Matthew and Rosalie Brandt
Matthew and Rosalie Brandt will be engaging in missions work from September 16 to December 12, 2017. They will be ministering in Tapolca, Hungary. There are about 16,000 people in this part of the world with almost non Christian presence. Matt and Rose will be assisting a local Christian couple who launch and oversee evangelistic outreach during the summer months. During that time many short-term missionaries come to help (Rose was there last summer teaching English and working at camp). During the fall and winter months, there is a desperate need for Christian workers to come and do follow-up on the connections made during the summer.
Matt and Rose would like to begin regular Bible studies as well as engage in youth outreach, perhaps establish a youth group. Their intention is to spread the Gospel, see converts, and build a strong Christian community in Tapolca. Please pray for Matt and Rose! If you would like to contribute to their work, please give your donation to Robert and Valarie(Rose’s parents) or contact the church .
Rose, Kata, Gyöngyi, Éva, and Lindsey at the Ladies Bible Study
The ministry we would like to tell you about this week is the Ladies Bible Study, which Rose leads every Tuesday evening. Right now, the study is focused on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. Each week, Rose leads a discussion focused on one beatitude—what it means, how it relates to the others, how it is seen throughout the whole Scriptures and in the lives of various Bible characters, and how it relates to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! Some of the ladies who usually attend include Lindsey, Gyöngyi, Éva, and Kata.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3 ESV)
Shaun teaching the younger children, while Rose helps the older students
Over the next few updates, we would like to tell you just a little more about the various weekly ministries we are involved with. The first one is the Children’s English Club. Every Wednesday, we invite children (about ages 5-12) to join us for the evening. We play some games, and then the children hear a Bible story and lesson. Matthew usually shares the Bible stories in English (which Shaun translates into Hungarian), which have included the story of Zacchaeus and the story of the Walls of Jericho. After the lesson, we separate the older and younger kids for some English lessons. We have a great time sharing the love of Christ and trying to connect with some of the kids in the area!
But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:14 ESV)
Canadian Thanksgiving celebration with the Carlaws, Lindsey, and Magdolna
This week was full of celebrations. Over the weekend, we took a short trip to Vienna to celebrate Rosalie’s birthday, but we are glad to be back in Tapolca! We also celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving. It was a great time of fellowship with the Carlaws, Lindsey, and Magdolna, a believer who joins us for Sunday morning fellowship. We spent some time praying and reflecting on the things we have to be thankful for.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17 ESV)
Kisfaludi Templomrom – Ruins of the Kisfalud Church (built c. 1333) overlooking the village of Mindszentkálla
For a picture of the hill top view, If you zoom in, you will see three villages each with its historic church building.
This past Saturday, we went hiking with the Carlaw family. When we came to the top of the hill, we had a tremendous view of several villages north of Lake Balaton. One interesting thing we noticed is that popping out of every village was a magnificent, old church building. The steeples were by far the tallest structures in every village. But our hearts were saddened to think that these buildings meant virtually nothing to the Hungarians rooted in a faithless cultural Catholicism. Please take a few minutes to pray for the salvation of the people living in these villages, especially the Tapolca area where we are living and serving.
We have already had many hours of wonderful fellowship with Shaun and Söndi Carlaw, and their three sons Kelen, David, and Adam. We sat in on our first English lesson for adults. Jos, a Dutch man who used his holiday to help the Carlaws with their ministry, shared his testimony and the gospel during his presentation. We also enjoyed taking part in the worship service this morning; we got to meet the house-church congregation and teach the children in Sunday school. Finally, we met Lindsay who lives in the same mission house as us. She is an English teacher in the school system and helps with the Carlaw ministry when she can.