It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching the end of summer break and getting ready to get back into our fall schedule of school, sports, and our regular ministry activities. The highlight of the summer ministry-wise was our English Camp in Vác from June 15-26. Camp went from being a potential disaster with no foreign staff coming less than two months out, to what we felt was a great camp with a great group of people. We were amazed when eight volunteers responded within a three-week period that they felt God was telling them to come to camp after months of sending out invitations had produced no response.
We had 38 Hungarian kids come to camp this year, and we had very few problems. I was called upon to teach English this year for the first time. The lessons were prepared for me by Will Dickerson (who does that sort of thing for a living), so that made things a great deal easier. Tricia was able to participate in a conversation group while looking after Jonathan (he usually sat quietly playing on his GameBoy during the group!), and Hannah and Matthew made like little campers themselves. In fact, Hannah actually slept in a room with other Hungarian girls, the first time she had been to camp but didn’t stay with us. For her it was more of a Hungarian camp as she was able to practice her Hungarian for the whole two weeks of camp! Of the 38 kids who came to camp, we had at least 13 who indicated that they prayed a prayer of repentance towards the end of camp. Our team is in the process of following up with those who need to be discipled and may not have a church of their own to be part of.
After camp we were able to take a little bit of family time away from home. We house-sat for some friends of ours who live in a nearby town, and who had gone back to the States for the summer. The location enabled us to make some trips to Lake Balaton, Hungary’s largest lake and most popular summer vacation destination. It also helped us to beat the heat in early August when the thermostat was sometimes getting to be upwards of 90° and even 100°F.
Heading into the fall, we have several items on our plate. First, I will be helping with a series of lectures in Vác which is focused on apologetics, in the hopes of trying to establish a seeker Bible study. It’s the first time we have tried such an approach here, and we’re hoping that it will produce some response. I will be giving two lectures (with translation) on topics having to do with the evidence for Christianity. At the end of September I am planning to head back to the States for two classes towards my Ph.D. in apologetics. It has been over a year since I have been able to afford a class, so my hope is that this can kick-start my studies back into gear and help me make some progress towards completing this degree at Liberty University.
Tricia is ready for the challenge of another year of homeschooling. Hannah is moving into 7th grade this year while Matthew is starting 5th grade. Jonathan is in his third and final year of Hungarian pre-school, which is the equivalent of kindergarten. We hope that it will be a good year for Jonathan who hasn’t really picked up as much Hungarian as we would have liked by now. His best friend from last year has left as well, so we also hope that he can make some new friends this year.
So into the fall we press on!
“forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13b-14).