Music to my Mission
Our God truly is The Most High, most amazing and dare I say it – the most beautifully confusing!
Who else would take me on an ’overseas mission’ to my own country…
You may well ask, how can it be an overseas mission if it is your native land, Aiysha?
Well, 8 months ago, I was called to a Christian High School in central Europe, Hungary, called Sárospataki Református Kollégium Gimnáziuma.
When I stepped into my mission, I assumed that I would be an English teacher in the school and nothing more. I thought that my mission would be with poverty stricken, particularly the Roma people in this North-eastern area of Hungary.
Of course, you know how it is – He knows better! You walk in with a plan and He goes, ’Nah! Let’s put that on the back burner for now… I have something else for you!’
So, I’m sitting in my first staff meeting with all the other teachers – and of course, my Russian translator effortlessly translating from Hungarian to English and putting any language skills that I thought I had, to absolute shame.
This gentleman is truly a linguistic genius! I was so blessed that he took me under his wing and showed me around, fixed up my bank account and countless other essentials. My first month would have been upside down and back to front without his help.
Nevertheless, as he went on, translating the list of problems going on in our school – the Spirit kept putting the word ’act’ into my head and heart. As the meeting proceeded, God’s true purpose became very clear to me.
All the problems listed, such as a lack of finance due to a huge decrease in the number of students coming in at the lower grades, the lively Spirit that the school was once known for had dropped over the last few years and so on, seemed irreversible. It was as if the staff were preparing for the end of the 482 years that this school has stood for God.
The Spirit kept saying the same thing, ’act’.
So, I left the meeting with His message of action being crystal clear. I also knew that I couldn’t do it alone. This year had to be a year of action for the whole school, not just me. I was merely going to be used as the catalyst.
The minute I got out, I felt like I was going to burst because the Holy Spirit had filled me so much. I wrote a letter to our head teacher.
I knew that I had to share what He had given me, she was so stressed and trying to hold everything together – she needed some peace of mind.
Now, 8 months on and I’m running a very successful and highly motivated team of students and teachers with the aim of creating change in the school.
God is blessing our hand in all that we do to glorify His name in the school and outside of it.
It is awe inspiring to see just a few of the things He has done for us!
Which brings me to our mission trip to my hometown of Aberdeen, Scotland…
Wow, talk about seeing your city from such a different perspective! We enjoyed such Spirit filling fellowship with several Churches, Bible studies and prayer meetings in a way that I’d never experienced before.
It is just amazing to see what our LORD has done in this team – what He has done in me!
In our small town in Hungary, the worship is beautifully traditional but also quite restricted. Bible studies are also a little dictated and not so much about exploring the passage as a group, sometimes.
Our mission trip, helped to reignite the Fire in our team members. They were able to experience different types of worship and preaching styles, we took part in a city prayer walk and much more too.
The whole team, at one time or another during the trip told me boldly that they had grown in Faith due to one service or another. One student broke down in tears during the prayer walk because she was so filled with His Love and His Spirit.
It was so uplifting for me to share with them in this way. Even though we had been together for 7 months prior to the trip, I’d say that the week spent in Scotland is when we gelled together and became a real team.
I love them so much and watching them grow with the Love of God has been too joyous for words.
And, if all these blessings aren’t enough – He has used His gift of poetry in me to inspire two beautiful songs. I wrote the lyrics and two members of our team created the melody and the piano accompaniment.
God blessed us further with the opportunity to record them in a local studio in Aberdeen, called Tilly Youth Project!
Enjoy the slideshow of our trip with one of our songs as the backing track. I pray that our testimony Blesses you!
Further information about our team, school and our mission
- The Refi Revolution Team on Facebook
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- Feature article by student missionary Laura Tompa
This is a bilingual article about her experience of God during her first mission in Scotland. The English can be found lower down, simply scroll down.
- The Refi Revolution Team Mission Statement
- Official school website: A Hungarian Article by Viktória Szabó about our trip
Note: This article is not in English. It is in Hungarian only (magyar) Sárospataki Református Kollégium Gimnáziuma, Általános Iskolája és Diákotthona weboldala - 3950 Sárospatak Rákóczi út 1. Tel.:06-47/511-247, 06-47/311-039
- Gilcomston Church, Aberdeen
- Elim Pentacostal Church, Aberdeen
- Aberdeen YMCA
- Cafe Plus at Gilc
- Tilly Youth Project, Tillydrone Aberdeen
- SHMU FM radio, woodside, Aberdeen
- Newcourt Eilm Church, Arsenal, London
- Our welcoming and ever loving host families in Aberdeen
- Arsenal Tavern Hostel, London