Time to say goodbye…

This item was posted a while ago, on 1 September 2004.

It is with great sadness that the people of the Darwen Churches Partnership say goodbye to Tamas, Marta, Gergo and Ezster Sugar. After five years of serving the URC churches of Darwen they are returning to Hungary to work.

As a young family they have brought youth, vitality and something of their culture to the team and congregations they served. Tamas has learnt hang gliding and on more than one occasion has seen Lancashire from the air. He loves gadgets and it is not unusual to be sitting in their dining room, hear an unusual noise, and look up to see a pig flying around your head!

Tamas and Marta are both ordained and have brought their own unique gifts to the Partnership. Their style of church leadership has enhanced the ministry team. One of Marta’s responsibilities has been to run a prayer group at Central URC on Wednesday evenings. I’ve been privileged to work alongside her and see her gifts enrich the lives of the group of people who have attended.

Tamas has been involved in opening and running a ‘Drop in Centre’ for asylum seekers each Monday afternoon. Sitting and hearing him chat to people of different nationalities, you are aware of how God uses individuals with different gifts to come alongside others and help them on their journey.

Gergo and Ezster have a special place in my heart. When I first met them, neither could speak English and communication took place through smiles and gestures. Now both speak English fluently and we have great fun reading and telling stories together. As the time draws near to say goodbye I will miss them and I know I speak for many people when I say that they leave Darwen with our love, prayers and good wishes.