Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Hungarian Brass Tour Comes To An End

The whirlwind tour is over! 14 came to Christ in the three meetings where we were able to do evangelism. Many believers were encouraged in the meetings where the theme focused on helping Christians in their daily walk.

4,700+ miles were recorded as we traveled from Florida to Georgia, then to West Virginia, next to Maryland, on to North Carolina, and back down to Florida. We thank God for the safety in travel.

Laszlo Bakai, Janos Hamori and Tamas Csapo were outstanding trumpet players! Laszlo Gaal played the french horn so beautifully! Mark Alfoldy-Boruss joined me at trombone and he did an excellent job! Lynne played so well at the piano . . . it was a GREAT tour!

Possible future tours? Maybe Norway in September, 2008 . . . not confirmed yet . . . perhaps a return to the States in February 2009 based upon a conversation about playing for a church in Fayetteville, NC, at their missions conference to start our next tour. Stay tuned!

We are grateful for all who hosted us, fed us, took good care of us, encouraged us and more! Thank you! We are thankful for the opportunity to serve in 18 churches in 15 days!


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Six Come to Christ: The Hungarian Brass Concert

Great news! Six come to Christ at a concert by The Hungarian Brass in Shady Spring, West Virginia! In fact, the same number of people made similar decisions at a concert in Sebring, Florida, the previous Monday night. Seems like Monday night is THE night on this tour! 12 salvation decisions on two Monday nights!

We were in Huntington, WV, tonight . . . the people there were so gracious and responsive! Also, we stopped at The Operation Christmas Child project center in Huntington. This is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. We were part of an assembly line to load gifts into "shoe boxes" destined for needy children all across the globe. Then, we loaded the shoe box gifts into larger boxes, then loaded them into a large tractor trailer. They will be taken to the process center in Charlotte, NC, then be distributed around the world. A TV crew stopped by to take some footage of The Hungarian Brass preparing these boxes. We also played a song for the TV crew and I was interviewed about our experiences of giving out these gifts to children in Hungary in previous years. So, we were on the evening news on Channel 3 on WSAZ TV in Huntington, WV.

Next, on the schedule . . . a long trip to College Park, Maryland for a concert at a church adjacent to the campus of the University of Maryland. Stay tuned!


Monday, November 12, 2007

The Hungarian Brass Tour continues . . .

Bradley, West Virginia, then, Sophia, WV . . . then Midway WV . . . all three towns are close to Beckley WV. Last night we were in the state capitol, Charleston for a meeting at Bible Center Church. What a great time with these dear friends in each of these locations!

The one in Midway WV . . . this church, Hilltop Baptist, has relocated to the elementary school that I attended years ago. My, it was a trip down memory lane for me! My former playground is now the church parking area. My former classrooms for eight years are now Sunday School rooms or the church sanctuary. But, I am thrilled that this church is in Midway reaching out to people where I grew up.

Tonight, we will give a concert in Shady Spring, WV. Pastor George Smith has been a dear friend of ours for many years. It will be a privilege to preach in his church and for our men to play their instruments.

Tomorrow morning, we head to College Park, Maryland!


Friday, November 09, 2007

The Hungarian Brass Tour is Going Well!

Sanford FL . . . Sebring FL [2 meetings] . . . Tallahassee FL . . . Lilburn GA . . . Flowery Branch GA . . . next on the schedule is Beckley WV.

One highlight is that six [6] came to Christ on Monday night in Sebring FL!! It was an open air meeting sponsored by a church plant in Sebring. We played down town at The Circle and there was a very good crowd. Six made decisions! Amazing! All 6 were adults.

Every meeting has gone very well. Our young brass team is doing a great job! Praise the Lord!

I have struggled with sinus problems and felt terrible, but I am starting to improve. I had to keep playing the trombone, preaching and traveling to keep up with the tour schedule. God has helped me! Now, Lynne is having problems with a cold, so, pray for this.

We have 6 meetings in Beckley, Charleston and Huntington, WV, over the next 5 days!