Above & below are Newsletters from Paul Meehan's ministry in Hungary with the Jo Hir (Good News) Hungarian Literature Mission. Please check back soon for updates!
Turmoil and triumph on the streets of Budapest
On Sunday evening, September 17, a political crisis involving Hungary's prime minister exploded into mass demonstrations on the streets of Budapest. Riots followed, in which protesters vandalized the State television building, burned cars and smashed windows. More than a hundred policemen were injured as well as many demonstrators. The eyes of the world are now upon Hungary as these images have been beamed to 150 countries (click this link to see a news report and pictures from a local newspaper http://tinyurl.com/krm55). (If you have trouble getting this news article, let me know and I will send it to you).
In the timing of God, I was on the streets of Budapest with Word of Life Sam Frey, and David Souther of EvanTell, at Blaha Lujza Square, the very place where on the previous night a serious confrontation took place between protesters and police. Far from being threatened or put into danger, I found people more open to the Gospel than perhaps at any time since my ministry in Hungary began. We found many Hungarians to be troubled, angry, confused, concerned, afraid, and looking for answers. What a blessing it was to share the solution in Christ! In all, more than 2000 people received tracts. God also gave us many opportunities to personally share the Gospel, even with some of the protesters. Eighteen people made open decisions to trust Christ.
After doing some gospel illusions and asking the people gathered, “Who would like to receive a free tract that can tell you how you can get to heaven”? I was immediately approached by an elderly woman in a wheel chair and her middle age daughter, wanting to know how they could get to heaven. After sharing the gospel, with tears in their eyes, both trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. (We were told the woman in the wheel chair did not have long to live).
Another particularly moving account involved a middle-aged man at Moszkva Square. He is a stone mason by trade, who moved to Budapest from Transylvania four years ago with his wife and five children. Two years ago he came home from work to find the lifeless body of his 13-year-son lying in his room. He had committed suicide. Overwhelmed with guilt and grief, the man left his wife and family. He sent home his paychecks to provide regularly for them, but he could not bring himself to return home. Instead, he wandered the streets of Budapest after work, tears streaming down his cheeks, mourning his precious son until he fell asleep on the street. He silently sat down next to one of the WOL staff members, who was sharing the Gospel with another man at the time. Noticing his tears, he began to talk to him as well. After a long conversation, the man trusted Christ as his Savior. He smiled for the first time in two years! He also decided to return to his family and tell them the good news of Jesus Christ.
“How true it is that the Gospel is "the power of God unto salvation."
Please Pray for Hungary during what some have termed Hungary's darkest hour since 1956, and for the thousands of people who heard the Gospel during this week and that these tragic events could be used of God to bring many to Christ if we faithfully proclaim the Good News to them. Pray for a spiritual awakening and a peaceful resolution to the current political crisis.
Changes and challenges
Many people are aware of the recent austerity measures adopted by the Hungarian government. These measures include cuts in various benefits as well as numerous tax increases. The results of these changes are impacting our operating expenses in a significant way. Please keep us in your prayers concerning these things.
I traveled to Slovakia, on Thursday September 21st, where I received my approved visa at the Hungarian embassy. Yea, after much paperwork and aggravation I have a visa! The Lord is so very good!
Saturday September 23, 2006 I did some evangelism in the village of Gyömroi this past Saturday. There were about 100 kids and adults. At the end of the program I shared the gospel using the May I Ask You A Question tract. It was great. We gave out about 100 tracts.
Saturday September 30, 2006 I did an all day Bible based teaching program for teenagers on dating. These messages were very well received giving the kids a better understanding of biblical principles regarding their walk as believers. The messages were centered on the following verses:
Gen. 2:21 ¶ And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
1 Moses 2:21 ¶ Bocsáta tehát az ůr Isten mély álmot az emberre, és ez elaluvék. Akkor kivôn egyet annak oldalbordái közűl, és hússal tölté be annak helyét. 22 És alkotá az ůr Isten azt az oldalbordát, a melyet kivett vala az emberbôl, asszonnyá, és vivé az emberhez. 23 És monda az ember: Ez már csontomból való csont, és testemböl való test: ez asszonyembernek neveztessék, mert emberbôl vétetett.
A recent email from a friend
I witnessed a terrible tragedy this weekend when we were coming home from the flea market on Saturday. Two cars ahead of us a mother and daughter were killed when a flat bed 18 wheeler crossed the line and threw the car into a tree. It was the most horrific thing I have ever witnessed and my life will never be the same. So many things run through your head, what if we had left just 2 seconds sooner it could have been us, what if, what if, what if, there are so many what ifs. Nothing changes the fact that it happened it doesn't just go away, as much as I wish it wasn't real, it still happened. I just keep picturing it in my head no matter what I try and do to redirect my attention to something else. I have always had God in my life but I have spoke to the Lord numerous times in the past few days to be sure he knows how thankful and grateful I am for everything he has blessed me with. So to all of my family and friends please keep these families in your prayers as I have kept you in mine. Remember to acknowledge the fact that He has blessed you with the beauty of another day. I love you all and thank you, I am blessed to have you in my life!
Please pray as the Lord leads!
May the Lord Jesus richly bless you as you serve Him,
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01/09/2008 08:09 PM