Monday, September 28, 2009

A quick info

Now I know what I'll be doing this year... studying!! :) A lot! :) Ok, I don't know how many hours I'll spend with studying, but I know what my ministry and work assignements (yes, in plural) are!
I'm playing in 4 scenes from the 5 in Born Again To A Living Hope and I'm also the female narrator.
And my work assignements are chapels with Jon together - he's my pianist, and reception in 3 hours on Friday afternoons. (I could work on Monday or Wednesday too, but my "co-worker" can't work on Fridays because of her ministry.)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Andi & Brini

1st day
Germany, here I am!” – that’s what I said when my plane landed. I hoped to be picked up at the airport but I couldn’t help thinking of the last time I arrived at the Schönefeld Airport in Berlin 4 years ago. Andreas and Roland – Sabrina’s brother came for me. I stayed with Sabrina’s family and while eating supper the parent’s told us to eat faster because we would be late. Late for what? They didn’t answer. Andi asked me if I wanted to go to their apartment in the nearby and of course I wanted to see how they live.
I was talking with Sabrina (by the way the apartment is just gorgeous!:-)) when three girls appeared. I knew Myri and Franzi from my time working as au pair but now I got to know Dominique, the girlfriend of Andi’s twin-brother, Stephan. They organized a “bachelor” party for both of them. As for us, girls, we were just talking, drinking (o-juice in my case, because I’m not allowed to drink alcohol) and watching a girl-movie. Don’t ask which one!

2nd day
Basically we were just preparing for the “Polterabend” at night – it’s a German wedding custom in which on the night before the wedding the guests break porcelain to bring luck to the couple's marriage. The belief in the effectiveness is expressed by the old adage: “Shards bring luck”. I met Matthias and his father, Peter there. They came to arrange the music for the party. I was surprised it was strange to be called Lizzy again.
We were in the living room with Andi when I saw him arriving with bicycle. I physically got sick I could hardly breath and didn’t want to go outside at all. I really needed Andreas to hold his hand and to hide behind his back. After greeting each other with a handshake I had to go back inside and pray.
But I had to go outside when more people came and I got hungry enough. It was good to see the old friends and to talk with them. Oh, how I miss them!
Please pray for Matthias – he’s sick. He’s diagnostised with Crohn’s disease – an inflammatory bowel disease. He had to be operated several times and he lost so much weight!

Ben and Franzi
Matthias and me
With Andreas and Christoph
 3rd day
After having breakfast I had time to get a shower and to get ready for the wedding while the couple got married in the civil registry office. I also went with Sabrina’s mother to the church to decorate it.
At 2:00 pm the ceremony started. It was a strange feeling to be there on the wedding. They wanted to get married before God and even so when I looked around I knew that I was the one and only born again Christian in the whole “room” and I had the feeling that somebody very important is missing. As they wouldn’t have invited God to the wedding.

With the parents and grandparents
With their siblings
Thanks God I wasn’t the only one on their party who didn’t drink. Matthias is also not allowed to drink because of his sickness. But not to dance was a harder job. I was brought on the dance floor. After the second or third time I stayed and danced with my friends. It was after midnight and it was hard to explain them why I didn’t want to dance. Especially because I wanted to dance.
And we talked. He came to me, because he wanted to talk with me. His reactions were quite interesting but I think he understood me and he knew I was right. He was provocative and I saw at him pitiful. I know that with God’s help I could forgive him.    

Husband and wife
Ben and me
4th day 
Sabrina’s friends were staying also at the family and Andreas wanted to show Falkensee to them. Memories came into my mind when we went to the “Scheinwerferberg” and I also wanted to go to my house. It isn’t the same since a new family is living in it. But I went around, I looked on my window and I almost cried.   
At Myri’s there was a little “Oktoberfest” in the evening because they’re from Bavaria. I did go to the party to say good-bye to the others. He and his girlfriend were also there. He seemed to be glad seeing me again. I talked to this girl and warned her. “Love him! Just be very careful!” what I told her. I hope he changed and won’t be fool anymore.

5th day
9:10 am. My plane took off.
My Dad is at home!! He spent the last 3 weeks in a sanatory almost at the border to Austria. Now I had some hours with him before going back to Tóalmás.        

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Before leaving

I'm at home...
And I'm nervous. When the couple invited me to the wedding I was overjoyed and I didn't think of a certain person I would meet on it. Now I'm petrified that he'll be there and of my reaction. Oh God, help me! This will be the big test: Could I really forgive him? Please, say *yes* my Lord! Give me strength! It happened over 5 years ago, and I can still remember every little detail.
In some hours my plane will take off, I have to calm down.  

Monday, September 21, 2009

Being Gina Vitay

The first week is over. 
We were told that a new roommate would come. Yes, she’s here. I met her in the volunteer’s training in the spring and we were serving together in the same two weeks of camp. She and me… are like water and fire or earth and sky, as you like it. This year really won’t be easy, I can tell. But I trust in the Lord, maybe she’ll be my best friend on the campus! Be positive! :-)

We had “Personal Evangelism” this week. I don’t think it’s for me. We went to Budapest on Thursday and Friday to evangelize on the streets. It’s a hard job! The people are rude and you stand there looking like a drowned rat. Your courage lessens, your heart is almost in your boots and you can’t escape. You need to trust again, pray and go to the next person… I think I’m not that open-air-evangelism-person!

With Mariann on the 2nd day of OAE.
With Trisha on Blaha Lujza square.

