Indepence Day and the Zoo

Posted: July 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

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We had a great time celebrating the 4th of July here in Hungary. It was filled with great food and fellowship! God blessed with great weather and a temp in the 70’s. Though we didn’t shoot any fireworks off, it was still a fabulous time.

And the other day we surprised the kids by taking them to the Debrecen zoo. We really enjoy going to zoos when we were in the USA, but we didn’t know what to expect from a “foreign zoo”. We really liked it! It had a good selection of animals and the price was real cheap too!

You can find a pic collage of our visit on our new blog, www.gettingalittlehungary.com or by clicking here.

 

Approval

Posted: June 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

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We found out Friday that our residence visas have been approved! We should get our cards in this week. To us this is a great blessing and a great relief. Thank you for praying for us about this.

I have started a new site for our life here in Hungary. I just didn’t think Freezin’ For a Reason properly reflected things now. One reason being that we’ve been in the 80’s lately and I sure don’t feel like I’m freezing! The new site is called Getting A Little Hungary. You can click on the name and it will take you to the new site (opens in a new window). It’s still a work in progress but it’s slowly coming together.

For a while longer I will parallel post between the two site, but will eventually shift my main focus to the new site. I don’t plan on shutting this site down and will continue to post other things on here. For those that receive email updates from this site I will try to migrate your email subscriptions over to Getting A Little Hungary soon.

Please keep praying for us about our pallet we shipped from the US. It arrived in Hungary 3 weeks ago but we still haven’t been able to get it from customs. I think we finally have them satisfied will all the documents sent and deposits paid. Lord willing we will be getting it this week. But please keep praying for us about this.

Thank you to those that have prayed for us, supported us, encouraged us, and helped us over the years. We GREATLY appreciate it. God bless you as you seek to serve Him!

June 2016 Update

Posted: June 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

I hope things are going good in your part of the world. We are doing good here in Hungary. I wanted to send out a short update and prayer requests. We have been staying plenty busy here. From getting to help around the church in Debrecen, preaching, teaching, dealing with Customs concerning our pallet, studying the language, meeting people, visiting the hospital, switching utilities into our name, and all that goes with settling into a new country.

We got everything turned in to Immigration in May for our residence and work visas. I spoke with them a week or so later was told they will have a decision made by this Wednesday, June 15th. Please pray for God’s will to be done concerning our paperwork. I don’t know of any reason we would be denied, but I don’t want to take the approval for granted. So please pray that, if God is willing, we would receive the approval to continue living and ministering here in Hungary. I’m not sure if they will contact me Wednesday, but they did say if I got approved I would receive everything in the mail the next week.

I have been holding back on sending a prayer letter until after we get an answer from Immigration, but I do ask you to pray for us as we wait. Also please pray that our pallet will be cleared through Customs this week. We have been sending in various documents for 2 weeks now and hopefully have satisfied all the needed requirements. We are eager to finally pick it up and unpack!

So far we have enjoyed our time here and look forward to serving the Lord for long time in Hungary! Thank you for praying for us, supporting us, and being a blessing to us!

Getting settled

Posted: April 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Thank you for those that have been praying for us. We arrived safely in Hungary April 18th, late in the night. Our trip wasn’t without problems, but God blessed and brought us through them all. We are getting settled into our apartment. We have the internet turned on, so that’s a help in staying in touch with family and friends.  We are eager to get back into a routine again. The kids are slowly adjusting back in to their homeschool schedule and all of us are adjusting to the 7 hour time difference.

Once again, thank you to those who have been praying. There is still much to pray about though. We have a pallet of good leaving the USA at the end of this month, please pray that it ships safely. We also have a mini container still in Denmark that we need to get shipped over here, as well as immigration paperwork to finish. Thank you for all the prayers for our family. God has certainly blessed and helped out this little band of missionaries. God bless!

Hungary Move Update

Posted: March 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

I sent this out as an email update several days ago, but forgot to post it here for the rest to see. If you don’t receive our updates and would like to, click on the “How you can Help” tab and there is a place to sign up for the emails. Thanks so much for praying for us.

We are making preparations for our upcoming move and I wanted to send an update so everyone will know how things are progressing and what to pray for.

I want to start with a praise. We were able to book our tickets. We are departing from Little Rock, AR on April 16th! It was the first time I ever used a travel agent and it went great. They do a lot of work with missionaries and was able to get us cheap tickets (less than $3,500). They even got us 3 checked pieces of luggage each! That’s a blessing!
 

