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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.

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


Salt and Light – March 4

Greetings from snowy Debrecen,

God’s continuing to work in the lives of people in Debrecen.  This week was one of the coldest weeks of this winter, as well as having a pretty significant snow fall. We are encouraged by the work that God is doing in people’s lives and burdened by some of the difficult situations that people are facing. The evangelistic drama had a full house for their performances and many people made decisions. The girls had a productive week! I was able to see Alyssa’s new baby, Joshua, and he is so cute! Both mom and baby are healthy and doing well. We also had more opportunities to share with “G” and “J” this weekend.

Please continue to pray,

  • A Hungarian couple who have struggled with infertility are in the process of adoption. Pray that God would direct their decisions and that God would place just the right child into this family.
  • Another couple we know have some big struggles in their marriage. Pray for God to give them wisdom, healing and receptive hearts. This is a serious situation and would appreciate your prayers for this family.
  • Encouragement for “S,” a friend, that he would hunger for God and make wise decisions that will help him to grow in his relationship with God.
  • A friend of ours from Dubai whose father is Hindu and mother is Christian. Pray that her father, “R,” would have an open heart to the things of God and become a Christian.
  • Arianna is leaving Friday for South Padre Island to serve with Beach Reach. Pray that God would give her protection, boldness to share the gospel and that she would follow the leading of the Holy Spirit for the words she needs to share.

Thank you so much for praying!

One of His servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

“May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him.” Romans 15:13

Salt and Light – January 14

Greetings from Debrecen,

God’s work in Debrecen continues…… This past weekend Darrel spent some time with a friend you all have been praying for, “J.”  During the time that he was with Darrel they met up with another friend, “S.”  “J” has been saying that he now considers himself to be an atheist but is still open to conversations about God. When they were together “S” had the opportunity to share his testimony with “J.” So exciting because “J” heard the gospel from someone else who is from the same part of the world as he is and the joy that “S” had in sharing his testimony with someone else. God is good.

Also just found out that another person we have been praying for, a girl from our discipleship group, is taking the courageous step to be baptized on February 4th. She has been thinking about this for a long time and now she is going to do it through a local church.

Arianna is on her way home from Southeast Asia!

Darrel received his test results and passed the oral section but not the written. So language school continues.

Please pray:

  • “J’s” heart would continue to be open and that God would speak to him in such a way that he would believe in Him. God would use “S’s” testimony in revealing salvation and faith to him.
  • This young lady who will be baptized, that the enemy would not distract or discourage her and that she will be obedient. God would continue to give her a hunger to know Him.
  • “N,” a friend who is trying to follow after God and has made some good but hard choices. She would be encouraged at this critical point in her life.
  • God’s protection and encouragement for Arianna as she returns today and starts school and a new job in the next couple of days. It seems that the enemy often attacks after serving the Lord on a mission trip, so if you could pray that God would carry her through this time.
  • Darrel said that our friend “I” is still anxious about his test results, so please keep praying for him. He will see that it is the true God who is helping him.
  • For “C,” who is serving in Debrecen this week regarding an agricultural ministry. Pray for divine appointments in sharing about how to use this to share the gospel.

Thank you so much for praying for us!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock

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