The team from UK was Phil Davies, Tom Binding, Zac Whitehouse (all from Swansea), Ember from Taiwan (First Serve), Chelsea from Ayrshire, and me. We were strongly supported by Livia, Laura, Krisztian, Virág, Emese, Tunde, Ákos, Katrin, Dani and from Hungary. As a team we met each day for prayer and Bible study. The theme for the study was lessons from the book of Jonah.
The focus of the week was teaching English through a variety of activities. The first English activity of the day was a “Holiday Bible Club” based on Jonah with songs and stories. We then broke into age related groups for a language-based programme. In the afternoon the children chose a workshop to follow for the whole week, each group, drama, music and art focused on Jonah and on the final day we had a presentation to parents.
We also had a programme for adults based on the Platinum Jubilee of the Queen. All participants received a copy of a book on the faith of the Queen. We had a number of long conversations with parents and friends. We all felt that the Lord was with us and we had great opportunities to present our faith to young and old.
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.”
The Philadelphia Trust is involved in several Bible teaching and leadership training programmes. Some involve the Philadelphia Trust/GLO partnership while others have grown out of our core ministry developed over the 50 years of service of Roger and Susan Brind and the 20 years of service of Mark and Rachel Bartlett and Paul and Sally Thomas.
The International Conference (Camp)has been an annual feature since founded by Dieter Weidensdörfer, from Germany in 1991. It grew out of programmes that he and Roger had been involved in among youth and family groups during the communist era in Oranienburg, Brandenburg and Kirchberg, all in the former East Germany, (DDR).
In August this year 50 believers from 15 Countries came together for 2 weeks of bible study. Roger led the first week with studies in the early life of Abram and considered the challenges of this on our lives today. Mark Davies from GLO led week 2 and we considered lessons from the middle section of the Gospel of Luke.
During the communist period visits were made to support individual assemblies in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, DDR and Poland as well as the bible school in Jastzrebie in Poland. These visits were not without danger for both the travellers and their hosts. This itinerant ministry is still supported by Roger, Mark (Bartlett) and Paul. This year bible teaching visits have been made in Miskolc, Dömös and Budapest in Hungary, Kolosvár and Makfalva in Romania, Lutsk, Kyiv and Terebovlya in Ukraine.
The ministry in Bible Schools and other conferences has grown and most of this ministry is done in conjunction with GLO. In the last 12 months we have served in bible schools in Zaozerne, Ukraine, Český Těšín, Czechia, and Dömös, Hungary. In addition, Roger has continued serving in the annual elders and leaders retreat in Drăganului Valea, Romania.
This year’s International Conference was held at the Bible Centre in Dömös, Hungary once again. Around 50 attended the first week and about 60 attended the second week, with people coming from Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Romania, Germany, Austria, USA and UK. The two weeks were such a great time of learning and growing together.
The first week’s lectures were given by Mark Davies on the lessons from the early chapters of Luke and the second week’s lectures were on lessons from Genesis 1-11, taught by Roger Brind. After each morning lecture, there was a time for discussion groups, giving chance to dig a bit deeper into the points raised in the lecture and share relevant experiences from our lives and different countries. After coffee time, there was a choice of seminars on various subjects from the Trinity, to faith in times of crisis, to loving God with all your mind. This was also a great opportunity to share our own experiences and learn from one another. Continue reading “Annual International Conference”
I was in Hungary from 24 th -28 th May. There were two key purposes. A visit to the school in Pilismarót where the Bible Centre has good contacts and to take part in the 25 th Anniversary Meetings of the Bible Centre.
The visit to the school was very successful in that we established a school link with Hawthorn Primary School in Cardiff and that has opened up opportunities for both the Bible Centre in Dömös and for us in Llandaff North. Continue reading “Hungary Visit May 2017”
The 26th annual International Bible Conference in Domos. The programme of bible study, discussions, seminars and fellowship took place in August. The value of the conference is summed up by these comments of those who came.
A week’s programme teaching English and witnessing of our faith through games, songs, bible stories, drama and excursions. The programme was for children and youth. We began the programme in the local school where Roger spoke at the leavers’ final day programme.