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Pray and work

Pray and work

Last year I had gone to Holland together with pastor Robi to buy a car with him. Perhaps you ‘ve also contributed to this special project at that time. At forehand we had agreed that the maintainance of the car would be his responsibility. And of course, in december...

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Unexpected

Unexpected

Here in Hungary the health care insurance is part of the tax agency. A lot of people here are afraid of this agency, because they sometimes can operate rather rudely. A couple of months ago they came raiding our neighbors with an entire police raid team, because they...

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Handing out blessings

Handing out blessings

In Holland in the village  Balloërveld you could pass by this summer by bike and have a cup of coffee there. It was called 'the resting point' in Balloërveld. You could also leave a gift there for our mission work in Hungary among Roma. All these gifts together...

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Mud and angels

Mud and angels

On Sunday I had to go to a Roma church in Uszka, a small village near the Ukrainian border. This is special place, because some 45 years ago a revival started here among the Gypsies. It was quite far off, but eventually it was definitly worth it. Because I met a...

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Pastor Daniel

We would like to introduce you to Daniel. He is an enthousiastic Roma pastor in three Roma churches within the network of Gypsy Mission Foundation.  Hessel met him this year through this foundation, and he was impressed by his enthouiasm and love for God....

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Jungle

When we got back to our home in Hungary after a six week stay in Holland, it turned out that our garden had turned into a jungle. The grass was more than half a meter high, the street was overgrown with weeds and everywhere branches barred the way. The day after our...

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Blessings from Hungary

Blessings from Hungary

In between all things that need to be arranged for our trip we even write a blog also.Next to packing, cleaning and arranging there is also a goodbye again. We say goodbye to our Dutch friends from Debrecen, who have to move back to the Netherlands again, we will miss...

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Robi’s car

Robi’s car

Just before the corona-crisis broke out and the borders were locked, Robi and I managed to get back into Hungary with the car that we had bought for him in Holland. To him the entire trip to Holland was as if he lived in a movie. He had never traveled by plane before,...

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Screaming pigs and fresh vegetables

Screaming pigs and fresh vegetables

Saturday morning seven o' clock seems to be the best time to cut a pigs throat. I woke up and thought I heard a school class that tried to get to the high C, but soon I realised it was some pig in the village again, whose last hour had struck. It 's always a deafening...

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Meet Robi

Meet Robi

We would like to introduce you to Robi (Róbert) Várga, married and father of a big family. In the house of this Roma family gathers every week a house church, of which Robi is the pastor. A few years ago I met Robi at a CHE Vision Seminar, and ever since we stayed in...

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Hopeless?

Hopeless?

When for some ten lost minutes I park my car in a parking lot, I see from a distance some Roma women looking for something near the shopping carts. They draw my attention; when a car arrives to drop some bags of clothes in the containers, they run at it. After some...

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CHE conference

CHE conference

CHE conferentie In the beginning of October we had the annual meeting of CHE workers in Eastern and Central Europe. These are always very encouraging and inspiring events: even the fact that we are together with so many people from very different countries, but all...

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Cultural things

Being the oldest Gerrit many times has to try out new cultural things when it comes to school matters. Also this time. He is in his final year now, and here in Hungary that is being celebrated abundantly. At the beginning of the school year there is an official...

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Back to Hungary

Back to Hungary

We are almost heading back to Hungary, but first we would like to share some precious moments from our furlough with you. Besides all presentations and meetings that are part of our work we also met a lot of friends and family. There were some surprises and parties...

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From frustration to peace

From frustration to peace

In a nice guesthouse in Germany on our way to Holland I am quite able to see things in perspective... But last week in the waiting room at the dentist not so much. Two days defore our departure my last treatment was put inbetween two other patients. The dentist on...

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Is there any use?

Is there any use?

“Dad, has anything changed already after seven years?” After dinner, when we are still talking together, our youngest suddenly comes up with this question. Last Sunday we went to a baptism service with the whole family in one of the Roma churches that Hessel visits...

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I just want to tell you that I love you

In Hajdúböszörmény there is a small Roma church that we go to every Tuesday, as an outreach from our church in Debrecen. Usually we go with a team of five or six people, but this time we were only with three, including Imi, our Roma neighbor. We pray and sing...

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Blessing Song

'Hessel, would you please play something on the piano, it always makes the children quiet!' The teachers at the After School Program have their hands full when the children are preparing to go home, usually they 're quite noisy. The piano in the hall brings relief,...

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Fazant

Fazant

Every Wednesday and Thursday I travel to Romania to teach English in the afternoon to a number of classes in the After School Programs the Christian Gypsymission Foundation is running there. In the evenings I move on to a nearby Roma church, where I do a weekly church...

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Work project

Work project

Last month I spent a couple of days with a youth group from a Dutch  secondary school. They had come to Romania to do a work project in a  Roma community. They got there through the Christian Gypsymission  Foundation and helped fixing the church building. Next to...

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Car troubles

Car troubles

As you might have read in the previous blog I had an accident with the car in Romania in October last year. I crashed into a truck, and the front of the car was totally ruined. God however provided miraculously, not only in transportation home by means of a good...

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Stranded

Stranded

A Dutch mission organisation invited me to take part in a missions conference in Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Together with a worker of this organisation I made the trip of about four hours. The conference was about 'ownership in development': about the relationship...

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From home to home

From home to home

It was very quiet in the car that first day of our journey back to Hungary. What an intensive, but lovely time we 've had in Holland! But we did need some time to process all that. Never before did we experience Hungary and Holland so much as two totally different...

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Kálmán in Holland

Kálmán in Holland

In the beginning of March I had the opportunity to go to Holland for a few days because of a presentation in a church there. When I booked my ticket I thought how nice it would be to take someone from the country itself with me to a presentation like this. So I...

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Romania

Romania

In the beginning of April my American colleague had invited me to come with him to Romania for a couple of days. Hij had got into contact with a Romanian young woman, who gives training to youngsters. We could give some lessons to this group about micro enterprise....

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TOT1

TOT1

One of the most effective tools of CHE (Community Health Evangelism) are the trainings we keep. These are mostly one-week sessions, where people are completely out of their every day situation, so they can focus totally on the study material. The purpose of this is...

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Praying in war time

Praying in war time

Some time ago during a CHE-training we watched the movie 'War room' on a free evening. It 's a movie about the importance and the power of prayer. Definitly to be recommended for those who haven't seen it yet! This movie was an incentive for us as a team to start...

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