Csaba and Ilona Veres and family live in the city of Cluj, serving in areas of youth and children's ministry that come under the influence of the Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC), PCI’s partner church in Romania.
Ilona began her service in 1993 and is currently an educator with the Hungarian Reformed Church’s Diakonia Mission at the Mera Children's Project, assisting children with their homework, encouraging reading, playing and implementing educational activities.
Csaba began his service in 2000 and is currently the General Secretary for IKE, an independent youth movement within the Transylvanian District. Working with local church-based Reformed youth groups, IKE provides leadership training; and organises and runs youth programmes. IKE also has three university chaplains who, together with their team of IKE volunteers, minister to the student population through Bible studies, youth services and opportunities for outreach, teaching and worship.
Each summer, Csaba and Ilona organize various summer evangelistic and teaching camps for children and young people, often involving teams from overseas, including PCI groups.
December 2017-January 2018
Attendance at our Friday Good News Club in Mera is excellent, the children are attentive and actively participate. Give thanks for this and for the keen and sincere prayer life of the children.
The advent countdown is on as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus. We will have a joint service before the Christmas break with children and parents. Pray that the gospel message would be clear and bring challenge to hearts to repent and accept the Lord Jesus. We are delighted to have a guest speaker at the end of November at our first Advent Bible club - Angel Ramram. Angel is a missionary from Tuum in northern Kenya working with YWAM here in Romania, (we got to know Angel through our fellow global mission workers Angelina and Stephen Cowan). Give thanks for Angel and pray for wisdom and boldness as she speaks to the children. In January we will continue our theme of ‘Children in the Bible’.
The Christmas bauble beading project continues to help women learn valuable work skills and provide for their families in Mera. This year three new mothers have joined the group. Pray for this opportunity to spend time with the mothers, for open doors to speak of Christ.
Housing poverty is an ongoing reality for many Roma in Romania today and the housing conditions in many Roma settlements remains substandard. The Roma hill in Mera is a poor and segregated area of the village and housing is inadequate, with houses lacking windows, insulation, water supply and sewage system. The children suffer because of the draughts and damp and in the long winter months from poor air quality, as wood burning stoves fill the houses with smoke.
During stormy weather in late September some of the Roma houses were damaged by strong winds and John (aged 11) recalls when part of the roof and wall of their house caved in. ”We woke up when the rain started to pour in and soak the three of us kids sleeping on the bed and we had to take refuge in the neighbours’ house until the morning”.
One brother in Christ in the village was particularly challenged with the needs of the Roma villagers and knew some would have no resources to replace or repair their homes. After the storm he felt great compassion and immediately went to see what could be done. “The bad news is that this house cannot be repaired” he told John’s mother, “but the good news is that we’re going to knock it down and build you a new one”. Four men set to work and in just four weeks the walls were up and the roof on. Pray for John’s parents and for their ongoing friendship with those who cared enough to show Christ’s love through providing all the materials and labour for their new home. Pray for John’s family that they would trust in Christ and that they would overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray for many families who struggle in inadequately heated homes the winter months.
Tokoz Reformed Church
Our church is having a week of services to celebrate the start of Advent from 27 November to 3 December. Pray for our Bible study group leading the Friday night service, our theme is ‘Prayer- the pulse of the church’. Pray for passion, sincerity and creativity in prayer during this week.
Diakonia Children’s Programmes
For the last few weeks of the children’s programmes before Christmas in Salaj and Cluj counties, pray for the staff as they prepare with the children and share the message of the Saviour to children and parents. Pray for Csaba travelling to the six locations prior to Christmas for assessments and to deliver Christmas shoeboxes, also in January for resourcing each project with teaching material.
General Prayer Points
In relation to Csaba's work, please pray for:
- Csaba, for wisdom, energy and zeal in overseeing the youth ministry in the Hungarian Reformed church throughout Transylvania.
- The team in IKE of three University chaplains (in Cluj, Tirgu Mures and Miercurea Ciuc) office staff and leadership training volunteers who carry out the youth ministry. Pray for creativity and relevance in their ministry.
- The preparation for the summer camps; for good clear teaching of the gospel and witness to many young people, and for health and safety.
In relation to Ilona,'s work, please pray for:
- Staff and volunteers at Mera Project; for wisdom and for Christ’s love to dominate their care of the children.
- Receptiveness in weekly Bible studies and that those who are Christians will grow in their faith.
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