Experience . . .
I arrived in Budapest, Hungary in 2011, for a summer internship with missionary Jim Knies. I was involved in street ministry, preaching, and soulwinning through translators. I was able to share the gospel with many young adults in Budapest and to lead one of them to Christ. God confirmed His call as He used me to reach Hungarians. I also preached for Gedeon Olah, a national church planter in Nagykanizsa, and ministered to the spiritually hungry young adults there.
Since 2000, Sarah has been to Hungary eight different times to assist both the Knieses and the Olahs. She has ministered to the Hungarian missionaries with her office and secretarial skills and by teaching evangelistic English classes, teaching and organizing children’s ministries, and being a spiritual friend to the missionary children.
After our marriage in August 2012, we took a five-month trip to Gedeon’s church in Nagykanizsa, where we provided a two-month furlough replacement and then worked together with the Olahs after their return. I preached and led the youth, Sarah led the children, and we both helped train men and ladies for church ministry. We also were able to practice our language skills as we interacted with many people.
Burden . . .
We desire to help Pastor Gedeon train his people for ministry. We also desire to encourage the other like-minded churches in Hungary. One of our key burdens is to mentor young couples in leadership ministry. Right now there are several young men who have surrendered to preach and are in great need of training and encouragement. God wants these men to reach their own country and then to plant churches throughout Central Europe.
Plan . . .
After spending our first term with the Olah family, we plan to plant a new church together with one of these young couples. These young leaders must be mentored and taught while being actively involved in church ministry. Hungary needs indigenous leaders who are filled with faith and the Holy Spirit and who have strong, biblical convictions. This is what we desire to produce there and export to the surrounding countries.