Update on the New English Language Worship Services in Hungary

A few months ago, Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) Missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi shared a story with the blog about a new English Language Worship service in Hungary, led by fellow LCMS Missionary, Rev. Rex Rinne. The worship service meets every six weeks and has now taken place several times. Sarah shares this update with us.

A young boy helps LCMS pastor, Rev. Rex Rinne, set up for the English language worship service.

A young boy helps LCMS pastor, Rev. Rex Rinne, set up for the English language worship service.

–By Sarah Berta-Somogyi

Our third English-language worship service was held in May, and as word about the service is being spread more and more, new people are coming to hear the Gospel message proclaimed! Although our attendance numbers-wise stayed around 20, many of them were newcomers to the service! Some were current high school students attending the Lutheran school with whom I work, some were graduates of that school, and one of my colleagues even attended. We had people from the community and others from further away. It was a wonderful mix of people who heard God’s Word from Philippians in a sermon by fellow missionary, Pastor Rex Rinne.

The congregation during the service.

The congregation during the service.

The one group of people that I was surprised to meet was composed of a mother, her 1st grade son and her brother. Most of the time, I know the people who attend, but I had never met them before. They got there because they saw the fliers I posted in the school, and they were eager to worship in English. (And to think, I almost didn’t post the fliers because I wasn’t sure if anyone looked at them!) The mother had moved back to Hungary from Dubai so that her son could attend the Lutheran school, because she knows how important Christian education is, and there weren’t any opportunities for this in Dubai. Her husband (who is English) is still working there. After the service, we chatted together during our fellowship time, and she asked me if I would be interested in starting a Bible study for adults in English. This was something that has been on my heart for a while, but I didn’t know if there would be any interest. She assured me that she would attend, and since then, I’ve had another woman agree to attend (who is not connected to a church community in any way). I’m excited that God brought us together, and I’m excited to see what the future will bring as we study God’s Word together and support each other. Due to summer travel plans, potential launch date for the Bible study is the fall, so be reading for more on what’s going on!

  • To learn more about Sarah, visit her support page and sign up for her newsletter by emailing her at sarah.berta-somgoyi@lcmsintl.org. Sarah puts out both an adult newsletter, and a newsletter for kids. It’s great for schools, Sunday school classes and talking about mission and different cultures with your own children at home.
  • To learn more about Pastor Rinne, visit his support page.
  • Pray for Sarah’s travels for Home Service this summer!
  • Pray for the service and the potential Bible study, that both would meet needs in the community while also drawing others to hear the Gospel.

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