The Lough Family! (Scott, Edina, Benjamin)
We are a family who want to see Mature Churches raised up in the most Remote Regions of this world. There are over 2500 people groups in this world with distinct languages and cultures, that are totally isolated from and without a witness of the Truth of Jesus Christ. Even though Jesus Himself said these things to his followers thousands of years ago …
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”
Matthew 28:19 …
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."
Mark 16:15 …
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
I came to know the Lord in 1988 when I was 19 years old. I first remember hearing the gospel while reading a Bible, which was given to me as a gift when I graduated from High School. Almost immediately after my salvation I became burdened for people who didn’t have Gods Word or know about the salvation which comes through faith in Jesus Christ. I prayed that the Lord would somehow use me to share His word with the lost.
In 1991 I started Bible Training at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where I learned about ministries taking place all over the world. In 1994 I enrolled at New Tribes Bible School in Jackson, Michigan and completed my Schooling in December of 1999 at the Missionary Training center in Missouri with a Bachelors Degree in Intercultural Communications.
After graduation I returned home and got involved serving at my church in Hudsonville, Michigan. I taught Sunday school and worked as a high school youth sponsor. During this time I had the opportunity to take ministry trips to Senegal, Mexico, Israel and Several Trips to Hungary. In the summer of 2003 I made my first trip to Hungary, where I taught at an Evangelistic English Camp. In 2004 I moved to Hungary where I taught in a house church and worked at a youth center. We also ran several Evangelistic Camps for High School and young adults.
From 2007 to present I have been a missionary with New Tribes Mission
Skills: speaking English,Hungarian, playing Blues harmonica, carpentry, building, handyman, cooking, surveying (CAD program), painting, repair, remodeling, Bible teaching, church planting, evangelism, discipleship, literacy, linguistics
Hobbies: Teaching the Word, fishing, sports, hunting
Gifts: Discernment, Teaching, Helps
I grew up in a Christian home in Hungary (Central-Europe). We always went to church (Baptist Church) and my parents were showing us a godly life example. When I was 15 I understood the Gospel and asked Jesus to take over my life. That`s when I got saved. However I started high school and I got into all kinds of mischiefs. The Lord protected me from things like drinking, smoking or dating, but I was always into pranks and were disrespectful with my teachers; I was just like my friends. They knew I was a Christian but other than that there was no difference in our behaviour. I wasa bad girl in school, and a good girl in church and at home. I knew this wasn`t right, and that I wasn`t walking with the Lord.
After a while this double life started grinding me up. I knew I wasn’t walking with Him, I knew what I should have done, yet I didn’t. This struggle inside of me led to more serious things. I was struggling with eating disorder, depression, I was losing my friends, I wasn’t talking to my family, and more importantly I wasn't talking to God.
I was 19, just out of high school, rejected from college that I so wanted, I had no direction, no hope. God seemed so far away. I knew I needed Him, but I didn't understand grace. I felt useless and dirty and I didn't dare to come to Him. But God was working onmy heart. It happened in a summer camp that I broke down before the Lord and offered Him my life just as it was for His service. And He accepted it and started to put the pieces of my life together.
From that point life returned into me. I started walking with the Lord. In those days I was continuously praying. I wanted to know what direction I should go.
I always loved languages, linguistics, other cultures, and I wanted to be a professor of linguistics. But I wanted to be in full time ministry as well. I didn't see how these two things would fit together at all. I have never heard of linguist-missionaries before.
So I was seeking Him, His will, I was in the Word, I was praying every moment, I was praying at home, I was praying on the bus, in the grocery store, I was praying all the time.
Then one glorious Sunday morning as I got off the bus to go to church, all of a sudden I felt compelled to go in to this church by the road. I had absolutely no reason to go in, but I knew I had to.
As I walked in slowly I bumped into this huge sign on the wall saying, ”ARE YOU SEEKING GOD`S DIRECTION IN YOUR LIFE?” Yes!, I thought…. “ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LINGUISTICS?” You bet! “DO YOU WANT TO BE A MISSIONARY?” Yes, yes, yes!!!, I shouted. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I tore the sign down and filled with joy I walked out holding it tight in front of my eyes.
The sign was inviting people to a Wycliffe summer camp where for first time in my life I heard about tribal missions. There were missionaries there who told us about unreached and lost people groups all around the world who need Jesus. I knew right that moment, that it is what I wanted to do.
Things took off after this. I got admitted to one of the best universities in the country. I was majoring in linguistics and literature. And I knew from the beginning why I was there. God started preparing me for His ministry.
In my 3rd year I met Scott whose heart –as it turned out later- was also burning for missions.
I am so grateful that I can be in the service of my God. I know He will keep leading us no matter what.
Skills, Hobbies: Speaking Hungarian, English, a little Korean, learning Italian. Playing the piano, sewing, crocheting, knitting, crafts, cooking, baking, drawing, photography, graphic design, teaching English as a second language, teaching Hungarian literature and grammar, linguistics.
Gifts: Hospitality, Serving, Encouraging