The start of September has brought the beginning of a new school year and the transition to “normal” routine, but before I delve into the things happening presently, I would like to give a brief recap of the Summer months.
GYŐR ENGLISH CAMP: What a privilege it was to come alongside this week-long Josiah Venture English Camp in partnership with the Győr Baptist Church. One major highlight was seeing the enthusiasm and intentionality of young Hungarians to invest in students, work to build relationships, and to boldly share the gospel.
LOCAL CAMPS: I had the opportunity, along with a few other English speakers from our church, to help with a few English camps in nearby towns. All organized and led by local believers who have a heart to reach kids or high school students with the gospel through the tool of learning English. It was a privilege to be able to come alongside them and be a help and support to them in the work that they do year by year and great to connect with youth and children in our local Pécs area. You can pray with us that God will continue to reveal Himself to these students. Pray that the seeds that have been planted will be watered and that their hearts will be drawn to Christ.
I enjoyed a week-long conference in Austria called Refresh, designed to provide a time for those who serve in ministry to get away and be refreshed. It was truly a refreshing week for me. I am so grateful for the time getting to connect with others who are also serving in cross-cultural ministry, for the great times of encouragement from God’s word, and also for the restful beauty of the place, getting to steal down to a quiet dock early in the morning, wander about mountain trails, or sit by small streams, to have time alone with the Lord to process and pray.
Lake Balaton Camping with Church Friends
Twenty-four of us from our church fellowship took a camping trip to Lake Balaton. It was a wonderful trip. I am so thankful for these friends and brothers and sisters in Christ and this season we get to share pursuing Christ alongside one another.
Back to School
Nearly overnight the city has gone from quieter streets to bustling with people again. University students have returned, new students have arrived, and families are back home getting into “normal” routine.
Personally, it is great getting back into the routine of teaching and ministry. I am loving the coffee dates and dinners reconnecting with students and friends. It is great to be back teaching the girls and to again be hosting Monday night girl’s Bible study. I am freshly reminded of the amazing work that God has invited us to be a part of here.
This time of year is exciting, seeing who we come into connection with and get to step out to love and care for these. It’s a joy leaning in to invest in relationships knowing that God’s desire is for each and every one and that He is actively working in lives around us. No matter where they come from, be that Hungary, Jordan, or South Africa, they are in Pécs for this season and we believe God’s desire is that they would take steps closer to Jesus during this season of their lives. You can pray with us that hearts will be turned to Jesus and those who already know Him will grow in the knowledge and love of God.
Prayer Opportunity for Saturday
This coming Saturday, September 14, will be the annual Életút (Way of Life) family festival downtown in our city. Many churches in our city partner together to show love to our community and share the hope of Jesus. Among the other awesome programs throughout the day, our church band is playing a two-hour concert in the evening. This will be the closing event of the festival and through both song and words, we will share about doubts, fears, wanderings, struggles, and the answer for all of these–Jesus Christ.
You can pray for us even now as we have our last practice together before the concert and as we prepare to sing and share. Pray with us for every piece of this festival, that God will be honored and glorified, that hearts will be drawn to Him. Pray that eyes will be opened to the truth of the gospel. Pray for continued unity and love among the churches in our city.
- Festival on Saturday. Pray for soft hearts to hear and receive the gospel and that God will be honored and glorified. Many of us have been battling with intense spiritual warfare throughout this week, pray against the enemies attempts to discourage, torment, and tear things apart.
- Continued prayer for wisdom and strength to help teach the girls and to point them to Jesus.
- Keep praying for Gitta as she continues to discover what it looks like to walk as a follower of Jesus.
- Continued prayer for Monday night Bible study with uni girls, pray that God will be honored through our time and that we will grow deeper in relationship with Him.
Your prayers and support mean so much! Thank you!!
Much love in Christ,