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“a little bit of Budapest”

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A breather to begin the Balkan Loop

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Whew… this is a great breather… been goin pretty long and busy for the last few days… so ridin the train from Budapest to Szeged to begin the Balkan Loop* has been a good time of sitting back and reflecting. So I thought to write this post and catch up a bit, hopeful that I’ll get logged into some wifi in Szeged to put this post up.

In the last days we have really seen God answer prayers through details in Kathryn’s housing, acclamation to life in Bp & immigration processing. When I read Deuteronomy I’m always reminded that God cares about details. It is blessed to experience His hand of provision through so many kind Hungarians.

There were good acquaintances made last night at the Bridge…

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*I keep referring to the Balkan Loop. If you don’t follow my progress in the Trip Plan (find previous post for link) you will wonder ‘what the heck is the Balkan Loop?’ Well, today I am heading to Serbia via Szeged, I’ll be in Subotica for a day and then south to Srebrenica, Bosnia via Beograde. In Serbia I will be hanging out with friends in the Kingdom and try to be an encouragement.

In Srebrenica (if this name is new to you, see my Youtube video on ‘revtomtravels’ channel) I will seek to encourage believers and gather information for a development project possibility. Then I’m off to Sarajevo to pray for this mostly Muslim city and perhaps encourage a new follower of Jesus.

Then I’m off to Mostar (new to me) to meet Jeremy who will bring me to hang out with his family for a couple of days on the Croatia coast.

My next destination will be Osijek via Zagreb. I covet prayers for our growing partnership with the Bible college and seminary there. I look forward to good conversations with our folks there.

Finally, I’ll head back to Bp.

Please pray that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart would be acceptable to God. Pray too for my Sweet Anna who is back home.

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Hopefully this will post when I arrive in Szeged.

Peace from Grace.

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a pretty big day

Fifteen years ago this morning I landed in England and took a bus from Heathrow to Gatwick. Upon arrival at Gatwick I took a flight to Budapest and landed in the early afternoon. I was met by a tall Hungarian who was wearing a Covenant sweatshirt, he was the deputy headmaster of the school I was going to visit. Gabor is my oldest and one of my best friends in Hungary. I am grateful to God for our friendship.

Don’t ask me why. I cannot give you reasons, but that 7 day visit began a love affair with a people, a culture, a place, that continues today. Indeed it is from Hungary that my growing knowledge and love for the Balkans grows.

One regret is that I speak very little Hungarian, but I can get around, ask for directions, order food, buy tickets for trains and busses. As time goes by, I find so much English in Budapest that it is less important, so I won’t wring my hands too much about that fact.

I have a good number of Hungarians whom I count as friends, though it seems I seldom have enough time to visit with them. I guess I need more time to be able to invest in these friendships.

As I thought about this post and the significance of anniversaries, I realized that today is also significant in that 32 years ago I believed in and began to follow Jesus.

For about two months I had been attending church and participating in Bible study. I had not been prodded to “become a Christian” so much  I had simply been guided in Bible study by a guy who lived peace in front of me. During a Bible study on a Saturday night which looked at Col. 3 and the “put off, put on” verses, I realized that I needed a saviour. I asked God to forgive me and change me. He did. He still is. The journey continues.

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the last picture ever

Sadly, I broke my camera today. It served me well for, well, um, maybe 7 years? I was always pleased with it but today it died. I post this picture a cake in the shape of the Vac cathedral since it was the last picture ever taken by my trusty Canon Power Shot SD 850 IS. It served me well, who knows how many thousands of pictures from so many countries it took. Thanks for your good service Canon.

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Belgrade

…by the time the bus arrived and I found the hotel, it was a bit past four, I hurried out knowing I was losing the sun… The first thing I saw was this unidentified government (?) building…

… then up the street I saw this… it must have been NATO destruction from ’99…

THEN, I got to my first destination, the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral…

… inside, they are remodeling or something… I pondered this image of Jesus on the cross… if you ever wonder what the extra crosses are on an Orthodox cross, you can figure out why in this image…

… as I left, I was amazed by this sunset…

… then I got a look at a mass in a nearby chapel…

… I grabbed a ride on a tram to the main square…

… after the main square, I explored…

until I “GPT”ed my way back to the hotel

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