Danielle Sundberg
Fovarosi Pedogogus
1142 Budapest
Rakosszeg Park 4
Hungary

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It's good to be a Christian and know it, But it's better to be a Christian and show it!

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35

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Year #4 in Hungary (2004-2005) • For Fall Break I went to Turkey with 5 friends.

   It's been a rough first semester. I've so much to share and tell. I know that it's not possible to tell it all, nor would you want to read a 7-page newsletter! But I can say that I'm thankful to serve a loving, merciful, wonderful God who loves me!
   When I returned to Hungary from the summer, it felt like I was going to only be here for about 2 weeks. That's how often I moved around in the summer, so it was only natural to go somewhere else after that time. Two weeks did pass, and so did two months, and this fourth month is already half over! I felt as if I fell into an indefinable depression. I didn't know I was depressed, but looking back to then, I was homesick and tired and joyless. It wasn't until my fall break in October when I took a personal retreat into the mountains that I first felt real joy again and first felt like myself again. I happened upon a verse in James that gave me encouragement and strength.  I'll share it with you here,

 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:2-4)

 

 


   These "trials" I was facing were many things. I tried to seek fulfillment in my work. I tried to witness to my students. I tried to do everything myself. I tried to find joy in my day. Actually, these many things can be narrowed down to one: ME. I was my own problem. I feel I've given God control of my life over many things, but not all of them. He doesn't ask me for some of me, he wants all of me. He's going to keep at me until I surrender all my control. "Control of what?" you may be wondering. It's the control of my ideas, of my way of doing things, of my will. I don't understand why it's so hard to let go of this "dirty rag" when God is waiting for me to put it down, so he can give me a "royal garment"! Actually, I do understand. It's this drive in me called my human nature. It's exactly how God created me. And it's what he expects. I'm not saying he expects me to fail, He already knows that I will. But I also know that He has created me to be perfect. He hasn't asked of me one thing that I cannot do, and he never will. So, I have to trust God with me. OK. A lesson I will constantly and continually learn. I'll conclude with a conversation I had with a colleague just yesterday. I joined a table of my Hungarian colleagues for lunch, only one of whom speaks English. He asked about my Christmas plans and where I go to church. I told him and asked him the same. Basically his reply was that he's an agnostic. He doesn't believe in God. So, I told him that I'd pray for him that he could believe! Then he asked me more questions about my faith and belief in God. It was an incredible conversation. It was so completely natural. I didn't have to "try" to make it happen. I wasn't nervous. It just was. So there we sat in the cafeteria, noise surrounding us, distractions everywhere, yet we were focused, chatting about my loving God.
     The jest of the conversation was about not having to earn your way to heaven and that I'm living in God's perfect will. He ended the conversation by saying this, "I'm envious of you. You make me hurt. I need to go now." So I replied, "But I hope that the truth will set you free!"
And that is my wish for you this season that the truth will set you freeJ.
I wish that you can surrender whatever may be standing between your will and God's. I pray we can celebrate His birth together across that gigantic ocean.
My praise reports for the last few months include: Renewed joy Continued friendships (in students, colleagues, and true friends here and at home) A place to sleep My opportunities to talk about God
My health
My prayer requests would include:
My Hungarian colleague, Seres (pronounced share-esh)
My Students, specifically Norbi, Steve, Akos, Kriszti
My relationships
A continued desire to seek after Christ More of God’s Wisdom inside and outside of the classroom

Thanks for your time, and listening. I thank you for your prayers too!

Financial update: I have about 25% of my requirement paid to ESI. I still  need $1,500 by April.
Consider praying whether God would like to use you to support me once or monthly
THANK YOU!

With hugs and kisses,
Danielle Sundberg

P.S. Any questions, comments, or concerns, or any complaints about this product.uh, wait a second. Um.Write me back if ya like (cuz I would likeJ), or if you wanna come visit me, you can do that too, or if you wanna come teach with me, you can do that too! Go to
www.teachoverseas.org And I sincerely wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

"I wish for you..."
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Gentle hugs when spirits sag,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Faith so that you can believe,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth

How can I know if God is calling me to pursue missions?

First of all, the Bible teaches us that God is personal, that He created every one of us for a purpose, knows us, and wants the very best for us. Paul expresses it this way: "We are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life" (Ephesians 2:9, 10).

The biblical writers also describe that although some people received very concrete and definite calls, such as the Apostle Paul did (Acts 16:9) when he had a vision, most people haven't. They had to ask God, trusting that He would guide them in His own way. For example, one writer said: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge [God] and He will made straight your paths" (Proverbs 3:5, 6). This is usually a process. Part of it is turning from evil (Proverbs 3:7), and start doing right away what we know God wants us to do. The better we come to know Him, the more we will understand what interests and pleases Him. We will come to appreciate more and more His love for each individual and His longing that all peoples come to know Him, serve Him, and enjoy His blessings. At the same time, we discover that He will push us to grow in faith and will give us opportunities to obey Him.

God's basic call is to know and serve Him - the place is secondary. As we seek God's will, it is helpful to analyze who we are: our abilities, our interests, our opportunities, the counsel of wise friends we respect, what gives us the greatest joy, and also the tug of our hearts. As we bring these resources before the Lord in prayer and get involved in serving Him where we are, we can expect Him to show us more and more clearly the next steps.

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