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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 ~

Salt and Light – September 24

Greetings from Debrecen,

Thanking God for His protection and how He takes care of everything that we need. We are glad that Darrel has safely returned and that seeds were planted in the lives of “K” and “I”. God is working around us and we are thankful for the opportunity to join Him as He draws people to Himself. It is exciting to see God working in the lives of students.

Please continue to pray:

“D” and “A” as they begin teaching an English Bible study, that God would send just the right people and that He would give them wisdom as they share God’s word.

In a couple of weeks we have a team coming to teach apologetics, pray for God to stir in peoples’ hearts a desire to share the Gospel and to know why they believe what they believe so they can encourage people towards the truth. Also for divine appointments with unbelievers and opportunities to practice sharing what they have learned.

Girls would be diligent in their school work and the ability to understand the things they are learning.

Darrel and I would clearly hear the Holy Spirit as He speaks to us throughout the day and follow His direction. We would not miss any opportunities to tell others about Him and encourage others.

“E,” a student and my language helper, would have peace on Wednesday for a job interview. She would get the job, if it is God’s will.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

One of His servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

As You Go – August 2017

Paul & Tena Brock Newsletter Excerpts

Nagykanizsa, Hungary

Dear Prayer Partners,

Kanizsa English Intensive 2017

We want to thank you all for praying for our summer camps.  God must be delighted that so many prayers surely are getting through.

A lot going on here in Nagykanizsa….19 people prayed to ask Christ into their lives. We praise God for the work He is doing in people’s hearts here in Nagykanizsa and beyond. Some of the 19 came to our city through family or friends just to be at this English camp, a couple from as far as Budapest (110 miles away). We think they had divine appointments to hear the gospel.

  • Please pray with us that we will be able to do a good job of follow-up with all those who said they wanted to begin a personal relationship with Christ.
  • Pray they will take the materials we mail to them and do the lessons that will help build the foundations of their spiritual lives.

We had two excellent teams with us this summer. The Summit Church in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina sent us 14 people to host the camp. And The IMB sent us an Endeavor Team made up of young ladies from several states….

Twelve people prayed asking Jesus to come into their hearts during the English camp week. That only happens when God is directing and obedient people are prepared to share the gospel. We thank Griff & Katie Crews and Phillip Black for getting their team ready and for sharing their lives and testimony with our students.

Our second team of Endeavor students was led by Betsy McCarter. Many of you already know Betsy. She was a journeyman with us for 2 years. She brought a group of 6 girls (ages 15-18) who were here for 30 days. They were part of the English camp assisting the Summit team. They also learned several Hungarian songs and helped lead our worship services at church.

Working together both groups were able to build relationships with students and talk with them about why they as young people had chosen to follow Christ. We like to say the students could see a Christian life “fleshed out” in the lives of the American students. This helps the Hungarian young people see that faith in Christ is not just something for their grandmother.

Prayer group before a gathering

The Endeavor team focused on leading the Purpose Driven Life study in small groups…. At the end of their time here there were another seven people who had prayed asking to begin a personal relationship with Christ. We greatly rejoice that this number of people would want to know God.

  • Pray that we will see them follow-up and become those who produce 30, 60 or 100 times more.

We also would like to mention our current Journey woman, Katelyn, and our previous Hands On workers who came again for the summer camps, Samantha and Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn stayed over for 2 more weeks worked very long hours with both teams. We feel so blessed for all our help this year.

I must tell you of one young man, “J.”  He heard the message and began a personal relationship with Christ….Paul told him that we would be having a baptism in August. He said he wanted to be baptized. We told him he had to have his parent’s permission since he is just 12 years old. He went home that evening and explained it to his parents about beginning a personal relationship with God and his desire to be obedient in baptism. They said yes.

  • Pray for “J” that God will grow him in the faith and that his testimony thru baptism will lead others to do the same.
  • Pray that his parents will understand the symbolic testimony as they hear it explained and demonstrated.
  • Pray others will also be obedient in baptism.

 

Paul performing a baptism

We would also ask that you pray for Paul, Tena and Katelyn this fall. As of this writing we have been informed that we will not be receiving any Hands On volunteers to come help us from August to December. We are disappointed but know that God understands what is needed and will again prove faithful.

We ask you to join us in praying that we will receive some volunteers in January who can help us next spring.

  • Pray that we will be effective in working with the number of students that will come to us for English through Bible lessons.
  • Pray that the three of us will have the strength to do the work of five or six.
  • Pray that the Gospel will be clear for those who come and that it will change their lives as they hear about the love and sacrifice of Christ for them.

Thanks again for your prayers for us and the Hungarian people.

Paul & Tena Brock
Nagykanizsa, Hungary

Contact the Brocks  
IMB Western Hungary website: http://www.hope4hungary.com

 

Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Springfield,

Happy Mother’s Day!

Thanking God for opportunities that we have had to share the things that God is doing in Debrecen. We have finally finished up our medical appointments and are close to finishing school. We are excited for Arianna who will be graduating on May 21st and is planning on going to Dallas Baptist University in the Fall. It has been good to be in the States and we are really enjoying our time here.

God continues to bring people and opportunities into our lives. He has sent several men to Darrel to disciple and an opportunity to have one of our doctors and his family over for dinner. This doctor and his wife are from another country and we had a great time talking with them and had some great discussions about religion and Jesus. We continue to hear about God’s continued work in Debrecen with a young man “A” who is really growing in the Lord. One of the guys from our Monday night Bible study is discipling him. God’s work continues.

Please continue to pray:

  • God would show Darrel how to encourage these men to grow in their relationship with God.
  • The doctor and his family. They are culturally another religion but are really seeking to know what is true. Pray that God will give us and others who are Christians opportunities to share with them.
  • “A” as he meets for discipleship that he would see and understand the truth and grow in his relationship with God.
  • God would allow us to remember Russian as we will be helping to interpret for some friends from Belarus. 
  • We would keep our eyes on Jesus and be obedient to the things that He shows us each day!

Thank you!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock