April 19, 2019
To our friends and supporters,
As we look back over the last 17 years of ministry, our hearts are filled with gratitude. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate all of you who have prayed for us, supported us financially, sent us encouraging letters, and received us into your churches, and in many cases your homes and your lives. We are amazed at how God has provided for us again and again through the obedience of His people.
You may be aware that in June we will be coming to the end of our current 4-year term which began in 2015. Throughout our years in Hungary, we have always approached the end of a term as an opportunity to pray and reflect on the Lord’s will for us for the next step in our journey. Unlike previous occasions, this time around we have felt a very clear leading from the Lord to change direction. We still feel the call to serve as full-time missionaries in Hungary, but we have felt led to leave OMS and begin serving with TeachBeyond.
TeachBeyond’s ministry focus is on transformation through education, which is something that we both feel very passionate about. In our upcoming service with TeachBeyond, Tricia will continue in her present job as the Librarian at the International Christian School of Budapest. She has been serving at ICSB for the last two years as an OMS missionary, so this change to TeachBeyond will have virtually no effect on her ministry activities. In fact, Tricia’s role will actually be more central to the work of the mission than is presently the case.
John will be joining TeachBeyond’s higher education department. This new opportunity will allow John to be more focused on his strengths and skills from years of teaching in theological higher education in Hungary, as well as his experience of teaching and doing outreach in local churches in Hungary. In addition, he will have the opportunity to impact lives in regional ministries in Europe, and perhaps beyond that as well.
We would like to ask those of you who are supporting us financially as missionaries with OMS to continue doing so as we switch to TeachBeyond. Our term with OMS will end on June 15. We will need to begin raising our support with TeachBeyond immediately after that in order to be able to return to Hungary in August and begin our ministry with TeachBeyond without Tricia having to miss any time from her job. We expect our support needs with TeachBeyond to be similar to what they have been with OMS. However, we are still in need of the Lord’s help in providing for us as He has done over the years through so many of you in your obedient and sacrificial giving.
We say goodbye to the current OMS team in Hungary, and wish them the best as they move ahead into new ministry opportunities themselves. At the same time, we believe that our new work with TeachBeyond is a better fit for us ministry-wise. TeachBeyond has an outstanding team of teachers in Hungary, which includes those working at the International Christian School of Budapest, as well as several who teach in Hungarian public schools. We have been so impressed with the commitment and dedication of this fine team of servants of Christ, and we look forward to serving with them.
If you have any further questions about the work of TeachBeyond in general or about our upcoming ministry with them, we would be happy to try and answer those as best as we can. TeachBeyond is an evangelical missions agency with a solid history, and is fully compatible with our theological views in the Wesleyan/holiness tradition. With the change of organizations, we will also be changing our email addresses. We don’t know how long our old OMS addresses will continue to function, but you can begin now using our new TeachBeyond addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. You can also learn more about TeachBeyond at their website, teachbeyond.org.
One other major change is happening in our lives this summer, as Hannah is graduating from ICSB and will be starting her undergraduate studies at Houghton College this fall. Some of you remember when we first came to Hungary and Hannah was not yet 2 years old. She has earned a full tuition academic scholarship to Houghton, and we are so proud of her. If all goes as planned and we are able to return to Hungary in the fall, Matthew will be starting his junior year at ICSB, while Jonathan starts 6th grade.
We are counting once again on the Lord’s provision through you, our friends and supporters, in order to make this change happen in such a short amount of time. Please pray about how God would have you partner with us in this new ministry endeavor. And once again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your partnership in the Gospel over these many years.
John and Tricia
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