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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.

 

Bible distribution today

Hungarian BiblesPraise God for every opportunity we have to get Bibles into the hands of those who don’t have one!  A kids’ Bible camp is going on this week in partnership  with The Grain Game and the Baptist church in Karcag, Hungary, and today the kids will be receiving their very own Bible to take home.

Pray with us for each child and each family that will after today have a Bible in their home.  Of course, some may already have one….although many people in this area have told us that they only have a very old family Bible;  the paper has become so brittle that you can’t turn the pages without causing damage. Not conducive to ready or studying!  Many, many people we talk with, though, tell us that they have never had a copy of the Scripture at home.

Tonight there will most likely be some homes in eastern Hungary that contain a Bible…homes where last night there were none.  Pray that the kids and their families will open and read these Bibles with receptive hearts, whether that happens within days, weeks or even years from now. Pray that spiritual eyes will be opened and lives changed.

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”   Romans 10:17 (ESV)

 

Hungary 4 Him: Katelyn’s June update

Where have the last two years gone? It seems just like yesterday that I arrived in Nagykanizsa! Since my first day, I have had a blast. God has shown me so many wonderful things about myself and more importantly about Him. At this point, I still have no idea what is next for me, but I have learned that even when I don’t know what’s happening, God is working behind the scenes and has a plan.

In 20 short days, I will be arriving back in OKC! I can’t believe I have less than 3 weeks left here! This place has captured my heart and I am in no way ready to say goodbye. I love these people with my whole heart! It is especially hard to say goodbye to those who are not yet believers! Please pray with me and for me in the upcoming weeks as I have to leave this place that I love so dearly!

Love,
Katelyn

Hungary 4 Him: St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest

Where do I begin? This update might be a little longer because I have so much to share with you! To begin, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Leanne, and Andrew arrived 2 weeks ago and have been amazing! God placed them here at the perfect time and they have worked hard since day one!

Secondly, the team from North Carolina arrived and literally jumped in feet first! Sunday (June 24) at 5 pm, we rode to Nagykanizsa and arrived at 10 pm, and started camp Monday morning at 8 am! They have been so awesome with the students and such an encouragement to me! Thirdly we just finished English Camp. Man, do we serve an amazing God! This week was phenomenal! There are so many students that we met this week that are seeking after more. It was so good for me to have this week before I go home. I was able to reconnect with some students that I haven’t seen in months and strengthen relationships with students who I have been teaching this last year.

July 3-6 we have had another camp. This is a more in-depth, conversational English through the Gospel. We have averaged about 8 students all week. It has been great to see God working in this people group!

PRAISE!

You have been praying for “T” for quite some time now! This week, I had some one-on-one time with her! During our discussions, she really opened up to me! She went from believing that there isn’t a God, to believing that there is a God. She’s just not sure if it’s the same God that I, and many others, have been talking to her about. This is a step in the right direction. I am continually sharing with her the love that Christ has for her! Continue to pray that the seeds that have been planted will soon sprout and she will become part of the family of God!

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Pray for the students who have attended our camps in the last two weeks! God is moving in this city and I can feel it!
  • There is a lot of spiritual warfare going on right now. Pray for our team as we are preparing for the end of summer and heading back to the States.
  • Pray for me as I prepare to come back to the States. Nagykanizsa has been my home for the last two years and I am extremely sad to leave this place. There is still work to be done here and I believe God is not finished here!
  • Pray that I would cherish the time I have left and that I would have good goodbyes.
  • Pray also for my students as I tell them goodbye. Some of them do not understand why I came for two years and am leaving. I am so grateful for each one of them and the love they have shown me while I have been here.
  • Pray that God would bring them peace and understanding! I recently found out that the couple who was coming to stay in my flat can no longer make it. Now, I have to move everything out of my flat, not just my personal things. We still have a busy schedule until I leave so also pray that I would use my time wisely and get things packed up!
  • I am very nervous to come back to the States. As much as I am ready to be home and see family and friends, I don’t want to leave this place. I ask that you would be patient with me as I return. Pray for me as I go through reverse culture shock.

Thank you for your prayers and support over the last 2 years! Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today! If there is any way that I can pray for you , please let me know! ????

~ Katelyn, IMB Western Hungary Team ~