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As You Go – August 2017

Paul & Tena Brock Newsletter Excerpts

Nagykanizsa, Hungary

Dear Prayer Partners,

Kanizsa English Intensive 2017

We want to thank you all for praying for our summer camps.  God must be delighted that so many prayers surely are getting through.

A lot going on here in Nagykanizsa….19 people prayed to ask Christ into their lives. We praise God for the work He is doing in people’s hearts here in Nagykanizsa and beyond. Some of the 19 came to our city through family or friends just to be at this English camp, a couple from as far as Budapest (110 miles away). We think they had divine appointments to hear the gospel.

  • Please pray with us that we will be able to do a good job of follow-up with all those who said they wanted to begin a personal relationship with Christ.
  • Pray they will take the materials we mail to them and do the lessons that will help build the foundations of their spiritual lives.

We had two excellent teams with us this summer. The Summit Church in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina sent us 14 people to host the camp. And The IMB sent us an Endeavor Team made up of young ladies from several states….

Twelve people prayed asking Jesus to come into their hearts during the English camp week. That only happens when God is directing and obedient people are prepared to share the gospel. We thank Griff & Katie Crews and Phillip Black for getting their team ready and for sharing their lives and testimony with our students.

Our second team of Endeavor students was led by Betsy McCarter. Many of you already know Betsy. She was a journeyman with us for 2 years. She brought a group of 6 girls (ages 15-18) who were here for 30 days. They were part of the English camp assisting the Summit team. They also learned several Hungarian songs and helped lead our worship services at church.

Working together both groups were able to build relationships with students and talk with them about why they as young people had chosen to follow Christ. We like to say the students could see a Christian life “fleshed out” in the lives of the American students. This helps the Hungarian young people see that faith in Christ is not just something for their grandmother.

Prayer group before a gathering

The Endeavor team focused on leading the Purpose Driven Life study in small groups…. At the end of their time here there were another seven people who had prayed asking to begin a personal relationship with Christ. We greatly rejoice that this number of people would want to know God.

  • Pray that we will see them follow-up and become those who produce 30, 60 or 100 times more.

We also would like to mention our current Journey woman, Katelyn, and our previous Hands On workers who came again for the summer camps, Samantha and Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn stayed over for 2 more weeks worked very long hours with both teams. We feel so blessed for all our help this year.

I must tell you of one young man, “J.”  He heard the message and began a personal relationship with Christ….Paul told him that we would be having a baptism in August. He said he wanted to be baptized. We told him he had to have his parent’s permission since he is just 12 years old. He went home that evening and explained it to his parents about beginning a personal relationship with God and his desire to be obedient in baptism. They said yes.

  • Pray for “J” that God will grow him in the faith and that his testimony thru baptism will lead others to do the same.
  • Pray that his parents will understand the symbolic testimony as they hear it explained and demonstrated.
  • Pray others will also be obedient in baptism.

 

Paul performing a baptism

We would also ask that you pray for Paul, Tena and Katelyn this fall. As of this writing we have been informed that we will not be receiving any Hands On volunteers to come help us from August to December. We are disappointed but know that God understands what is needed and will again prove faithful.

We ask you to join us in praying that we will receive some volunteers in January who can help us next spring.

  • Pray that we will be effective in working with the number of students that will come to us for English through Bible lessons.
  • Pray that the three of us will have the strength to do the work of five or six.
  • Pray that the Gospel will be clear for those who come and that it will change their lives as they hear about the love and sacrifice of Christ for them.

Thanks again for your prayers for us and the Hungarian people.

Paul & Tena Brock
Nagykanizsa, Hungary

Contact the Brocks  
IMB Western Hungary website: http://www.hope4hungary.com

 

Bakers in Budapest – August 16, 2017

 Sowing seeds through Summer Camps
in Dunakeszi and Békásmegyer.   

Many children heard the gospel for the first time. New contacts were made.  For many the gospel and religion are still foreign.  We hope through relationships and continuous contact with believers these can experience God’s love and the gospel.

Pray for Adrian, to continue following Jesus.  We have not been able to contact him for weeks.

Grain Game – using Bible verses with object lessons and games to convey Biblical truth.  (This child participated in the game about choices.)

  • Pray for those in the camps who heard the gospel and those whom we made contact with. Ask God to continue to work in their lives and for the new relationships to grow.
  • Pray for Adrian.
  • Pray for us as we prepare to travel to the U.S. in September.  We will be staying for over three months.  Please feel free to contact us at monteaprilhavehope(at)gmail(dot)com
Thank you for partnering with us in the gospel here in Hungary.
The Bakers, Monte and April and family


Europe Facts
Of the 7.5 billion people in the world, 11% are European.  99% of Europe is lost.

