Direction going forward.
In the past few letters, prayer has been asked for direction as we finish up with school in Texas and prepare to be back in Hungary. Praise the LORD our tickets are purchased for May 27th. Hours have been spent searching online for houses, apartments and locations that would work for my family. In the past few years since having first surveyed Hungary, the cost of living has increased dramatically. This leaves the budget stretched farther than what is effective for ministry. Two hours southwest of the capital, Budapest, lies a village called Nemesszalók. It is in this village that the Lord is leading my family as we return to Hungary. This village will provide us with an affordable place to live and serve as we strive to reach Hungary with the gospel. Located 20 minutes in both directions are two good sized cities that are both great locations for evangelism and church growth. We desire to purchase a home for the equivalent of about 3 years worth of rent. In this price range, we would need to buy a home requiring some initial necessary repairs. In thinking long term, this will free up finances which will allow better, stronger ministries in Hungary long term with the support currently being received. Purchasing a home will meet the needs of the family, and be conducive for in-home ministry, such as local Bible studies and hospitality outreach. As many have prayed with us for guidance, it is believed to be a wiser choice, long term, to purchase a home.
One town is Papa, with a population of 32,000 people. It is the home of a Nato Air Force base, providing a great opportunity of reaching people from all over the world. The other city is Szombathely the tenth largest city in Hungary with a population of 78,000 people. To my knowledge, there is no Independent Fundamental Bible preaching church within 100 kilometers of this city. In order to purchase a home in Hungary as an American, the full amount upfront will be needed to cover this cost. While being in Texas has allowed some savings towards this, we will trust the Lord to provide the rest. Having talked with my pastor and a group of mentors, they have all agreed that this is a good move for long term planning in reaching Hungary. Please pray that the Lord will provide the needed finances and wisdom as we move forward with this objective. There will be much paperwork and many steps in the process and we will need much wisdom through this process.
We have learned so much at BBTI and are thankful for the time spent here. Preparation is going on even now for the creation of a series of literature that deals with the specific spiritual stumbling blocks that are faced in Hungary. One tract that is being worked on will be titled “Is Hungarian Christianity the same as Biblical Christianity?”. Hungarians believe that by simply being Hungarian they are Christian, yet they have no knowledge of what Christianity actually means. The Mann family to Hungary is excited to be getting back and getting settled into the country as we continue to strive to reach the Hungarians. Please pray for labors to join us and help, as the need is great!
As I discussed the plan of purchasing a home in Hungary my pastor and others quickly jumped on board with donations towards the goal. I am so thankful for this, it was unexpected but welcomed. My pastor has also sent out a letter to my supporters requesting a one time gift towards this project. Here is that letter.