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Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Texas,

We have been incredibly blessed by our time at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Thankful for the body of Christ and their encouragement to us. God in working in and through this church. We were also incredibly blessed to visit with some dear friends. We appreciate the wisdom and encouragement from those God has placed in our lives.

Updates:
Our colleague who had brain surgery had a successful surgery and all the cancer was removed. He and his family are returning to the states for the holidays and some follow-up treatment. Their plan for now is to return to the country where they are serving for further treatment.

Ezra had his stem cell transplant and now it is the time of waiting. In the next couple of weeks his body needs to accept these new cells so it can replace the abnormal cells. He is expected to be pretty sick during this process, also the effects of the chemo will be more evident in his body.

Please pray for them as well as:

  • “J.” – God continues to stir his heart. Recently he has had some spiritual conversations with a friend. Pray that he would surrender to Jesus.
  • We are traveling again this weekend to Perryton, Texas, and Darrel will preaching and we will have the opportunity to encourage some friends who will be serving in Lesotho.
  • Many of the University students in Debrecen are taking exams this week so please pray for them that they would realize how much they need God to help them and they would see His hand in the midst of stress.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

One of God’s servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

Tiszafüred Day of Thanks

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays in the U.S.–coming together to remember the blessings of the year, praising God for who He is and all He’s been doing in our lives.  Hungary doesn’t have this national holiday as we do in America, but in many of the churches a day in the fall is set aside for giving thanks.  The church plant in Tiszafüred invited us to come back and visit for this special celebration on October 30, and we loved the opportunity to join them.  Along with the church plant friends, we also enjoyed getting to spend time with brothers and sisters in Christ from other churches in the Karcag church circle from surrounding towns.

Carolyn with two dear church plant friends, Jutka and Zsuzsa

Gary and Carolyn with Pastor Csaba and his wife Andrea

Church circle friends celebrate with the Tiszafüred church plant (photo by Sándorné Bögös)

Praise the Lord for the Scripture and testimonies that were shared, and for the encouraging fellowship that took place!  Pray with us that the Gospel seeds will take root and produce fruit in the lives of those present who haven’t yet come to Christ, and that those who do know Him will soon follow in baptism.  Ask for God to give strength and wisdom to Sanyi, who comes each week to lead the church plant, and for Csaba, the area pastor.  Gary and I are praying and discussing with them how we may be able to provide encouragement and training to help initiate growth in the group.

Betsy’s update for the week

Walking around the lake soaking up the last colors of fall

Hello Everyone,

Things here have been moving right along.  We have been teaching students and we were able to have a youth group this past Friday night.  Please pray for those who attend the Friday night group that they would be bold in proclaiming the gospel, remembering that Christ Himself resides within them and that He promises to never leave or forsake them.

“A” and I during the children’s lessons

Our Sunday house group was also quite full.  We had about 25 people in attendance and we were even able to have a children’s class and discuss the story of creation.  Please be in prayer for our group as several of the group are from the other church and are deciding where God is calling them to go.
 Please pray that everyone in the group would be bold and passionate about reaching their own.  This week we will have a youth party and watch The Blind Side.  Please pray for those in attendance and that many would come, relationships would be formed, and seeds would be sown.  We will also be celebrating Thanksgiving as well as a team.  Pray for relaxation and rejuvenation.

“J” and I during children’s lessons

Finally, please continue to be in prayer for me and my team as we transition.  Three girls will be coming to serve in my role in January.
 Please pray for them as their fundraising deadline approaches, but above all pray that God would prepare their hearts and give them a love for the Hungarian people.

In Christ,

Betsy

Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Debrecen.

I want to wish everyone a blessed and happy Thanksgiving! It is a good reminder to us all to be thankful everyday. We are thankful for this holiday and the opportunity to invite our friends and their lost friends to a Thanksgiving dinner and for the group that is coming to join us in preparing these meals. We prepare and wait and see what God will do!

We continue to run the race that God has prepared for us and these days it feels like we are running. Let us first run to Jesus and He will give us the strength to keep running. We continue to equip our students for continuing on in ministry after we are in the states. We continue studying Hungarian so we can make good marks on our language exam. We continue with the daily tasks and keep investing our lives until the day we leave. I am so glad that this is God’s work — what an honor that God would let us be a part of what He is doing in the lives of students in Debrecen. Yeah God!

Please pray:

  • That we would keep our focus and eyes on Jesus.
  • For the Thanksgiving dinners and a meeting with an English class this week, that the seeds of the Gospel will be planted in their hearts and that they would experience God’s love; may it draw them into a relationship with Him. 
  • All the logistical details and cooking, that it will come together. Strength for the team that is coming and that we will see God’s hand in it all. 

We value your prayers this week! Thank you for your faithfulness to pray for us!

One of God’s servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

Hathcocks’ prayer update excerpts

Greetings from Debrecen.

God continues His work in Debrecen. Last Sunday there were so many who attended the Super Sunday service who heard the Gospel. Thanking God for all the seeds that were planted over the last two weeks. I get excited and encouraged when I see how students are serving and inviting their lost friends to know more about Jesus. God is working in and through the lives of students. Last Thursday’s coffee house was very interesting because one of Darrel’s former students came with a friend, and for two hours they had a respectful discussion about Christianity and his own different religion. So thankful for what God is doing — it is amazing.

Please pray:

  • That God would soften the student’s heart to the truth of the Gospel, and that his eyes will be open so he can see clearly what his own religion is really about. 
  • For a medical student, that he would realize that he needs someone (God) greater than himself to help him with his struggles. 
  • For another student, that he would completely give his life to Jesus, and that whatever is hindering him would be removed. 
  • For a student who indicated that he gave his life to Jesus; pray that he will grow and have the courage to talk to others about his decision. Ask that his life will reflect the commitment that he made in his heart. 
  • That God would draw the students He wants to come to the Thanksgiving outreach dinners. That they would clearly see and hear about Jesus during the time that they are with us. 
  • For the church that hosted the MGI team to see the importance of contacting those who attended the English classes and continuing that relationship that began over the last couple of weeks. Pray that people would respond to God’s invitation to go fishing and make disciples. 
  • That God would continue to enable us to learn Hungarian as we meet with teachers this week. Our exams will be December 4th and 5th. 

Thank you so much for praying for us!

One of God’s servants,
Kimberly Hathcock