Know someone trapped in a works-oriented, performance-bound, all-law-and-no-grace environment? Entrust’s Barb A. tells the beautiful story of Zrinka, a young woman set free from works by God’s amazing grace. Click on the link below to read her story.
About 20 pastors’ families attended camp this year, a total of about 100 people; three of those new to the camp. Entrust’s Mark and Beth Van Bebber, Monty and Ibolya Taylor and Jim and Winnie Roché served in leadership roles along with “kids” who aren’t kids anymore, like Sara.
In this photo, Sara holds a little girl named Zsofie. Also an HPK. We trust Zsofie will grow up to know, love and serve Jesus, just like Sara. It’s another way Entrust is multiplying leaders for multiplying churches.
Pastors in Hungary are among those who serve their congregations with joy and energy all year, often with very little encouragement, let alone rest or refreshment. Which is why Entrust’s annual camp for Hungarian pastors and their families – underway now – is so appreciated here.
Take just a moment now to pray for each pastor, each spouse, each kid at camp. Ask God to refresh, rejuvenate, encourage, inspire, maybe even heal, each one. Ask God to strengthen Entrust’s Mark Van Bebber and Monty Taylor as they lead and serve at this camp. Pray that this camp, ending tomorrow, will lead to a year of even more excellent ministry in Hungary, to the glory of God.
This camp allows evangelical pastors to enjoy a rare time of shared community — laughing, swimming, studying God’s word and discussing some of the mutual challenges they face in ministry. The men learn from each other, which often proves to be one of the most valuable elements of the week. They build relationships which last beyond the bounds of summer.
Camp is set for Aug. 8-13. Entrust staff Mark Van Bebber and Monty Taylor will serve as hosts and conduct the evening sessions. New Entrust staff member Jim Roché will be the special guest teacher.
When parents of two cultural backgrounds raise children together, unique challenges arise. Entrust is blessed by several such inter-cultural families. We picked their brains for advice, tips and fun stories to include in our upcoming online magazine, “Engage,” which is all about families. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in “Engage” next week (watch our Facebook page for the link).
Monty (American) and Ibolya (Hungarian) Taylor
We communicated with our children – Mark, Jennifer and Esther — in a unique way. Ibolya spoke only Hungarian and I only English with them, providing the children with, literally, a “mother tongue” and a “father tongue.”
It worked well. By the time our kids were five years old, at the supper table, if they were talking to their mom, they’d speak Hungarian. If they were talking to me, they’d speak English.
My relationship with Ibolya began and deepened primarily in Hungarian. Our kids, on the other hand, are truly bi-cultural and bi-lingual.
All three teach and/or study in Hungary, two in bi-lingual schools. And, like father like son – Mark’s wife, Eszter is Hungarian.
The annual Girl’s Night Out in Budapest, Hungary, drew 203 women. Cynthia Heald, author of books including Becoming a Woman Whose God is Enough, and Becoming a Woman of Prayer, talked about “How to Keep Your Hand in His,” a lesson on abiding in God’s word each day.
Entrust’s Beth Van Bebber was encouraged to hear from a friend who’d brought her Hungarian neighbor, a woman who had returned to her faith as an adult. From that evening on, the neighbor said, she’s read the Bible each day. She really took to heart what Cynthia said — when we don’t eat daily food, we get hungry; when we don’t consistently “eat” from the word of God, the desire can go away. Yet, we need the spiritual food of God’s word just as much as we need physical food.
Cynthia Heald also spoke in Vienna, Austria, at a similar event organized by Entrust’s Sandy Shaffer. Thank God for what he did and pray that he will continue to hunger in each woman who attended, for his word, the Bible.
Entrust has several staff members based in Hungary. Jeff and Barb A., John and Kriszta Brouwer, Monty and Ibolya Taylor, Mark and Beth Van Bebber fill many roles: publishing Christian literature, training and encouraging Hungarian pastors, teaching theology students at a Hungarian seminary (sometimes even leading them to Christ in the process!), serving in local churches, ministering to internationals and facilitating Entrust training in surrounding European nations. Mark Van Bebber serves as Entrust’s Director of European Ministries.
NATURAL WONDERS: Lake Balaton, the largest lake in central Europe and a huge tourist draw; Danube River, Europe’s longest river, dividing the capital city’s two towns of Buda and Pest; hot springs, thermal waters.
CUISINE: goulash, stuffed peppers and cabbage, a vast variety of sausages, Dobos cake (sponge cake layered with soft chocolate butter cream and topped with a slice of caramel). And of course, paprika, derived from Hungary’s pungent yellow peppers.
CELEBRITIES: Albert Szent-Gyorgy, discoverer of Vitamin C, extracted from, what else, paprika; Laszlo Biro, inventor of the ballpoint pen; classical musicians Ferenc Liszt and Bela Bartok; actors Bela Lugosi and Zsa Zsa Gabor; escape artist Harry Houdini.
SPIRITUAL CLIMATE: Traditional, cold and unresponsive, as influenced by post-modernism as the rest of Europe; 2.8% evangelical Christian.
PRAY FOR: spiritual awakening across this nation, Christians to unite in reaching out to neighbors and friends, strong Christian witness to the thousands of refugees here, Entrust staff to wisely make use of each new development in this strategically-located central European nation for the glory of Christ.