Prayer Requests

  1. We are working to finalize our small shipment of personal items to Hungary. We don’t have enough to ship a full container, so we will be sending a pallet. I am working out the final details, but we should be sending that off in the next couple weeks. Pray for us as we continue to thin down our belongings and book the shipment.
  2. Please be in prayer about us finding insurance for our family. We will need to have health insurance to live in Hungary, and I am having trouble finding some that will cover Masey and her meds. I have a couple places some preachers told me about that I am checking with, so please pray that we can get this nailed down soon.
  3. Please pray for our housing. We thought we had found a house to rent, but God decided differently! (^_^) We are still looking about this and trusting that God will provide. I have all confidence that He will take care of us, but I don’t want to neglect praying about it. God has never left us homeless, whether we have lived in the USA, Greenland, or Hungary.
  4. Please pray for Masey. She had a saliva gland biopsy. They are testing her for Sjogren’s Syndrome. The thought of a new disease/sickness is scary enough, but she is also nervous about the actual biopsy. They had to cut open part of her gums at the base of her front bottom lip and remove 6 or 7 saliva glands for testing. If you would like to send her an encouraging email, her address is: maseyarnold@gmail.com.
  5. Please pray for us this next week as we go say our “Goodbyes” to family and friends. This is never easy isn’t really something we are looking forward to. Not that we don’t want to see family, we just don’t want to say “Goodbye”.

As always, thank you for your prayers and support for our family. God bless!

Here is our latest prayer letter. Many probably have already received it by email or post, but I wanted to put it here in case someone missed it. You can also download a PDF version that also includes a letter from our pastor by clicking Jan – Feb 2016. Also, please be praying for us. We are hoping to by tickets this week. It looks like our official departure date will be April 16th. Once I have the tickets bought and the dates certain I will send out another update. Thanks!

Dear praying friends,

I pray that you all have had a great start to 2016. We can truly say that God has been so good to us in the midst of all the activity that has come with this year! Our trip to Serbia and Hungary went great. We had a wonderful time, saw some great sites, and stayed plenty busy. We got to fellowship with several missionary families and had a great time preaching in Hungary. Thank you to those who prayed for us during this trip.

A few days before our trip to Serbia and Hungary we received the final word from Immigration that our paperwork was denied. Though we had suspected this would be the decision, it hit us hard. We have spent time praying, crying, fasting, and getting counsel about what to do. We believe with this latest denial, and the health problems we have been dealing with, that God has closed the door for our family to be in Greenland.

Back in Dec when God first put Hungary on my heart I thought that it was to pray for the missionaries there. From time to time God will put a country, town, or people on my heart and I try to find missionaries there to pray for. I thought this would be the same thing. But God kept burdening me with Hungary and I didn’t understand why. I didn’t want to change fields away from Greenland, but I couldn’t escape the burden God had given me either. With this last denial I realized that God was working in my heart not just to pray for missionaries in Hungary, but to go as a missionary to Hungary.

I informed the missionaries we were visiting about this and they were all very kind and understanding. I discussed with them the possibility of coming to Hungary and they were both encouraging and open to us coming. I didn’t want to make a decision while on the trip, and they were not pushing for an immediate answer. After returning from the trip we have spent time seeking God’s will and we believe that it is God’s will for our family go to Hungary as missionaries.

Our plan is to work with national pastor Bro. Zsolt Kovacs and Bible Baptist Church of Debrecen. He has been there for many years and has experience working with American missionaries. The town has over 200,000 people while Hungary itself is home to over 10 million with only a few ind. Baptist churches.

He has agreed to help us in transitioning to a ministry in Hungary. We will be working with him at his church while attending language school. This opportunity presents us with many benefits such as help with the language and culture of Hungary, as well as being able to minister to the English speaking students who attend from the university. Our hearts desire is to one day start churches in Hungary after we have been properly trained and mentored in Debrecen.

Our prayer is to move to Hungary by March 31st at the soonest. We believe we have found a house and will know for sure in the next week or so. While in Hungary we will also be able to get the health care that me and Masey require. This move might seem sudden, but God has been blessing and working everything out and we have spent so much time in the USA dealing with Danish Immigration that we don’t want more time to pass before we get to the field.

Please pray for us as this move is dependent on two major things: 1) Our support remaining steady and not loosing any supporting churches because of this transition. 2) Our health remaining stable. I’m doing good but have a check up in March. Masey goes at the end of Feb for a check up. Please pray that Masey’s health improves and our support doesn’t drop as we seek to do God’s will!

Thank you so much and God bless!!

Serbia – Hungary Pictures

Posted: February 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

Below you will find pictures from our recent trip. I hope you enjoy them. We have more pictures still on our camera and some on our cell phones that might get uploaded later.

We want to thank Bro. Danny Foss and his family for housing us in Serbia and driving us to Hungary. We also want to thank Bro. Kovacs & family, Bro. Pranger & family, and their churches for allowing to be with them while in Hungary! And a big “Thank You!” for those that have been praying for us! Please continue to do so!

 

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