Thursday, December 19, 2013
Above: Our fourth show for the day was quiet a commute to the town of Vanyarc. As we traveled around 2:30, the skies were already getting dark as the sun sets early in Hungary’s winters. With all the traveling we did today, in some areas where the roads were a bit slick, we praise God for his protection.
Above: The headmaster of Vanyarc’s preschool joining in on the fun as Miki leads ice-breakers. This is definitely not the norm at most schools where many teachers are reserved and seem disconnected.
Above: Miki and Erika’s children Anna and Bence joined us and enjoyed watching the show from behind the stage.
Tomorrow, we’re off to our last four shows and are very thankful that many of you have persevered in prayer for us!
• Today, there were more issues than we’ve had the past two weeks with behavior of kids. We would appreciate your prayers for the kids in our final four shows to be able to pay attention and especially be drawn in as we share the Gospel after the show.
• Please also pray for a great night’s sleep that would allow our bodies to recover and be ready to serve with strength instead of fatigue. This includes praying for the kids of those serving to sleep well.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Above: Kids gathering in the auditorium in Jászfényszaru as we begin our first show on Tuesday morning. For the past two years, teammates Miki and Dezso have been commuting to this town seeking to initiate a church plant. This is the first time we have been allowed in this school and we had a great reception from the kids and the teachers. After the show, one of the teachers said the show was not only great for the kids but she was deeply moved as she watched. We praise God for this open door in Jászfényszaru and for a great first impression that most likely will lead to more opportunity in this school.
Hatvan X 2
After the show in Jászfényszaru, we traveled to the town of Hatvan where we would hold back to back shows since there were so many preschool kids.
This morning, we were able to perform in our hometown of Petofibanya. This is the preschool where Ziva will be attending and where all our other kids already attended. We have long standing relationships with the preschool teachers.
Above: One teacher, Edina (with child in lap in front of TV) has come to us asking for prayer over the past week. Her husband Feri, who years ago attended our English Club in Petofibanya moved to England to find work as a last resort. Over the past week he lost his job and his apartment and was in danger of being homeless. God was gracious to provide a shelter for him and we’ve been seeking to help through prayer and various contacts. We ask you to pray for Feri as well, that he would be able to work and find the means to rent again.
Above: This is Kitti who’s mother Vera began attending one of our Bible studies a few months ago. Teammate Heidi’s daughter Emi is best friends with Kitti in preschool and Roger and Heidi have been reaching out to their family for over a year. Heidi could also use prayer as she meets with Vera tomorrow and discusses some matters that Vera is seeking advice about.
Hatvan Special Needs Center
Petofibanya Elementary School
Above: Ákos (blue shirt middle) is the son of church member Judít who was recently saved. Ákos is an answer to prayer. Years ago, when Miki and Erika heard that Judít was struggling with infertility for some time, they told her they would pray. Judít had already been to medical specialists having no success. God was gracious to answer prayer and blessed her with Ákos. Both Judít and her husband Joplin attribute his birth to God’s answer to prayer. Please pray for Joplin who is now attending a bi-weekly Evangelistic Bible study and is not yet a believer.
Above: Miki’s daughter Anna and our daughter Kira helping out in our show in Petofibanya’s elementary school.
It’s been a very good past two days where we continue to experience God’s provision and blessing. Seeds of the Gospel are going out by His grace and there are some kids that commented in today’s show that they have collected the CDs and magazines we have been distributing for years. These CDs carry the true message of Christmas and Easter and provide the children with a great foundation that could transform the rest of their lives.
We have two more days left, both with four shows. Please pray especially for the puppeteers who need strength for these last two long days. We’re feeling the drain of the full schedule and need your prayers! Thank you for your partnership in this ministry!