About Me

Picture 012I’m an American born with Hungarian blood living in a Zapotec Village in Mexico. I speak three languages: English, Hungarian and Spanish, and studied a fourth, German, since we previously lived and worked among Old Colony Germans in Chihuahua.  For those who know me, that’ll explain my confused state of mind half the time!

I have four kids, one husband, a lot of interests and a few gray hairs.

My hubby and I recently celebrated 26 years of blissful marriage. Okay, mostly blissful. (Hey, we have a really good fight now and then, like most other married couples. Making up is…uh…fun.)

I’ve been a pastors wife since I walked down the aisle and said “I do,” and a missionary since I stammered “Huh? Us, God?” We have moved 18 times in our married life and I can honestly say heaven will be my true home. I’m also a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God.

I work full time in the ministry alongside my hubby, with whom I share one income. I love to read, write, shoot photos, and do anything creative.

(Update: we are currently on furlough in the USA traveling, preaching, sharing missions…and *sigh* fundraising).

27 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thanks for sharing your heart! I found your blog through the “Gifted for Leadership” site and am so delighted to be here. I serve as a youth director and lead short-term mission teams. I appreciate learning more from the missionaries we go to serve. May the Lord bless you and your family abundantly, holding you close to Himself! I look forward to connecting more online, Ilona!

    1. Hi Sharon – thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. After our waves of transition diminish, I look forward to visiting your blog as well. Blessings!

  2. I just stumbled onto your blog… it is fun to meet another blogging missionary in Mexico! 🙂 I also have four children. Do you also blog in Spanish? I just started my blog this last year: http://maturitascafe.com/ and am learning a lot… I look forward to reading more of what you write… muchas bendiciones desde Puebla!

  3. Good to hear about your life for the years between then and now. God bless you really good and love to you and Mike.

  4. Hi Ilona, So great to meet you! Thanks for stopping by on my Ink It blog. I love meeting other pastor’s wives (especially A/G!) and especially love meeting missionary wives. I have a love for missions but never was able to go into the mission field. dh and I are part of the Penn-del district.

    I have a book in progress right now which will soon be published – and I’m working out the details so all the profits from it can go to missions organizations which deal with human trafficking. That’s about as close as I’ve come so far to being a missionary LOL!

    I look forward to getting to know you better through your blogs and have bookmarked this one as well as your missionary one. I also added you to my prayer list.

    Hopefully family issues will settle down soon so I can spend more time writing – right now our daughter and her family (hubby and 6 kids) are living with us and we’re caretaking for hubby’s parents as well as pastoring (Whew!) I am looking forward to having time to blog again more regularly!

    Bless you.
    Bonnie

      1. Bonnie – congrats on your book. Please let us know when it’s published. May the Lord strengthen you and fill you with joy for the many ministries of love and service you are undertaking. Any one of those alone is a big job! Thanks for praying.
  5. Yep, we are going and bringing a group of students. I am passing your blogsite on to some of our students that are interested in missions. Thanks for giving them a very real example of leaving it all and going… I applaud you!

  6. Cynthia – glad you enjoy it. I’m still learning…
    Lindsay – welcome! Will you be at the Chi Alpha Missions Summit between the holidays? We’ve been asked to go; if our account can sustain it we’ll be there.

  7. Hi, I found you on the A/G blog ring…thanks for putting your heart and soul on the line and sharing it with the world. I appreciate your insights as a mom and missionary…I’m in the same spot (Chi Alpha in VA) with you…well sort of! Anywa, I just wanted to tell you that I was encouraged by your writings today….so sorry to hear about your house being robbed. We’ll pray for your protection today and the ease of replacement of all your family’s necessities…. You’re a blessing!
    Lindsay

  8. What an AMAZING site! Thank you, thank you for !) creating it, and 2) helping me find it. Absolutely wonderful stuff on here!
    Love you dear Woman of God!
    Cynthia

  9. Querida Ilona, i was looking for your personal email to send you an apology! You nade a precious comment on my blabla-la blog and I wrote you back what may have seemed as a “slap” in the face, for that I am sorry. Since you cannot see love in the written word or the tone in which soething is said…I need to apologize.

    In kindness, you told me how the Mexican people find a reason to celebrate life. My response saying that I didn’t like that they have”fiestas” for everything, though honest, might have been taken wrong!

    Since, you are a sweet person, returning into the mission field of Mexico, I truly felt that I must ask your forgiveness in what probably seemed like an insensitive, cold hearted remark. I spoke the truth but didn’t soften the words, not even with an((LOL)).

    I love the Mexican people! I love your service to them!
    And I pray that you will understand my comment!

    Thank you, Peggy

    It’s times like this that you wish you could read your remarks and delete or correct! Vaya con Dios…y muchas gracias para todo servicio a Criso. Bendiciones y mucho amor despues del perdon!

  10. I love your blog. I also love the fact that you are a Pastors wife and that you love to read and write. I am looking for someone just like you. Over at my blog I am starting Bible study on 1 Thessalonians. I would love to have your wisdom and advise if you could join in. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks, vanessa

  11. Hola Cecy! Gracias for writing. Todavia te debo una llamadita, verdad? No lo he olvidado. 🙂
    I think our missionary friends have arrived in Monterrey…I’ll check on it and let you know. You just might be neighbors. (?!) Les mando abrazos a todas. Dios les bendiga muuusssshhhhhoo! (estilo Chihuahua!)

  12. My dearest friend: It was a blessing to se this page, and have the oportunity to say hi to you. I´m so happy for you, good for you that you start this desire in your heart. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
    yOU KNOW i LOVE YOU VERY MUCH, and guess what, I have thought about writing also. I will write to you soon, I never forget about you and your precious family. You are a blessing for everybody, God bless you Ilona, I hope I can see you soon, Love. Cecy

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