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Conversations that matter

The first full week in March we were blessed to have David Knight with us in Debrecen serving as a volunteer through Bob Hartman International Ministries. David’s had many years of experience pastoring and working with young people, and is currently a PhD student in apologetics. Some things that we’d thought he might do during his time here didn’t come together, but as the days went by we could see that there was a better plan than ours! It’s always exciting to see how the Lord puts things together in ways that we never could on our own.

Debrecen University main building

Debrecen University main building

With David’s background and current studies, it was a very natural thing for him to spend time on the Debrecen University campus meeting students from around the world and dialoguing with them about their belief systems and views on life and God. He found the students very open to talking, and across the week some of them came back for more discussion…bringing friends with them! We’re so thankful for the contacts that were made and the conversations that took place.

We had a wonderful time on Saturday afternoon visiting the English Fellowship, an interdenominational group that meets monthly on campus. David preached, then most of the group stayed to eat and chat. What a blessing to worship and spend time with brothers and sisters from around the world!  (Visit the English Fellowship’s Facebook page.)

 

  • Pray for the young people who took part in important conversations during the week, that God would continue to work in their lives. Ask that the Lord will bring more believers across their paths and open up further opportunities for dialogue.
  • Lift up the English fellowship group, as they will soon be losing access to the facility where they’ve been meeting. Pray that God will guide in what comes next for the ministry, and that He will use this transition to expand the work among the substantial number of English speakers in the community. Ask God to guide and bless as English-language ministries are used to reach further into the lost community.

Gardening outreach training starts new semester

The Spring 2019 semester of the gardening outreach ministry is underway, with classes taking place every other week due to busy schedules. The group is smaller at this point, but we’re encouraged to have a new member from another Debrecen church (previously they’ve all been Debrecen Baptist folks.)  We’re working on getting articles translated and formatted for the training manual; it’s a lot of work, but getting this done is vital to the development of the program. Back-story of the program

This year at our house we’re starting seedlings in homemade seed starter pots…it’s fun to see the little okra, bean and tomato plants develop.  Now many of the seedlings are ready to set out, but the temps are dropping too low at night. Hold on, little garden…spring weather will return!

Pray that as the gardening outreach program continues to develop it will stay true to the vision of using what we learn to reach out to the lost community with the love of Christ.

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

Kickoff of youth English conversation game night

Please pray for the initial Friday evening youth English conversation game night. I know two youth from the high school that are coming for sure to meet J. and E. for conversational English and fun. Please pray that sicknesses will be healed with our family and with the Hungarians that are supposed to participate. Please ask God to help cultivate relationships with youth, to meet real needs and share our hope.

Thank you for joining us in prayer!
Monte Baker

“Day 6” update

Greetings from Debrecen, where we’re thankful it’s cooled down to the 80’s today…fans are still running, but we’re so thankful for the reprieve from the really brutal heat!

I wanted to thank you all for praying for last week’s “Day 6” outreach event, which was a follow-up to the recent Grain Game Bible camp in Karcag.  Since it was so hot, Gary switched plans from indoor teaching to outdoor lessons including water activities.  The kids learned about the life of Jesus, baptism and it’s meaning, and about spiritual warfare. They paid attention to all the topics, but interestingly were most attentive to the one about spiritual warfare.  Most are unchurched and still not sharing a lot of their deep thoughts, but perhaps they find it interesting to hear about the spiritual battle going on in this world all around them.  We know that even at their young ages they’ve seen some of its effects!

Pray that these young people will continue to go deeper in studying the Word, and will soon give their lives to the One who has already fought – and won – the battle for our souls.