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Month of Prayer Day 27: Salvation of the Lost Who are Delaying

Today let’s pray for the salvation of those who’ve heard the gospel but not yet said “yes.”  Some do not understand the message, but others are hanging onto control of their old life and aren’t willing to yield to the Lord.

  • Pray with urgency that walls of resistance will come tumbling down, and that today will be the day of salvation!

“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”  2 Corinthians 6:2b (NIV)

Month of Prayer Day 23: Relationship-building

Real, loving relationships are so important!

  • Pray today for all of our missionary families as we build new relationships in our communities and continue to strengthen old ones.
  • Ask that we will be good listeners and true friends, and that our language and cultural skills will keep growing so that we can be good neighbors and truly share life with those around us.
  • Pray that God will lead us to “persons of peace” in neighborhoods who will welcome us and the gospel witness we bring, willingly serving as a gateway relationship into their family, neighborhood, or community.

Learn more about “persons of peace”

Apologetics update

The last months have been a flurry of activity — and busy times are not over yet — but we don’t want to neglect sharing how God has been working!

Praise the Lord for the training that was done and the conversations that took place in early October when Donnie (a volunteer through Bob Hartman International Ministries) came to teach an apologetics training seminar.  This was the third year he has come, and we appreciate his service and friendship very much!  It wasn’t a huge group each night of the training and different people were able to make it different times, but there were a good number of believers who came and took part.

Our thanks to Donnie, “D,” and “S” for sharing their photos.  We wish we could post more pictures from the week showing the wonderful friends at the training and those who met to chat while Donnie was here, but we want to respect the individuals’ privacy and EU laws.
  • Pray that seminar trainees will use what they’ve learned to clearly and lovingly share their faith with people of all worldviews.
  • Pray for the follow up that needs to take place —  it will be a challenge to coordinate schedules to provide make-up training for those who missed nights. Some people have also requested additional topics.
  • Pray for the friends of various cultural backgrounds who met for conversation throughout the week, that God will continue to work in their lives and draw them closer to Him.
  • Ask that God will bless, strengthen, and continue to work through hosting church Debrecen Baptist, trainer Donnie, and translators Dénes and Eduárd.  We are so thankful for faithful friends and partners in the work!

“…But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NASB)

 

National pastor’s grandmother

In case you haven’t been following our Twitter prayer requests, a good friend of ours — a national pastor we partner with — has been asking for prayer for his grandmother, who does not yet know the Lord as her Savior. Recently she was in ICU in critical condition and the doctors didn’t know if she was going to survive. Praise the Lord, she is now much stronger and has been released from the hospital!

Our friend thanks everyone for their prayers for her and asks that we continue to pray for her health, but most of all for her spiritual condition. He said that through all this her heart has been softened toward things of God, and she is now showing interest in attending church and has an awareness of the sin in her life.

Pray that she will soon trust in the Lord and find forgiveness and peace.

 

“Day 6” update

Greetings from Debrecen, where we’re thankful it’s cooled down to the 80’s today…fans are still running, but we’re so thankful for the reprieve from the really brutal heat!

I wanted to thank you all for praying for last week’s “Day 6” outreach event, which was a follow-up to the recent Grain Game Bible camp in Karcag.  Since it was so hot, Gary switched plans from indoor teaching to outdoor lessons including water activities.  The kids learned about the life of Jesus, baptism and it’s meaning, and about spiritual warfare. They paid attention to all the topics, but interestingly were most attentive to the one about spiritual warfare.  Most are unchurched and still not sharing a lot of their deep thoughts, but perhaps they find it interesting to hear about the spiritual battle going on in this world all around them.  We know that even at their young ages they’ve seen some of its effects!

Pray that these young people will continue to go deeper in studying the Word, and will soon give their lives to the One who has already fought – and won – the battle for our souls.