Budapest Times by J Cook


We had a Harvest Party at GGIS. Over 600 people attended including students, families, and friends of the school. We had line-dancing, food, and games. The elementary students left around 6 pm then we had a special movie night outside with the high schoolers. It was freezing!

The movie we watched was called God’s Not Dead. It’s a Christian movie about a college student who has a debate with one of his professors about the existence of God. By then end of the movie, so many of the students were crying. It was an amazing time. I gave a short devotional and you could really feel God moving there. Quite a few Christian students prayed to get to know God deeper.

My friends who you have been praying for, Pasha and Ruth, finally were accepted to go to the United States. They left last week. What a hole they left, too. It’s strange not having them here. The students still pray for them and their unborn baby. I keep going to text Pasha and then remembering that it’s 3 AM for him. Below is a picture after Pasha’s going away party. We are standing in front of the Ronald Reagan statue in downtown Budapest.

I will be going to Israel for Thanksgiving this year! I am so excited to have this opportunity! I will be traveling with a group from Hungary and we will be there for four days. It’s so easy to fly from here, it’s only three hours. We will see the Dead Sea, Calvary, the Garden of Gethsemane, and other Biblical sites. Please pray for safety while we are there.

Europe is really in turmoil right now with the immigration crisis and the recent terrorist attacks in France. Please pray for peace for our brothers and sisters here.

We know that we won’t ever have peace on earth but that doesn’t mean that they can’t accept Christ and have peace within.

Please pray for the youth group at GGIS. It’s a great place to spend time with the students outside of a school setting and we are able to minister to them a lot. The group is very young and loves to be entertained. They are very much drawn to the activities but not so much the messages. (Surprise, surprise). Anyway, you can pray for spiritual growth with them as well as older students to come and minister to them.

Also, please pray that a team comes together to help with this. Pasha was leading it and I have since taken over.

Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, and continued financial support!

Jon Cook

Glory to God in the Highest

As I walk through the streets of Helsinki on a Monday evening, I catch myself being mesmerized by the work of God in my life.