SERVING IN: Hungary, Europe
Michael and Shirley Bradley are called to the nations. For 20 years they have lived and served the Lord in Iceland, Hungary, and Andros Island, Bahamas, and Turkey. Recently the Lord opened the door for them to return to Debrecen, Hungary to a people and a land that they love very deeply. Joining hearts with a Hungarian pastor as members of a ministry team in an international church called A Ház (The House) their primary emphasis is the English speaking congregation mostly university students from several African nations. Michael teaches a student discipleship study group and often teaches the men’s ministry and preaches. By reaching these young men and women for Christ and discipling them, they have the opportunity to prepare the next generation of potential leaders that will one day return to their countries. Shirley assists in discipleship, helps the children’s ministry program as an advisor, shares in the women’s ministry and has opened their home for an art club for teenaged girls that is designed to help them develop their artistic talents and sow into their lives spiritual truths. The Body of Christ is being strengthened by Michael’s gifting as an encourager to pastors, a Bible teacher and mentor of new believers. Shirley enjoys children. Her creative talents have reached children through Fine Art Camps, training others that have a heart for children and teaching ladies Bible studies. We deeply appreciate your caring support in committed intercessory prayer, encouragement and your financial gifts
Our students that graduated this year and are now doctors are waiting for their intern placements. It blesses us when they email. From the last A Haz weekly photos Gabor sent, we were pleased to see new faces.
We celebrated our 51st anniversary on the 7th. It was special as always and we are filled with thanksgiving to Father who has given us so many years together to grow in love, His love, for each other, and to learn more and more what it means to be “one flesh.” It took us a while to realize that didn’t mean my flesh one day and Shirley’s the next but His plan is unity in His Spirit completing each other as He has designed us to be to each other. Did you ever notice completing and competing are similarly spelled but totally opposite in meaning?
Our church is opening for services on June 14th. We are still using masks for our occasional shopping trips and will plan to do the same until we have peace about removing them. How about you, has your church opened its doors to physical presence for worship yet? Quite a change isn’t it from what we have been used to? And how have you felt about worship at home? Are you anxious to come back into the community again or are you enjoying live streaming worship in bed with your coffee or tea and toast?
Continue to pray for wisdom for our governing authorities, they need God’s wisdom as they make decisions. Cautiously and anxiously people are peeking their heads out the door as governors and city council members try to decide when and how to give citizens the freedom to begin to go back to work and to do more than just the foundational shopping of keeping food and toiletries in stock.
We are well, praise God, and trying to make the most of each opportunity to sow encouragement and peace as we interact, at a distance, with those around us. Before, restrictions of movement and gathering were imposed we got to attend the winter conference of Global Alliance Network, formerly Liberty Fellowship held in Birmingham, AL. Although it was a small gathering, fellowship, worship, and teaching were sweet.
We love you all and thank God for you and hope you are at peace as the world cringes and the news media seems to revel in broadcasting the coming doom caused by the coronavirus. The panic is already seen in store shelves and on Wall Street in the thunderous stampede of the uncertainty of what may or may not happen.
Keep praying with us as we are beginning to, by faith, make plans for a trip back into Europe. Our hopes are to minister through teaching, preaching and encouraging folks. This time we hope to go into three countries, Italy (up north and way down south to Sicily), Germany to see a Turkish pastor and his German wife that we worked with in the Marmaris area of Turkey and then back to Hungary.
Welcome to the new year. May we indeed see with 20/20 vision this year by the power of the Holy Spirit as we submit ourselves to the Lordship of Christ and follow closely His daily direction and purposing to see others through His eyes of love.