We continued to pray for connections, provision, and miracles. We talked about RFK everywhere we went and networked with many other churches, foster parents, and social workers. Doors began to open, and others began to catch the vision. We began to see miraculous provision. As we prayed for social workers to sign off allowing children to attend, the signatures began to come in.
It turns out that baseball is not just an all-American pastime. Chris and Leneé Oakley found this out three years ago when their family discovered the local baseball club in Budapest, Hungary. Their boys began to play on the team immediately, and Chris was soon asked to begin coaching. Being involved in both playing and coaching has allowed the Oakley family the chance to get to know not only the families of the team members, but also coaches and players from other Hungarian teams. This unconventional opportunity has opened up incredible doors of ministry for the Oakleys to speak into the lives of Hungarians through sports.
“Seventeen years ago, my parents and I flew to Finland for the first-ever training for ministry to university students. Nearly twenty pastors and students signed up. It was a rousing success,” relates John Koeshall, AGWM personnel in Germany.
As tens of thousands of refugees have flooded the shores of Europe, the Lord has taken that which is a crisis to man and turned it for His glory. People from nations closed to the gospel and in which no one can freely share the gospel are now hearing about Jesus in their mother tongue, through scripture, song and the Jesus film.
Twenty years ago, the corner brick building near the riverfront in Antwerp, Belgium was a place where prostitutes gathered to work. Today that same building is a place where they can gather to play board games, be a part of a book club, drink good coffee, and hear about the life-giving hope they can have in Jesus Christ.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could fulfill the call God has on our lives by pushing a button, waiting 30 seconds, and removing some plastic wrap? If only life could be that simple and straightforward. The fact is, a life in missions is a series of twists and turns that eventually provides enough perspective to realize that God has been working both in you and through the journey. So many times, we just want to get to our destination with the most efficiency that we forget that is really is all about the journey.
Comparatively, Pentecostal Macedonia is in its infancy. After the fall of Yugoslavia and socialism in the early 1990’s, people were, for the first time, free to discover Christ. It didn’t take long to launch the Evangelical Church of Macedonia (EC:MK), a baby church movement bombarded from all sides by secularism, paganism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Islam.
This past spring, AGWM personnel in France, Ed Buck, had the privilege of ministering to children living in the worst neighborhood of Marseille, France. Working with a local missionary and a group from YWAM, a VBS was held for about 50 children.