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A Call to Build a Church: Part 1

June 11, 2019
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of...

Say “Hello” to Camp Season!

June 6, 2019
The camp season is coming! Next week, the season kicks off with the first of several teams and volunteers arriving...

That Time I Lost My Appendix

May 30, 2019
I was lying on an ultrasound exam table when the mood in the room noticeably shifted. The older doctor smearing...

A Photo Update from Szentmargitfalva

May 23, 2019
We are excited that the work is continuing in Szentmargitfalva once again. Some volunteers from last year have returned to...

Just Jump

May 15, 2019
Have you ever been skydiving or bungee jumping before? I’ve been skydiving. In fact, that’s where I met my husband—but...

Implications of Prevenient Grace

May 9, 2019
OMS’ beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Anglican Priest and founder of Methodism, John Wesley. Wesley had a distinct...

Praying for Protection

May 2, 2019
On Friday, March 29th, I was hit by a car. I was waiting at a crosswalk near the ministry center...

The Missing Piece

April 25, 2019
My whole life, I’ve never really known what I want to do or what I want to be when I...

God Is Faithful

April 9, 2019
Lately, I have been really enjoying Facebook’s “On This Day” feature. For those of you who aren’t familiar, this little...

Field Focus: Community Impact

April 4, 2019
The “Community Impact” team, formerly known as the “Transformational Ministries” team has been going through a development process over the...

Field Focus: Business as Mission

March 28, 2019
1 Corinthians, chapter 12 talks about the many talents and abilities of Christians in the Church. Obviously, the Church needs...

Field Focus: Discipleship

March 21, 2019
Jesus and His disciples had been through a lot by the time they found themselves together on the hilltop in...

Get to Know Sadie

March 7, 2019
Sadie Sprankle was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. After she graduated university in 2016, she moved to Kyiv, Ukraine,...

Get to Know Madison

February 28, 2019
Madison Atkinson grew up in Southern Indiana and was always highly involved in the United Methodist Church. After graduating college...

Get to Know Josh

February 21, 2019
Josh Woeckener was born in California, but most recently lived in Niceville, FL. He first came to Hungary in 2017...

Get to Know Rhoda

February 14, 2019
Born and raised in a small town in central Georgia, with a graduating senior class of 45 students in 2002, Rhoda Woeckener had...

Get to Know Anna

February 7, 2019
Anna is the newest OMS missionary-kid-turned-missionary on the field. She was born in Lexington, Kentucky but grew up in Hong...

Dealing from a Distance

January 30, 2019
Distance can be a difficult thing. They say it makes the heart grow fonder, but at some point it just...

A Passion for Kids and Books

January 24, 2019
Over the years I have lived in many places—four different states, and now Budapest. And I have held many different...

A Change of Heart

January 17, 2019
I knew that the vast majority of my work in Budapest would be English related. English Clubs. English Camps. Building...

Beyond Myself

January 10, 2019
When I first graduated with my masters in communication sciences and disorders, I distinctly remember praying that God would help...

2019: Looking Forward

January 3, 2019
Well, it’s here—2019 that is. The countdowns have occurred across the world. The sheet music for Auld Lang Syne has...

2018: Looking Back

December 27, 2018
When I sat down to write this blog, a post-game press conference was playing in the background. The coach of...

Re-thinking Christmas Traditions

December 20, 2018
There is a common misunderstanding of me as a person, namely that I want to get rid of all traditions....

Creating Christmas Traditions

December 13, 2018
Christmas 2018 will be our 14th Christmas in Hungary. When we arrived to Hungary the first time, Hannah was almost...

Maintaining Christmas Traditions

December 5, 2018
I absolutely love Christmastime. I am one of those people that gets super excited in October when stores put out...

A Small Slice of Heaven

November 21, 2018
“There is no one like our God!” was sung out, a harmonious refrain that filled my heart with joy. Over...

A Day of Thanksgiving

November 21, 2018
Thank you! That’s what you are supposed to say on this day, right? Well, yes. But do we actually mean...

City to City Europe 2018

November 15, 2018
City to City Europe recently hosted their latest conference in Kraków, Poland. City to City Europe focuses on church planting, with the aim...

Retreat: Rest and Reflect

November 6, 2018
In today’s world, it is very difficult to manage one’s personal life and work life.  It is even more challenging...

Innovation on the Mission Field

November 1, 2018
Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to be a part of something bigger than yourself …that you...

Paradoxes of God

October 25, 2018
God seems to love paradoxes. Lose your life to gain it. Serve Christ to find true freedom. A mission trip...

