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Month of Prayer Day 25: Daniel and Rachel Block

Family photo taken by the Danube in Budapest: Daniel, Rachel & Nehemiah Block

Daniel, Rachel & Nehemiah Block by the Danube River in Budapest

Today let’s pray for Daniel & Rachel Block and their young son, Nehemiah, who moved to Hungary in September of 2018 to serve as church planters.  The Blocks currently live in Székesfehérvár, where they are studying the very interesting and difficult Hungarian language. Székesfehérvár on Wikipedia

  • Pray for diligence in language study for Daniel and Rachel, specifically that they would learn to share the gospel quickly and effectively in Hungarian.
  • They are scheduled to take their first exam (A-2) in December of this year. This will be the real test of their language studies, so please be praying now that they would pass and move on to the next phase of language study.
  • Also lift up the Blocks as they begin the process of finding a kindergarten for Nehemiah to go to in September. Pray they would find the right one and that Nehemiah would flourish in this next season.

Join the Blocks’ prayer team by requesting updates on the Western Hungary Team contact form or through their blog, “Moving Blocks.”

Month of Prayer Day 6: Debrecen Baptist English ministries

Bible in Hungarian and English

Bible in Hungarian & English

Today we ask that you pray for Debrecen Baptist Church English ministries, including new English-language Bible studies scheduled for 1st & 3rd Mondays STARTING TODAY, May 6. (English Bible Study on Facebook). We’re very thankful for these new ministries, as there are a lot of English-speaking people in the city…this is a university town with students from all corners of the globe, and English is the common language.  The number of international industries opening up here is also growing, which brings in people from many other countries.

Pray for the Hungarian believers from Debrecen Baptist who are serving in the English-language ministries; also for our friends Jon and Amanda Good and their beautiful family, who are partnering with Debrecen Baptist Church and Hungarian Baptist Aid, and are very involved in the English-language work. (The Goods on Facebook)

Debrecen Baptist Church’s website is in Hungarian, but you can view photo albums at http://www.dbgy.hu/egyebek/keptar by choosing the various folders listed.  There are also a lot of photos and videos on their Facebook page.

  • Lift up the Bible studies and other English-language ministries, that Gospel impact will be had on those touched by them, and that many will be drawn to Christ.
  • English-speaking people in Hungary are a very mobile group, so pray that as they travel and perhaps return to their home countries they will carry the Good News with them.

 

Budapest encounter–and no, I’m not Russian

Photo by RitaE, Pixabay.com (my own gyros disappeared too quickly)

Coming up the stairs from the Budapest subway and needing a quick bite to eat, I stopped by the Döner Kebab kiosk for a nice, spicy gyros.  The guy who took my order tilted his head slightly as he listened to my Hungarian, commenting politely, “I perceive that you may not be from around here…are you Russian?” Not the guess they usually make when they hear my accent!  He was amazed when he heard that I’m American, and asked how it is that I speak his language…it’s a difficult one, and most Americans don’t bother to learn more than just enough to get by.

The conversation continued as he put together my order, and I explained who we are and why we are here. I told him that the Lord loves Hungary and the Hungarians – as He does all people – and that He sent us to share that good news.  Instead of scoffing or giving me the “you’re crazy” stare, he asked simply, “When you say, ‘the Lord,’ are you talking about Jesus?” 

At my “Yes!” his face broke out in a big grin.  Apparently this young fellow and I had something in common! Unfortunately the customer who had come up behind me was also hungry and we couldn’t continue to chat, but as I grabbed my fragrant bag of dinner and stepped apologetically out of the way, Döner Kebab guy called out a “God bless you!”

Praise God for this “chance encounter” that encouraged both of us!  Pray for the young man and others like him who have a Story to tell, that they will fearlessly and lovingly talk about Jesus with those they meet throughout the day.

In the waiting time

Life has continued to be very busy, but in the midst of it all there are still moments when things slow down a bit….when it seems we are doing nothing, only waiting. But God is in those times, too, and often has a purpose to accomplish.

On my way back home from taking care of some business, I plopped myself down on a bus stop bench to catch my breath while waiting for the #22 to arrive.  An older gentleman took the place next to mine, and we exchanged a polite greeting…I searched in my mind for how to continue the conversation. As it was already past the bus’s scheduled arrival time, I commented that it looked like it was going to be rather late.  He laughed and said the bus is often late, but that’s OK since it would give us time to talk. Apparently we were both looking for a chat!

Finding a listening ear in a total stranger, the man poured his heart out to me about the pain and difficulties of life; he told me of the hopelessness he felt in the face of daily visits to his wife, who lay in an institution lost in a haze of dementia.  Frustrated about the state of things in his country, many times he had dreamed of leaving in search of happier times elsewhere. “But how could I leave my wife here lying in her bed. She really wouldn’t know I was gone since she doesn’t recognize me any more…but I still know who she is and I can’t leave her.”

I shared of the hope we can find in God even in dark times, and he said that he had tried churches, had visited several places and come away empty. Only one was mentioned by name, the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Sadly enough that’s not the only religious meeting place where the Good News is lacking. I shared with him that unfortunately not everyone is preaching truth, but that we can know God from His Word, the Bible.

There was a lot more to say, more listening to be done, but suddenly the bus arrived and the conversation was over. Praise God for how He uses “chance” encounters to sow Gospel seeds…and pray for this gentleman, that he will soon find hope and new life in Christ!

Thank you to those who give through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and the Cooperative Program, allowing us to be here in Hungary sharing Christ. Your offerings also paid for our language studies, making possible countless encounters with people who have limited or no knowledge of English. We are grateful.

Salt and Light – February 25

Greetings from Debrecen,

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. God in His goodness provides for us! We continue to press on. The girls are working hard in school and Darrel continues to learn Hungarian. We continue to see God at work in the lives of students. The flu has hit Debrecen and a lot of people are sick. Alyssa had her baby, Joshua, and they are doing well. Saturday we went to an evangelistic drama presentation put on by a local church and it was amazing. God is and will use this so we need to pray.

Please pray:

  • The drama continues until Monday night. Pray that God will use this to call people to himself and to awaken peoples’ hearts to the importance of sharing the Gospel. Also that God would remove the distractions from the lives of the people who need to be there and see this presentation.
  • One of our friend’s and co-worker’s father has cancer and is not doing well. They are unsure of his salvation so please pray that he would give his life to the Lord. Pray that God would also give our friends peace and wisdom.
  • Our friend G. that God would continue to give us favor with her so that we can continue to share the gospel with her.
  • Arianna, Abigail and Sophia would have peace and would be diligent as they work on their classes for the week.
  • We would not miss any opportunities that God gives us to share the gospel and that we would be faithful with those whom God sends to us.

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