Instead of Hungarian refugees, Hungarian worshippers

Posted by Martin Van Horn on May 12, 2010 under Events, Multimedia | Be the First to Comment

Vienna road sign to Budapest, Hungary

The Bad, Old Days in Europe when Communism trapped the Hungarians

Sharon and Martin Van Horn moved to Vienna, Austria, in 1981 to share the Gospel with Austrians. At that time Vienna was the end of the Western World, since it was situated at the Iron Curtain separating the West from the Soviet Communist empire. Budapest was the capital of Hungary, and to reach it an American had to wait in long lines at the border to buy a visa and have his car trunk and undercarriage inspected by police. Hungarians dreamed of freedom they could only hear on the radio or read about.

One Wednesday night a mysterious, bearded Hungarian with a heavy accent visited the prayer meeting at our little Austrian church. Ferenc Varga lived in Traiskirchen refugee camp. It turned out he was not a communist spy, but a man who had moved to Guatemala and become a Christian. Now he wanted to reach Hungarian refugees, who had escaped to the West, with the Gospel. Could I help?

For two years I drove vanloads of Hungarians, who mostly spoke no English, to our church or a local facility where I shared the wonders of a Bible and the Jesus Christ that they had had no chance to learn about. I had the privilege of baptizing five men before they moved on to America or Canada. It was a wonderful opportunity that God opened to me and our coworkers.

Then came the Fall of the Iron Curtain

Then in 1989 to the surprise of all observers, the Communist Empire fell. Czech students visited Vienna to give us pieces of barbed wire. I actually have this small segment of the Iron Curtain.

A hungarian man withstood the pressures of communist atheism and pastored a small church. Now he has over 200 churches, one of them in Vienna, Austria. They are known as the Hit [Faith] Churches. On April 4, 2010, Easter was celebrated on the public square in Budapest by 1,300 church members.

We have been set free: from atheism, communism, sin, death, fear, the Devil’s lies and unbelief. Celebrate together with these european believers. Savor the freedom that Jesus has given us all.

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A Great Way To Start The New Year 2010: Exciting Retreat In Hempstead, Texas

Posted by Sharon Van Horn on February 9, 2010 under Events, Multimedia | Be the First to Comment

Life Connections International started 2010 joining two other ministries for a women’s retreat in Hempstead,Texas. Sharon flew on January 15th to Houston, Texas to join Johnyne Rees and Joey Gentempo from His Father’s Heart Ministries and Janet Howden from Jabin Ministries in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to minister at a women’s retreat hosted by Tom and Johnyne Rees in Hempstead, Texas.

Joey, who is the Founder and Executive Director of His Father’s Heart Ministries taught in the morning session on the “Redemptive Gifts” from Romans 12. These are the motivational gifts which are a part of our destiny and calling from God. Janet spoke on how to experience God personally using activities which helped the women to learn how to hear God and sense His presence.

A Real Country Baptism

Posted by Sharon Van Horn on September 1, 2009 under Events, Multimedia | Be the First to Comment

Katie is a new Christian from Russell Springs, Kentucky. She came to know the Lord personally a few months ago and has consistently desired to follow Him each day. She is a real joy as she expresses her love for the Lord.

On August 22, 2009, Katie was baptised by her pastor, Roger Wheat, from the Coffey Hill Friendship Church in Russell Springs.

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