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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.

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Hungary 4 Him: Katelyn’s August update

Where do I begin?  I want to say I’m sorry it has been so long since my last update! The month of August was definitely a busy month, but a month I will cherish forever. The last week of July I spent in Poland at a conference with other IMB workers.  We were spoiled by the group from North Carolina who came to serve us.  It was  a great week of praising the Lord in my native language, catching up with friends from training, and learning new things.  We, the singles, had a few afternoons open, so we went on a hike!  It rained most of the time, but we had lots of laughs and an amazing time.

After that, I headed of to Vienna to meet up with a few of my favorite people!  Mom, Dad, Uncle Dick, Aunt Billye, Bev and I were able to travel to Vienna, Frankfort, Venice, and Rome.  In Rome, we said “see ya later” to Uncle Dick and Aunt Billye.  They made it safely to the States and we flew to Switzerland.  We took a train by the Alps from Geneva to Zurich. Then we headed to Amsterdam and Berlin before heading to Budapest and then to Nagykanizsa.  Mom, Dad, and Bev were able to go to church here with me. I enjoyed having them and sitting with them during church again!

  • The school year has just begun here.  Pray for the students as they begin a new year.
  • Pray also for Paul, Tena, and I as we will each have many students to teach.  We are taking on the work that 5 people were doing and we are also adding students.
  • Pray for T and G.  They have a heavy schedule this year.  This means there is a smaller chance for me to teach them English, which means they aren’t hearing the Gospel as much. Pray that we would be able to find a time for them to come and that Satan won’t use their schedule to get in the way of the Gospel. Also pray that their hearts would be open to Christ.  There are many things holding them back from a personal realtionship with Christ and they won’t voice those to me.
  • Pray for those who are believers to be a Light in their schools.
  • I have reached my 1 year mark with the company and I am almost to my FIRST WHOLE YEAR ON THE FIELD!  Time has flown by!  Pray for this next year for me. A year seems like a long time to be able to do something, but I know my time here will be up before I know it.  Pray that I won’t wait to share with students, but I would share at every possible opportunity.
  • Telling my family bye was very difficult for me.  I did not want them to leave.  During this time, I have also felt inadequate. I have struggled most days since they have been gone.  During this time, Satan has really attacked me.  Please pray that these struggles would go away and that Satan wouldn’t be able to use it against me!
  • PRAISE: T and Z took me to lunch for my birthday.  It was a hard day for me because I had just told Mom, Dad, and Bev bye.  I am very thankful for those that God has placed in my life during this season.  T and Z made my day special!

Thank you for your prayers and support!  Please let me know if there is anything I can pray about for you!  I wouldn’t be here without your love and prayers and I can’t thank you enough!

~ Katelyn, IMB Western Hungary Team ~

Salt and Light – May 14

Greetings from Debrecen,

So I was taking a walk yesterday morning and I noticed a group of people gathering around a truck parked outside the front of a house and they were selling chickens. I was thinking that this would not happen in America.

Arianna finished finals! She is preparing to go to Boston in a week with her church on a mission trip! G. and M. continue to be open. Another friend told us that he has moved from being mslm to being an atheist. I will say that as we talked with him we could see his heart soften. God is still working in his life. Darrel had a good meeting with him and another student and the door is still open for them to meet again.

We know of a group that is coming to Hungary June 26 – 30 to teach English and they are in need of some more teachers, so if you would like some more information you can contact Jerry and Janice Byrd – TheByrds(at)IC-World(dot)org.

Please continue to pray:

  • God would give Darrel the ability to speak Hungarian and to do well on his exam in June.
  • Spiritual Awakening among students at the University in Debrecen. They would desire to know God and their eyes would be opened to the reality of God.
  • Our friend – God would speak to him in such a way that He knows that God is real.
  • Other student from Palestine (born in Belarus) – His eyes would be opened to the reality of who God is.
  • Girls would be focused and motivated to finish well in school.
  • We would be faithful in living and sharing the gospel with those who God sends to us, that they would also desire to do the same.

Thank you so much for praying for us!

One of His servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Debrecen.

God is good and we are so thankful that He is in control of all things! His plans are perfect. We are grateful for God’s faithful provision this week.

Update: So thankful that “J” keeps coming to Bible study. Monday night we had a time of encouragement for “I,” who is a new believer. Our friend who was going to come to our home ended up not coming over this week, but we are hopeful that he will come at some point. Another friend and his mom came over for dinner, and she has been reading the Bible that we gave her. She is really open to the things of God. Curtis made it here safely and we are looking forward to all that God has planned for him.

Please continue to pray:

  • Curtis Smith as he teaches about container gardening, that he will have opportunities to share the gospel.
  • God would reveal Himself to our friend’s mom as she reads, and that it will be clear to her.
  • We are thankful that students keep coming to Monday night discipleship time. Pray that they will hunger and thirst for God’s Word and that they would be obedient to the things that God reveals to them.
  • Wisdom as I am working out the details of school materials. Also that God would give wisdom to those whom I am consulting with for next year.
  • Our focus would be on Jesus throughout the day and the plans that He has prepared for us. He would put His desires in our hearts.

Blessings,
Kimberly Hathcock

Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Debrecen.

Thank you so much for praying for Arianna! God gave her a calm heart, and she was able to do her best on her SAT. She told me several times that she could tell that people were praying for her. Darrel is so thankful for your prayers, as his students are still very responsive and continue to participate. We met some interesting people from another country who were not believers, but we were able to talk with them about spiritual things.

We are trusting God for strength for a busy week.

Please pray:

  • Arianna will take an AP exam on Wednesday, so pray that she will be able to recall the things that she has been studying and that she will do well on her test.
  • That the students who come on Monday nights will see who it is that they are to be discipling, and to have the courage to start doing it.
  • For diligence for school, that the girls will do their very best to the end.
  • For Darrel and our friend Charles as they meet with people during the week, that God will use them to encourage and challenge others.

Thank you!

His servant,
Kimberly Hathcock