Stip, Macedonia and Jánoshalma, Hungary were the sites of very positive CHE follow up meetings recently for Ron and Jeannie and other Community Health Evangelism team members.
In Stip we met with Pastor Jimmy Simon and leaders from the Galilee foundation who we trained in May. God is doing great things in Macedonia through this amazing team of committed Kingdom
servants. In the past 10 years they have planted 27 churches in the eastern, southern and western parts of their country. All of this was accomplished by volunteers without consistent outside support or partners. Their goal is to reach every unreached Macedonian village with the good news of Jesus Christ.
After taking CHE training they believe this wholistic mission strategy will be key to achieving their vision. Even before our recent arrival their leaders were already dreaming of many different CHE projects. Some of them are quite creative and most of them are faith-challenging.
Our purpose was to spend two working days helping the Galilee Foundation get a good start on an important document called a Case for Support. This document will tell the history and accomplishments of the Galilee Foundation as well as their visions for the futures potential partners. It will define the location, need, purpose, model and resources needed for each of their CHE projects.
In order to accomplish the Foundation’s ambitious vision, it will need committed and sustainable CHE partnerships. Their Case for Support will help introduce them and their plans to interested, potential CHE-oriented mission agencies who are working in or entering the Balkans. They will then have opportunity to meet with some of these agencies at the CHE EuroNet Summit and Gathering Meetings, September 12 and 13 near Nis, Serbia.
On a smaller but equally diligent scale, György Bayer and his Roma team have planted 10 small house churches in Roma neighborhoods in the city of Janoshalma in south Hungary. After their CHE TOT1 training in April, György’s team wants to attempt some family-based CHE projects in neighborhoods where they have house churches. Their vision is to engage the poor people there in a more wholistic, Christlike manner. We spent several days after Macedonia with these willing servants doing preliminary neighborhood surveys and casting vision. In the fall we will return to train workers to be family-based community developers.
Please pray for these pioneering projects in Macedonia and Janoshalma, Hungary. They are only a few of the new Roma and poor communities our CHE teams are now entering. More to come in future reports.