Tuesday Update


Above: Allen after thoroughly sanding Elianna and Kira's bedroom.

We have passed the two week marker since returning to Hungary and are steadily making progress in unpacking and setting up our new home.

Last week, sickness took aim at each one in our family as we have gone through sore throats, fevers, croupy coughs and interupted sleep. By God's grace, we seem to be getting better. Please continue to pray for complete healing.

Farsang (Far-shong)


Above: Ben celebrated Farsang (similar to Halloween) with his preschool by dressing up as a boxer. Sharon suggested a bathrobe to complete the look, but Ben had trouble believing that a boxer would wear something as ridiculous as that..oh well.



Both Ben and Elianna are adjusting well to being back in Hungarian school. Elianna's pictures that she draws in class are thankfully full of happy faces and not scribbles of frustration. Ben has been ice skating twice a week with his class and was overjoyed at being able to cross the rink by himself without falling. Go Ben!


Above: Teenagers Gabi K. and Zoli.

Friday Night Teen Outreach

On Friday night I spent time with teens playing fuseball. Our church hopes to purchase an additional foosball table as these tournament nights are drawing both teenage girls and boys together off the streets. We hope to use this time to develop friendships while sharing the Gospel of salvation with them.


Heartbreaking News

This week brought some heartbreaking news as our dear friend and partner in ministry, Julika (above), shared that she is battling cancer. Julika has played an important role in various children's ministries of our church from VBS to Sunday School for the past three years. She is a widow and has two sons and a daughter. Our team was in tears as we surrounded our sister in prayer. Julika said that she doesn't know what the Lord will choose to do, but she shared this Scripture:

“For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.  Now if I am to go on living in the body, this will mean productive work for me, yet I don't know which I prefer:  I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far...” — Phil 1:21-23

The doctor has said that in this stage of cancer, it will take a miracle for Julika to survive. Thankfully, our Father is known for performing such miracles. Would you pray for God to grant a miraculous healing in Jukika's life?

Sunday Worship

Before service on Sunday, some of us gather for a concentrated time of prayer. I can remember a few years back when only our team participated. What an encouragement to see that today we had just as many church members as team members praying.


In the time we appoint for personal testimonies, Lidia shared about how God had been giving her strength, comfort and provision since the recent miscarriage of her first child.

Dezső (above) shared about his recent struggles that almost led him to beleive that it was time to give up.

“...Although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials.  Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold - gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away - and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” — 1 Peter 1:6-7

He shared about God teaching him the importance and value of perseverance.


Above: Peti continues to preach every other week and will be joining our church and church planting team leadership. We praise God for those He is sending to plant and harvest in this needy area of Northeastern Hungary.


Above: Miki's wife Erika teaching Sunday School.

Monday ESL


Above: Brenda and Val preparing to take on the rush of people registering for ESL. O.K., so there was no rush, but they were still ready for it. We believe that because of sickness of students and lack of widespread advertising, not many people showed up the first night. We will be hanging up more posters this week and hope for full classes next week.


Above: For those that did come, Roger and Heidi (above seated left) planned an ice breaker game.



Above: We were thankful to see Csilla come to begin a new semester with us. Csilla heard about our program through her teenage son who attended our classes and our camp in the past. She was also one of the students that often stayed after for the optional Bible study. Please pray for God to draw her to Himself through this ministry.

Prayer requests:

Complete recovery from sickness.
Sharon, Kira and Allen are still in different stages of whatever is going around here.

Our Puppet and Drama ministry is just around the corner and we will hold our first practice this Wednesday and Friday. Please pray that God would equip us to carry out His gospel faithfully.

On Saturday, we will be showing the Christmas Musical in the neighboring village of Selyp. Please pray that all those involved from actors to those setting up would be protected from the enemy and that we could present this show for God's glory. The program will have an explanation of the gospel with accompanying verses. Please pray for many to come to understand the message and receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.

ESL will continue every Monday. Please pray for people to respond to the posters and invitations so that we can have full classes. Pray also for students to be drawn to stay after for the optional Bible study time.

Financial Needs. We are still trying to financially recover from our time living in the States when we had extra expenses of renting a house, a car and overall higher living costs. We also have current financial needs in setting up our new house in Petőfibánya. Please pray for God to provide.

Residency Permits: We will be filling out a lot of paperwork and traveling to complete the renewal of our residency permits. Please pray for success in getting five year permits.

Wisdom with future schooling chooses for Ben. Please pray for us to find the best education for Ben and for whatever application process that would entail. We need to decide pretty soon so that he is all set for first grade.
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