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Hungary 4 Him Update

PRAISE GOD!

We received word on Sunday that the couple is going to be able to make it! They will be staying in my flat for 3 months…this is a huge weight lifted! With that being said, I am still not so ready to head home. I have approximately 16 days left and still so much to do! I want my goodbyes to be really good, and if you know me, I hate goodbyes!

Thank you for praying specifically for this request! God is so good!

Katelyn

Hungary 4 Him: Katelyn’s June update

Where have the last two years gone? It seems just like yesterday that I arrived in Nagykanizsa! Since my first day, I have had a blast. God has shown me so many wonderful things about myself and more importantly about Him. At this point, I still have no idea what is next for me, but I have learned that even when I don’t know what’s happening, God is working behind the scenes and has a plan.

In 20 short days, I will be arriving back in OKC! I can’t believe I have less than 3 weeks left here! This place has captured my heart and I am in no way ready to say goodbye. I love these people with my whole heart! It is especially hard to say goodbye to those who are not yet believers! Please pray with me and for me in the upcoming weeks as I have to leave this place that I love so dearly!

Love,
Katelyn

Hungary 4 Him: St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest

Where do I begin? This update might be a little longer because I have so much to share with you! To begin, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Leanne, and Andrew arrived 2 weeks ago and have been amazing! God placed them here at the perfect time and they have worked hard since day one!

Secondly, the team from North Carolina arrived and literally jumped in feet first! Sunday (June 24) at 5 pm, we rode to Nagykanizsa and arrived at 10 pm, and started camp Monday morning at 8 am! They have been so awesome with the students and such an encouragement to me! Thirdly we just finished English Camp. Man, do we serve an amazing God! This week was phenomenal! There are so many students that we met this week that are seeking after more. It was so good for me to have this week before I go home. I was able to reconnect with some students that I haven’t seen in months and strengthen relationships with students who I have been teaching this last year.

July 3-6 we have had another camp. This is a more in-depth, conversational English through the Gospel. We have averaged about 8 students all week. It has been great to see God working in this people group!

PRAISE!

You have been praying for “T” for quite some time now! This week, I had some one-on-one time with her! During our discussions, she really opened up to me! She went from believing that there isn’t a God, to believing that there is a God. She’s just not sure if it’s the same God that I, and many others, have been talking to her about. This is a step in the right direction. I am continually sharing with her the love that Christ has for her! Continue to pray that the seeds that have been planted will soon sprout and she will become part of the family of God!

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Pray for the students who have attended our camps in the last two weeks! God is moving in this city and I can feel it!
  • There is a lot of spiritual warfare going on right now. Pray for our team as we are preparing for the end of summer and heading back to the States.
  • Pray for me as I prepare to come back to the States. Nagykanizsa has been my home for the last two years and I am extremely sad to leave this place. There is still work to be done here and I believe God is not finished here!
  • Pray that I would cherish the time I have left and that I would have good goodbyes.
  • Pray also for my students as I tell them goodbye. Some of them do not understand why I came for two years and am leaving. I am so grateful for each one of them and the love they have shown me while I have been here.
  • Pray that God would bring them peace and understanding! I recently found out that the couple who was coming to stay in my flat can no longer make it. Now, I have to move everything out of my flat, not just my personal things. We still have a busy schedule until I leave so also pray that I would use my time wisely and get things packed up!
  • I am very nervous to come back to the States. As much as I am ready to be home and see family and friends, I don’t want to leave this place. I ask that you would be patient with me as I return. Pray for me as I go through reverse culture shock.

Thank you for your prayers and support over the last 2 years! Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today! If there is any way that I can pray for you , please let me know! ????

~ Katelyn, IMB Western Hungary Team ~

 

Hungary 4 Him: Katelyn’s February update

March is here and the sun is shining! It’s been a few weeks since the sun has shone here. I pray that you are doing well and are enjoying some sunshine, too. I hear Oklahoma needs rain so I am praying God brings it! I have just under 3 months left of one-on-one lessons with students. These times are precious, as it is my main outreach with sharing the gospel with Hungarians. I am trying to remember that each moment counts and to cherish these moments that I have with my students. The sickness bug has been going around here so I haven’t had a full week of lessons since the New Year started.

I cherish your prayers. Keep them coming! If there is any way I can pray for you please let me know.

Love,
Katelyn

We had so much snow in February! I loved every minute of it. As I write this , the snow is beginning to melt and the sun is shining! Spring is most likely headed our way. With the snow, I was reminded how Christ washes our sins white as snow. With Spring on the way, I am reminded of new life in Christ. We will be able to see it all around us. This also brings a heavy burden to my heart. I so badly want to see Hungarians have new life in Christ. I am still working with “G” and “T” (sisters ) each week. However, “G” has told me she doesn’t want anything to do with God. She is still coming to lessons and to Bible study on Friday nights. I believe that God can change her heart and give her a heart for Him. “T” is still not open to talking about where she stands in believing in something more or not. My prayer is that they will both come to know the Lord before I leave but I know that it will happen in God’s timing.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for House Church. We have been having a steady number of 20-30 people each week. However, we still aren’t having anyone step up to help lead and begin the transition process from American teaching to Hungarian teaching.
  • Team Unity
  • We have had a steady group of 5-7 students coming for Youth Group on Fridays. Pray that their hearts would be open to hearing the Word and that they would bring their friends.
  • I am still teaching 14 students (15 hours) each week. Pray for the students I am working with. Tuesdays I work with “R,” “J,” and “A.” Wednesdays I have “G,” “L,” “P,” and “K.” Thursdays I am teaching “R,” “G,” and “G.” Fridays I have “G,” “M,” “T,” and “K.”
  • Please pray specifically for “T” and “G” to have softened hearts toward Him.
  • PRAISE! A boy named “B” came to know the Lord in the last few weeks! Pray for him as he begins discipleship with Meg.

