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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.

Kickoff of youth English conversation game night

Please pray for the initial Friday evening youth English conversation game night. I know two youth from the high school that are coming for sure to meet J. and E. for conversational English and fun. Please pray that sicknesses will be healed with our family and with the Hungarians that are supposed to participate. Please ask God to help cultivate relationships with youth, to meet real needs and share our hope.

Thank you for joining us in prayer!
Monte Baker

Hungary 4 Him: Katelyn’s June update

Where have the last two years gone? It seems just like yesterday that I arrived in Nagykanizsa! Since my first day, I have had a blast. God has shown me so many wonderful things about myself and more importantly about Him. At this point, I still have no idea what is next for me, but I have learned that even when I don’t know what’s happening, God is working behind the scenes and has a plan.

In 20 short days, I will be arriving back in OKC! I can’t believe I have less than 3 weeks left here! This place has captured my heart and I am in no way ready to say goodbye. I love these people with my whole heart! It is especially hard to say goodbye to those who are not yet believers! Please pray with me and for me in the upcoming weeks as I have to leave this place that I love so dearly!

Love,
Katelyn

Hungary 4 Him: St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest

Where do I begin? This update might be a little longer because I have so much to share with you! To begin, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Leanne, and Andrew arrived 2 weeks ago and have been amazing! God placed them here at the perfect time and they have worked hard since day one!

Secondly, the team from North Carolina arrived and literally jumped in feet first! Sunday (June 24) at 5 pm, we rode to Nagykanizsa and arrived at 10 pm, and started camp Monday morning at 8 am! They have been so awesome with the students and such an encouragement to me! Thirdly we just finished English Camp. Man, do we serve an amazing God! This week was phenomenal! There are so many students that we met this week that are seeking after more. It was so good for me to have this week before I go home. I was able to reconnect with some students that I haven’t seen in months and strengthen relationships with students who I have been teaching this last year.

July 3-6 we have had another camp. This is a more in-depth, conversational English through the Gospel. We have averaged about 8 students all week. It has been great to see God working in this people group!

PRAISE!

You have been praying for “T” for quite some time now! This week, I had some one-on-one time with her! During our discussions, she really opened up to me! She went from believing that there isn’t a God, to believing that there is a God. She’s just not sure if it’s the same God that I, and many others, have been talking to her about. This is a step in the right direction. I am continually sharing with her the love that Christ has for her! Continue to pray that the seeds that have been planted will soon sprout and she will become part of the family of God!

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Pray for the students who have attended our camps in the last two weeks! God is moving in this city and I can feel it!
  • There is a lot of spiritual warfare going on right now. Pray for our team as we are preparing for the end of summer and heading back to the States.
  • Pray for me as I prepare to come back to the States. Nagykanizsa has been my home for the last two years and I am extremely sad to leave this place. There is still work to be done here and I believe God is not finished here!
  • Pray that I would cherish the time I have left and that I would have good goodbyes.
  • Pray also for my students as I tell them goodbye. Some of them do not understand why I came for two years and am leaving. I am so grateful for each one of them and the love they have shown me while I have been here.
  • Pray that God would bring them peace and understanding! I recently found out that the couple who was coming to stay in my flat can no longer make it. Now, I have to move everything out of my flat, not just my personal things. We still have a busy schedule until I leave so also pray that I would use my time wisely and get things packed up!
  • I am very nervous to come back to the States. As much as I am ready to be home and see family and friends, I don’t want to leave this place. I ask that you would be patient with me as I return. Pray for me as I go through reverse culture shock.

Thank you for your prayers and support over the last 2 years! Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today! If there is any way that I can pray for you , please let me know! ????

~ Katelyn, IMB Western Hungary Team ~

 

Salt and Light – April 29

Greetings from Debrecen,

We are so thankful for your faithfulness to pray for us and those whom God has brought into our lives. God continues to sustain us as we seek Him. The girls are making progress in school but please continue to pray for Sophia. I was able to visit with my friend “M,” and her daughter is doing well after being bitten by our neighbors’ dogs. God has still given her an openness. The job that she was suppose to get fell through. We had a successful trip to the immigration office and it was not so long. We had a great visit with “G” and her dad. One of our students asked me to come and hear her present her thesis in English. The world of academics and the brilliant young minds that are being shaped and formed during this time at the university reminds me of how important it is to reach these students with the gospel and the impact that they can have in this world.

Please continue to pray:

  • God’s continued work in the life of our friend “G” and her family.
  • “I,” the student I heard give her presentation, that she would be encouraged and realize how much she needs the Lord to help her and give her peace.
  • We need clear direction in our daily lives as well as for the future. We would have the ability to trust God with what we cannot see.
  • This Saturday will be English worship at the university, pray that God will draw the people he wants there to come.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock

P.S. They still have not been able to locate the MK who is missing. Keep praying!

 

Salt and Light – April 7

Greetings from Debrecen,

God is faithful and His work continues. Thanking God for a group that meets for English worship, community and encouragement. God is providing for Arianna by giving her the opportunity to serve as an RA. I am in awe of how God has provided for her to attend University. We are thankful for the opportunity to spend the day with “K” and other family members who are not believers. God has still given us favor in the lives of our lost friends “D,” “G,” “J,” and “K.”

Please pray for:

  • This Sunday the Hungarian people will elect a new prime minister and seats in the Hungarian National Assembly. Pray for a peaceful election and that people will vote and accept the results of the election.
  • The time we will spend with “K” and family. We would share the love of Christ and the Good News with them
  • “D’s” heart would be open to God, he is kind of discouraged right now.
  • Sophia would be able to get caught up in school without being stressed.
  • God would put His desires in Abigail’s heart for the things that He would like for her to do after she graduates from high school next year.
  • God would give us the courage to walk by faith and not by sight.

Thank you so much for praying for us!

One of His servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer!  Romans 12:12