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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)

 

Quite honestly

It’s not easy to admit, but Sunday morning we didn’t feel enthused about driving to Karcag for Gary to preach. We both felt tired, and neither of us felt like getting out and going, but we had agreed to serve…and we do love the people. Most of all we wanted to be obedient to what God had for us that day. As we drove down the road, we also reminded each other how so often in the past negative feelings have tried to pull us down as we prepared to go to ministry events — and how many times these ended up being times when great spiritual impact and blessing took place! (We call this “coffeehouse syndrome” since we experienced this feeling of oppression pretty regularly before a particularly wonderful evening of gospel sharing at the outreach coffeehouse we had for many years.) We have an enemy that would love for us to stay home…for ministry to go by the wayside….for blessings to be missed.

Gary preaching in KarcagLooking back on the day, we can say – once again in all honesty – that we are so thankful we went in obedient service rather than giving in to feelings. The message that Gary shared was impactful for us as much as for the people there that morning (Scripture has a way of doing that!) During the service several people got up and shared encouraging testimonies, and a small group of us lingered in the building talking afterward.

  • Pray for the Karcag church, that they will be encouraged, will grow, and that more leaders will be raised up to help in the ministries and mission points they are involved in.
  • Some really difficult and tragic things were shared with us. Pray for the people and their families, that God will give them wisdom, would provide for their needs, and bring them through life’s trials.
  • Pray for us and other Christian workers, for health, strength, and encouragement when times are hard.
  • Praise God that He gives strength to go on serving even when feelings/emotions tell us to give in!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

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)

 

Hard pressed on every side, but not crushed

How much more can a person handle when it seems no matter how hard they try, they are continually smacked in the face by life?

“J” is a believer and wants to serve God and be on mission to those around him, but he is finding basic survival difficult–he is trying to look to the Lord for his strength and hope but needs your prayers. This friend has been in a very difficult place in life for years now.  Recently he got a new job with much better salary and conditions, and it seemed that finally things could better…then one thing after another have started to hit him from every side.  His young daughter’s medical condition has returned, and doctors say she needs another very expensive treatment that isn’t covered on national insurance; he is working too many jobs and ruining his health; his bicycle, which he counts on for transportation to and from his jobs, was stolen in broad daylight along with things he had in the new “saddlebags” he had invested in; now something has arisen at the new job that doesn’t look good for him.

Pray for wisdom and continued spiritual growth for him, that the truth will come to light at work and that he will not lose that position, that he will be able to moderate his lifestyle to a much healthier balance (including time to sleep!), and that the Lord will provide for his and his family’s needs. Ask that God will provide healing for his daughter, whether through the special medical treatment or through outright healing of the condition. Through all this, pray that the Lord will comfort and strengthen him, using this in his life as a testimony of who Christ is – may the lost family and friends looking on see Jesus in him and know that they can trust their lives to the Savior.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”   2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (NIV)
 

Mr. and Mrs. G ask for prayer

I just got off the phone from a very sad conversation with a friend.  She and her husband ask for prayer that they will hear from the Lord soon in what to do next, and that He will provide jobs for them that pay enough to cover rent, food, and basic necessities. They moved here not long ago from a neighboring country, believing that it was a calling from God and that He would use them to further His Kingdom through their lives. Now they are wondering what His plan is and are not able to maintain things as they are while they wait for direction.  They are both educated and very hard-working, able people, but just can’t find jobs that they can live on.  She has been doing some housecleaning for someone but they can’t go on this way.  She said they are willing to stay here or go to another country, but she’s aware that many times jobs you find on the Internet are scams and dangerous situations.

Please pray for this precious brother and sister, that the Lord will strengthen them and lead them in the way He would have them go; ask that He will soon show them what steps to take next and that He will provide for their needs.  May He bring them through this time of difficulty to a place of joy, somehow using it to His glory and their good.