Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Visit from an old friend

We were so thankful for the time with our friend!
First of all, I apologize for not posting in so long - once again life and work got really busy (plus we have been catching every bug that's going around) and I have neglected to keep you all updated.  There's so much to tell you, but I'll just have to catch you up bit by bit.

One wonderful thing that happened about a week ago was a visit from an old friend!  A young man that came faithfully for many years to the outreach coffeehouse we used to have, who has since graduated and gone on to work in another city, was back in town and came over for tea and a chat.  It was great to catch up with him.  He shared how much the coffeehouse meant to him and about some other things that have been happening in his life.  The Lord opened up the opportunity to talk with him about spiritual things, so pray for this dear friend, that God will continue to work in his life.  Also pray for the many, many others who came to coffeehouse over the years and heard a gospel message, that wherever they are now God will keep working in their hearts.

We are so thankful for our Hungarian friends, as well as those from all around the world whom God has brought into our lives, and how much they mean to us!  What a blessing to be able to stay in touch, and especially when we can get together in person!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Gardening outreach program

Photo from intro meeting for program - more are now coming

Praise the Lord, the gardening outreach program’s first weekly training class went very well!   

All those who had signed up came and showed a lot of interest, and the Hungarian teacher did a great job of presenting the material and answering questions. We are very encouraged that the national believers are excited about improving their skills in order to use them in outreach to lost friends and neighbors. Continue to pray as we work to develop this program, that God will be glorified in all that is said and done.

[Note:  After a long pause in posting I came back and saw that this entry was never finished and sorry!  Please pray that we will be able to stay healthy and keep on top of things better.]

Friday, December 29, 2017

A time of fellowship

We had a wonderful time the past couple of days with a young man we had the privilege of hosting during his visit to Debrecen. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, James is a student at Judson University; at the age of 19 he already has a lot of missions, teaching, and leadership experience under his belt. He stopped over with us while waiting to connect with Commission to Every Nation missionary Clinton White to head on to Uzhgorod, Ukraine.  Among other ministry opportunities, James will be sharing the gospel with refugee and at-risk youth at a youth camp in Lviv, Ukraine.

Last night was a special treat for us, as our Hungarian friend Adél came over to join the three of us for a Tex-Mex dinner (well, our version of it!)  We enjoyed hours of fellowship...time talking about life, the Lord, and our favorite Scripture passages. A huge "thank you" to James for playing the guitar as we sang worship songs together!  The evening ended in laughter over some goofy YouTube videos before we took a group photo by the tree and said goodbye for now.  We look forward to a day when we can fellowship together with no more partings!  But in the meantime, there's work to be done....

For more about James and how you can join in his mission through your prayers, check out his latest update. Thank you for praying for him and those he'll be sharing the gospel with over the coming two weeks in Ukraine.

"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples."  Psalm 96:3 (NIV)

Monday, December 4, 2017

2017 Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for International Missions

The Week of Prayer for International Missions began yesterday, but you can join in!  See the IMB website for each day's link to a story, video, and photos. Missions comes alive as you hear how the Lord is working among the peoples of the world.

Thank you for praying, for giving, for sharing God's Story with those around you right where you live!

Here's just a taste of what you'll find through the IMB website link mentioned above....

Day 2 Week of Prayer – Muslims of Russia from IMB on Vimeo.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Living everyday life with purpose

Carolyn, back from the store with her rolling shopping bag
Everyday life happens here on the field as it does no matter where you live.  Meals must be cooked, the house cleaned, the clothes washed, the bills paid--which entails a trip to stand in line at the post office--and groceries must be bought.  Lift us up, that as we go about the more mundane things of life we will remember to do it as unto the Lord, with a thankful heart and always watching for opportunities to share Whose we are. 

Many of my (Carolyn's) opportunities to share my faith these days come as I go to the grocery store, so I need to go with that in mind; I mustn't be in too much of a rush to stop and visit with neighbors or with those I meet at the store.  Pray that I will be patient and purposeful, and that the Lord will give me the words that will speak Hope to someone's heart.

"As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’"  Matthew 10:7 (NIV)

Friday, October 6, 2017

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)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Apologetics volunteer team

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!