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Month of Prayer Day 15: Gardening Outreach Training

Today’s prayer request is for the gardening outreach training group in Debrecen.  Patterned loosely after the US Master Gardener program, it’s being developed to work through local churches rather than state universities.  In addition to training laymen in the art and science of horticulture in order to become community volunteer “master gardeners,” the Hungarian program also includes evangelism and discipleship training.  As “the Master’s Gardeners” volunteer in their communities and among their neighbors, they will be equipped to use gardening and nature topics to “bridge” conversations to the gospel.  Spending time together in nature and gardening lead very easily into discussions about the Creator of it all!

Now in its second year of development, the current group is meeting twice monthly at Debrecen Baptist Church and is taught by Hungarian university teachers, research scientists, and gardening industry specialists; the evangelism component is taught by IMB worker Gary Miller.  The creation of the Hungarian manual for the program is now in progress to keep future classes on-target with high-quality academic articles as well as guidance for keeping the program’s purpose and missional vision in focus.

  • Praise God for the program’s development so far and for all those who have been helping: US advisor Dr. Curtis Smith, the Hungarian teachers and trainees, and the new Hungarian program coordinator, “Miss Judy.”
  • Pray for the continued development and spread of the program to other communities, and for the translation and creation of the program manual.

Past posts about the gardening program

 

Month of Prayer Day 10: City-to-City Church Planting Incubator

Pray with us today for the Budapest City-to-City church planting incubator, which provides training and encouragement to church planters. (The Hungarian-language site for those who can read it: http://citytocity.huTrey Shaw of the IMB Budapest Team had the opportunity and challenge of being the only non-Hungarian teacher involved so far in Hungary.  Today the 1st 2-year class is celebrating its completion and looking forward to a new class beginning in September.

  • Give God praise for the training that took place these last two years, and the impact it has been having on Kingdom work in Hungary.
  • Pray for wisdom as new participants are being selected for the next class.

Apologetics update

The last months have been a flurry of activity — and busy times are not over yet — but we don’t want to neglect sharing how God has been working!

Praise the Lord for the training that was done and the conversations that took place in early October when Donnie (a volunteer through Bob Hartman International Ministries) came to teach an apologetics training seminar.  This was the third year he has come, and we appreciate his service and friendship very much!  It wasn’t a huge group each night of the training and different people were able to make it different times, but there were a good number of believers who came and took part.

Our thanks to Donnie, “D,” and “S” for sharing their photos.  We wish we could post more pictures from the week showing the wonderful friends at the training and those who met to chat while Donnie was here, but we want to respect the individuals’ privacy and EU laws.
  • Pray that seminar trainees will use what they’ve learned to clearly and lovingly share their faith with people of all worldviews.
  • Pray for the follow up that needs to take place —  it will be a challenge to coordinate schedules to provide make-up training for those who missed nights. Some people have also requested additional topics.
  • Pray for the friends of various cultural backgrounds who met for conversation throughout the week, that God will continue to work in their lives and draw them closer to Him.
  • Ask that God will bless, strengthen, and continue to work through hosting church Debrecen Baptist, trainer Donnie, and translators Dénes and Eduárd.  We are so thankful for faithful friends and partners in the work!

“…But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NASB)

 

Salt and Light – October 8

Greetings from Debrecen,

Thanking God because Andre’s wallet was found at the Budapest airport! Yeah, God! It was encouraging to see people who were eager to learn apologetics this week. The guys did a great job teaching and sharing with others. We trust that God’s work was accomplished. Thank you for praying!

Please continue to pray:

  • The people who came to the training, that they would have opportunities to share with others and use the things that they have learned. God would give them boldness to share with others.
  • God’s work among the students in Debrecen. God would create a hunger in the hearts of students to know Him and to share Him with others. Those who are not Christian would be convicted of sin and know the forgiveness that comes through Jesus.
  • The city of Debrecen, that the leaders would honor God and that the people would fear God and realize their need for a relationship with Him.
  • God would heal J’s heart and that she would know how valuable she is to God.
  • We would be a faithful witness to those who God has placed in our lives. God would give us divine appointments to share about Him.
  • This has been a difficult time for our family in many different ways, pray that we would see God’s provision for us and our daughters and the ability to trust Him.

Today is Arianna’s 20th birthday!

*I will be traveling next Sunday so I will not send out a prayer note and maybe the next Sunday as well.*

One of God’s servants,
Kimberly Hathcock

Update and next steps

Praise the Lord for what He did through the apologetics training that took place in Debrecen this week!  Attendance was good and trainees were interested in learning how to better share their faith with people who have real questions and may be coming from a quite different worldview.  A big “thank you” to those who took part, to volunteers Donnie and Andre and Bob Hartman International Ministries, the translators, the hosting church Debrecen Baptist, and all who helped. 

The next step is a follow-up training event set to take place tomorrow, October 7; attendees will learn how to lead a simple, inductive Bible study for nonbelievers.  Pray with us that the Lord will use this training opportunity to initiate Bible studies that will have real Kingdom impact in many lives.

“…So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)