Diverse but Unified

October 18, 2018
An introduction: A group of Americans from Crosspoint Church in Florida traveled to Budapest to put on a missionary care...

An Opportunity to Go

October 11, 2018
Why did you want to go to Cuba? I had felt for a while that I wanted to serve God’s...

We went to build a chapel…

October 4, 2018
We went to build a chapel, but God built so much more. We were four guys from the forgotten Middle...

New Life

September 25, 2018
Being a calm and quiet type of guy, few things ring my bell. But when I witness “new life,” I...

Not What I Planned

September 19, 2018
What do you do when God changes your direction? What should you do when you are putting all your efforts...

Work Begins Again in Szentmargitfalva

September 13, 2018
Last weekend, a new work team arrived to continue the work on the chapel in Szentmargitfalva that was begun this spring....

Busy vs. Productive and Why Vision Matters

September 6, 2018
When I was in fifth grade, I had my first chance to play American football on the playground with my...

Changing Rhythms

August 29, 2018
This week, as the kids head back to school here in Budapest and the weather finally starts to dip below...

When I Don’t Have the Words

August 22, 2018
One of the most difficult things about living in a foreign country is the language. When you do not understand...

Snapshots of English Camp

August 12, 2018
This is just a small glimpse of our time at Summer English Camp this year. Each day was filled with...

It’s More Than English

August 9, 2018
I hate English. I couldn’t stand it in high school and, truth be told, I have virtually no interest in...

What It Takes to Plan a Camp

August 2, 2018
One day I will remove the foot from my mouth. When I arrived about a year ago, I got to...

Round Two at English Camp

July 26, 2018
My name is Maddie Hillard and I am twenty-one years old. This summer I was fortunate enough to lead a...

How Far?

July 5, 2018
I have never felt more out of my depth. My husband Glyn and I were nearing the end of our...

Hungary to Cuba: Mobilization as Strategic Focus

June 27, 2018
One of our goals on the OMS Hungary field, what we like to call “Strategic Focus Areas,” is to mobilize...

Exercising for Spiritual Growth

June 14, 2018
In 2 Peter 1:5-7, Peter lists seven things that we are told to add to our faith. Each one of...

Faith in Transition

June 7, 2018
There is something both exciting and daunting about uprooting your life and moving halfway across the world. As a grown...

A Valley of Dry Bones

May 31, 2018
For much of my life, I lacked a passion to see people believe in Christ. I believed in him, sure,...

Dedication of the Szentmargitfalva Chapel

May 24, 2018
As I sat in the chapel in Szentmargitfalva last weekend during the building dedication, I realized that one question seemed...

Why Spend Time in Hungary?

May 17, 2018
Why spend time in Hungary? This is a question that has been asked of me often in the past several...

Week Four in Szentmargitfalva

May 10, 2018
This past week, work began on the roofing structure of the chapel, and gravel was spread to level out the...

Ending at the Beginning

May 3, 2018
In 1993, my family arrived in Budapest, Hungary. In some ways, not much has changed since then, but in other...

Construction Continues in Szentmargitfalva

April 26, 2018
The village of Szentmargitfalva is a small group of houses tucked away in the southern hills of Zala county, Hungary, but...

An Update on Szentmargitfalva

April 19, 2018
This week, some of our team has been hard at work down in Szentmargitfalva, building the chapel we talked about...

A Princess, Some Petroleum, and a Peugeot, Part 2

April 12, 2018
For part one of this story, click here. In 2009, a local Methodist pastor named Laci, from Zsolnok Hungary, decided...

A Princess, Some Petroleum, and a Peugeot, Part 1

April 5, 2018
What does a small Hungarian border town, an oil boom, and an old Peugeot 106 have in common? Nestled in...

A Change of Perspective

March 29, 2018
It’s been a week since I arrived back in the States from my trip to Budapest, Hungary, and I have...

Not a “Typical Trip”

March 21, 2018
Over spring break, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Budapest, Hungary with two other girls from Asbury University....

Revolution and Revival

March 15, 2018
The door swung open at the Landerer’s Printing House in Budapest and a chilly March wind blew into the room....

Get to Know Julia

March 8, 2018
Julia was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but raised in Asheboro, a small town in central North Carolina, where her...

Get to Know Will

March 1, 2018
Will was born in Boston and grew up in Massachusetts. He has lived in Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, Upstate New...

Get to Know Clarissa

February 15, 2018
Clarissa grew up in central Indiana. After graduating from college, she did a short-term internship with the OMS Hungary team...

