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Month of Prayer Day 15: Gardening Outreach Training

Today’s prayer request is for the gardening outreach training group in Debrecen.  Patterned loosely after the US Master Gardener program, it’s being developed to work through local churches rather than state universities.  In addition to training laymen in the art and science of horticulture in order to become community volunteer “master gardeners,” the Hungarian program also includes evangelism and discipleship training.  As “the Master’s Gardeners” volunteer in their communities and among their neighbors, they will be equipped to use gardening and nature topics to “bridge” conversations to the gospel.  Spending time together in nature and gardening lead very easily into discussions about the Creator of it all!

Now in its second year of development, the current group is meeting twice monthly at Debrecen Baptist Church and is taught by Hungarian university teachers, research scientists, and gardening industry specialists; the evangelism component is taught by IMB worker Gary Miller.  The creation of the Hungarian manual for the program is now in progress to keep future classes on-target with high-quality academic articles as well as guidance for keeping the program’s purpose and missional vision in focus.

  • Praise God for the program’s development so far and for all those who have been helping: US advisor Dr. Curtis Smith, the Hungarian teachers and trainees, and the new Hungarian program coordinator, “Miss Judy.”
  • Pray for the continued development and spread of the program to other communities, and for the translation and creation of the program manual.

Past posts about the gardening program


Month of Prayer Day 13: Dunakeszi Men’s Discipleship Group

Pray for the Monday night men’s discipleship group that Monte Baker is leading in Budapest’s Dunakeszi suburb (Wikipedia). Ask for wisdom for Monte as he leads, and for the guys to go deep in the Word.  Pray that they’ll grow strong as men of God, impacting their families, their neighborhoods, and their nation for Christ. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives, empowering them to live in love and obedience to what God shows them.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”   Matthew 5:16 (NASB)


Salt and Light – May 6

Greetings from Debrecen,

Summer has arrived! Turkey festival has arrived and today is Hungarian mothers day! We are thankful for the nice sunny weather and the approaching end of the school year. We continue to press on with school and discerning the things that God would have us do. We are thankful for an opportunity to talk with a young lady today and give her a book of John. She was very open! Yesterday at the English worship “A” (Iranian) came! Yeah! Darrel was able to give a ride to one of his former students from Israel who is also friends with “G,” who said that Darrel’s class had been one of his best electives. Thanking God for encouragement and seeds planted. Darrel was also out at the Hortobagy with his language partner and they had the opportunity to share with a vendor and to later give them Bibles. They were so interested in being able to have and read a Bible.

Please continue to pray:

  • “E,” the lady that we met today, that God’s Word would speak to her heart about where she is spiritually and that she would put her faith in Jesus.
  • Against distractions so that “A” and Denes can meet for a time of discipleship. That “A” would have a deep hunger for God’s Word and to know Jesus.
  • There is a group of people praying together about the possibility of starting a church in Debrecen. Pray that God would direct their hearts to His plan, timing, and their involvement in doing this. The enemy would not discourage or distract them.
  • Sophia as she works hard to finish school that she would not be discouraged and that God would give her strength!
  • “I” and her partner (from the Hortobagy) to read God’s word and realize their need for forgiveness and a relationship with God.
  • We would be faithful and obedient to the things that God asks us to do.

Thank you so much for praying!

One of His servants,
Kimberly Hathcock


Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Texas,

God is on His throne in heaven! Thanking God for the blessing of seeing our former pastor Joseph from Debrecen in McKinney, Texas, of all places. God is using him in Hungary as he is one of the leaders of Hungarian Baptist Aid. We are getting ready to make a big pot of gulyas and invite a bunch of people over to our house on Monday. We are so thankful for how God is using our time here in Bonham.

Please pray:

  • Joseph and his wife, that God would give them strength and wisdom as they lead Hungarian Baptist Aid and the work that He is especially doing in the schools. That God would continue to raise up those who need to serve.
  • We would keep our eyes on Jesus and do the things He tells us to do.
  • The young people that we discipled in Hungary, they would continue to seek after God, desire to study His word and to invest in other people’s lives.

Also I would like to share a prayer request taken from “40 Days of Prayer for European People”:

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Father, may your followers in Europe constantly be reminded that with you there is peace and that you have overcome the world. 

Thank you for praying for us!

One of God’s servants,

Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greeting from Texas,

So thankful for your prayers this week. The first day after moving Arianna into the dorm was really hard for all of us. We experienced grief and joy together as well as anticipation of what is next. I am seeing that family is more like a living organism that continues to change and grow. I am also realizing the importance of living is the present fully and investing in it. We are so thankful for God’s provision in all our lives. Arianna had a busy week and is doing well. God provided a place for her to go to church as well as transportation. She also met another MK the first day. We are all anticipating the first day of school on Monday.

Please pray:

  • Wisdom and strength for me as I begin teaching the girls on Monday. God would direct our steps and the wisdom to work out the bumps along the way.
  • Abigail and Sophia would have teachable hearts and would grow not only intellectually but spiritually.
  • Strength and peace for Arianna as she begins classes and that she would quickly realize that God will help her to do well. She will also be trying to get a job on campus, so pray that God would make a way for her to work.
  • We would not miss the opportunities that God gives us to share the gospel and to walk in His will.
  • Our friends from Hungary who served with us in Debrecen,  Denes and Alyssa and their baby will we moving to a town outside of Debrecen. Pray that they would quickly connect with the people in their new community and God would use them to share the good news, disciple others and revive the church.
  • Many of the students that we have worked with in Debrecen come from families where they are the only believers. Pray that these students would be a light, and that the eyes of the unbelieving family members would be opened to the truth.

One of His servants,