October-November is proving to be a season of outpouring of great blessings for our Community Health Evangelism (CHE) teams that makeup the CHE EuroNet in Central Europe and the Balkans. Here are some of the happenings for which we are very grateful this Thanksgiving.
HUNGARY — On November 11 the first Sunday morning worship service was held in Boldog in the new Roma community center! Fifteen precious people were in attendance as Feri Olah preached the Good News of the Kingdom of God and Laci Daroczi-Csuhai spoke.
The plan is to continue regular meetings on Sunday mornings. The community center is also being used for Women’s Group meetings, English lessons, men’s gatherings and other village events.
The people of Boldog held a used clothing sale to buy the heating units as well as the paint for the Community Center. Then they painted it outside and inside. It’s beautiful!
SERBIA— ZZ Serbia hosted a TOT1 training conference at the Belgrade Bible School. Five enthused trainees came from The Galilee Foundation of Macedonia and four from Sasha Cipra’s EZZ Bosnia team in Tuzla, Bosnia. They were being equipped to launch new CHE programs in their countries.
Meanwhile development work progresses in the Roma villages of Bačko Gradište and Donji Petrovci, Serbia. ZZ’s big challenge will be to find places to hold meetings in the communities this winter.
Marijana Cizmanski, Director of ZZ Serbia and an NAB National Worker, was the main speaker at the 22cd Annual Women’s conference in Belgrade in October. She presented two well-received messages on “Fruits of the Healthy Relationship with God.”
REZ Serbia is doing new preliminary survey work in the community of Nadalj, Serbia as well as engaging in a partnership with a Baptist church in north Serbia to help them start a CHE program in their neighboring village.
NORTH MACEDONIA — Agron Aga, Director of CHE Albania and Patriot Hoxhaj, Director of the Albania MAI Team made a CHE mentoring visit to Rev. Jimmy Simon and leaders of the emerging CHE Macedonia Team near Veles, Macedonia two weeks ago.
Together they visited and selected four potential villages for surveying in the coming months. Two will be chosen by the Macedonia team for their first CHE development programs. Leaders from World Poverty Solutions and ReachGlobal will be visiting the team for further training and counseling after New Years. The Macedonians, who serve with The Galilee Foundation, continue to be highly motivated to begin CHE in communities where they have already planted churches.
BULGARIA — A new connection was made in October with a mission leader in eastern Bulgaria who has a vision to use Community Health Evangelism to evangelize and disciple Roma that his teams are contacting there. Plans are being formed to do a CHE training in this region in the spring, 2019.
KOSOVO — CHE Albania has recently completed introductory training in one church in Kosovo. In February they are scheduled to do the same in 2 more Kosovo churches. We currently do not have a CHE team or program in operation in this needy nation.
ALBANIA — You have seen CHE Albania’s name and Agron Aga’s name throughout this report. Beside all the work they are doing in Kosovo and Macedonia, they are preparing for a CHE TOT1 worker’s training conference in Tirana, Albania in March. God is really using this team.
SUMMARY — We are excited and encouraged to see Community Health Evangelism spreading to new churches, new communities, new teams and new countries. We are blessed to see Roma becoming believers and being discipled. We are motivated by seeing our CHE Team Members throughout Central Europe and the Balkans so motivated! We are overjoyed to see the beginning of a church plant in Hungary. Please pray with us for lasting fruit! Thank you, Lord,