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“Day 6” update

Greetings from Debrecen, where we’re thankful it’s cooled down to the 80’s today…fans are still running, but we’re so thankful for the reprieve from the really brutal heat!

I wanted to thank you all for praying for last week’s “Day 6” outreach event, which was a follow-up to the recent Grain Game Bible camp in Karcag.  Since it was so hot, Gary switched plans from indoor teaching to outdoor lessons including water activities.  The kids learned about the life of Jesus, baptism and it’s meaning, and about spiritual warfare. They paid attention to all the topics, but interestingly were most attentive to the one about spiritual warfare.  Most are unchurched and still not sharing a lot of their deep thoughts, but perhaps they find it interesting to hear about the spiritual battle going on in this world all around them.  We know that even at their young ages they’ve seen some of its effects!

Pray that these young people will continue to go deeper in studying the Word, and will soon give their lives to the One who has already fought – and won – the battle for our souls.


Bible distribution today

Hungarian BiblesPraise God for every opportunity we have to get Bibles into the hands of those who don’t have one!  A kids’ Bible camp is going on this week in partnership  with The Grain Game and the Baptist church in Karcag, Hungary, and today the kids will be receiving their very own Bible to take home.

Pray with us for each child and each family that will after today have a Bible in their home.  Of course, some may already have one….although many people in this area have told us that they only have a very old family Bible;  the paper has become so brittle that you can’t turn the pages without causing damage. Not conducive to ready or studying!  Many, many people we talk with, though, tell us that they have never had a copy of the Scripture at home.

Tonight there will most likely be some homes in eastern Hungary that contain a Bible…homes where last night there were none.  Pray that the kids and their families will open and read these Bibles with receptive hearts, whether that happens within days, weeks or even years from now. Pray that spiritual eyes will be opened and lives changed.

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”   Romans 10:17 (ESV)


Salt and Light – April 15

Greetings from Debrecen,

God is faithful! I love the Hebrew culture and how they take the time to remember the faithfulness of God by sharing stories in the Bible and through their holidays. It reminded me of how quickly I often forget the times that God has been faithful. I have been convicted about writing these things down and the stories of His faithfulness to remind myself and family that when times are difficult God is faithful. We have the Bible which is full of them, but it is good to be reminded of it in our lives.

Last week we had a good visit to the Tomato farm and God gave Darrel an opportunity to talk with our friend “K” about spiritual things. We also had the opportunity to help out a nearby camp called Dorcas that hosts different camps this summer, including a camp for 310 down syndrome children. This is unheard of in Hungary! Darrel had the opportunity to preach at the International Church in Debrecen and it was such a blessed time. As I looked around, I saw people from Asia, Africa, India and Hungary all worshiping God. I think it is a small taste of what Heaven will be like.

Please continue to pray:

  • God will use Dorcas to be a place where people meet God and know how special they are, and for those who will be serving there this summer.
  • God would continue to open “K’s” heart to the possibility of a personal relationship with God.
  • God would speak to “J” in a dream and that it would cause him to know and trust God.
  • “A,” a student from Iran, has been delayed in his schooling and will be around for another year. Pray that he will grow in his relationship with God and that he would have a hunger for God’s word.
  • The University students as they begins exams and prepare for their finals.
  • A young boy at the Roma church gave his life to Jesus and another girl made her decision to follow Christ public last Tuesday. Pray that they will not be distracted from knowing Jesus and growing in their relationship with Him.
  • Sophia would have God’s peace and be able to get caught up in school.
  • We would have the courage to walk by faith and not by sight.

Thank you so much for your prayers,

One of His servants,
Kimberly Hathcock


Salt and Light – February 18

Greetings from Debrecen,

God is wise and sees the big picture! So thankful for your prayers for last weekend. The women’s retreat was such an encouragement to the women who came. It was so neat to see my friend who was recently baptized connect more with the ladies from her church, and another person we had been praying for, “N,” who had returned to the Lord after a difficult time, also reconnected with God and other believers. So thankful that God is relentless in seeking those who have gone astray. God gave “R,” the MK that we prayed for, courage to share her story with the school, and the nuns were thankful. Darrel was able to meet with “K” and plant some more seeds. We are hearing some good things about a huge youth conference that occurred last weekend as well. God is moving among students.

Please continue to pray:

  • Students would act upon the decisions that were made last weekend. They would have courage to be obedient.
  • February 22 is Collegiate Day of Prayer! Please pray for the campuses that the Lord places on your heart. and are good resources for praying for college students.
  • The Roma group that Darrel meets with on Tuesday evenings. The kids still remain attentive and those who made decisions now want Bibles. Pray that they would not be discouraged from seeking the Lord.
  • Our friends and co-laborers Dénes and Alyssa are getting ready to have their baby any day. Pray for a safe delivery and good health for mom and baby.
  • Arianna would have courage and wisdom as she shares with some students of another world religion that she has favor with at a nearby campus. The students would have an openness to learning and hearing about Jesus and salvation.
  • Wisdom for Darrel and I and that we would keep our focus on the Lord.
  • The two young ladies that I mentioned in the beginning, that they would not let the enemy distract them, but that they would have a deep hunger for the Lord and have the courage to walk in obedience no matter what.

Thank you!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock

Bakers in Budapest – August 16, 2017

 Sowing seeds through Summer Camps
in Dunakeszi and Békásmegyer.   

Many children heard the gospel for the first time. New contacts were made.  For many the gospel and religion are still foreign.  We hope through relationships and continuous contact with believers these can experience God’s love and the gospel.

Pray for Adrian, to continue following Jesus.  We have not been able to contact him for weeks.

Grain Game – using Bible verses with object lessons and games to convey Biblical truth.  (This child participated in the game about choices.)

  • Pray for those in the camps who heard the gospel and those whom we made contact with. Ask God to continue to work in their lives and for the new relationships to grow.
  • Pray for Adrian.
  • Pray for us as we prepare to travel to the U.S. in September.  We will be staying for over three months.  Please feel free to contact us at monteaprilhavehope(at)gmail(dot)com
Thank you for partnering with us in the gospel here in Hungary.
The Bakers, Monte and April and family

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