Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
33Trip End Feb 08, 2011
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It seems so hard to imagine.
It feels like it has been so long - and yet just yesterday that we left.....like we have done so much - and yet so much more yet to be done.....
We were so excited to have our friends from Finland, Jouni & Mari, come and spend 4 days of their holidays with us here in Budapest - how awesome is that!?!?
It was GREAT to see them again and have the opportunity to build on our friendship while enjoying the beautiful sights of this city: sampling a taste of the stunning cuisine, venturing a day trip up the Danube Bend, soaking in the exquisite Turkish Baths, and some great times of prayer and conversation together
Not 5 days later, we were visited very briefly by some more wonderful Finnish friends: Roope & Sanna-Maria - Base leaders of Ruurikkala (where we stayed in Finland). They were en route to Israel with barely 12 hours over-night in Budapest ... but long enough to enjoy a meal together and be once again so totally inspired and energized in the time spent with them. Amazing to hear all that God has been doing in and through them since we were last with them!
Looking back over our time here in Budapest, we are once again so totally blessed by Gods faithfulness and provision - and all the opportunities and strength He gave to serve over these wonderful six weeks. And to grow... Grow in our relationship together - in our relationship with God - in our understanding of His purposes and calling for our lives - and in the richness of sharing in friendship with others.
In the midst of our time here we had our ideal tenants move out - bringing with it the financial burden for us and extra headache for our parents. Being so far away we felt rather helpless on the matter - but praise God, some new tenants moved in about 3 weeks later
This time has been totally amazing, with all the opportunities we have had to help and encourage the people serving here in Budapest.
The Kings Gate, where we were residing during our time here, is abounding with 'maintenance issues' - a few of which Samuel was able to tackle and fix up over the course of our stay. Several Saturday mornings were spent re-roofing the garage ...as well as hanging curtain rails, changing taps, fixing some leaking walls (?!?) and re-attaching loose power sockets to the wall... to name a few.
It was great to be able to inject some ideas into the Ministry Centre and see some progress made over the weeks. Naturally, we didn't get ALL of the projects we had originally hoped for achieved, but excited for what we were able to accomplish all the same...
The staff Kitchen came together really nicely, with just a sink and a tap to go to see it totally completed.
Designing and constructing the DJ/sound booth was full of challenges which offered great reward in seeing it all take shape and come together.
Also left right to the last were the plans and proposals for the layout, furnishings and design of the new Coffee house area and adjoining rooms that are still under construction. Needless to say, it was a much longer day than originally planned before we left to pack up our meager 15kg suitcases in preparations for departure.
I really don't do so well with the goodbyes. Feeling so totally mixed up at the moment between not wanting to leave...excited for the next adventure...and then throw in a little 'I miss home' and the last few days in a country are a bit of a whirlwind of emotions.
In the final days of our time together we sat around the dining table on our 3rd floor of the apartment enjoying the beautiful Indian meal that Akup and Rosie had prepared for dinner, laughing and exchanging stories: 9 people, 7 nationalities.
I love that.
Rising early to ensure plenty of time for the ride on public transport, we piled out of the bus with the masses - dozens of suitcases in tow clattering rhythmically along the cobbled path to the tight spaces of the small, crowded airport that made up "Ferihegy 1" ("Terminal 1").
The reality of our days schedule set in.
We left Hungary on a beautiful clear, sunny day ~ matching the brighter side of our very mixed feelings as we gathered our belongings and carefully stored memories to embark on the next leg of our journey
Exchanging cosmopolitan life for small-town/country living, stuffed paprika for haggis, Hungarian forint for British pound, right-hand driving for the familiar left...
...Budapest, Hungary for Prestwick, Scotland...