Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi shares with us about the first new English-language worship service held in Győr on Sunday, February 22nd. Sarah helped to arrange the service and Rev. Rex Rinne led the service. There have been requests for such a service from the community, as well as from Lutheran American personnel at a nearby NATO base.
In the last 6 years since I’ve been a missionary here in Győr, I’ve often thought about the lack of an English-language worship service in the city. None of the established churches have such a service, and there are both ex-pats from around the world as well as Hungarians who could benefit from such a service. With the arrival of Pastor Rex Rinne to the mission field, I saw a chance to make this idea a reality.
A few years ago, we had a special religious program day at our school, and during a part of it, the students were asked to list things they would change about church services. I realize that anyone can make up excuses for not attending church, but I remember some of their items well: a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, a warm building, a service not so early in the morning and visual material (like a PowerPoint presentation, for example). When planning for this service, I tried to tick all the boxes, while still keeping the most important thing – worshiping our Savior Jesus – in the forefront!
Although we only had 8 people at the first worship service (held Feb. 22), many more told me that they will be coming to the second service, as this will be an every-six-week occurrence. I also had people volunteer to be musicians and to also tell their friends and people they know about the service so more will attend. Praise God for this!
- Pray that the attendance at the service would continue to grow so that people may hear the Gospel.
- Pray for those who attended, that they would be strengthened in the faith and bold to share with others.
- Pray for Sarah and the Rinnes as they work to make this service an every-six-week occurrence with the next service on March 29.