Thank you for your support and prayers through my journey in Hungary.  If there is any way I can be praying for you, please let me know!

~ Katelyn, IMB Western Hungary Team ~

Hungary 4 Him: Katelyn’s December update

Some photos from this year
Some photos from this year

2017 was a year to remember.  There were many highs and many lows, but through each event I was reminded of God’s faithfulness. 2017 was a year of many new things and saying bye to old things.  I grew (and am still growing) into the woman God wants me to be. Sometimes is is difficult to place our trust in God, but each day He is showing me how easy it really can be!  During the year I made memories that I will cherish forever.  Memories that have been made possible by the grace of God and your love, support, and prayers.

This year I was able to travel to many different places and meet lots of new people!  God has placed these people in my life during this time for different reasons.  Even if I was only around some of them for a little bit of time, they left an impact on my life.  Plus it’s not every day that someone gets to travel around Europe with their parents, aunt and uncle, and Bev!

Prayer requests:

  • January 15-18 I will be spending time with colleagues in Bratislava, Slovakia (who are also from Oklahoma!)  Pray for safe travels and a cherished time with them.
  • Paul and Tena will arrive back in Hungary at the end of January.  Meg, who is joining our team through Hands On, will also be arriving at the end of January.  Pray for safe travels for them.
  • Pray for the students I will be working with this semester.  Pray that they will hear the Truth and that the Holy Spirit will work in their hearts.  I would love to see them all come to know the Lord before I leave.  God’s timing is best!  Pray that I will trust in His timing with their understanding of Him.
  • In 6 short months, I will be moving back to America.  Pray that I would spend what time I have left here wisely and for His purpose.  This also means I need to start thinking about what I am going to do when I move home.  As of right now, I have no idea what I am supposed to do next.  Pray that God would give me direction for where He wants me to be.
  • English Camp is set for the last week of June. Begin praying for the team that is coming from The Summit Church in North Carolina. Many of the volunteers who will join us are high school students.  Pray also for Kaitlyn, Sarah, and Cate, who are coming during the summer to help out in different ways.

~ Katelyn, IMB Western Hungary Team ~

Hungary 4 Him: Katelyn’s October update

Hungary 4 Him scene

At the beginning of October, I traveled to Prague, Czech Republic to meet with other journeymen on the field.  The time was refreshing and eye opening in many different ways.  I am so thankful for the friends I have met on this journey. We were able to reflect over our last year on the field, pray over one another, and encourage each other.

 

Since arriving home from Prague, I have been very busy with students. On October 27-28 I had a sleepover at my house.  There were 5 girls who came.  In Hungary, it is very uncommon to stay the night at another person’s house unless they are family.  This was an experience that some of the girls had never had.

We did hair, make-up, nails, watched movies, made crafts, ate lots of pizza, and played many games. Some of the girls went to sleep around 4 am.  However one girl stayed awake all night, so I stayed up with her!  I am not cut out for all-nighters any more!  Haha.

 

 

Prayer Requests:

  • I am going through some things that have been disheartening lately.  I have had lots of encouragement from family and friends that has been helpful.  Pray that Satan will stop using these things against me and I can focus on what I am here to do.
  • As you know, Thanksgiving is coming soon.  I am going to make a Thanksgiving meal to go have at Bible Study on Nov. 24th.  Pray that all goes smoothly with it, that the students enjoy it, and that I can clearly share the gospel and the reason to celebrate.
  • As the holiday season begins, pray that I wouldn’t struggle being away from family.  Last year wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  Pray that I would have peace during these times and that missing home won’t become too big of a distraction.
  • I have not been sleeping well.  I tend to be tired during the days and as soon as my head hits the pillow, I’m wide awake.  Pray that I would begin sleeping better.
  • Pray for “G.”  She was asking lots of questions and I was getting excited talking to her about spiritual things.  Recently, she has been put off by anything to do with God.  She doesn’t pay attention during Bible Study and has started to be a little disruptive as well.  Pray that God would grab hold of her heart and that she would come to understand the love and grace that He has for her.

LOTTIE MOON CHRISTMAS OFFERING

Some important dates to remember for Lottie Moon Christmas Offering are:

November 28: GIVING TUESDAY: Annual Global Day of Giving
December 3-10: Week of Prayer for International Missions.
December 10 is the LMCO official Sunday.  Our national goal this year is $160 million.

Your giving enables missionaries to be sent to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached people and places for the glory of God.

For more information on LMCO you can go to imb.org.

~ Katelyn, IMB Western Hungary Team ~