Weekly Update


Above: At least one of our kids loves bath time. Kira has been struggling with a fever and sore throat this week. If you ask her about it, she will say, “I’m not sick, just a little sick.” What she means is, don’t take me to the doctor for shots.



Above: The kids have been enjoying their fall break. I would include more pictures of Ben in the blog, but as you can see, he’s a bit tough to capture on film. Ben has been practicing writing his ABCs in school and doing basic math. He is now able read English as well as Hungarian books.

Winter is just around the corner here as leaves are turning, gusts of wind are picking up and darkness sets in around 4:00 pm. It’s a strange sight. As we were driving home one day at that time, Kira said, “Mommy, why is it sleepy time already?”


Tonight we studied the importance of allowing God to form our views through His revealed Word. Having a wrong and uninformed view of God leads to a life full of doubt, struggles with guilt and stunted growth. Church members Érzsi (who was just baptized a few weeks ago), Hugi, Zoli, Gabi, Marika, and Dezső attended. Through the course of our discussion, it became apparent that there are cults actively distributing material that have reached the hands of our members and their neighbors. It was good to hear from the group that they could identify the false teaching in this material through their knowledge of the Bible and of Jesus Christ and were quick to throw the materials away.

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” – John 15:15



Above L to R: Students Klári and Tünde travel by bike from a neighboring town of Zagyvaszántó to our English Club each week. At break time we spoke about the sad state of families in Petőfibánya and some of the root causes. There is a high level of disregard for kids in this town as they lack love and discipline because of dysfunctional families. I told them that we hope to be part of changing this trend as we live in the community and seek to help.


Above: Edina who was a former post office worker in Petőfibánya brought her daughter Betti (on school break) to English Club.


Above L to R: Dezső, Feri, Edina and Ricsi. We were thankful to see Edina attend once again with her boyfriend Feri. Ben has his back to us in the picture, but he also helped us in class tonight. The students love it when Ben speaks.



Above L to R: Teammates Heidi and Brenda.


Above: Kati (in blue shirt) is the mother of teenager Gabi (who is a church member). Kati has told us that she is a very private and shy person, and we were pleasantly surprised that she decided to attend our English Club tonight. She said that she would have quickly left any other type of class out of embarrassment, but here she felt accepted. This reveals to us a high level of trust that she has for our church members who are serving in this club and gives us an additional night (outside of Sunday) to express the hope we have in us through Jesus Christ. We hope that she will some day follow the footsteps of her son and put her trust in Jesus.


Speaking of teens....I (Allen) will be traveling to the city of Debrecen for a Christian Teen Conference to spend a few days with six teens from Petőfibánya. Please pray for the mixed group of teens (believers and non believers) that we are taking.

• Pray for church members Gabi K and Zoli K to be encouraged in their faith and gain a greater grasp on God’s calling for them in life.

• Pray for Dávid (this is the teenager son of Érzsi who was just baptized in our church) who is a ‘tough’ teen who often stirs up trouble. Pray that God would break through the facades and reveal Himself to Dávid.

• Pray for Niki who attends our church and has a basic understanding of the gospel but has openly admitted that there are barriers to her putting her trust in Jesus. Pray that God would deal with those barriers this weekend and draw her to Himself for salvation.

• Pray for church member Hugi, who is not a teen, but has sought to be a prayer warrior and a friend for Niki. Pray that Hugi would be built up in her faith and be used by the Lord show Christ’s love to the girls who will be joining us (Niki and Dia).

• Pray for Dia who has a tough family background and struggles with her identity and feeling rejected. Dia has attended our outreaches and church off and on through the years.
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