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The first full week in March we were blessed to have David Knight with us in Debrecen serving as a volunteer through Bob Hartman International Ministries. David’s had many years of experience pastoring and working with young people, and is currently a PhD student in apologetics. Some things that we’d thought he might do during his time here didn’t come together, but as the days went by we could see that there was a better plan than ours! It’s always exciting to see how the Lord puts things together in ways that we never could on our own.

Debrecen University main building

Debrecen University main building

With David’s background and current studies, it was a very natural thing for him to spend time on the Debrecen University campus meeting students from around the world and dialoguing with them about their belief systems and views on life and God. He found the students very open to talking, and across the week some of them came back for more discussion…bringing friends with them! We’re so thankful for the contacts that were made and the conversations that took place.

We had a wonderful time on Saturday afternoon visiting the English Fellowship, an interdenominational group that meets monthly on campus. David preached, then most of the group stayed to eat and chat. What a blessing to worship and spend time with brothers and sisters from around the world!  (Visit the English Fellowship’s Facebook page.)

 

  • Pray for the young people who took part in important conversations during the week, that God would continue to work in their lives. Ask that the Lord will bring more believers across their paths and open up further opportunities for dialogue.
  • Lift up the English fellowship group, as they will soon be losing access to the facility where they’ve been meeting. Pray that God will guide in what comes next for the ministry, and that He will use this transition to expand the work among the substantial number of English speakers in the community. Ask God to guide and bless as English-language ministries are used to reach further into the lost community.

Apologetics update

The last months have been a flurry of activity — and busy times are not over yet — but we don’t want to neglect sharing how God has been working!

Praise the Lord for the training that was done and the conversations that took place in early October when Donnie (a volunteer through Bob Hartman International Ministries) came to teach an apologetics training seminar.  This was the third year he has come, and we appreciate his service and friendship very much!  It wasn’t a huge group each night of the training and different people were able to make it different times, but there were a good number of believers who came and took part.

Our thanks to Donnie, “D,” and “S” for sharing their photos.  We wish we could post more pictures from the week showing the wonderful friends at the training and those who met to chat while Donnie was here, but we want to respect the individuals’ privacy and EU laws.
  • Pray that seminar trainees will use what they’ve learned to clearly and lovingly share their faith with people of all worldviews.
  • Pray for the follow up that needs to take place —  it will be a challenge to coordinate schedules to provide make-up training for those who missed nights. Some people have also requested additional topics.
  • Pray for the friends of various cultural backgrounds who met for conversation throughout the week, that God will continue to work in their lives and draw them closer to Him.
  • Ask that God will bless, strengthen, and continue to work through hosting church Debrecen Baptist, trainer Donnie, and translators Dénes and Eduárd.  We are so thankful for faithful friends and partners in the work!

“…But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NASB)

 

Salt and Light – October 8

Greetings from Debrecen,

Thanking God because Andre’s wallet was found at the Budapest airport! Yeah, God! It was encouraging to see people who were eager to learn apologetics this week. The guys did a great job teaching and sharing with others. We trust that God’s work was accomplished. Thank you for praying!

Please continue to pray:

  • The people who came to the training, that they would have opportunities to share with others and use the things that they have learned. God would give them boldness to share with others.
  • God’s work among the students in Debrecen. God would create a hunger in the hearts of students to know Him and to share Him with others. Those who are not Christian would be convicted of sin and know the forgiveness that comes through Jesus.
  • The city of Debrecen, that the leaders would honor God and that the people would fear God and realize their need for a relationship with Him.
  • God would heal J’s heart and that she would know how valuable she is to God.
  • We would be a faithful witness to those who God has placed in our lives. God would give us divine appointments to share about Him.
  • This has been a difficult time for our family in many different ways, pray that we would see God’s provision for us and our daughters and the ability to trust Him.

Today is Arianna’s 20th birthday!

*I will be traveling next Sunday so I will not send out a prayer note and maybe the next Sunday as well.*

One of God’s servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

Update and next steps

Praise the Lord for what He did through the apologetics training that took place in Debrecen this week!  Attendance was good and trainees were interested in learning how to better share their faith with people who have real questions and may be coming from a quite different worldview.  A big “thank you” to those who took part, to volunteers Donnie and Andre and Bob Hartman International Ministries, the translators, the hosting church Debrecen Baptist, and all who helped. 

The next step is a follow-up training event set to take place tomorrow, October 7; attendees will learn how to lead a simple, inductive Bible study for nonbelievers.  Pray with us that the Lord will use this training opportunity to initiate Bible studies that will have real Kingdom impact in many lives.

“…So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)
 

Salt and Light – October 1

Greetings from Debrecen,

Thanking God for His unconditional love. Last week we said good bye to some friends from the States, and we continue to press on. The young lady we prayed for last week, “E,” did get the job! Yeah! Thankful for how God continues His work. This week we have two people from the States who will be teaching the apologetics course. Please pray for the pastor who planned on coming as well but his 19-month-old son was bitten by a copper head. Please pray that he will recover without any complications. Also one of the volunteers that did come cannot find his wallet. Praying that some honest person will find it and turn it in. I think God is really going to do something this week so pray for this equipping time.

Just a note. Yesterday the girls and I were on our way to meet Darrel and the guys from the States for dinner when we decided to get off at a different stop from the tram. When we got off I was thinking that we were early and what were we going to do, and when I looked up Darrel and the guys pulled up in the car at that exact moment. I know this is small, but God reminded me that His timing is perfect! I mean perfect. Be encouraged!

Please pray:

  • God would speak through Donnie and Andre as they teach this week at the apologetics conference. Pray that God would send the people who need to be there. Also as they go out during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday that they would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and the appointments that He has for them to share their faith.
  • I learned that today is Nigerian Independence Day. Pray for the students from Nigeria that they would know the freedom that comes in Christ. The person I talked to said that corruption is one of the biggest problems facing his country.
  • “I,” a Hungarian young man, that he would keep making the right choices and that he would grow and depend on God more and more.
  • “G,” a medical student, as she faces discouragement, that she would see the hope she can have in a relationship with Jesus.
  • “C” is a basketball coach at the Reformed High school. Pray that she will be a light and will have opportunities to share her faith.
  • “N,” that she would make wise choices and God would give her a desire to know Him above all things.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock