Coppages in Hungary: Tabernacle Church Mission Team 2007

Coppages in Hungary: Tabernacle Church Mission Team 2007

Our home church, Tabernacle Baptist in Richmond, Virginia, sent a team of seven to work and minister with us, observe and learn about Hungary. Here are the postings we put up on the web site during the week.

Tabernacle Team News
Sunday, March 18, 2007

10:45 pm Central European (Standard) Time
5:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time

The relatively healthy ones on the team (Spenge, Megan, Will, Emily, and Terry) went with us to Calvary Chapel in Vác this morning. We came home in time for a quick lunch, and then the entire team and Doug went to a Deaf house church in Budapest. They stayed over an hour longer than they planned! This was the first time that Team members had been in a Deaf-led meeting, and they found it very interesting. Eight hearing Americans and five Hungarian Deaf had the bread and wine for the Lord's Supper as brothers and sisters in Christ.

After returning to Vác for dinner, a couple of them took naps on the floor while the rest of us talked, did stuff on the internet, and talked some more. I don't think any of us wanted the evening to end; I certainly didn't! About 9:30 they left for the guesthouse. Between now and 6:20 tomorrow (Monday) morning the team has to pack, shower, and sleep in preparation for the long flight back over the Atlantic.

Please pray for these things:

Here's the schedule for Monday, in Virginia time:
1:20am - Eat breakfast at the guest house
1:45am - Load up the bus, say goodbye to Lea & Karen, and go to the airport
3:00am - Arrive at the airport, check in, say goodbye to Doug
5:10am - Take off from Budapest
6:55am - Land at Frankfurt
8:00am - Take off from Frankfurt
4:45pm - Land at Dulles

Tabernacle Team News
Saturday, March 17, 2007

11:10 pm Central European (Standard) Time
6:10 pm Eastern Daylight Time

The Bad News: Robert and Erin P. are both feeling pretty miserable. Megan and William still aren't as healthy as they want to be. Please continue to keep them in your prayers!

The Good News: This afternoon we went to the little village of Kosd, prayerwalked in the cold and rain, and then attended a Bible teaching time there. Almost everything was translated into English or Hungarian. Tonight we are having our good-bye meal a night early, so there will be time for packing. Because the team arrived a day late, we've had to pack lots in at the end.

Please continue to pray for the flights, as well as the transfer of people and luggage from one plane to the other in Germany. They don't have long....

Tabernacle Team News
Friday, March 16, 2007

10:45 pm Central European (Standard) Time
5:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Your prayers for health for the team are still helpful; we just found out that Robert is not feeling well. William stayed in our apartment all day while the rest of us went to Budapest. Except for missing William, it was a great day! We hit all the high spots, and worked in more sights than I expected.

Tomorrow (Saturday) morning is free for last-minute things in Vác; then in the afternoon we will go to a village to prayerwalk and have a Bible study. We hope to come back and enjoy a good-bye dinner together. On Sunday, we will attend our usual hearing church in Vác, and then go to Budapest for Deaf church that entire afternoon. There will be only a little time to pack, and then the team leaves for the airport around 6:30am Monday.

Please pray for stamina as well as health; these folks are doing an incredible amount this week. We also ask you to pray for their flights, and especially their connection in Germany. Upon their return to the States, they will be faced with work, school, tests, and exams. Your continued prayers for them are quite appreciated!

Tabernacle Team News
Thursday, March 15, 2007

9:30 pm Central European (Standard) Time
4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Some of us started out the holiday by attending a public ceremony honoring Petőfi Sandor (Alexander Petőfi), the poet who riled up the Hungarians against the controlling Austrian Hapsburgs on March 15, 1848. He lived in Vác for a while in a house across the street from Karen's school. A plaque commemorates his residence there. All the schoolkids lined up in front of the memorial, and some local school principals placed wreaths on the memorial. As usual, they sang the Hungarian national anthem, which begins, "God bless the Hungarians" --- something that we very much long for.

At lunchtime we found out that William is now sick and has a fever. Megan is still a bit weak, and her head is stuffy. Please pray for both of them, and that their germs aren't spread among the rest of the team!

This afternoon everybody except William took an excursion to Szentendre, a nearby tourist town that we are very familiar with, as some of our best Hungarian friends have lived there. The shoppers in our crew were very happy to find the shops open and ready for them!

We received word from our Hungarian friends that today's demonstrations in Budapest weren't as violent as many people feared. We hope that things will stay calm tonight. Nevertheless, we will avoid the hot spots when we go to Budapest tomorrow. Your continued prayers for our adopted country would be greatly appreciated.

