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F ALL 2007 V OLUME 3, I SSUE 2 M OMMY , H OW ARE C HURCHES M ADE ? Imagine a time when the plot your in the community. And with big dreams, church building is built on was just an we are prayerfully planning our next empty field; no building, no Sunday ser- steps. Imagine coming to visit us one day, vices, not even a pastor. Have you ever and being able to worship in a thought about how it all started? church you had a role in planting! Praise: For the successful Who God instilled the vision in, who they launch of the Alpha for Phase I: Team-building ESOL Course, with over 70 worked with, and what their first steps were? Here are some of our first-steps: guests attending Much like whoever was involved in Every Monday morning we meet for Prayer: For this year’s planting your church, right now we are in prayer (normally 4-6 people) round of Christmas carol- that exciting phase too! God has given a ing and the Christmas Met with other pastors/Christian lead- small group of us a vision for ministering ers in the area to discuss the possible Eve service—that many to our neighbors and planting a church church plant would be blessed through Started a Friday night home-group to it get to know others interested in being Prayer: That God part of the church planting team would continue to form Encore Christmas caroling perform- the church-planting ance (due to popular demand), fol- team, including our vi- lowed by Christmas Eve program! sion, relationships with Helping organize a neighborhood yard- one another, as well as sale with proceeds to benefit those less who should be on the fortunate in the community. team M ORE T HAN J UST D INNER Have you ever invited some non- discussion, but since the ESOL version is Christians over for dinner, just to talk designed for non-native English speakers, about life, meaning, and the basic principles we give live talks that involve slightly eas- of Christianity in a relaxed, non- ier vocabulary. Obviously this takes a threatening environment? Well, that is little extra preparation and training, but so what the Alpha Course is. And it has far the response has been great, and proven so successful over the last several people seem to enjoy practicing English decades, that worldwide over 8 million while learning about God! people have attended an Alpha Course! Working together with a church in Győr, Zsófi and I are helping run an Alpha for ESOL (English Speakers of Other Lan- guages) Course. And since over 70 peo- ple registered for the 20-week course ( a few too many to fit around the dinner ta- ble!), we decided to do it at a local restau- rant. The normal Alpha Course involves watching a DVD to set the foundation for www.HungaryWilsons.com mail@HungaryWilsons.com ♥ K IDS ’ C ORNER : H OLIDAY Q UIZ ♥ (by Zsófi) Have you ever wondered what kids do for Christmas or for their Birthday in another country? Well, here is a little quiz to test your knowl- edge about how they celebrate holi- John & Zsófi Wilson days in Hungary. Otelló u. 4 (Circle the correct answer) Törökbálint 1. Do Hungarians celebrate 2045 Thanksgiving? HUNGARY a) Yes. b) No. Email: mail@HungaryWilsons.com 6. What is a “Name-day” in Hun- c) Only every four years. Web: www.HungaryWilsons.com gary? 2. When do children open their a) A celebration of the day your Christmas presents? parents gave you your name. a) On the evening of the 24th. b) Each year, everyone has one day F INANCIAL S UPPORT b) On the morning of the 25th. that is named after them and their U PDATE c) On the morning of the 26th. friends give them presents. c) A tradition where everyone A special thank-you to those of you 3. What do Hungarian boys do writes their name in the snow. who, responding to our last newsletter, on Easter? gave a special contribution for a new 7. How do Hungarians celebrate laptop computer and extra language a) They paint eggs and then throw Birthdays ? courses for John! One of the most in- them into a lake. b) They eat a lot of chocolate and a) On your birthday, you give other credible parts of our journey as mission- people presents. aries here in Hungary has been to watch then jump around like a bunny. c) After saying a poem, they pour b) People give you presents on your God provide for all of our needs. And perfume on a girl they like. birthday, and you eat lots of cake! you are a huge part of that provision. c) Your friends try and play tricks So much like the Pilgrims, who 4. In Hungary, when does Santa on you. after completing their first year in the Claus come? New World, gave thanks to God for his (Check your answers below) a) On Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th). provision, this year we will be doing the We hope you enjoyed learning some same—giving thanks for you, along b) On December 6th. interesting things about how kids in with all the other ways God has blessed c) On December 31st Hungary celebrate holidays. As you us throughout our first year here in 5. Do Hungarian kids go trick- can see there are many differences, Hungary. or-treating on Halloween? but there are also many similarities, even if they live in another part of the a) Yes, but they don’t wear cos- world. :-) Happy tumes. Thanksgiving! b) Yes, but they only get fruit & vegetables instead of candy. 5.) c 6.) b 7.) b c) No, they don’t celebrate Hallow- Solution: 1.) b 2.) a 3.) c 4.) b een at all.
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