Greetings from the Thiesen family,
Please take a few moments to read some short accounts of our family activities these past few months.
In July, we loved being able to serve and reach out through the SOZO festival in Baja, southern Hungary. It was fun to work again with a long-time friend Randall Morgan, who leads the annual event in the region. Having our nephews Hudson and Noah join us was a real highlight for our family. Another highlight was doing an outreach to a local Roma gypsy community on the outskirts of Baja. Nicole did face-painting for the children, Ron and the kids did a skit of the Prodigal Son, and a very talented Roma band from the Ukraine played and gave their testimony of God’s work in their lives. The Lord also had a group of Roma orphans staying at our same hostel. We incorporated them into our children’s program and invited them to the Roma outreach. Many of the kids responded to the gospel at the end of the week. During the week, we had concerts from several bands from Central Europe. We enjoyed times of intercession (i.e. for a ministry focusing on Human trafficking), seminars, and worship.
Called to Teach, Train, and Disciple
Ron has just finished his third year at the International Christian School of Budapest (ICSB) teaching high school Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology. More than ever, Ron sees the importance of investing in the lives of young people. With news headlines talking about fetal baby parts being sold for profit and other examples of devaluing humans, there is an urgent need to provide answers.
Across the world, the young generation is being influenced by worldviews that are contrary to God’s Word. The biblical Christian worldview is logical, consistent, and Truth that is the only sustainable foundation for life. It is exciting to freely teach a worldview that motivated and inspired the birth of Modern Science in a land that, not long ago, was gripped in Communism. It is a privilege to serve missionary families enabling them to remain on the field, as well as other unbelieving students who choose to come to ICSB.
Discipleship Training School, September 2015
Misha (Bulgarian) and Cinta (Hungarian) will be co-leading this fall’s upcoming Discipleship Training School. They have two staff – Shekhar (Indian) and Cece (Macedonian) – who will be serving alongside them. We have had a role in encouraging and doing some staff training with the team. Please pray for this school starting mid-September and for students in the application process.
- Jessica and Nicole will be sophomore’s in the upcoming school year. Joshua will an 8th grader, and Charissa will be entering 5th grade. Please pray for us as parents that we will invest wisely in our kids in these precious and formative years.
- God’s continued work in the hearts of the Roma children and community that heard the gospel.
- Preparations for the upcoming DTS.
- Teaching at ICSB and Ron’s continued ability to guide and mentor these teenagers.
- Guidance and wisdom for Ron and Bonny and their YWAM base as they consider how to minister to the heavy influx of refugees.
We appreciate your prayers and interest in our lives.
Ron & Bonny