Fellowship in Budapest

Wassup guys, it’s Ella. I’m writing this at 12:00 am so please be gentle. This is also the second time writing this because I wrote the whole thing only to have it delete itself before publishing… Today was a good day to spend time together and refresh and reflect as a Redeemer Family. We started off the day by touring The Royal Palace of Godollo. We then headed to Budapest where we got our Metro tickets to do a little shopping and eating. We spent a lot of time walking-but hey we burned off some bread. I was able to get a half sweetened iced vanilla latte at Starbucks. Of course, it was better in Hungary.

This evening we went to an amazing restaurant where there was not only the best food I ate all week but live music and Hungarian folk dancing. I was able to laugh with my Redeemer family and watch my youth pastor attempt to dance on stage. This was a fantastic way to end the trip and unwind with the team and celebrate all that God has done this past week. After we got back to the hotel we were able to meet up with two old friends who had served as translators at the camp in years past and enjoy some ice cream and catching up.

Thank you all for your prayers!!!! We could not have done this without you guys! It is such a comfort knowing that you are thinking and praying for us! Please continue to pray for us as we travel back to you tomorrow! See you soon.

-Ella Avila

Let the Fun Begin

Hi this is Luke Rodgers and today I will be talking about the last day of camp. For baseball, football, and volleyball we let the kids play against the coaches and translators. The kids absolutely loved it. After the games we handed out Texas flags, and signed each other’s shirts and hats as we said goodbye.

When all the midday activities were done, the whole camp came together to watch the camp highlight video of the whole week. After the video, everyone went outside for dinner, games, and fellowship.

This trip has been such an amazing time and I have learned so much from this past week. Thank you so much for your prayers and support, Redeemer family.
– Luke


The 2019 Redeemer Hungary Team


The Redeemer team served alongside the team from Stonebridge Church (pastored by Brook’s Dad)


Brooks with his dad, Scott, and his aunt, Julie

When Cloudy Days Turn to Joy

Hello everyone,

Today has been quite an eventful day as we had a cloudy day with little drizzles of rain but not enough to cause any instructions to be moved inside. We did our normal routines such as playing small games in sports and taught more English in the morning. However, some of us, including Brooks, Hannah, Clark, Gail, and I went to a water park with the campers while the others went to a village to see a small exhibit.

When we got to the water park, we thought the place was closed because there was barely anyone there and it was really cloudy so we just assumed…. But thank the Lord it was not and we did not have to face huge crowds of people. The most awesome part was that the sun came out while we were at the water park! Also, I had the chance to be with some of the Bible Institute students from the year I graduated. That was a great reunion. I also met some Bible Institute students that graduated this past June, which is also so great. Finally, I met a girl who works in the local church ministry and got to hang out with her at the water park.

Despite how tired we are or how much we feel like joy has run away from us, joy can always burst through — like the sun did today — even when just rays of it come through. We should be grateful and thankful for even the small things in life, including the people we meet.

Katherine Rodgers



Wednesday, August 7th

Hello Everyone,

First off, a  huge “Thank You” to all who have been praying for me and the team this week. It has been a wonderful experience. Even though it’s my 5th year to Word of Life, I always have new experiences and new people to meet. Sunday afternoon, I bonded right away with Brooks’ dad’s church. They’re all super sweet and we became friends right away.

This week, Kyle and I have been teaching together and we are with the beginner group. It’s been a lot of fun and our students have been learning a lot in these last two days. This afternoon, we taught them the days of the weeks and months in English.

This evening, we had a cook-out and hamburgers for dinner. We also watched some of the football and baseball games that some of our team and some of the team from Rockford, IL have been coaching.

We have two more days of camp before we depart the camp and head to Budapest for the day and our last night in Europe.

Thank you again to everyone who has been praying for us.

In Christ, Hannah Regier

As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15 (ESV)

English Group

Day 2

Day 2 is an interesting day because we have gotten through the first day of meeting our students and trying to learn as many names as possible without embarrassing ourselves on how badly we pronounce them. The good thing is that they are very patient with us and quick to forgive us and even laugh how bad we sound. I am fortunate enough to lead the baseball effort and have to fill some big shoes that Charlie Reibenstein always filled (Charlie, you are dearly missed). Today we gave out the gloves — as Charlie loves to do — explaining to the players that these gloves were a free gift to them that they did not purchase, earn or deserve just like Jesus’s love and saving grace for all of us. I hope that I did a good job in your place Charlie, and I know you were there with me in spirit.

So we then divided up into teams, passed out the Dallas Cowboy hats and let the baseball begin! The great thing besides having my daughter Katherine and son Luke be coaches and watch them teach was that I could not help but overhear the football players cheering and yelling encouragement to their fellow players, so I knew that Tom and Brooks were doing a great job as well. Besides Brooks’ dad hurting his ankle in football, we have had no major injuries other than some sore arms and legs.

Later in the afternoon we had a special treat in that we were invited to Laci and Sandra’s home for a great dinner and fellowship. They made us feel so welcomed and have been helping us with any extra requests we have had, especially around recommendations and logistics for the rest of our trip. Our evening finished up with a camp gathering and presentation of the gospel to the campers. We saw several step forward. We know they will need all the prayers we can offer for them (including for the campers who did not profess this openly) to be encouraged and strengthened with their new walk!

– Clark Rodgers

First Day with the Campers

Today was our first day with the campers. The football and baseball coaches met their players; some experienced some not. English teachers met their students and determined their ability to speak and use the English language. These first meetings can be awkward and scary for both camper and teacher/coach alike.

Slowly you take your first steps and trust that everything is going to be okay. As we prepared for our trip to Hungary God reminded me often of Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. With this in mind you take the next step, and there is eye contact; then the next step and there is a smile; then the next, laughter. The connection is made and you move on to the next thing; acceptance, a bond, and then you are well on your way. This may take a few minutes, but for some a little longer. But it happens, just like that, and you begin to understand why you are here. Why you put in all the months of effort and sacrifice; Yes, to share the gospel ( I mean it is a mission trip, right?), but it is so much more! God invites you to take a look into His heart and to see the love that He has for us all!

He is at work in ways we cannot imagine, and we get to be a part of what He is doing! Yeah, I think that sums up today pretty well.

Gail Rodgers