Get to Know Tricia

February 8, 2018
Tricia is originally from Rochester, New York. Her story is much the same as her husband’s, posted last week on...

Get to Know John

February 1, 2018
John Fraser was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. He went to Bible college in Saskatchewan, and then to...

Get to Know Daniel

January 25, 2018
Daniel Buck is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has lived on both the north and the south sides of the city....

Get to Know Corinne

January 18, 2018
Corinne was born in Ohio, but lived in the Indianapolis, Indiana area from second grade on. She first visited Hungary...

Get to Know Jonathan

January 11, 2018
As a missionary kid, Jonathan Long has called many places his home. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, but lived...

Christmas on the Mission Field

December 28, 2017
Of all the times of year, Christmas can be one of the most bittersweet holidays for a missionary. The joy...

Does Jesus Fulfill the Work of the Messiah?

December 19, 2017
In this series of posts, we began with the prophecy of Daniel, which predicted the destruction of the second Jewish...

Is Jesus’ Passion and Death Prophesied in the Old Testament?

December 8, 2017
In the last post we looked at the prophecy in Daniel 9 which predicted both the destruction of Jerusalem and...

Prophecies, Fortune Cookies, and Christ

December 7, 2017
If you’ve ever cracked open a Chinese fortune cookie, you might have read something like this: “Your golden opportunity is...

Thank You for Sending

November 28, 2017
“I think God has called me to be a missionary!” That’s what I, a punk middle school kid, said to...

Thank You for Coming

November 23, 2017
This coming spring, Jonathan and I will have served with OMS for nine years. Over the years, there have been...

Thank You for Encouraging

November 11, 2017
We live and work abroad as “missionaries.” Sometimes when we are visiting folks back in the USA, people talk about...

Thank You for Giving

November 8, 2017
God and I had a deal…at least I thought we did. The deal was that I would follow him, as...

Thank You for Praying

November 2, 2017
Some years back, Corinne and I were enjoying lunch after sharing at a church in Montana, when a gentleman from...

A Point of Connection

October 26, 2017
Zoli was laughing pretty hard, and I saw genuine amusement flash in his eyes. I forget now what I said,...

Language as a Key

October 19, 2017
When I arrived in Hungary seven months ago, I knew that I wanted to learn the language. After studying communications...

Beginning again, again…

October 12, 2017
In my experience of more than 10 years of missions work, it seems like we’re often beginning again. On the...

Authentic Gospel

October 5, 2017
On my more than 10-hour flight back home from Budapest recently, I had a lot of time to think. I...

Big Trash Day

September 29, 2017
This past week was “big trash day” here in Budapest. This day varies in different parts of the city, but...

Friendship Is Fundamental

September 21, 2017
“Can we be friends?” Most of us recognize that hopeful question from younger years on plastic swing sets or outside...

Greater Things and Bigger Purposes, Part 2

September 7, 2017
This is part two of Nick’s story, read the first part here. My first major step of faith was my...

Greater Things and Bigger Purposes, Part 1

August 30, 2017
Greetings from Florida, USA! Recently, I returned from my second year of Summer English Camp (SEC) in Vác, Hungary. I...

A Twenty-Foot Door of Possibility

August 28, 2017
I recently went on a mission trip with my church through One Mission Society to Hungary. A few members of...

Lessons from English Camp

August 3, 2017
When I found out I would be serving at Summer English Camp 2017, I honestly wasn’t too sure what to...

The Power of Intentional Connection

July 27, 2017
It’s been a week since I came back from my first mission trip. I had the pleasure of being a...

Trusting the Lord with Ourselves and Our Work

June 14, 2017
One of the things I am so proud of in life is that I had the opportunity to grow up...

Reflections on Hungary

May 31, 2017
After graduating from university in 2015, I lacked clear direction on where my life was going. I ended up doing...

A Heart for the Misplaced, Part 6: Life is Worth More

January 26, 2017
This is the final part of a six part series written by Melissa Shaefer who interned with OMS Hungary doing...

A Heart for the Misplaced, Part 5: Camp Heracles

January 6, 2017
This is part five of a six part series written by Melissa Shaefer who interned with OMS Hungary doing refugee...

A Heart for the Misplaced, Part 4: The Children of Petra

December 8, 2016
This is part four of a six part series written by Melissa Shaefer who interned with OMS Hungary doing refugee...

A Heart for the Misplaced, Part 3: Going to Greece

December 2, 2016
This is part three of a six part series written by Melissa Shaefer who interned with OMS Hungary doing refugee...

