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Salt and Light – July 2

Greetings from Debrecen,

Wow! What a fun and full week! We had a great visit with our friend “D”!  He remains open!  Dinner with our Jewish friend and her family did not work out but we will see them later this summer. Darrel, Arianna and Sophia taught and helped out with an English camp at the Baptist church in Debrecen. We were blessed by three students on their way to serve in Slovakia. I was so impressed with their youth group who does a foreign mission trip every other year for juniors and seniors. Now these students have come back for the summer! Any mission trip is a life changing experience.

We have enjoyed lots of different people in our home!  We have been able to catch our breath and trust the Lord to give us strength for this week. Our dog will have surgery this week to remove a cyst on her belly so the girls are a little worried about her. There will be a huge camp for orphans this week that another GCC group is hosting. So many kids with a lot of difficult issues.

Just want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July! After living in this part of the world we are so thankful for the freedom that we have in America! I know it isn’t perfect but there are a lot of areas of this world where this freedom does not exist. Our God is not bound by these restrictions! His work continues no matter what!

Please pray:

  • Seeds planted by these English camps throughout Hungary would bear fruit!
  • God would give those serving at the camp with orphans strength and wisdom as they spend time with these kids. God would heal their hearts and that many would truly give their lives to Jesus and that He would give them the ability to break free from their old lifestyle. Also that the caretakers at the orphanages would also receive the gift of salvation.
  • “D,” that God would open his eyes to the reality of sin in his own life and his need for salvation.
  • Our friend from Pakistan, “J,” will not be going home this summer! Pray that he will respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Ask that God would speak to him in such a way that He would know that it is the one true God.
  • Darrel as he meets with “A,” who is a friend from Iran, that God would give him words of encouragement and wisdom as to how he might help “A” grow in his relationship with God.
  • Other GCC co-workers Dénes, Alyssa, and Jonah, who are looking for a place to live in Debrecen. Pray that they would see God’s provision and wisdom to know where to look.
  • A Hungarian friend who will be taking an exam on Monday. She has already failed several times and this is her last time to take it. God knows what situation will be the best and I am praying that the results of the test will cause her to know God in a deeper way. That she would have peace as well during the exam, and that she knows that it is from God.
  • We would be faithful to the work that God has given us to do!

Thank you so much for your prayers!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock

Tattoos and piercings welcome

Meeting with ministry partners from Good Sports International

This morning’s meeting with friends from Good Sports International once again showed us their passion for ministering to young people where they are in life.  They not only want to provide the kids with sports and fun, they also want them to experience unconditional love and the hope found in Christ.

One of the long-term Good Sports ministries is to orphans in the northeastern Hungarian city of Miskolc.  Because of the distance involved, Good Sports staff and volunteers can only go about once a week to spend time with the kids and have Bible study.  As we discussed this morning, there is a huge need for a new, radically-different type of church there, one which can speak to the needs of these troubled young people. They need to have someone close by who is there for them during the week, as life hits them hard with temptations and despair.

Choir robes, organ music, and long, theological words don’t speak to these desperately wounded hearts. We believe they need a different style of church, one prepared to meet their special circumstances.  They need to be shown that God knows and loves them as they are…that Christ understands living in the dirt and pain of this life, but that He can lift them up and give them hope and new life.  Will the Lord send us a church planting partner with tattoos and piercings, who can relate the Gospel message to those who feel thrown away by society?  We don’t know yet what God has planned for this new church, but we want to help if we can.  We want to come alongside Good Sports, to pray, to help train leaders, and to stand amazed as the Lord brings about something totally new in Miskolc!

Pray with us:

  • that the Lord will give wisdom in decision-making and show us how we can partner together
  • that He will raise up strong, courageous leaders who will relate well to the kids at the orphanage (tattoos and piercings welcome but optional)
  • that a new church will be birthed in Miskolc, loving and relevant to the hurting & marginalized

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  James 1:27