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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.

 

Month of prayer – thoughts on day 3

Hajdúszoboszló Bible distribution/blood pressure booth, 2008

Today is day 3 of the month of prayer for eastern Hungary.  This morning as I was reading the prayer request and praying, asking God to “stir people’s hearts to read and obey the Scriptures,” pictures began to flood my memory.  I began to see face after face of people from over the past years…people who picked up a Bible at one of our Bible booths, received one as a special holiday momento at the coffeehouse ministry, or as a personal gift after a conversation about the Lord.

Praise the Lord, thousands of Bibles have been distributed, and we know that they are in homes all over eastern Hungary; some may have now been carried far beyond our area, even to other countries. We know that God’s Word is powerful and active (Hebrews 4:12) and it will not return to Him void, but will accomplish what He desires (Isaiah 55:11).  Pray together with me for each of those who now has one of those Bibles in their home, that they will be irresistibly drawn to read it.  Pray that hearts will be softened and lives changed as God’s Word draws them to Him in repentance, obedience and love. 

 

Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Springfield.

We are thankful that God’s ways and His timing are perfect. We are preparing to have the youth at our house tonight! We are excited about meeting and getting to know the young people in our church.
Last week we were able to Skype with the Coffee House crew and it was so much fun! We sure do miss them! We were encouraged to see God at work in the life of a man from another country who came to English worship a few months ago. We were able to give him a Bible in his language, and he already read through all four Gospels. He is being discipled by one of the young men from our Bible study and now he wants to be baptized. So exciting to see God drawing people to Himself. Yeah, God!

We also have learned about a dear friend and ministry partner, Brian Foster, who is seriously ill with pneumonia in addition to many other complications. He is fighting for his life now! So our hearts are very heavy.

Please pray:

  • God would bring healing to Brian, wisdom for those who are trying to help him medically, and God’s peace that surpasses understanding for his wife Susan and two daughters.
  • This young man from another country would continue to seek after God and to give his life completely to Him. God’s Spirit would continue to teach him as he reads God’s Word and studies with others.
  • Larry and Becky as they organize and facilitate Coffee House, that God would encourage and strengthen them. The students who come would experience the presence of God and want to know more.
  • K. would be able to find a job and that He would see God and how He desires to have a relationship with him.
  • We would keep our eyes on Jesus daily and to trust His provision for our lives in many different areas.
  • Thank you for lifting us up to the Father and well as our dear friends in Debrecen.

One of God’s servants,

Kimberly Hathcock

Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Springfield, Missouri.

This week has been full and interesting. Our lives remain busy as we continue to reconnect with people and adjust to life in America. Our mission board requires us to be cleared medically before we return to the field, so we all get physicals and other appointments which are good but take a lot of time.

We are so thankful for some great Bible teaching that we have been receiving and the time that we are in the Christian community which is so different when we are overseas. The body of Christ is amazing and we are blessed! We have started to make visits with our family and we so look forward to spending time with them.

This week Darrel was able to reconnect with some of our friends in Hungary and to encourage them. Our Monday night Bible study is changing and growing and others are leading, and it is really great to see what God continues to do. This week some of our coworkers will be making a decision to leave or remain with the IMB. Please pray that God would give all of us wisdom and the ability to see His plans clearly. Please continue to pray for our friends in Debrecen.

Please pray for:

  • J., that he would choose to follow after God and not let other things distract him.
  • D. would see his need for a relationship with God.
  • God continues to be at work in S.’s life, Pray that he would keep his eyes on Jesus and that the Holy Spirit would continue to reveal truth to him as He studies God’s Word.
  • Pray that our Muslim friends around the world would come to know the One True God of love and forgiveness and to trust that Jesus is more than a prophet, but the Son of God (taken from “Things to Pray for Muslims Around the World”).
  • Alyssa and Denes as they teach God’s Word to students, that the students would grow in their faith and share it with others. Alyssa is expecting a baby in the next few months so pray that she and the baby will be healthy. They would see God’s provision and that His peace would rule in their hearts.
  • Coffee House on Thursday nights, that there would be spiritual conversations and opportunities to share Christ.

Thank you so much for praying for what God is doing in Debrecen!

One of God’s servants,

Kimberly Hathcock

Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Springfield.

We are thankful for God’s faithfulness and how He reminds us that He is in control. Darrel is in New Orleans with some guys who are sharing the gospel with people. The girls and I are hanging out at home and will do school this week. Arianna got her permit this week so she is officially learning to drive. It has been a while since we have experienced the Superbowl Sunday in America. We are continually blessed by the amazing people God allows into our lives.

Please pray:

  • Darrel and several men who will be sharing the Gospel during Mardi Gras, that God would give them divine appointments and protection. Vieux Carre Baptist Church would be a light in the midst of darkness.
  • Lynn, who is the pastor in Port Sulphur, that God would give him wisdom, encouragement and strength as he serves.
  • God would continue to use Coffee House in Debrecen as an outreach to the lost.
  • The students in Debrecen started again this week for a new semester. Pray that they would realize how much they need God in their lives. The Holy Spirit would open their eyes so that they would understand what it means to be forgiven and to have a relationship with Him.
  • The McDonnel family as they continue with their lives after losing their son. that God who is the healer would bring healing to their hearts and strength to do the next thing. People who are sensitive to the Holy Spirit would minister to this family just at the time that they need it. 

Thank you so much for your prayers.

One of God’s servants,

Kimberly Hathcock