Elizabeth, Hannah and I will be visiting our relatives in Hungary and working on our conversational Hungarian for the month of March so I will not be posting during that time.
You can pray for:
Our language acquisition
Our relatives (who will be letting us hang out with and learn from them! Most of them do not speak English so it is important we are able to communicate with the Hungarian we do know — and will be learning!)
Please feel free to pray for anything else that comes to mind. We are excited about our trip but we are also a wee bit nervous!
If you are on Instagram and you want to see what we are up to, you can follow MagyarMarketing (our business account) or #mmhungary2014 which will allow you to see each of our perspectives because the girls will also be posting pics.
In junior high and high school I studied Latin and French. Learning Latin was great because it really helped me with vocabulary. The French really didn’t stick with me. Actually, I really didn’t stick with it. I took French for two years and I can remember part of one song. That’s it.
The language I had the most exposure to as I was growing up was Hungarian. I caught a few things here and there and even went to a Hungarian school in Pennsylvania one summer. As a family we would say “Come Lord Jesus be our guest…” in Hungarian. I also learned several children’s songs. Today I actually take Hungarian lessons with two of our kids and it has been quite an effort for me. I think they are picking it up more quickly than I am. Once we realized we had relatives who only spoke Hungarian, it became a bigger motivator for us to learn. There was a focus.
Language learning builds new pathways in your brain. It enriches your view of the world if you include cultural studies about the country and people group associated with the language you study. It can also enhance your geography skills. It could open the door for mission work in the US with immigrants from that country or short/long term mission work in that other country.
Do you know someone endeavoring to learn a language right now? Consider praying for their language acquisition skills. If you know someone in language school for mission work, pray for them to be able to pick up the language quickly. If you know of international students in the US learning English, pray for them as well. Many families come to the US with few English skills and their children bridge the gap by learning English quickly in school. The child who serves to interpret for his parents is in a unique situation. While it is easy to criticize these parents for not learning to read, write, and speak English fluently, remember that language learning as we get older is not easy. And certainly learning English is not easy. If you find you have a great annoyance towards immigrants not learning English while they live here, consider praying for their language skills and then consider volunteering with a church or local organization with their ESL (English as a Second Language) program. Getting involved in the process will enhance your understanding and grow your compassion and put your skills to good use.
Speaking from experience, focusing on HSL (Hungarian as a Second Language) is not an easy task. I had the privilege of hearing the rhythm of Hungarian in my brain since the day I was born and while pronunciation is easier for me than maybe for someone else who has never heard the sounds, it still is a very difficult language for me to learn. Thankfully God placed several fluent Hungarian speakers in my life right here in Evansville, Indiana! Imagine that! My goal is to a least become casually conversant. If you don’t know anyone else to pray for concerning language learning then I invite you to pray for me!
Are you interested in helping some Children’s Bibles in the Hungarian language get to children in Hungary?
Let me tell you how this started.
I am in contact with a publisher in Hungary who publishes Christian books in Hungarian – I am most interested in his Bibles — he has a Children’s version as well as an easier-to-read version for adults.
I am also in contact with Patricia who lives in Hungary and works with orphans. She is originally from California but has lived in Hungary the last 20+ year ministering to these orphans. She isn’t even Hungarian but speaks fluently — and she married a Hungarian national. They have a huge heart for missions. They live on a very modest budget and have officially adopted one child but unofficially love on many, many kids. They are also building a home for unwed mothers near Eger.
I asked Patricia if she could use some Children’s Bibles and her answer was yes ~ 50!
It would be wonderful to hand the publisher the money for the 50 Bibles when we visit Hungary in May. The publisher is willing to get the books to Patricia. We will buy as many as we can.
Here are some ways you can help:
* Please pray for this opportunity.</strong> We are excited to partner with the publisher, the missionary family, and our customers who have a heart for this type of ministry. Thank you for praying!
<strong>* Consider making a purchase from Magyar Marketing between now and May 7th.</strong> 10% of all retail sales will go towards purchasing these Bibles.
<strong>* Consider a contribution of your own to this project.</strong> Any $ amount will help. While we are not a tax deductible organization so you won’t get a tax credit, this is a great opportunity to share God’s love with these children. All $$ donated will go to the purchase of the books and the exchange penalty at the bank (unfortunately unavoidable).
May I say I am so thankful we have come this far in being able to share the Gospel with Hungary? I remember my mom sewing money into the coats of priests who were going to visit their family in Hungary and Transylvania so love offerings could get to those churches.
If you would like to make an additional contribution please email me at liz(at)magyarmarketing.com
Here is our basic recipe for Palacsinta–Hungarian crépes–
2 large eggs
1 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/3 cup soda water
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
pinch of salt
This is our basic recipe. It all depends on the size of your eggs and you should plan to adjust the recipe if you need to get a very thin batter. 1/4 cup of batter will be all you need in the crépe pan as it should be thin enough to cover the bottom of a 10 inch pan. This morning we just slowly added the wet ingredients with the dry and mixed with a whisk. Some instructions recommend letting the batter rest for an hour before using but we were way too hungry to wait.
For more information on Hungarian products and encouragement to share your Hungarian heritage, visit our website at http://www.magyarmarketing.com and join our Magyar Marketing Facebook FanPage. Our goal is to help you discover, celebrate, and share Hungarian heritage!