I had an audition for the sing team and the drama team. I was the second  person who was auditioned for the sing team. I couldn’t think of any song I  wanted to sing so I let the pianist choose a song for me. I sang “My Jesus  My Saviour”. 
Although I don’t know anything about the drama and what “Born Again  For A Living Hope” is about, I really can’t choose. I like to be on stage,  and I like to sing… I think the best thing would be for me if I could act and sing at the same time! :-)
We’ll be told in two weeks what are ministry and work assignment are. I’m curious and really would like to know before I leave… 
I think the English test was rather easy… and hope to get into the advanced group.
But the Bible knowledge test… I thought I knew the stories and a test like this would be much easier for a kid, who went to religion classes since she was 6. I’d never learnt about the dates or historical facts in the view of the Bible, neither did I learn any Greek. I felt like Gina in the novel “Abigail” by the Hungarian novelist Magda Szabó.

With "our" Abigail from the theatre.

A plot summary from
Hungary during World War II. Georgina, spoiled daughter of General Vitay is not delighted when her father takes her to a religious boarding school in a smalltown. She rebels against the strict rules of the school, alienating most of her schoolmates and tries to escape from the school. When her father visits her and learns about this, he decides to tell her why she must stay in the school: he is trying to find a way to get Hungary out of the war before it claims too many lives and he is afraid that his enemies will capture and torture her, thus blackmailing him into betray his cause. Gina agrees to stay in the school, the only place where she is safe. Suddenly she grows up under the weight placed on her shoulders. Life is hard, she often feels she is treated unjustly in the strict school, and even though she makes peace with her schoolmates, often the only “person” to whom she can turn to is a statue nicknamed Abigail in the school's garden; who, according to the legend, helps those who write a message and put it in the vase in her hands. No one in the school knows who's hiding behind the statue, although many students tried to find it out, and at first Gina thinks this is only a childish tradition, but when she gets a message from Abigail, in which "she" reveals to be her father's confidante, she starts to believe, and later, when her whereabouts are revealed to the enemy and her father is captured, only the person behind Abigail can help her...
If you’re interested here’s a scene from the movie shot in 1978 with English subtitles. Here's the first part:  

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Moving to Tóalmás

When I first heard about Word of Life... no, I didn't really know, it was WOL. I just knew, that my friend, Leslie was attending a Bible school in New York State. Why on earth did a P.K. want to go to a Bible School?? I thought it was enough what she could hear from her father at home... I guess I was wrong at that time.

With Leslie in 1999.
Leanna and me in 2000.

When I was 21 - almost 22 - I recognized that I was a sinner. (As we Hungarians would say: "Better later than never.") I knew that only God could forgive my sins and I needed someone who could lead me to Him. Months passed by since Leanna, Leslie's sister last wrote to me. But comparing her to other people, the difference was, that she's really caring for me and she was interested in my life and problems. The Lord used her. She chose to write me at that time I needed her friendship at most!

After I got saved she told me about Word of Life Hungary. I saw their website and decided immediately that I wanted to study here.
The time has come and I'm here!
It wasn't easy to say good-bye to my father, but I knew, that he'd be okay.

The Andrássy-Castle in Tóalmás

It was September 11, when I moved to Tóalmás. Ever since I can remember my big dream was to go to Canada... I'm still dreaming, but now, for a year I'll live in the dorm "Kanada".
 I have five new roomates and I'm the second oldest. I'll definetely need to pray - a lot - and to compromise when I want to stay with them. (Actually I don't want to... I asked the dean of women to put me into an international dorm.)
Maybe it was a too courageous decision to come here... No, I need to focus on the "one" THING I wanted to come for - to study the Bible, to get to know God better and became a better servant of Him!

From September 11 to 13 we had the Opening Weekend. A weekend to get to know each other a bit better - not only the roommates and fellow-students but also the interns and the staff. We had full-program for every day and it wasn't easy at all to get every stuff from the suitcases into the closets.
We had a cross-cultural seminar (one for the Hungarians and one for the foreigners) and we were asked not to teach rubbish to the internationals... we all began to laugh. Monca, the dean of women asked if we had taught something so far... Instead of answering my R.A. just asked if we could wait till he tells it to somebody for the first time...

School starts tomorrow :-)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Worrying about my Dad

It's Monday (September 7).
My Dad took our Arthur for a walk, came home, had breakfast and left for working.
In the tram he got sick.
In his workplace he went to the doctor, who examined his heart with EKG, and yes, my father had a HEART ATTACK! The doctor called the ambulance and he was taken to the cardiology.
My favorite co-worker of him was there for him. He was the one, who called my Mom, he went with him in the ambulance vehicle, he was waiting for my Mom and visited my Dad every day in the hospital.

The Summer of 2005, Tirol, Austria

When we got the bad news my sister and my youngest nephew also were here at us. After trying to comfort Mom, we sent her to change while I changed my Erik's diaper. My sister jumped in her car with them and they all left.
I had to stay at home. I couldn't do anything but to kneel down and pray. It was a strange feeling loosing my father. But God is gracious and he's alive!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

On the ranch

Friends reunited for a final horseback-riding.

I guess, it's really the last one for us three together. We're all grown up and have our own lifestyle.. unfortunately we don't have time for each other and our lives are too different. 

When I first met Dóri, we were only 6 years old. We became classmates and best friends for the years of the elementary school and high school. We went to parties and we danced.. a lot. She moved to her boyfriend and I got to know Christ. I chose a non-wordly life.

I think we were about 13 when we met Nóri (2 years younger) in the riding school. We three got close friends immediately. She quarreled with her mother and moved out... first to her grandma, since then to guys. She's drinking and (I'm not sure about) taking party-drugs. She thinks that the only solution for all problems is sex.

And now on this beautiful, sunny Saturday we spent a few hours together... ending up with a  "persecution" because of my faith.

Will there ever be a chance for them to get saved?
I'm praying for them!

About two months ago Dóri got married - that was the big reunion of us three after 4 years.