Norwich Christians support Holocaust survivors 

Hungary 2Norfolk Christian couple John and Krystyna Piercy delivered vital medical supplies to needy people during  their 25th mission to Hungary in Spring this year. They appeal to the Norfolk community to support this work through prayer and providing resources.

John and Krystyna are members of City Church in Norwich and have been involved in The Shalom Habakkuk Trust for many years. The Trust undertakes missions to help those who survived the Hungarian Holocaust and who are very sick and disabled.

In March the couple travelled overland taking boxes of valuable medical supplies to the Jewish Hospital in Budapest, covering 3600 miles through 6 countries in 24 days. In Budapest they delivered 30 boxes of supplies worth over £10,000. They then met with the patients. “This is always a privilege and an honour.”  John said, “Indeed it is very humbling, for these dear people though they have suffered so much in camps like Auschwitz, yet retain a wonderful dignity, demonstrating the amazing tenacity of the human spirit.”

John describes the extraordinary sight of several pairs of shoes that can be seen on the edge of the River Danube. “By the water's edge on the embankment one can find several pairs of shoes. They are all the actual sizes of men's, women's and children's shoes cast in metal and designed by a local artist. 
Hungary Shoes
These are, in fact, a sombre and poignant reminder of the Hungarian Holocaust whereby hundreds of innocent Jews were murdered by drowning here exactly 70 years ago in the Spring of 1944.” This was part of Hungary's grim Holocaust in which half a million Hungarian Jews were sent to their death.

On Saturday 29 March a 'Hope4Hungary' Prayer Gathering was held to pray for Hungary's forgiveness and redemption from the 1944 Holocaust and from the current hatred of Jews and Romanys alike. John said, “The meeting, lasting 5 hours, was Holy Spirit led consisting of strategic prayer, praise and worship. Things happened in the Heavenlies. A massive chain of hate was broken in the spirit.”

The following day the Sh'ma Kingdom Dancers, Singers and Intercessors from the UK performed at the Jewish Hospital where they sang and danced to the great delight of the patients. “Indeed one dear old lady joined in, zimmer frame and all!”

How to get involved

  • Hungary HolocaustTo continue this vital and key work of compassion The Shalom Habakkuk Trust is asking for prayer support . They are also looking for a van to use to transport supplies and items such as bedsore bandages.
  • John is a qualified maths tutor and Krystyna offers basic English and French tuition. They will donate money raised through tutoring to the work in Hungary.

If you would like to support this work please contact John and Krystyna on 01603 880881.   
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