Pete and Carla Himpelmann spent two weeks in Hungary last October. During that time they were introduced to Tapolca, a town of 17,000, where there is no established church teaching the Bible. They were stirred by the faithfulness of a handful of believers there, despite the lack of a church for encouragement and worship. When they learned that there was a need for a couple to serve alongside missionaries, Shaun and Sondi Carlaw, for a 90-day term they began to pray, asking if that couple could be them. They investigated, inquired and discussed every aspect of the mission they could think of. Along the way, they were encouraged to pursue this opportunity and all the details fell into place for leaving home and responsibilities here, confirming that the Lord was directing them to Hungary.
They leave today to arrive just in time for the first English class of the semester – which will probably give them less than 24 hours to set up for hosting it! They will assist in these weekly English classes and in the adult Bible studies. Additionally, they will be out in the community building relationships and praying daily (hourly?) for the people, the town, and for the Lord to bring a church into existence there.
Pete and Carla report, “We find it so amazing that through the Lord’s faithfulness to us, we are now at a place where we are excited, able and available to participate in His good plan to spread the Gospel in Hungary. Our greatest desire is to be used by the Lord, so our prayer is that our eyes would be open to “make the most of every opportunity” and that we would genuinely love from the heart those that the Lord puts in our path. “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness (will) not overcome it.” …not even the darkness of former communist rule.”
Pete and Carla worship at the Itasca Campus of The Orchard.
It is SO wonderful to know that shepherd- hearted Orchard members are going to encourage the followers of Jesus! Acts 14:21-22, “When they had preached the gospel to THAT city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” GOD answers prayer!!
I just read through all the posts backwards, so I’m going to comment here at the beginning to say I love you guys! It makes me so happy to hear how God is intersecting your lives with the people there and how you are seeing encouragement. Can’t wait to hear more in person someday!