Friday, November 18, 2011

Orphan Sunday

On Sunday, November 6, we were excited to celebrate Orphan Sunday with the rest of our church family at Hope's Point. It reminds us of the day, almost 3 years ago, when we took home two little ones to call our own. We are eternally thankful for the opportunity to raise these little guys, and help guide other families who are exploring adoption or foster care. Now, we have come across an amazing opportunity to help out during a week long camp for kids who live in an orphanage in Hungary!
During the service, Pastor Clayton Beck, a representative for the Hungarian American Fellowship, came to share with us what he and several others had done, just a few months before! (This is the shorter version, but you can go to for more info.) As we were told, Catholicism is the dominant religion practiced in Hungary, however NO religion is permitted to be taught in the orphanages. So, many children have not even heard of God or Jesus. Another unfortunate thing is that the kids' summer camps were taken away. For many, this is the only thing they look forward to every year. Thankfully, through a series of devinely inspired events and new-found relationships, a church group from Toledo, Ohio was allowed to run a summer camp for orphans for one week this summer. The results...amazing! Not only did they run an awesome camp, but 78 kids and 2 staff came to know the lord that week! Sa-weet! (We just watched Soul Surfer, hence the sweetness!) :)
The team is going to visit Hungary again this winter to host a discipleship camp for many of those who did get saved. HAF plans to host even more camps next summer! This is where WE come Matt and I were listening to Clayton speak and watching the video we became convicted. We said we need to go! This is where YOU come in...right now, we are asking for prayers. Matthew 18:20 reads, "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." We need you to join with us to pray for the details in preparing for the trip, the team, and more importantly His Will. Thank you!

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