One of our goals on the OMS Hungary field, what we like to call “Strategic Focus Areas,” is to mobilize others. For us, this means we feel God has put us in a unique position to not only serve the Lord here ourselves, but also to be a part of sending his people to share his Word in other parts of the world.

This idea of mobilization also applies to receiving people from other parts of the world to serve here. We do that each year as native English speakers come to Hungary to serve at Summer English Camp. Throughout the rest of the year, we also occasionally have short-term work teams and interns coming through our doors and allowing God to use them in this place.

This year, we have received our first opportunity to be on the “sending” end of things. For many years, we have worked with a church in the eighth district that is both Hungarian and Roma. They work with Roma kids through a tutoring program, a summer camp, and other activities. Each year, we provide the English lessons and additional staff for their summer camp, as well as assisting them in other activities throughout the year.

One of their staff members, Vanessa Claro, expressed a desire earlier this year to serve somewhere abroad for the summer. She asked us if OMS would have any opportunities in South America or the Caribbean. This happened soon after we decided that mobilization would be one of our areas of focus. As it turns out, OMS did have an opportunity in Cuba, which is where her father is from.

She is currently in the fundraising process to head to Cuba next month to work with a church there for about a month. We are so excited to see both the goals God has given us begin to develop and to see others follow what God is calling them to.

In case you missed it on our Facebook page, read Vanessa’s story below. Would you consider partnering with her on this journey? To give, go to and enter 408304 where it says “Missionary/project.” Contact us if you have any further questions.

 “… I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

My name is Vanessa Claro, I’m a second-year social work student in university. Ever since I experienced God’s grace on me through the salvation of Jesus Christ, I have always wanted to share it with others. I’m a member and employee of a three-year-old gypsy-Hungarian church, in the eighth district of Budapest, which I was able to be a part of and see grow from the beginning. In the church, I constantly see how cultures can clash with each other, and how these differences can be bridged through Jesus Christ.

I’m amazed by God’s work in the world, and I have always felt a huge motivation to see him at work in different places. This is one of the reasons why I originally wanted to go to South-America, and when I heard that I could go to Cuba, I was really happy about it, because my father is from there, and I know the language. I believe this can be a great opportunity to meet another culture and to share what God showed me of Himself. I believe that I can use these experiences in the church with the gypsy people.

“Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you.” (2 Corinthians 12:14)