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A Recipe for a Community Center

Published on November 14, 2018

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1. Take 2 forty-foot steel shipping containers (used).

2. Add 8 well-seasoned North Dakota NAB short-term-team builders.

3. Mix in several Hungarian and Roma skilled workers.

4. Flavor with wonderful Roma meals.

5. Pour in a generous financial gift from Hillside Baptist Church in Dickinson, ND.

6. Cook vigorously for 5 days.

7. Simmer for one more week with electrical connections, dry-wall taping and painting.

8. Serve with joy and thanksgiving to the community.

What does this recipe produce? A Mobile Community Center for the Roma of Boldog, Hungary, that’ll be used for CHE training meetings, community events, a youth center, a medical clinic, church services, social events, tutoring and much more.

Erv and Marty VanVeldhuizen’s four man crew from Hillside Baptist arrived in Hungary and quickly tore in to the two shipping containers which had been delivered to the building site in Boldog. With the skilled help of Laci Daroczi and Feri Olah, MEK staff members, they cut out walls, windows and doors; joined the 2 containers together and sealed them from rain.

Rev. Paul Herr and a team of 3 from Century Baptist then joined in. Together they put up the studs, welded door and window sills and support columns, inserted the doors and windows, insulated, ran tubing for electrical wiring, and dry-walled.

Each noon, the women of the community cooked them a delicious Roma meal you could never find in any restaurant. In just five days they had the heavy labor done! The majority of the hard-working crew then had to return home.

The rest stayed on the second week to help Laci and Feri run the electric wire and mud the drywall. The next steps were to paint the interior and exterior. Eventually we will install plumbing and construct an awning over the front of the building to shelter outside activities.

Our grateful thanks to Erv, Marty, Mike, Aaron, Troy, Paul, Barry and Mark and the people of Hillside Baptist Church for making this vision a reality. Please pray that this new building will now be used to bring the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Roma community in Boldog.

Ron and Jeannie are in the US until February 28, 2019

Ron and Jeannie Seck, NAB Missionaries to Hungary and Central Europe, working with Community Health Evangelism among the Roma/Gypsy people are on home assigment now until February 28, 2019. If you would like to arrange a church visit please contact us at ronseck@me.com. For more information about our ministry go to our website justaseck.wordpress.com. Our recent blogs are on our “Happenings” page.