Greetings from rainy Budapest y’all. The score is jet lag 2 Tom 0. 🤷🏼 But, it’s okay, I learned long ago how to use the time and cope.
After an awesome day of rest and recreation with Anna doing some shopping for groceries and such, this was the view from the balcony of our lodgings (sometimes you don’t know how badly you need a break until you get one and feel better)…
When I contemplate this view, I think of the awesome creation (sky) and the awesomeness of the potential of man (beauty in architecture). And that leads me to today’s MINISTRY UPDATE:
You saw the number! 3959 meals went out today. How great is the awesomeness of the work of God through his image bearers?
I also got to preview some videos that I hope to share soon. I was literally brought to tears of joy while watching the gratitude of people receiving meals. I plan (rule 1) to show that to you tomorrow.
MANY, Many thanks to God for using you and folks like you who continue to give to help us help them. Glory to God y’all!
Please keep praying. A meeting a few minutes ago was stopped by an air raid on the other end of the call. Please pray that our funding system continues to hold. Please pray for sleep, you learn the preciousness of it when you can’t.
Thank you for staying informed. Thank you for giving.
If you have yet to join the giving throng, here’s the info:
A quick thought as I went through my reading plan this morning. From 1 Peter 2…
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1Peter 2:4-5 ESV)
One of the things I’m thanking God for is how I learn about how individuals are working together and churches are working together to help Ukrainians for the glory of God.
In Ukraine, people come together to cook, set up housing, provide shelter, deliver meals to dangerous places. They work together as churches in partnership to provide and send to other churches in other cites who have great needs. Meanwhile many individuals* and a few churches are helping us provide essential funding to help these partners press on.
I thank God for those who are working day and night to care for those in danger and are hungry and I thank God for the hundreds of donors in the US who are helping us help them. Together, in Christ, we are all little stones that make up this spiritual house Peter talks about.
But it is not the doing of good that makes us part of the house, it is belonging to him that makes us these glorious stones. As his “chosen and precious,” we are serving to give him glory.
To God alone be all the glory.
* For whatever reason it is the gifts of individuals that make the greatest bulk of the donations that help us help. Large and small gifts are all important. $3 buys a meal. http://www.ceokids.org/give
On Jan. 31, 2020, the day before my return home from Hungary after my regular January trip, my dear friend Keri asked if I was afraid to fly because of the Corona virus. I replied: “The what?”
For the first time, after four failed tries – twenty-six months later – Anna and I are in Budapest. (So, Red, you were correct back in May of 2020, I did wait two years.)
While daily updates from and pleas for prayer for Ukraine will continue, there will also be – what can now legitimately be called – old fashioned travel posts.
BUT NOW, the Ukraine update. Here’s the amount of the country experiencing air raids at midnight Tuesday (when I started this post).
Kyiv and Khmelnitskiy were struck by enemy missiles.
Wednesday morning 2,642 meals are delivered to communities in the NE of Kyiv. Enemy soldiers have recently exited this area. Theses suburbs have been struggling for weeks. Getting food to them is now less dangerous.
Thank you for continuing your prayers.
Thank you for giving.
Your donations are making an incredible difference to hungry people who might otherwise not eat that day. Thank you.
$3 funds a meal. $30 funds 10. You can do the rest of the math. REMEMBER EVERY DIME GOES TO UKRAINE.
About 60 folks made their way from Mykolyiv and Chernigov to the camp today where they found hot meals and warm beds as they consider their next steps.
We’re so thankful that 20+ years ago God planned and executed His glorious will. He used CEO to help these awesome partners purchase this facility. We are grateful to be part of the great work of the Lord that today is meeting important needs. Thanks be to God.
Tomorrow over 2000 meals will go to shelters in the zones still under attack. I am so grateful to God for the ability to help.
I am so grateful for those who pray, please renew your prayers. Last night was a noisy night as air raid sirens pierced the night. Please pray for a quiet night. Pray the Ukrainian air defense strikes down the missiles of the enemy. Pray the electronics of the missiles fail so that they do not launch. May God help those who suffer through endless hours hunkered down.
Thank you for giving. You have helped our partners send thousands and thousands of meals to feed hungry folks in those shelters. In the last 14 days over 18,000 meals have been provided. Glory to God!