Bakers in Budapest – July 19, 2017

Pray for Adrian. 

  • Adrian surrendered his life to follow Christ. He asks prayer for God’s help to know how to live for Him in this world, in the challenging situations he daily faces and make adjustments. 
  • Pray for fellowship, truth, encouragement. 
 (Adrian gave permission to use his picture & real name.) 

Pray for Grain Game CAMPS July 24-29. 

  • Pray for children to hear about the camps and come (in Dunakeszi and Bekasmegyer). 
  • Pray for the gospel to be shared and relationships to be built. 

Thank you for joining us in His work here in Hungary.

Monte, April, Joshua, Elizabeth, Olivia, and Stephen

Salt and Light – May 7

Greetings from Debrecen,

So thankful for your prayers. Our daughter Arianna was at a critical point of decision about her major in school and God directed her desires and she did make a change this week. I am so thankful for your prayers for her as she pursues a degree in intercultural studies. I am so thankful that God always shows us the next step and He is faithful to keep us on the right path since He is God and knows what is up ahead and we don’t. I just want to say that you all were praying this week and God answered our prayers this week! Thank you!

We continue to catch up with people as God brings them back into our lives.

Please pray:

  •  “I,” a young man who is a new Christian, that he would grow and make good choices. That God would empower him to overcome some obstacles in his life. 
  •  “J” and “A,” who have a hotel business who really want to use it for ministry, but there is an issue that needs to be resolved so they will have the freedom to continue. Pray that this issue would be resolved quickly as it is one that could continue for a long time. God would bless their desire to use this as a place of ministry. 
  • Our neighbor and friend “M” is having a difficult time. She is not a Christian and I told her that I was praying for her, so pray that she would see how God is taking care of her and acknowledge that He exists. Also that she would be more open to spiritual conversations. 
  • When I was walking this morning I saw another neighbor, “I,” who is having a lot of knee pain and will have to have surgery. I told her that I was going to walk and that I would be praying or her. Pray that she would see God at work in this situation and that it would encourage her faith and that her husband would see it as well. 
  • God gave us another opportunity to share with “K,” pray that his eyes would be open to the reality of God. While we were gone today he came by and dropped off a black light we were looking for and told Darrel that he would like to believe that God showed him the way! Yeah, God! 
  • Another M who lives in Hungary but works sometimes in Serbia lost his passport right before he was going to head home. Praying an impossible prayer that it would be returned or that he will be able to get a temporary passport quickly.* 
  • Darrel will meet with “J” and a former student from the Middle East (We have prayed for him before, he was the one who was given a Bible and his religious leader took it away). Pray for Darrel to have wisdom in what to say and that these guys would have open hearts to hear the good news.

I don’t mean to overload you all with prayer requests but if you could pick one and pray for them this week that would be awesome.  Thank you so much for praying!

One of His servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

*Update: Just wanted to let you know that our friend who lost his passport in Serbia found it this morning and he will get to return to Hungary and to his family! Yeah, God!

Salt and Light – April 23

Greetings from Debrecen,

Thankful for His strength and the work that He is doing in Debrecen and in the lives of students. God continues to give us favor with our friend of another religion as we enjoyed a time together of learning and sharing. Our friend from Holland came and spent Easter Sunday with us. Darrel did an awesome job preaching and clearly sharing the gospel story. We keep praying for our friend who was there and listened.

Still meeting folks we haven’t seen in a while. It is interesting to me that our Indian friend who had also lived in the U.K. is living and working in Israel and curious about the places Jesus had been. What is God doing? We keep praying and trusting that He is at work.

God continues to give us favor with our church and we are open as to how God would use us. In recent days we have been becoming increasingly aware of the spiritual warfare that we see and experience here. To say that we value your prayers is an understatement because we really need them.

Continue to pray:

  • That our friend’s eyes and ears would be open to the witness of Jesus as he lives and works in Israel.
  • God would give Darrel the ability to speak and learn Hungarian so he can pass his test in June so he will be finished with full time language school.
  • Our daughters would have the faith to trust God for His provision in every area of our lives.
  • For a young lady from our Bible study, that as a busy student she would carve out time to spend with God, and that she would continue to grow in her relationship with Him.
  • For another friend, that God would speak to him in such a way that he knows that it is the one true God.
  • That “A,” who is a new believer, would grow in his relationship with God.
  • A lady that we buy our eggs from who is not a believer. Darrel has had some good conversations with her.
  • We would be faithful and fruitful.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

One of His servants,
Kimberly