Salt and Light – October 8

From IMB Team Hungary Updates

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

From Gary & Carolyn Miller at The Debrecen Duo

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)

Hungary 4 Him: Katelyn’s September update

From IMB Team Hungary Updates

School has started and time is flying by! I began teaching my students the second week of September.  I have more students this year than I did last year and it seems like they keep coming. As of right now, I am teaching 12 different students.  The issue with more students wanting to come is they all want to come in the afternoon and those times are filled up. As the semester continues, I am trying to come up with ideas to attract more students to Youth Group on Friday nights. Some of the students who were coming in the summer have not come back since the start of school. Sometimes this is very disheartening.  It makes me question different reasons as to why they might not be attending.

I am adjusting to my new schedule.  It has also helped get me out of the rut I was in.  I am very thankful for your intercession on my behalf.

  • As October begins, I ask that you would continue to pray for me spiritually, physically, and emotionally.  
  • Please remember each of the students I meet with.  None of them are believers.
  • Pray that I would use our time wisely and would be bold in sharing the Gospel with them.
  • Pray for Youth Group on Friday nights.  Pray that God would equip me with the right passage(s).  Also pray that students would come back.
  • Pray for safe travels as I go to Prague and back to Nagykanizsa.  I will be meeting with many friends who I had the privilege of spending 2 months with before we were scattered throughout Europe.  Pray also for their travels.
  • Continue to pray for “T” and “G.”  “G” has become a lot more vocal when it comes to the gospel.  However, many times she is only questioning it.  She is looking for a logical explanation and she doesn’t understand something she cannot see.  I believe that the Holy Spirit is working on her heart.
  • Pray for our slumber party (October 28.)  I am not 100% sure on the details right now, but I am hoping it will be an extended time of learning more about the students, laughing with them, and sharing the love of Christ with them.
  • Pray that I would spend my time wisely.  My afternoon-evening times are mostly full.  I am usually more motivated in the evening to do things, so pray that I would be motivated to work on things in the mornings.
~ Katelyn, IMB Western Hungary Team ~

Salt and Light – October 1

From IMB Team Hungary Updates

Greetings from Debrecen,

Thanking God for His unconditional love. Last week we said good bye to some friends from the States, and we continue to press on. The young lady we prayed for last week, “E,” did get the job! Yeah! Thankful for how God continues His work. This week we have two people from the States who will be teaching the apologetics course. Please pray for the pastor who planned on coming as well but his 19-month-old son was bitten by a copper head. Please pray that he will recover without any complications. Also one of the volunteers that did come cannot find his wallet. Praying that some honest person will find it and turn it in. I think God is really going to do something this week so pray for this equipping time.

Just a note. Yesterday the girls and I were on our way to meet Darrel and the guys from the States for dinner when we decided to get off at a different stop from the tram. When we got off I was thinking that we were early and what were we going to do, and when I looked up Darrel and the guys pulled up in the car at that exact moment. I know this is small, but God reminded me that His timing is perfect! I mean perfect. Be encouraged!

Please pray:

  • God would speak through Donnie and Andre as they teach this week at the apologetics conference. Pray that God would send the people who need to be there. Also as they go out during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday that they would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and the appointments that He has for them to share their faith.
  • I learned that today is Nigerian Independence Day. Pray for the students from Nigeria that they would know the freedom that comes in Christ. The person I talked to said that corruption is one of the biggest problems facing his country.
  • “I,” a Hungarian young man, that he would keep making the right choices and that he would grow and depend on God more and more.
  • “G,” a medical student, as she faces discouragement, that she would see the hope she can have in a relationship with Jesus.
  • “C” is a basketball coach at the Reformed High school. Pray that she will be a light and will have opportunities to share her faith.
  • “N,” that she would make wise choices and God would give her a desire to know Him above all things.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

One of His servants,

Kimberly Hathcock

Apologetics volunteer team

From Gary & Carolyn Miller at The Debrecen Duo

Final plans are coming together for the Bob Hartman International Ministries apologetics volunteer team that will be in eastern Hungary Sept 30 – Oct 6. Pray for good attendance at the Oct 2 – 4 apologetics training seminar in Debrecen, and that attendees will use what they learn to better share the truths of the gospel message.  

Ask that the Lord will provide many opportunities for the volunteer team to share their faith with those they meet on campus and around the city, and that local believers will go with them to the streets to see this outreach modeled–and then to put aside their fears and join in the conversation!