Oh, adjustments, adjustments, adjustments! Having been in Hungary for two and a half months we quickly realized that taking short trips outside the country is fun. Actually living in another country is a whole different ball game! It is hard. Between a new language, a new culture, a new city to drive in, new prices, a number of house issues, health issues we had our hands full. When you try to figure out what exactly is wrong with your washing machine or your boiler having to use sign language when communicating with the repairman, you really feel like a 2-year old. We finally feel like we are turning the corner on all of this, but please pray for us to adjust to all these new things ASAP. Thank you!
After we moved to Hungary on July 1st, there were still a number of bureaucratic hoops we had to jump through before obtaining EU green cards (which are actually pink), but we are good now. Open borders allowed us to travel in the area some. We mailed you a card from Austria, but I guess it was so nice the mailman decided to keep it. We are learning that 5 weeks after we sent them they are still somewhere else.
What we like about working here in the Regional headquarters is that with the Lord’s help we can actually make a contribution in 19 countries. At the end of last month Olga and I went back to our home country and attended a staff conference there. We prepared a new seminar on stewardship and made it available to the staff. Because of the time constraints the time slot we got was actually after the conference was officially over, so not knowing how many people will actually have the stamina to stick around, we set up a room for 10 people. 27(!) showed up and most of them stood the whole time as Olga and I co-taught. We were very glad to be able to help more people to become better stewards of the resources the Lord has blessed us with.
Now we are back in Budapest tackling our new assignment. Our focus this year will be HR, which adds a new relational dimension to what we have been doing back home. We are honored to serve our Eastern European staff in many areas. The HR team has just been formed so in a sense all of us a pioneering. We are full of ideas looking for ways to implement them. This goes without saying, but we will keep you posted on all the exciting things the Lord is doing in and through us over here!
Thank you again SO VERY MUCH for making all this possible by praying for us as well as for supporting us financially. We really appreciate (and need) both aspects!
From Budapest, Hungary with love,
Yuri, Olga, Rebecca
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