WEEKLY UPDATE

BODY-ACHE

This past week has been filled with what I’ll call “body-ache”. Two of the members of our church have ignored Jesus in certain aspects of their lives and have brought a sense of hurt and pain in us as we are jealous for their growth in Christ and for Christ’s name to be glorified in them. Unfortunately, this is an all too familiar experience with new believers. It is my hope that both of these members turn from their sin and gain a greater understanding of God’s grace through their restoration. The other possibility is weighty to think about...that they don’t turn from their sin and rather reveal by their decisions that they in fact never put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. Jesus says in Matt 13:22-23:

“As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.”

Right now, two of our members are falling away by “the cares of the world.” My prayer and only hope is in God’s Spirit to speak to both of them, to convict them of sin and to draw them back to the only “Way” the only “Truth” and the only “Life” in this world...Jesus Christ. Their decisions right now are bringing shame to the name of Jesus and destroying their testimony among family and friends. Please pray for the young believers in our body! Pray for deep conviction, for restoration and for growth in understanding God’s love and holiness.

FAMILY NEWS

If you haven’t heard, we are planning on returning to the US from May through mid June for furlough. This takes a lot of coordination and planning and God has ALREADY been gracious to provide a place to stay, a car to drive and 10 small groups we will be visiting. Of course, we hope to visit even more groups and share about what God has been doing in Hungary and also raise monthly support to continue serving in Hungary. Please contact us if you would like to get together with us while we are on furlough!

God has brought healing to our daughter Kira who struggled with a virus for two weeks. Ben and Elianna are also healthy after struggling with sickness. Both of them received their report cards recently and are getting A’s and B’s. We are very thankful for God helping Elianna transition into first grade in a Hungarian school and do so well.

This has been a challenging past two weeks (with the kids being sick) and we ask for prayer to be refreshed, rested and strengthened. Pray also for wisdom and direction as we continue to plan for furlough.

THURSDAY NIGHT YOUTH MENTORING

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Above: We started the night with blank papers taped to everyone’s backs. We then roamed the room and wrote down words of encouragement regarding each person. Hey, don’t press too hard with that pen!

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Above: After we were done looking over the encouragement, we took some time to worship God, recalling how He has redeemed us and made us new through Jesus.

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This Thursday night meeting for the teens is in addition to smaller groups that we meet in weekly with the teens. It is very clear to us that these new teen believers need an extra dose of care, attention, teaching, direction as most of them come from families who do not believe.

We are looking forward to this weekend as we will be traveling with the teens to a conference in Debrecen that will present teaching on being strengthened in our calling as Christians. One of the members I mentioned earlier who is falling away will be attending this conference with us. Please pray for God to speak clearly to the teens through the pastors, through the worship, through times of fellowship and prayer.
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