Weekly Update

WEDNESDAY ESL BIBLE STUDY

I felt led before starting class to pray for Timi who could not make it because of finals in school. This would be the first time that I would bring prayer into this setting. God brought to my mind when Jesus publicly prayed in order to stir up faith in His work. “And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” (John 11:41-42) We heard later in the week that Timi did great on her exams and Edina shared with her that we prayed for her in class.

In our study, we first talked about faith in Jesus being more than a blind leap made by gullible fools. God has provided prophecy as a means of confirmation that He is the true God. Jesus who fulfilled prophecy and performed miracles gave evidence that He is God's true Son. Isaiah which was written over 600 years before the coming of Jesus details specifics of his birth, life and death. God says in His word, "I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (Isaiah 42:8-9)

Our Bible study also focused on the amazing truth that Jesus was carrying out a plan devised before creation to bring about salvation. “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.” (Acts 2:23, see also Eph 1:3-5) As we talked about God's purposes and sovereignty, I brought up the amazing truth found in Acts 17:26-27, "And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him.” I gave personal testimony of life events where I recognized God working to draw me to Himself. When I was just a boy, there was a girl in the neighborhood who was killed when struck by a car while riding her bike. This forced me to begin grappling with the matter of death at a young age. Later, closer to my teen years, I was in the back seat of a car when the teen traveling too fast around a turn lost control and we were launched into a field. I had no seat belt on and we were told later that it was a miracle that the car did not flip which would have surely lead to death. Once again, I was forced to think about life and death. These events along with the numerous Christians in my family and in my church continued to reveal that He was drawing me to Himself.

Jesus offered the answers to life, why there was death, why I felt lost in life, and how I could be restored in my relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. I posed the question to the students, "Have you recognized ways in which God has been drawing you to Himself." Klári shared that she had been brought up in a home with family that were atheist. Even at a young age she had a deep sense that God existed and often felt impelled to talk to him though every one else would think she was crazy. Praise God for continuing to reveal more about Himself in this class and drawing Klári, Edina, Timi and Tünde to Himself. Please continue to pray for these women to "find God" responding to His will delivered through His Son Jesus. “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:28-29)

WEDNESDAY TEEN DISCIPLESHIP

I have begun meeting with Gabi K. and Zoli K. on Wednesday nights to give them more focused time where we can interact and have discussion about God's Word and life. In larger Bible study settings, they usually fade into the background and quickly become disconnected as the adults move the discussion in directions that don't speak to their personal season of life. Gabi is in a time of questioning everything. I believe Jesus has brought him to the point in his faith where He is asking, "Do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15) Gabi has come to terms with with the decision before him, knowing that if he says yes, it will mean drastic life changes. The matter comes down to whether or not he fully trusts Jesus with his life and his future. Please pray for Gabi to find the answers he is seeking and to make a wise decision.

FRIDAY GRUDEM LECTURE

We were thankful to be able to attend a lecture by Professor Wayne Grudem in Budapest. He spoke about the necessity to uphold and revise doctrinal statements and laid out principles that guide us in deciding what to put in a doctrinal statement. This lecture comes at a great time for us as we are in the foundational stages of our church plant. The lecture stirred fruitful conversation in the car ride home and was a blessing to us. I was thankful that God made a way that Miki, Erika, Dezs┼Ĺ and Marcsi could attend.

SATURDAY TEEN CONFERENCE

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Teenagers Niki, Gabi, Zoli and Dávid joined Miki, Hugi and I at a teen conference in the town of Egerszólát. We were thankful to have Dávid come as he has completely fallen out of fellowship with the church. It was a good time to express our love for him and our concern for the decisions he is making in life. The messages delivered were excellent for all the teens and revealed God's power to take people who are incompetent and equipping them to live a new life that requires God's competence in them.

SUNDAY WORSHIP

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Above: Teenager Zoli with his mother Ildikó and grandmother Magdi in church. Last year, both Ildikó and Magdi stopped attending our church and fell out of fellowship with us. Zoli also struggled in his spiritual life. God was faithful to strengthen Zoli and keep him on the path of growth, and this year his mother began attending a small group study again. Just two weeks ago, both Zoli’s mother and grandmother returned to worship with us. One of our pray requests is that God would bring entire families to Himself and into our church. We hope that Zoli’s family would be strengthened in their faith and become an answer to our prayers.

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Above: Heidi and Roger returned to church with their new baby girl Emily!

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Above: Our Elianna with Eszti’s baby Elianna. In our worship time when the church was giving thanks through prayer, Eszti said, “Thank you Lord for all of the children you have brought to this congregation, that they can come to know you and grow up in the midst of your people.”

We would appreciate your prayers for our Elianna as she continues to have a mild fever (now for the fourth week). Please pray for complete healing!

BELOW: HIGHLIGHT FILM OF OUR RECENT TRIP TO CROATIA

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