Tabernacle Team News
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

11:30 pm Central European (Standard) Time
6:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time

This morning the team split up again. Three people went to help Joanna Fessler teach at her high school. They got to see the students commemorate the 1848-49 revolution. The other four prayerwalked the residential part of Vác with Doug.

Since the Deaf kids have all gone home for the four-day holiday weekend, the team had the afternoon off. They walked around town with Joanna and had a good time. Doug and Lea worked in the kitchen, and Karen rested. This evening we were joined by Joanna and her English friend Hugh. We all ate dinner at home, had a two-hour Bible study, and then sat around the living room talking and laughing until 11:00 pm. We're not sure if the whole team was headed back to the guesthouse; a couple of coffeehouses in town are open pretty late.

Please pray hard for Hungary tonight and tomorrow. Because of the national holiday, authorities are expecting that at least some scheduled political demonstrations in Budapest will turn violent. Thank you for your prayers for Megan; she is essentially recovered from whatever ailment was bothering her. We were worried that she would miss several days, but now she is doing well.

Tabernacle Team News
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

5:30 pm Central European (Standard) Time
12:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time

We deeply appreciate your prayers - they are working! Megan didn't feel well this morning, but this afternoon she was smiling, walking around the town, and even slugging a hit into right-center! (She made it to third before she got out.)

While Megan was resting this morning, the other ladies went to a weekly women's prayer meeting where they met missionary friends of Lea's. This afternoon we ALL went to the Deaf school and played baseball. One Deaf kid in particular was amazed at how many cameras we had. We all greatly enjoyed the time with each other. After the kids had to go in for study hall, we Americans kept playing.

Tonight the team is eating dinner at two different missionaries' houses. We are exceedingly glad that they can meet and enjoy each other!

Tabernacle Team News
Monday, March 12, 2007

10:00 pm Central European (Standard) Time
5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

The group that went to the Deaf school got to attend the 5th grade class, where they helped teach English by introducing themselves and writing a sentence about themselves on the board. Afterwards, they went to an all-school assembly and watched a presentation commemorating March 15, 1848, the beginning of a revolution against the Austrian Hapsburgs, who ruled Hungary at the time.

The whole team met with two of Lea's young students, Kati and Flóra. The two Hungarian girls were a bit overwhelmed by nine American adults, but they handled the conversation very well. Dinner tonight was at a pizzeria, followed by a trip to a dessert shop that serves Hungary's best ice cream (our opinion), which the team described as "fluffy."

Please continue to pray for Megan. Most of the time she just doesn't feel well. Thanks!

1:30 pm Central European (Standard) Time
8:30 am Eastern Daylight Time

Megan got up and is watching a movie. She looks much better than she says she feels! The rest of the team and Doug are at the Deaf school, doing whatever happens. We'll all find out later!

11:30 am Central European (Standard) Time
6:30 am Eastern Daylight Time

This team is full of enthusiasm and GOOD ATTITUDE! It's a delight to be with them! We had a good talk this morning, discussing the hope of life with God (see Revelation 21:1-4). The team also got some Hungarian spoken and sign language training, and a quick lesson on prayerwalking.

Erin and Erin are now at the high school, teaching beginner and advanced English classes with our friend Joanna Fessler. Emily, Robert, Terry, and William are prayerwalking our town with Doug. Unfortunately, Megan is not feeling well, so she's asleep in Karen's trundle bed. (She doesn't have a fever, but she's feeling yucky.)

Please pray for Megan's health! Everybody else's, too.

Tabernacle Team News
Sunday, March 11, 2007

10:00 pm Central European Time
5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

The team is here! After their two-day flight, they had a long ride -- by bus, metro, and train -- and then a long walk to their guesthouse. But now they are happily settled in, have had baths and two meals, and are now sleeping peacefully for the first time all weekend. We hope.

Tomorrow morning Erin and Erin will help teach two English conversation classes at a local high school, and the others will prayerwalk Vác. In the afternoon, everyone will go to the Deaf school, and afterwards Terry and Megan will help Lea with a couple of her young private students. We'll also put up pictures, but right now we're going to bed. Good night!

Tabernacle Team News
Saturday, March 10, 2007

7:30 pm Central European Time
1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

The team's flight was overbooked, so they didn't arrive today as planned. This morning (Saturday) they flew to JFK in NYC.  At 6pm, they will fly directly from NYC to Budapest. They should arrive in Budapest at 9:20am Sunday morning (Hungary time).