Weekly Update




Above: Sharon helping the kids with a special Christmas craft in Sunday School.

Last Sunday we gathered in Miki’s home to worship God with a focus on thanksgiving. A few weeks ago, teammate Brenda had church members write out specific praises to God as to why they were thankful this year. In Sunday’s service, after a potluck lunch we gathered in a large circle and took turns sharing thanks and praying for one another. Afterwards, we gave them a book containing their handwritten thanks.



Above: Church member Lidia (Lid - ee- ah) holding her niece Alina (ah-lee-na) while sharing why she gives thanks to God.


Above: This is an excerpt from Hugi’s handwritten note. Hugi stood up to read her note in church but only got through the first sentence before having to hand her paper to her husband to read in tears. Translation of above excerpt:

“Dear Lord. I give thanks to you because you are gracious and merciful. Thank you for adopting me as Your child and thank you for my life. I am thankful for Your Holy Spirit who filled my heart and Your Word that You gave to me. Thank You for saving my life, saving me from sickness and death...thank you for Your Word that I received from you: Psalm 139:1-6”

”O LORD, you have searched me and known me!  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.” (Psalm 139:1-6)

Hugi told us the next day that this service was one of the happiest days of her life.

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Above: Church member Marika (Mar-ee-kah) reading from Isaiah 53 as we remember the prophets who told of Jesus Christ’s coming lighting the first candle in the advent wreath.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6)



Above: Hugi taking the role of the grandmother in this year’s puppet show.


Above: Having some fun with Ben in the midst of practice in our basement.

This year’s show is about a girl who allows her little brother to wonder off alone while it was her responsibility to watch over him. Instead of watching him, she was busy searching for Christmas presents hidden in her house. In the show she deals with guilt, conviction and thankfully has the help of a friend who tells her about the true reason to celebrate Christmas. Her friend shares the gospel with her and offers her a Bible to read while others in her family are searching for her lost younger brother. As she reads different portions of the Bible, the words come to life helping her to understand and helping her to receive forgiveness and trust in God. The show ends with her little brother being found. Please pray for us as we begin our first Christmas puppet show this Monday!



Above: Prepping materials for our show for the teenagers who will not see the puppet show. We will be performing with shadow puppets and shadow acting the story of creation, separation from God because of our sin, the coming of Jesus and the way of being restored through belief in Him. Please pray for us as we are still working out the final props and details of this show for the teens which will be performed this Friday.





Above: We had a lot of fun at our English Club pretending to be animals and making pudding (every day stuff right?). Pictured above left is a new student named Jozsi (Joe). Jozsi’s little sister has attended our VBS the past few years, and his parents own the local flower shop in PetÅ‘fibánya. We found out recently that Jozsi is in music school and plays the guitar. He may even help us in next week’s English Club Christmas Party to play some songs. Initially, he was very hesitant coming and seems to be very careful and shy. I am thankful to see him opening up, and a desire to just hang around even after the English Club ended. Please pray that God would be gracious and personally reveal Himself to Jozsi and the other students in this special time when we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ into the world.


Above: One of the teenagers in class making good use of his time.



Above: Bondi (Bon-dee) pictured left playing with Bence (Ben-seh) is a teen that used to play soccer with us a few years ago and we lost touch. Tonight he came for the first time to our Friday game night. We are thankful for the few times that we get to see these teens and hope that God will do a mighty work in their hearts to draw them to Himself.

We praise God that 12 people have volunteered to pray for us daily as we begin our Puppet and Drama ministry on Monday. As you remember us would you also pray? I will attempt to post updates each day we go out with praises and prayer requests. Please bookmark this page, or subscribe to the RSS feed to see the latest updates this week! Thanks for your support.
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