Archive for national partners

Gardening outreach update

Ever since the outreach gardening program began last year we’ve been asking for prayer that the Lord would raise up nationals to take over leadership.  Praise God, while the volunteer US horticulture expert Dr. Curtis Smith was in eastern Hungary in January, the very national that we had been thinking would be a good leader volunteered to act as the future coordinator for the program!  Her calendar has opened up and she is willing to begin moving into a leadership position.  She will assist with planning, communication between teachers and program participants, and other duties.  While Dr. Smith was in-country new connections with other churches and interested nationals also developed. 

Praise God for how He has been working!  Pray that He will continue to lead as the program moves into the next stages of its development, that it will maintain the vision of sharing Christ in both word and deed.

Photo of those at gardeners outreach group meeting
Dr. Smith, the Millers, and one of the Hungarian teachers met with some of last year’s participants for feedback and discussion about moving forward with the program

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.

 

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

Training youth to serve

Last week some really cool young guys, “G” and “M,” came over to our place for dinner and for training in how to lead simple, inductive Bible studies. This is part of a partnership project with Grain Game and the Baptist church in Karcag, with the goal of providing the next step for young people as they age out of the regular Grain Game Bible camps.

Praise the Lord, it was truly encouraging to see these young guys eager to learn how to serve in this way, to make a difference for good in the lives of others! Pray that the Lord will use G and M to reach many youth with the gospel, and also to pass on this training to others.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  I Timothy 4:12 (NIV)