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Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Debrecen,

We are thankful to be here in Hungary at this time working with students. Darrel’s class will start this Wednesday! If you would like to pray for one student for this first semester let me know and in the next couple of weeks when we get the final class list I will send you their name. We are excited about seeing how God will work in their lives this semester. We continue with school and we are expecting my mom and her husband to visit us. We are very excited. Darrel preached this morning at an international church and did a wonderful job challenging the students. As you have probably heard in the news that the refugee crisis continues and intensifies. There is not easy solution.

Please pray:

  • Darrel’s class on Wednesday, that God will bring the students He wants in the class. Darrel will communicate clearly and the students will feel the freedom to participate in the discussions. He will be a light and that the conversations will continue after class.
  • Wisdom and discernment for the government officials working with the refugees. Also for the best way believers can offer practical and spiritual help to the immigrants.
  • Students who came to church this morning would see themselves as missionaries where God has placed them among other students. They would be bold and ready to share their faith.
  • IMB missionaries who will have the opportunity to take an early retirement in the next few months, that God would speak to them clearly and that He would give them peace. Also for everyone else who is waiting on God, to discern what His plans are for their lives. We are all praying and asking God for what He wants us to do.
  • J. continues to come to Bible study and is still very open to God. Pray that what ever is stopping him from fully trusting in Jesus will be removed.
  • D. continues to call from his home country and will be back with his father at the end of this month. Pray that God would give him the ability to understand and believe in Jesus. Only God can do that!!!
  • While Darrel teaches at the university, the girls and I will be on campus, pray that God would give us divine appointments to share the gospel.
  • God would give us the ability to learn and speak Hungarian as we meet with teachers this week and prepare for an exam in December.
  • I need wisdom as I teach my daughters that God would direct my words so that they bring clarity where there is confusion and encouragement when they are discouraged.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

Kimberly Hathcock

Betsy’s update for the week

Hello Everyone,

I hope that this email finds each of you well!  Things are starting to get busy here in Hungary.  School starts this week.  Please be in prayer for all of our students.  Pray that they will have a great start to the school year, study hard, and excel in their classes.  Please be in special prayer for our believer students, as well.  Pray that, in addition, they would be a light for their fellow classmates and would be bold to share the gospel with their friends.  Please also pray that God might open hearts of the students that he sends our way to learn English.  Pray that they would have eager hearts to learn about Jesus and His desire for a personal relationship with them. 
Finally, please be in prayer for Friday and Saturday.  Friday night we are having Youth Group again and Saturday we are having a party for back to school.  Please pray that many would come and that we can make new points of contact.  We had Sunday House church this week and many people returned from summer vacation and activities.  Please pray that we can reconnect with those relationships. 

On a different note,  I wanted to mention a change that has recently taken place within our company.  I’m sure some of you have seen the article, but I wanted to make sure that you were aware, since you are my prayer partners.  As some of you know, the IMB has had some financial challenges over the last few years and our budget has not been able to be balanced.  Due to this, we have a deficit that must we corrected.  After much prayer and consideration, it has been decided that the next best step is to decrease our number of personnel both in the states and on the field.  Currently, the company is projecting for 600-800 units to leave by the beginning of next year.  Of course, this is quite a large step; however, we are trusting that God is sovereign over the company and what we do.  I am mainly telling you this to ask for prayer.  Please pray for the leadership of the company.  Pray that God would direct their steps in the days ahead, steps that would glorify and honor Him.  Please pray for the units that will be leaving their positions.  Pray for good transitions and continue spread of the gospel.  Please pray for those who remain as many will have to take on more responsibility.  Pray for flexibility, openness, understanding, and above all perseverance in spreading His word.  I have attached the press release below, and if you have any further questions, please respond back and I will try to answer them as best I can or direct you to someone who can answer them. 

Thank you all so much for the prayers and your partnership.  They mean more to me than I can express. 

In Christ

Prayer Requests:
-upcoming school year
-believers to be strong
-Friday night group
-party on Saturday
-upcoming vacation
-reconnecting with friends
-Sunday House Group
-future of the company

Link to press release:

Unsettling times call for renewed trust, fervent prayer

The International Mission Board is in the news, as our leaders announced a plan this week to deal with revenue shortfalls and “reset” the organization.  “We must get to a healthy place in the present in order to be in a healthy position for the future,”  IMB President David Platt said. “We want to move forward with innovative vision, wise stewardship, and high accountability to the churches we serve, the peoples we reach, and the God we worship.”

The reality of the situation requires that we reduce the number of missionaries and staff by up to 15%.  One part of the plan will be voluntary retirement incentives.  We don’t yet know exactly how all of this will affect us and our colleagues, but major changes are in the works.  Pray with us as IMB personnel and for the organization as a whole, that we will be very sensitive and obedient to how the Lord leads in this process, that He will be glorified and the Gospel will go forth stronger than ever.  (More details are in the IMB website article.)

Thank you so much for your support and prayers!