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Gardening outreach training starts new semester

The Spring 2019 semester of the gardening outreach ministry is underway, with classes taking place every other week due to busy schedules. The group is smaller at this point, but we’re encouraged to have a new member from another Debrecen church (previously they’ve all been Debrecen Baptist folks.)  We’re working on getting articles translated and formatted for the training manual; it’s a lot of work, but getting this done is vital to the development of the program. Back-story of the program

This year at our house we’re starting seedlings in homemade seed starter pots…it’s fun to see the little okra, bean and tomato plants develop.  Now many of the seedlings are ready to set out, but the temps are dropping too low at night. Hold on, little garden…spring weather will return!

Pray that as the gardening outreach program continues to develop it will stay true to the vision of using what we learn to reach out to the lost community with the love of Christ.

Gardening outreach update

Ever since the outreach gardening program began last year we’ve been asking for prayer that the Lord would raise up nationals to take over leadership.  Praise God, while the volunteer US horticulture expert Dr. Curtis Smith was in eastern Hungary in January, the very national that we had been thinking would be a good leader volunteered to act as the future coordinator for the program!  Her calendar has opened up and she is willing to begin moving into a leadership position.  She will assist with planning, communication between teachers and program participants, and other duties.  While Dr. Smith was in-country new connections with other churches and interested nationals also developed. 

Praise God for how He has been working!  Pray that He will continue to lead as the program moves into the next stages of its development, that it will maintain the vision of sharing Christ in both word and deed.

Photo of those at gardeners outreach group meeting
Dr. Smith, the Millers, and one of the Hungarian teachers met with some of last year’s participants for feedback and discussion about moving forward with the program

Gardening outreach program

Photo from intro meeting for program – more are now coming


Praise the Lord, the gardening outreach program’s first weekly training class went very well!   

All those who had signed up came and showed a lot of interest, and the Hungarian teacher did a great job of presenting the material and answering questions. We are very encouraged that the national believers are excited about improving their skills in order to use them in outreach to lost friends and neighbors. Continue to pray as we work to develop this program, that God will be glorified in all that is said and done.

[Note:  After a long pause in posting I came back and saw that this entry was never finished and posted…so sorry!  Please pray that we will be able to stay healthy and keep on top of things better.]

Longing for the fruit of our labor

Garden harvest

OK, so our garden is yielding vegetables, not fruit!  But as I harvested some of the first produce from our little backyard garden today, I couldn’t help but be reminded of our work and the longing of our hearts. 

Ministry is full of seed-sowing, watering, tending…yes, there are weeds that must be pulled and pesky dangers that the new growth must be guarded against.  How we yearn to see more of the spiritual seeds that we have sown bear fruit, to have the joy of watching seedlings in the Kingdom garden growing toward maturity and bringing joy to our Creator God.

Pray with us for the work in Hungary, that the coming harvest will be bountiful!
 

Gardening project

Gardening advice about the Millers’ raised bed*

Praise the Lord for the opportunities that come as believers use their gifts and life experiences to make connections and share the gospel!  We’re always excited to see how God can use people from any field of study or career background to creatively minister around the world.

Last week Dr. Curtis Smith, horticulture expert from New Mexico, was here serving in eastern Hungary and western Ukraine.  He has been vision casting and sharing his knowledge as we partner with nationals to start a new ministry called “The Master’s Gardeners.”

Pray with us that local leaders will arise for this work  in many communities across the area, which will not only help provide food and business opportunities for needy families, but will also allow believers and churches to minister to their neighbors in new and very practical ways.
 

Vali and bro-in-law discuss soil quality
Ukrainian pastor Valentin Nehro & his brother-in-law discussed soil quality with Curtis*

 

Karcag research center measuring water absorption
Karcag ag center researcher Dr. Kovács explains measurement of soil’s water absorption*

 

Karcag research center project to produce heartier wheat
Karcag research center project to produce hardier wheat. A reminder of the harvest we are praying for!*

*Photos compliments of the Smiths