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Month of Prayer Day 8: Budapest concert

The Chain Bridge and Parliament

The Chain Bridge spanning the Danube River, the Parliament Building in the background

Today is the Singing Men of Texas’s final concert of the tour, which will take place in Budapest.  As the nation’s capital, things that happen here deeply affect the entire country and reach into other countries as well.  (More photos and info about Budapest on Wikipedia)

  • Pray for a movement of the Holy Spirit as the men sing, as evangelist Michael Gott speaks, and as individual conversations take place while the group is in the city. Ask for effective follow-up by national believers with those who indicate they want to follow Christ, with deep, long-term discipleship taking place.
  • Praise the Lord together with us for what God has been doing during this entire tour!  Intercede for a safe trip home for all the volunteers, and that their testimonies of seeing God work will inspire those back home to also reach out in faith to share the Good News wherever they may go.

Learn more about the concert tour on the Singing Men of Texas blog and their Facebook page.

 

Month of Prayer Day 5: Agóra Gellert church plant

Today let’s pray for the Agóra Gellért church plant in Budapest, which needs a new permanent location. They’re thankful for the temporary facility they’re currently in, but are praying for a permanent home for the church.  Also ask that they’ll be encouraged and will continue to grow, reaching out to the surrounding community.

Visit the Agóra Gellert church plant on their website or Facebook page.   The pastor, IMB worker Trey Shaw, can be reached at agoragellert(at)gmail(dot)com or through the Heart for Hungary contact form.

 

Month of Prayer Day 1: TS Support Group & Debrecen concert

We’re starting off this month of prayer with a double prayer request – lots going on today!

The Turner Syndrome Support group is meeting today in one of Budapest’s beautiful parks. Pray relaxed conversations will lead to shared testimonies and the gospel. Also pray that rainy weather won’t hinder what needs to happen during this get-together.

The Singing Men of Texas will be presenting the first of their 10 concerts of this tour in Debrecen today, the music being followed by a simple, gospel-centered message from international evangelist Michael Gott.   Pray that the Lord will refresh the team after their long flights and help them to adjust quickly so that they can serve with joy and strength; intercede that local believers will bring their lost friends and follow up with them over the days to come.

More about the concert tour

Salt and Light – April 22

Greetings from Debrecen,

Thank you for praying for the M.K. who has gone missing, they still have not been able to locate him nor have they had any contact with him. Keep praying for him and especially for the family. I will update you whenever I get any information.

This was a heavy week for us but we are thankful for the people that God has brought into our lives to encourage us. This weekend we have had several opportunities to speak into the lives of some students. We also had a gulyas party and enjoyed spending time with our friends and some new people.

Please continue to pray:

  • Many of you may have seen some of the protests in Hungary in the news. We have not seen anything in Debrecen but there are a lot of people in Budapest which is 2-3 hours from us. Pray that truth and justice will be accomplished and that it would be peaceful.
  • God gave us the opportunity to speak about spiritual things with “G.” Pray that she will think about what she believes about God and be open to the possibility of becoming a Christian. We will have the opportunity to spend time with her and her father this week.
  • “R,” a young lady from the states who is teaching English in Debrecen. We have recently become acquainted with her and we are not sure about her beliefs about God. Pray that she will have a desire to know God.
  • It’s a high-stress time for the medical students as they begin to study for their finals. The students who are believers would depend on God and receive His peace and blessings. The unbelieving students would realize their need for God not just during times of stress but would be open to the possibility of a personal relationship.
  • Arianna is experiencing the stress of school ending and the beginning of finals. Pray for God’s protection, peace and strength for her. She is also planning on going with her church to Boston in May.
  • “M,” whom I have been sharing with – her daughter was bitten by our neighbors’ dogs. Please pray that this would not ruin any opportunities that I have to share with her and that her daughter would heal quickly. Also that our neighbors would take care of their dogs in a timely manner before any more incidents happen.
  • Please pray for Darrel and me as we align/adjust our lives with God’s plan for us and His timing.

Thank you so much!

One of His servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

 

Budapest encounter–and no, I’m not Russian

Photo by RitaE, Pixabay.com (my own gyros disappeared too quickly)

Coming up the stairs from the Budapest subway and needing a quick bite to eat, I stopped by the Döner Kebab kiosk for a nice, spicy gyros.  The guy who took my order tilted his head slightly as he listened to my Hungarian, commenting politely, “I perceive that you may not be from around here…are you Russian?” Not the guess they usually make when they hear my accent!  He was amazed when he heard that I’m American, and asked how it is that I speak his language…it’s a difficult one, and most Americans don’t bother to learn more than just enough to get by.

The conversation continued as he put together my order, and I explained who we are and why we are here. I told him that the Lord loves Hungary and the Hungarians – as He does all people – and that He sent us to share that good news.  Instead of scoffing or giving me the “you’re crazy” stare, he asked simply, “When you say, ‘the Lord,’ are you talking about Jesus?” 

At my “Yes!” his face broke out in a big grin.  Apparently this young fellow and I had something in common! Unfortunately the customer who had come up behind me was also hungry and we couldn’t continue to chat, but as I grabbed my fragrant bag of dinner and stepped apologetically out of the way, Döner Kebab guy called out a “God bless you!”

Praise God for this “chance encounter” that encouraged both of us!  Pray for the young man and others like him who have a Story to tell, that they will fearlessly and lovingly talk about Jesus with those they meet throughout the day.