and thank you so much for your prayerful support ...
We've finished work, put on our automated 'out of office' reply but wanted to say a big thank you before we fly to the UK tomorrow. As we look back on the year (see praise points below) we are so grateful to God for being able to carry out this work in Hungary and Slovakia. It's not always easy, but we are so blessed, and have so much to be thankful for. A huge thanks is to you. Thank you for being interested in our work, for supporting us through prayer, finance, or serving on teams in the summer. We would be doing very little without you!
We do hope that you have a blessed Christmas as you remember again the truly awe-inspiring truth that God became one of us ... Wow !!
- Keeping us going over the year without serious illness or issues.
- Travelling mercies - and watching over our family whilst Andy (and sometimes Zsófi) have been away for work.
- Visits of family and friends from the UK
- Our church and Christian friends here.
- So encouraging having the Shepherd family here for the year
- More camps in both summer and winter/spring, new training days set up, Hungarians attending UK Youth conference (2017), mentoring youth leaders (beginning 2017), more work going on in Felvidék, youth-group visitation, Anglican church youth involved in camps, more UK churches involved in sending summer teams, more individual (Hungarian and British) financial supporters, enjoyable times with team training, new websites, online application forms, new financial systems …”
- Returning to UK for Christmas (16 Dec - 2 Jan) Please pray we would use our time wisely to see friends and family but rest well, stay free from illness and be amazed again at the wonder of Christmas.
- For all the team returning to the UK (Anna, Shepherd family and us) Returning to the UK brings culture shock and can often be tiring. Please pray for peace, patience and kindness all round.
2 Flying back to Hungary
3 First day back at school for kids
6 Anglican youth group at our house
16-19 UK Youth Conference: (Swanwick) Zsófi & Andy together with group ~15 from Hungary
21-23 Andy speaking at Strandtown Baptist Church (Belfast) and meeting with prospective summer team
29 Andy preaching at Somorján Lutheran church in Slovakia
General: Planning for Winter/Spring camps and getting teams for summer camps
Andy, Zsófi, David, Réka & Emily