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Budapest encounter–and no, I’m not Russian

Photo by RitaE, (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

Salt and Light – January 28

Greetings from Debrecen:

Thank you for praying for Sophia, God is working in her life. We are thankful for God’s provision for us this week! My friend “M” said that she officially has a new job! Darrel is continuing with his language studies.

Please continue to pray:

  • “Z,” that he would see his need for God  and have an openness to know more about Jesus. Darrel will have some time with him on Tuesday so pray for them.
  • Our friends and co-laborers “D & A” as they prepare to have their second baby. God’s timing for the birth; health and safety for “A” and the baby.
  • Arianna has been sick, pray that God would restore her health and strength.
  • We heard from “D” this week so we continue to pray that he will have an open heart and eyes to who God really is and his need for God.
  • “M” would see that her job is from God and that she will want to know more about Him.
  • Wisdom and clarity as we seek God.

Thank you so much for praying for us!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock

Salt and Light – January 14

Greetings from Debrecen,

God’s work in Debrecen continues…… This past weekend Darrel spent some time with a friend you all have been praying for, “J.”  During the time that he was with Darrel they met up with another friend, “S.”  “J” has been saying that he now considers himself to be an atheist but is still open to conversations about God. When they were together “S” had the opportunity to share his testimony with “J.” So exciting because “J” heard the gospel from someone else who is from the same part of the world as he is and the joy that “S” had in sharing his testimony with someone else. God is good.

Also just found out that another person we have been praying for, a girl from our discipleship group, is taking the courageous step to be baptized on February 4th. She has been thinking about this for a long time and now she is going to do it through a local church.

Arianna is on her way home from Southeast Asia!

Darrel received his test results and passed the oral section but not the written. So language school continues.

Please pray:

  • “J’s” heart would continue to be open and that God would speak to him in such a way that he would believe in Him. God would use “S’s” testimony in revealing salvation and faith to him.
  • This young lady who will be baptized, that the enemy would not distract or discourage her and that she will be obedient. God would continue to give her a hunger to know Him.
  • “N,” a friend who is trying to follow after God and has made some good but hard choices. She would be encouraged at this critical point in her life.
  • God’s protection and encouragement for Arianna as she returns today and starts school and a new job in the next couple of days. It seems that the enemy often attacks after serving the Lord on a mission trip, so if you could pray that God would carry her through this time.
  • Darrel said that our friend “I” is still anxious about his test results, so please keep praying for him. He will see that it is the true God who is helping him.
  • For “C,” who is serving in Debrecen this week regarding an agricultural ministry. Pray for divine appointments in sharing about how to use this to share the gospel.

Thank you so much for praying for us!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock