Philadelphia Trust and GLO Outreach Team
August 20th – 29th 2021
By Roger Brind
It was great for me to be back in Hungary again and to work with the local believers as we reached out to the village communities of Dömös and Pilismarót. We have developed an English programme which the local Christians have built on over the years and we praise God for the impact it has made on the lives of children, youths, and adults.
This year five of the team, Becca Williams, Chloe Cornish, Tom Binding, Zac Whitehouse, and Paul Thomas were based in Llandaff Christian Centre in Cardiff and took part each day via Zoom and a team of four, Klara Klug from Germany, Pauline Odour originally from Kenya, now living in France, Karel Ouzký from Czechia and me, from outside of Hungary were based in Dömös.
We began the day with a Hybrid Bible Study led by different team member each day. This was followed by prayer and followed by a morning of planned activities based on the life of Joseph. Initially the whole group was together and then from mid-morning we moved into “Zoom Rooms” with a leader both in Hungary and Wales. We found all the children very responsive. Each afternoon the children had a choice of 4 workshops. Art, drama, music, and English conversation. The latter workshop was run from Cardiff. On Friday, parents and friends were invited to take part in a programme with contributions from each group, including those based in Cardiff. This was followed by a picnic meal outside and many great conversations took place.
We introduced a programme for adults this year and it was a very positive experience. The topic was our Queen and we finished on Day 5, using the book published on 90th birthday of the Queen, “The Servant Queen and the King she serves.” It was a great gospel opportunity. I was able to give the few copies I had to some who attended. I would like to get more as they were much appreciated. On Day 3 we had an international evening with Klara talking about Germany, Pauline about Kenya and the Cardiff team talking about a walk they had done around the capital that day and singing in Welsh, the hymn of the revival, “Here is love, vast as the ocean” and explaining what it means.
On the last evening we had an open evening and presentation evening, and many parents and friends came. It was great opportunity for conversations and the gospel. Follow up is planned locally and by monthly Zoom meetings for both children and adults.
Pauline Odour from France wrote, “I’m grateful to God for enabling me to go to the English Language Outreach Camp in Dömös. I was a greatstep of faith for me asI had planned to visit my parentsin Kenya. My trip had to be postponed due to Covid-19. The Domos team were really hospitable and made me feel at home.
I am very thankful to everyone for all the preparation and organisation. It was well done. The team in Cardiff did an excellent job, giving the morning devotion for the team, leading songs for the children and taking part in the main programme and the breakout rooms. The Hungarian Team did an excellent job translating, editing the videos, and working in the small groups. They organized all the fun activities in the afternoon which the children really enjoyed. They were also a great help with the adult programme in the evenings
I greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn from other team members and share my personal relationship with God. I could do this not only with the team but to two of the parents Rika and Martin. I told them how I had personally come to faith and encouraged them in their walk with the Lord.”