits!!!
A peek into our living room
A peek into our living room
Running to his dad after winning “tug of war” at his school’s field day
Running to his dad after winning “tug of war” at his school’s field day
Thad is back on his bike and enjoying rides in the countryside
Thad is back on his bike and enjoying rides in the countryside