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Salt and Light – February 18

Greetings from Debrecen,

God is wise and sees the big picture! So thankful for your prayers for last weekend. The women’s retreat was such an encouragement to the women who came. It was so neat to see my friend who was recently baptized connect more with the ladies from her church, and another person we had been praying for, “N,” who had returned to the Lord after a difficult time, also reconnected with God and other believers. So thankful that God is relentless in seeking those who have gone astray. God gave “R,” the MK that we prayed for, courage to share her story with the school, and the nuns were thankful. Darrel was able to meet with “K” and plant some more seeds. We are hearing some good things about a huge youth conference that occurred last weekend as well. God is moving among students.

Please continue to pray:

  • Students would act upon the decisions that were made last weekend. They would have courage to be obedient.
  • February 22 is Collegiate Day of Prayer! Please pray for the campuses that the Lord places on your heart. and are good resources for praying for college students.
  • The Roma group that Darrel meets with on Tuesday evenings. The kids still remain attentive and those who made decisions now want Bibles. Pray that they would not be discouraged from seeking the Lord.
  • Our friends and co-laborers Dénes and Alyssa are getting ready to have their baby any day. Pray for a safe delivery and good health for mom and baby.
  • Arianna would have courage and wisdom as she shares with some students of another world religion that she has favor with at a nearby campus. The students would have an openness to learning and hearing about Jesus and salvation.
  • Wisdom for Darrel and I and that we would keep our focus on the Lord.
  • The two young ladies that I mentioned in the beginning, that they would not let the enemy distract them, but that they would have a deep hunger for the Lord and have the courage to walk in obedience no matter what.

Thank you!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock

Salt and Light – February 4

Greetings from Debrecen!

It was a blessing to see our friend follow through with baptism this morning! Thank you for praying for her. We had a good visit with “Z” and God continues to open the heart of our friend “J.” God is definitely working in his heart and we are asking for more opportunities to speak into his life. Talked with my friend “M,” and she thanked us for encouraging her and acknowledged that God was answering our prayers. This is huge for her to acknowledge that God had anything to do with this, so I see that God is opening her eyes. Next weekend I will not write a prayer note because I will be taking a group of ladies to a women’s conference. Arianna is doing much better with her sickness, again thank you for praying. I am thankful because I keep hearing things in the news about how bad the flu has been in the U.S

Please continue to pray:

  • Join us in praying for a job for “Z” so that he would see that God is providing for him. Asking God to open his heart and eyes.
  • Time to reconnect with the students like “G” who will be returning from Winter break, that God would give us favor in their lives and the opportunity to share more about Him.
  • God would reveal himself in such a way that “J” knows that it is the one true God.
  • God’s protection of our friend who was baptized, that God would continue to give her courage to be obedient and to follow after Him. Her husband would also grow in his understanding of who God is.
  • Safety and good weather as we travel to the women’s conference and that the women would be encouraged in their relationship with God.
  • Darrel would like prayer for Tuesday between 11am – 12pm U.S. Central time for the removal of distractions with some of the Roma kids that he will be meeting. There seems to be a lot of spiritual warfare in the form of distractions which is keeping them from hearing and learning about God.
  • This week an MK (missionary kid) in Debrecen will be sharing her testimony and why she is a missionary with her whole high school. She started out just sharing with her class but now the teacher wants her to share with the whole school. Her name is “R” — ask God to give her courage and boldness to share. We don’t know the day, but it will be this week.

Thank you so much for praying!

One of God’s servants,

Kimberly Hathcock


Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Debrecen,

It has been fun to see people and to hear about what God is doing in their lives and in Debrecen. Most of this week was spent doing the daily things of home school, language, living and talking with the people that God sends to us. This is where God has called us to be faithful. It was so good to see to our neighbors I. and P.  I. helped me last year with speaking Hungarian. We have prayed for them.

We also saw Alicia who is working with the Roma and a school in a near by town. So cool to see how God is using this connection with the school to make disciples and to see the beginnings of a church. She shared about the division that still exists between the Roma and Hungarians even among Christians. This morning we were at an international church where some gypsies were sharing their testimonies and music. One person gave a testimony of paying off his debts and how God has helped him, which is huge!

We had several students come to visit us and it was encouraging to hear how they are doing and the dreams that God has placed in their hearts.

Please pray:

  • Keep praying for the young lady from Holland, that she would read the book of John and that she would respond to the truth.
  • God would continue to give us the ability to learn Hungarian, especially for Darrel as he prepares for an exam in June.
  • We would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and the opportunities that He gives us to pray and share the gospel.
  • Still working on the Internet and telephone issues, pray that they are resolved soon because we depend so much on the Internet for school and communication.
  • That I. and P. would continue to be open as we share our lives and the gospel with them.
  • God would do a supernatural work among the Hungarians and gypsies and that unbelievers would see God and put their trust in Him.

Thank you for your prayers!

One of God’s servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

Gardening for the Gospel

Please be in prayer for New Mexico volunteer Dr. Curtis Smith as he ministers here in Hungary this week, using his background as Agricultural Science professor, county extension  worker, gardening columnist and TV series host.  Tonight he will be  doing a presentation to area church leaders on how to use a Master Gardener program in outreach for Gospel connections.

While in the Debrecen area he will be doing several presentations to various groups, doing site visits in Roma villages, and spending time with interested individuals. 

Pray that God will provide open doors for many spiritual conversations; also that believers will catch the vision of how to use agriculture and gardening not only for feeding the physically hungry, but also for providing spiritual food to those who need to know the Lord.
Curtis and Gary preparing for tonight’s presentation