Sarah McWilliams Missionary to Hungary International Messengers
Missionary to Hungary
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Merry Christmas! I pray that this letter will find you in good cheer this Holiday season, as we look once again at the Birth of Christ. This year, Christmas has taken on a new meaning for me, along with a new location! I am looking back at past Christmas's and remembering the many seasons that God has blessed me with.
Here in Kaposvar, the lights are hung on walk street; people are busy preparing for Christmas. Today I hope to get a tree; my very own Christmas tree! Hungarians have different traditions; the tree goes up on Christmas Eve, the parents or the older ones only decorate it while the young children go to their rooms; or are taken for walks by grandparents. Then, when they return; the tree is up and decorated; the baby Jesus brought the tree. Here, Santa Clause is not known like he is in the states; St. Nikolas brings candy and puts it in a shoe outside the door on the 6th of December; and Christmas day is reserved for Jesus. But, I also can see the times changing here for many Hungarians; Coca Cola had a huge Santa display in the Tesco (Hyper Market) parking lot; and new stores are showing up everywhere. I am sad to see all these "conveniences" coming into Kaposvar. But, God is teaching me more about Him and leaving the riches of this world behind. I still find that it can be so easy to look at this world as the most important; but this lifetimes is short compared to eternity.
12-15-2000 Today; Ron and Verna left Kaposvar to head to the U.S. I am thankful for them and the ministry that we have together. They have been teaching me so much and being an incredible encouragement. But, the next six weeks, I'll be once again "on my own." These next weeks are an exciting time here in Hungary; and so I don't mind or don't feel "alone or abandoned" here. I have several gatherings with friends and families around the holiday season. Last night we (Ron & Verna and I) had a wonderful gathering and Christmas dinner with "the boys": Zolt, Joszi, & Emoke. It was a wonderful time of food; singing and the reading of the Christmas story. Gifts were given and exchanged and needs were met. Many memories were made last night. I am still filled with joy thinking about the blessings of last night.
Iharosbereny: Lot's has been happening in that small village and Bruno and Attila are making a huge difference in just four weeks. Last week we had over 60 people in the one room church; over 45 children. Parents came last time; and they looked like they were at ease. We had a clothes distribution where they either had to pay 10 forints an item; or work for Bruno and Attila at a later time. We also had a birthday party for Jesus; and gave presents of toys are hats for the children. There are a few youth who are taking up responsibility and also getting more teaching. Each week it is so cool to go and see new people there; and the regulars. Continue to pray for the discriminations to decrease; for the love of Jesus to penetrate the hearts and lives. On Sunday; they will have an adult evangelism at 2 o'clock. So, if you get this over e-mail; please pray for those who are working out there; and for the children too. There won't be a program for them right now; but there will need to be some sort of attention and love given to them.
Other activities within then next month; New Years Eve party (30th-1st) in Albertirsa. Please pray that those God's want there will be able to come. Right now we have around 35 people registered. We need 64! People seem to be busy and unable to come. Pray for provision of funds; and that the programs will still continue and be blessed! Then; on the 12th I am heading down to Romania for 10 days with my best friend Chrissy. I am looking forward to making new friends; and meeting up with old contacts from my time there last March. More gatheringss and a lot of one on one time during school breaks also.
Well, I know that I wrote; but so much has been happening with our IM Thanksgiving party; and Christmas party along with Christmas caroling on the streets of Kaposvar last weekend. Also, the closing of the Patchwork Kiallitas. (I and my first quilt even got a picture in a local newspaper!) More friendships built and grounded. Praise God for the continued ministry and encouragement! On a last note; Thank you so much for your continued support and involvement. It has been an encouragement to me. Right now, I am about one month behind. I trust God to continue to provide; I encourage you to pray about possibly joining the ministry over here in Hungary; the smallest amount can make a big difference. Don't feel like you can't be involved if you can't spare more than $5-10. (This prayer letter goes out to over 100 people on e-mail; if just 75 of you gave $10 at the end of this year; I would be out of debt. At the end of this year, a contribution to this ministry in Kaposvar would be greatly appreciated and I hope would encourage you to know that you can make a difference on the other side of the world! God is working wondersÖ may he continue to work in and through you this Holiday season! God Bless! And have a Happy New Year!
In Christ, Sarah McWilliams
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Kaposvar (Somogy County), Hungary:
- the gypsy village;
Okay, one thing that is new for me is Patchwork. Many of you know that my mom is a quilter, and sews many things. My area of Washington donated some fabric in March of last year for the Patchwork club. This ministry is working with the Baptist Church and is designed for friendship evangelism. Many of the ladies who come are not believers and are interested in patchwork and the friendships built. So, what have I been doing? I have made hundreds of copies for the ladies on new patterns, and also I have made a quilt top in about two weeks to put in at the exhibition that opened last weekend. The ladies here like to display things that they have made for the rest of the community- and have a good turn out - itís amazing!. I hope to be involved further, but at least for now credibility has been established, and times of encouragement. This spring, the group project is a 9-Patch quilt. I have loved 9-patches and so the quilt that I made was a good example. Please pray for the ladies who are involved in the patchwork. They meet once a month and there needs to be more help in leading, teaching new patterns and Christian encouragement. It was so great to see every oneís projects and how they worked together to make the exhibition something beautiful!
Bible Study in Pecs
This is going well. I am still meeting with Evi and Panka and working through "Growing in Christ." This study has been going well, and the times down there are very encouraging. I also have continued to meet with Tekla. (I havenít seen Livi since that first meeting). Please pray for Tekla. Sometimes it is difficult for me to identify with her (she is liking the party scene and guys, the normal freshman in college experience). There isnít much we have in common, but she is still willing to meet. Praise God for this, He still is working (even though I may not see how yet).
Well, that is more than enough for now. Thanks for reading and I hope that you are encouraged by the events that are going on halfway across the World!