Just in case you missed it…below is a copy of the letter we mailed out via the post office to our friends and supporters:
2020 has been an interesting year to say the least. As covid-19 continues to spread, the USA experiences civil unrest, and we face economic uncertainty, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times for us all and we hope you are doing well and are in good health!
By now you’ve most likely heard that CHN has had to postpone our GETAWAY to Vietnam. Large event planning involves the necessity of deadlines, date sensitive preparations, as well as non-refundable deposits to the hotels and transportation companies. As much as we would prefer delaying this decision, to see if things improve, all of these factors required us to make a final decision by June 1st. In reviewing the current policies for international travel, most countries have suspended this indefinitely or have restricted it to essential travel only. Most that are permitted to enter are also subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine. We did not make this decision lightly and are heartbroken to do so.
We are working on future dates in Vietnam for the Summer of 2021 and all the missionaries who had signed up for the GETAWAY have been informed and have spots available to them. Our goal for the Vietnam trip is to add more rooms than we previously planned for the missionaries because we know that they are desperately going to need a place to rest after serving in their communities during this pandemic.
Our friend Andrew Kelly, who serves in Kyiv, Ukraine working with orphans said this, “As a missionary, I want to share with those reading this that when all of this COVID-19 pandemic is over, there is going to be a real need for CHN and their amazing team to minister to hundreds of missionaries, around the world who have felt so isolated, cut off and some even abandoned by their supporting churches and agencies during these times.” That is what we plan to do!
Right now, we are doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide support to our fellow missionary friends. We are adding more Bed & Breakfast hotels, Inns and Air B&Bs to expand our network’s reach, collecting gifts, medical supplies, toys, etc, and increasing our online presence so that more missionaries and sending agencies are able to find CHN and use us as a resource and a support system.
Now more than ever, our missionary friends need us and we need you. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of CHN and our mission.
Tori May & the CHN Board of Directors
Meet Will and Julia!
Will began his service with One Mission Society in Hungary in 1993. He then married Julia in June 2017. Their main thrust of evangelism is through the teaching of English in Hungarian schools and English clubs.
Will has taught English at Szent László Gimnázium in Budapest since his arrival in Budapest in September 1993,
and he was heavily involved in the summer English camp ministry for over 20 years. He also teaches church history and other subjects at the Budapest campus of EuNC (European Nazarene College), which is one of OMS’ partners in Hungary. In the past, Will has served as the OMS team leader in Hungary, and he has been an active member in the Budapest congregation that OMS supports.
In 1992, Will received a Ph.D. in Medieval History from Cornell University, where he had earlier earned B.A. and M.A. degrees. He also led two mission congregations in Upstate New York after receiving his M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1983. And in 2015, Will earned a M.Ed. in ESL from Károli Gáspár University in Budapest
Will has two adult children, Abby and Will.Julia is a graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill and comes to OMS after a long career in nursing. To begin with, she is focussing on language study, getting to know people and building relationships.
Julia also has two adult children, Charles and Stephanie. One Mission Society—an evangelical, interdenominational faith mission formerly known as The Oriental Missionary Society—reaches the nations for Christ through evangelism, theological training and church planting in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. OMS then joins with those churches in global partnerships to reach the rest of the world.
I’m . . .
going to walk beside my Lion . . and run my fingers through His mane . . .
who will lead me to the mountains. . . as if He’d heard me calling His name. . .
I’m . . .
going to stand on the shoulder of a Giant. . .to see the world from a new view. . . .
and rest in the claws of the Eagle . . . because He sees that I am few . . .
since I believe there is something more . . . than this place I’ve called my home. . . I will look on the sand of murky waters, as I relentlessly continue to roam.
from the illuminating stars that shine above, or simply from waterfalls that glow . . .
I continue to hear, deep in my heart, a reason . . . a truth, I know . . .
there is a place that I will reign . . . a place I was created for . . .
a kingdom that I will love. . . a kingdom I’ll call my own.
where every man lives his life as if magic existed today . . . .
because souls are filled and sorrow denied with fullness exchanged for debts paid.
for in the wings of this Eagle . . . is a love we can’t understand . . . .
ground was laid from sorrows and pain so a soul searcher would find this land.
and I will sit in the palm of this Savior . . . may my logic be set aside . . . .
for with the coming of days He’ll wash away all darkness with the tide.
then I will rest this weary soul . . . and for a moment or two I’ll lay . . . for on the shoulder of this Giant . . . i plan to always stay . . .
for my Giant is my Jesus; my Savior, my Lover, my Guide . . . and I will lay beside my Lion curled safely by His side . . .
for He’s the core of my very heart, and the essence of every man . . .
I’m going to rest in the arms of my Keeper . . . the only . . . . the great . . .
We hope you enjoyed this short poetic devotional from Tiffany, a friend and supporter of CHN!
International House of Hope and Healing
Edith has worked in missions and with international students for many years. The International House for Hope welcomes visitors from every part of the world and has the decor to reflect that. They have 4 acres of secluded, peaceful pastoral land including a stream and a large 4 bedroom house with lots of sitting areas and a large library.
Edith has had 45 years in a variety of missions settings and with international students and can offer coaching and/or debriefing for those in ministry and missions. She loves hearing guests’ stories, learning about their culture, and helping them rest and have fun. They have a fire pit for outdoor grilling and games for both indoors and outdoors and are located near the Shenandoah National Park, State of Virginia Arboretum, a number of state parks, and two hours from Washington DC and Richmond, VA.
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“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
II Corinthians 9:11