A Heart for the Misplaced, Part 2: Starting in Serbia

November 16, 2016
This is part two of a six part series written by Melissa Shaefer who interned with OMS Hungary doing refugee...

A Heart for the Misplaced, Part 1: Getting There

November 10, 2016
This is part one of a six part series written by Melissa Shaefer who interned with OMS Hungary doing refugee...

More than Just “Making Music”

August 14, 2016
When my church’s Missions Pastor, Tyler Fuller, asked if I was interested in heading up a worship band to Budapest...

Breaking the ice

July 27, 2016
The camper and I made awkward eye contact. Immediately, we glanced away, pretending we weren’t trying to figure each other...

English Camp Anticipation

July 23, 2016
I am in the country of my ancestors, Hungary with my husband John and our adult children Sarah (22) and...

Como se dice люблю?

June 9, 2016
Did you ever wonder what the world was like before Babel? Imagine, just for a second, a world with free...

Fall Break in Budapest: My Journey to OMS Headquarters

May 31, 2016
“Have you thought about what you want to do?” I stared at my friend Lauren Pupillo as we sat in...

The Everyday Side of Ministry

May 20, 2016
I recently visited the Hungary field. I woke up at 4 a.m. for my flight and was picked up in...

Agents of Transformation

May 12, 2016
One Mission Society Hungary is all about transforming lives. They want to be agents of the Lord, creating positive change...

We all need a little Soul Care

May 5, 2016
As a missionary, it is easy to forget that your soul matters. Your relationship with the Lord is primary, and...

Love: The Last Habit

April 26, 2016
The final habit that Peter urges believers to add to their lives is what the apostle Paul called the highest...

Brotherly Kindness: The Second Habit of Good Relationships

March 25, 2016
When Peter speaks of adding brotherly kindness as the next habit, he uses the Greek word philadelphia. This of course...

Drawing Superman

March 23, 2016
Growing up, I never saw artistic abilities as a relational gift. I have always been a rather detail-oriented person, and...

Godliness: The First Habit of Good Relationships

March 18, 2016
So far we have looked at the habits from 1 Pet. 1:5-7 that deal with character, namely virtue, knowledge, self-control,...

Perseverance: The Fourth Habit of Good Character

March 11, 2016
A certain athletic apparel manufacturer has a commercial featuring a song with the words, “everybody gets knocked down; how quick...

Self-Control: The Third Habit of Good Character

March 4, 2016
It’s no secret that we live in an age where advertising is geared towards appealing to our every desire and...

Knowledge: The Second Habit of Good Character

February 26, 2016
The motto of the high school I attended (many years ago now!) was “knowledge is power.” Many people see the...

Virtue: The First Habit of Good Character

February 20, 2016
When I read the seven habits that Peter lists in 2 Pet. 1:5-7, I see the first four (virtue, knowledge,...

The Foundation of Faith

February 10, 2016
In the previous post we saw a list of seven things that we are to add to our faith. Before...

The Seven Habits of a Growing Disciple

February 4, 2016
Everyone wants to be successful – or at least I have yet to meet a person who said they dreamed...

It Takes a Team

January 29, 2016
In about a week, one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, the Super Bowl, will be played. A...

Youth are the Future

January 27, 2016
When I was first introduced to One Mission Society as a youth in 1996 at a Summer English Camp in...

5 Reasons Dervock Presbyterian Supports the Ministry Center

January 26, 2016
Dervock Presbyterian Church is a community of God’s people on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. So, why do we...

Here to Stay!

January 15, 2016
Back in 1989, Hungary was a part of the movement that helped set in motion a series of dominoes that...

No Lone Ranger Cowboys

January 8, 2016
A few weeks ago, our church (located in the panhandle of Florida) sent a team of 8 men to Budapest,...

Every Rock Tells a Story

January 6, 2016
Moses struck a rock in the desert, and it produced lifesaving water. David put a rock in his sling and...

Fences of Fear

November 22, 2015
Fences are incredibly common in Hungary.  Nearly every house has a fence with a well secured gate around it. Here fences...

Sharing Hope Through Hospitality

September 30, 2015
Over the last couple of weeks, I have thought about a class that my wife, Kristen, and I took together...

Refugees Seek Their Own “Promised Land”

September 25, 2015
I’ve heard it said that the job of a missionary is one of the most unpredictable jobs. The truth is...

Home for the Desperate

September 15, 2015
We drove through cornfields and Hungarian countryside for barely a kilometer before we started seeing the clusters of people walking...

The least of these: Ministering to Refugees in Hungary

September 10, 2015
I saw her through the open flap of the tent. A young mom (the photo above is of another young mother...